What is your career path ?
I didn’t choose a career in theatre. The people I met when I studied literature enabled me to become familiar with theatre. All five of us decided to put up a show. We wanted to write, act and direct. Not restraining ourselves to a single job in the show was what we wanted the most. Sharing a project was the best part of it. In 2009, this very first project was the opportunity to create our company – L’Eventuel Hérisson Bleu. We imagined it as a collaborative company in which each of us could carry out our own personal projects. We were all polyvalent ; each one of us could work as an actor and then as an assistant or as a manager or even carry out several jobs at a time according to what we need. However each project was individual and conducted by one person at a time. I wrote, performed, directed and as a matter of fact, I trained myself along the way. We were in preparatory class then. Then we all followed our own personal path. We tried various forms of writing. As far as I’m concerned, I completed a Master’s degree in theatre in Nanterres, then I entered L’Ecole du Jeu in Paris whose approach is quite experimental and focused on the body. We performed other plays written by other companies, which improved our personal general experience. We found new partners. In 2011, our collective of artists settled in the Picardie country at Canny-sur-Thérain where we created a festival in which we produce our own shows. As a collective we’ve also been invited as artists-in-residence at Mains d’Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen and in the Maison du théâtre in Amiens for a three-year residence.
I mostly talk about the company as I haven’t had an individual career path.
interview by Natacha Borel