Isabel Estrella 

Originally from Sydney, Isabel graduated from the McDonald College of Performing Arts in 2013 and then moved on to study for 3 years as a contemporary dance major at the New Zealand School of Dance. During her time at the school she had the privilege of working with some of the most inspiring and renowned choreographers/dancers from NZ and internationally.

Highlights of her experiences include performing in the 2014 World of Wearable Arts show and Malia Johnstone’s “Miniatures” in the 2016 Tempo Dance Festival. At the school she also performed the works by “Cnoditions of Entry” by Thomas Bradley, “Forgotten Things” by Sarah Foster-Sprout and “Incant” by Amber Haines, as well as excerpts of the works “As It Fades” byKuik Swee Boon and “Political Mother” by Hofesh Schecter.

Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide
— Donald Winnicott

During 2016 she created her first short dance work “Temenos” for the NZSD choreographic season of ‘Scope’. She was also invited to join Okareka Dance Company for their show “Mana Wahine” which performed in Auckland, Wellington and at APAM in Brisbane.

After graduating she performed in a double bill of the works “Subsequent Slavery” by Samuel Hall and “Incognito” by Holly Newsome. These were performed in the 2017 Wellington Fringe Festival as a part of the inaugural season of the Toi Poneke Dance Residency. Later that year she then rejoined the cast of “Mana Wahine” for their first international tour to the Netherlands.


SE7EN (2017)