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Mercedes Pedroche

Born in Madrid (Spain), 1974.

Master in Theater Creation with Honors (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), directed by the playwright and theater director Juan Mayorga, working with professors such as Pablo Messiez, Álvaro Tato, Enzo Cormann, Mateo Feijóo, José Sanchís Sinisterra, José Luis García Barientos and Sol Picó.

She developed her dance training in Madrid (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Carmen Senra Professional Dance School, Conservatorio Superior María de Ávila), New York (Steps, Broadway Dance Center), Rome (Istituto Addestramento Lavoratori dello Spettacolo) and Vienna (Impulstanz). She furthers her training through specific workshops with Mark Tompkins, Mónica Valenciano, Daniel Abreu, Iñaki Azpillaga, Germán Jaúregui, Josef Frucek, Linda Kapetanea, Roberto Olivan, Guillermo Weickert, Aitana Cordero, Ángela Rodríguez, Chevi Muraday, Rebeca Falcón, Mónica Runde, among others.

Bachelor Degree in Business and Economics (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Degree in Classical Guitar (Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid).

She begins her professional journey as a performer in 1995 under the direction of the spanish musician and composer Nacho Cano, in the “A world separated by the same God” musical tour. She has moved within a number of different dance environments at the hands of contemporary dance choreographers such as Ángela Rodríguez, Ramón Oller, Sol Picó, Chevi Muraday, Juan de Torres, Daniela Merlo, Stephan Boko and Richard Siegal. She has also worked in musical theater (“Grease”, “Peter Pan”, “La Magia de Broadway”), films (“20 centímetros”, “Los Manager”, “Una hora más en Canarias”), commercials, and for spanish and italian television (TVE1, A3, Tele5, RAI1- Italy, Mediaset-Italy).

From 2005, she channels her professional career towards creation and teaching. Her most personal concerns are explored in contemporary dance pieces such as: “Árido, Seda [Un camino]“/ Arid, Silk [A way] (Dance Creation Grant 2015 from the Mayor’s Office of Medellín / Colombia), “Parámetros“/ Parameters (First Prize for Contemporary Dance at the IX Teatro de Madrid Dance Marathon; Prize for the Best Female Performer at the IX International Choreography Contest Burgos-New York; Creation Residency at Centro de Danza Canal), “Cambio curso de discusión avanzada por asiento con vistas“/ I exchange a course of advanced argumentation for a seat with a view (Special Jury Prize at the IV Teatro de Madrid Dance Marathon; selected piece for the XIX Madrid Choreographic Contest), “Réquiem al 33“/ Requiem at 33 (Aid for Choreographic Creation 2008 from the Comunidad de Madrid), and “Grita“/ Shout (piece created for the Bachelor in Dance of the Universidad de Antioquia / Medellín, Colombia).

In 2019 premieres “Artificios y Leopardos“/ Leopards and Devices at Teatro de la Abadía (Madrid). The project was co-produced by the Creation and Research Residency A GATAS promoted by Teatro de la Abadía, Centro Cultural Conde Duque and Resad (Royal Superior School of Dramatic Art). It also was supported by the Choreographic Production Grant from the Comunidad de Madrid (Spain) and has obtained 2 nominations for the Performing Arts Max Awards 2021: Best Newcomer Authorship and Best Female Dance Performer.

Her pieces have been presented at festivals and theaters such as: Festival Internacional Madrid en Danza, Teatros del Canal, Teatro de la Abadía, Teatro Pradillo (Madrid), Festival Dansa Quinzena Metropolitana (Barcelona), Festival Ellas Crean, Lekuz Leku (Bilbao), Mes de Danza de Sevilla, Auditorio La Mutant (Valencia), Auditorio de Tenerife, Cartografías de la Danza, Gatadans, Festival 3D, Festival Encuentros en Asturias, Nerja Danza, Huellas-Danza en paisajes insólitos, Festival Al borde y Festival Endanzante (Colombia), among others.

She has combined the creation of contemporary dance pieces with commissioned choreographic designs for films and corporate events such as the Opening Ceremony of the IX South American Games Medellín 2010 (Colombia), the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival, the show Cutty Sark/ Shanghai-London, the Ceremony of the Efficiency Awards and several works for companies (Ericsson, Randstad, Energy System, Axe, Balay, RTVE). Under the direction of the filmmaker Manuel Palacios she collaborates as a choreographer and performer in the documentary “Sin vendas en la memoria”/ No more bandages in our memory, commissioned by the Basque Government as a tribute to the victims of terrorism.

In conjunction with her work as creator, she is also involved in pedagogic activities. She teaches in the professional dance training at Danza 180º and at Estudio 3 (Madrid). She has been teaching at the Professional Dance Training of Contemporary Dance program at the Escuela de Danza Carmen Senra (Madrid), Bambudanza, guest teacher at the Broadway Dance Center- Tokyo (Japan) and in several colombian art institutions (Red de Danza Ciudad de Medellín, Instituto de Cultura y Patrimonio de Antioquia, Centro Cultural Facultad de las Artes de la Universidad de Antioquia, Seminario Internacional sobre Dramaturgias del Cuerpo).

Between 2010 and 2016 she has developed her professional work in Colombia as a professor in the Bachelor of Dance at the Universidad de Antioquia/ Medellín and also directing ÁRBOL, a creation and training platform that promotes interdisciplinary links and performances in museums and public spaces of the city. She has also been a member of the jury of the Dance Creation Aids of the Instituto Distrital de las Artes de Bogotá and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.

She currently lives in Madrid where she continues with her creation and teaching projects. In 2021 she has been selected as a resident company at the Canal Choreographic Center, where she is developing her new creative process “Terrario [La tierna indiferencia del mundo]” / Terrarium [The tender indifference of the world]. This project has also received support as a resident company in the Espai de Creació L´Obrador (Tarragona) where it will carry out its next residency.