photo credit: Paul Blakemore, Bristol, September 2018
Hello! I am a France/UK based dance artist, and I work as a dancer/performer, collaborator, choreographer and pedagogue.
Coming from science (I have a BA in Geology), martial arts and dance, my practice is rooted in two seemingly radically different approaches: improvisational and perceptual work, and the lense of choreology: the contemporary developments of Rudolf Laban’s movement theory and practice.
I have a BA in Geology and from that background has remained an interest in what lies within and beyond the human body and a soulful engagement with my environment, be it human or not, constructed or natural, and in the structures that link us. The most pervasive aspect of my work is simply to relate and connect, and inviting others to do so too from their subjective and unique perspective through a form of dancing and presence.
Since I came to the UK in 2007 to study at Trinity Laban, I have worked and collaborated with numerous artists, among which h2dance, Tara D’Arquian, Candoco Dance Company, Annie Lok, Lisa-May Thomas, Mary Pearson, mayfield brooks, Simonetta Alessandri, Joe Moran, Noa Zamir, Julia Bardsley, Glyndebourne Opera, etc. and I have performed as much on stage as in non-theatrical spaces or landscapes. Most recently I have started working with French choreographers Mathilde Monfreux and Andrew Graham based in Marseille.
Contact Improvisation practice has been at the core of my formation and development as a dancer, performer, researcher, collaborator, and teacher, alongside my work in contemporary dance and theatre. I am always inspired by the open-ended and left-field ways of dealing with forms, organisation and legacy it proposes, and by its radical pedagogy. It nurtures my approach to transmission, and I attach importance to keeping alive a specific practice of improvisation in performance alongside other forms of sharing work with audiences. I have practiced, researched and performed CI in various places across the UK, Europe and the USA, notably in GLIMPSE 3 and 4 invited by pioneer Nancy Stark Smith to join her team of researchers/ performers. Between 2011 and 2020 I have also been running locally the South-East London group Contact Improvisation @ Goldsmiths.
With my peers Laura Doehler and Tania Soubry, I have also worked continuously for 7 years as the platform Exit Map, developing our own artistic practices jointly through creating supportive structures and networks made by and for other independent artists.