Supported by an original soundtrack, striking costumes and an outstanding international cast, MERLIN is a dark tale instilled by the protean spirit of the eponym character.
Jostling with rational narrative and swimming in the substance of myth, MERLIN dives into body textures to invokes tales, pagan carnivals, dark waters, Orphic themes, monsters, wild animals, a battered queen, a shamanic devil, and a strong-headed child-woman, countless images that resonate in our hearts, the fading of time, and of course, Merlin himself, and his mischievous grin.
Our environment seems increasingly dominated by symbols, images and memes. MERLIN wonders how to reconcile our longing for shapes and narrative with the amorphous turmoil of organic life. MERLIN stands with one foot on each side of the paradoxical rift between substance and shape, nature and law, instinct and culture.
Following the popular and critical success of Fit/Misfit (40+ performances to date), following also the commission by Dublin Dance Festival of a dance solo commemorating the Proclamation of Irish Independence in 2016, and the creation & touring of REVOLVER in 2017, Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company creates MERLIN, a new full-length dance quartet.
Co-directed by Jazmin Chiodi (Arg/Ire) and Alexandre Iseli (CH), Iseli-Chiodi dance company has been creating contemporary dance works since 2008. Their creative journey is characterized by the emergence of distinct choreographic textures through collaborative processes. Iseli-Chiodis pieces have been performed in Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia and Korea. Recent highlights include: Revolver (2017); The Endelss Story of Trying to Make New Out of a Single Self, a solo commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival for Embodied to commemorate the Proclamation of Irish Independence (2016); The Moor, an ensemble piece commissioned by Company Le Marchepied in Switzerland (2015); the quartet Fit/Misfit (2013), which continues to tour with over 40 performances to date.
Iseli-Chiodi also direct and produce Tipperary Dance Platform: an integrated year-round programme for the development of dance, that culminates with the week-long TDP International Dance Festival, one of Irelands leading dance events (10th edition in 2019). Taking place in October, it is a curated festival, featuring performances by international and Irish-based dance companies, a masterclass programme, laboratories, screen dance, exhibitions, symposiums, and more.