Daniela Merlo

Born in Naples, Italy. She starts her classical training with teacher Isabella Sangiorgi, from the Opera of Rome. She continues at Scala di Milano school and the Cosi-Stefanescu school at Reggio Emilia, where she also studied folklore and dance history.

She discovered contemporary dance in Brussels, first at Maurice Bejart’s MUDRA and later-on at the Ballet Contemporain de Bruxelles school (directed at the time by Karmen Larumbe), where she studied the Graham and Limón dancing techniques, as well as Larumbe’s own techniques, besides training on improvisation, choreographic composition and music.

Daniela worked as a dancer for Karmen and was her own right hand until she died in 1995. A year later, Daniela and Juan de Torres founded what today is Larumbe Danza, Coslada’s Resident Company where she is the main choreographer of the company.

Since her premiere as a choreographer in 2001, she has almost a decade of pieces including collaborations with numerous artists such as Cesc Gelabert, Sol Picó and Teresa Nieto, among others, besides making several on-demand pieces for national and international institutions. One of these pieces it is on TRASDANZA pedagogical program repertoire organized by the Dance Professional Association from Madrid. Her style comprises the strong influence of the universal techniques in which she was trained, channeled into an extremely personal and up-to-date evolution in constant vindication of the origin and sense of movement.

Academically, she created and now coordinates the pedagogical and social inclusion programs and academic campaigns organized by Larumbe Danza as part of its resident company activities, collaborating with Caja Madrid “Social Work”. She taught classic ballet, contemporary dance and was rehearsal assistant during the time she spent in the Ballet Contemporain de Bruxelles, and taught body technique in the Royal Superior School of Singing and the Madrid Conservatory of Music. Furthermore, she has been an invited contemporary dance and choreographic-research professor in several Spanish and international institutions such as Dance Professional Association from Madrid, the Carlos III University in Leganés, the DAMS University in Rome, and the HAMU, Academy of Performing Arts and Music, in Prague, among others.

Collaborating with Juan de Torres she worked in many different national and international opera productions as a choreographer working with stage directors such as Hugo de Ana, Sergio Renán, Bernand Broca and Henning Brockhaus. She has been a choreographer to advertising spots and campaigns, and to music video clips.