After having completed her dance studies at the Institut del Teatre (Barcelona), she started a 4-year formation period in New York’s Marta Graham School, in the José Limón Dance Company and later on the Merce Cunningham Studio, thanks to a grant awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya.
In 1987 she was awarded the II Premio Tórtola (Valencia) for the coreography Jaucetz Gött, starting point of her career as a coreographer. She created the company Satsumas in 1993 and directed several shows, the most important among them being the piece Petunias, in 1995. In 1997 she performed Francisco Nieva’s Pelo de Tormenta in the Centro Dramático Nacional in Madrid. In 1999 she would join the team of pedagogues and coreographers in the Centro Andaluz de Danza (Sevilla). She toured around Andalucia performing La bicha del Edén and Bichos de Hierba among others. In the year 2000 she founded the center El Palacete de la Boro in Barcelona, which is devoted to research in movement. In this center, besides creating her own pieces, she defines and conveys her methodology based on the “movement awareness” to those actors and dancers seeking to develop their creativity.
In 2001, she created The Red Fox, a piece for the film The Tulse Luper’s Suitcase by Peter Greenaway. Throughout her career, she has created multiple opera and theatre productions, and she has worked as a stage manager in several emerging companies. Her work currently merges performing and visual arts. A good example of it can be found in Butterfly (Sevilla, 2008), or the performative installations To Vibrate (Palma de Mallorca, 2010), and the trilogy Cold- Fred-Frío (Barcelona, 2008), The End. Off (Lisbon, 2009) and To Cook For (Barcelona, 2010). Thus, relying on a solid experience and training, the work of Mercedes Boronat has progressively been placed halfway between dance and performance, in a constant search of the essentiality of the movement.
All her art creations consider the dynamism of the body as the only driving force to physical, psiquical, spiritual and collective transformation.Throughout her progressive research, Mercedes Boronat uses dance resources in an unconventional manner, with rather ambiguous linguistic structures and therefore becoming closer to the performance’s world. Her work is well inside the performative field and, although it keeps the body control associated to dance, it avoids the classical Cartesian discipline and the meaningless forms, with the aim of reaching an essential, liberated and visceral physical and mental state.
A search for transformation based in essentiality, which brings the performer/actor beyond the performance, in a personal physical experience, private and public at the same time.
Within the work of Mercedes Boronat there is a profound interest in spirituality in permanent relation with the physical body actions. This relates inevitably to the main features of the oriental thought, as well as to old culture’s initiation ceremonies. Her research topics deal with fundamental aspects of human nature, which are proven inseparable from bodily experiences and lead in all cases to highly symbolic transcendental mutations.