I often find inspiration in popular mythologies.
Tell us about your career…
I studied philosophy and plastic arts at university. I was also passionate about literature. I then turned to theatre, as I used to compose soundtracks for shows.
I saw productions of visual theatre that confirmed my desire to tell stories, that’s when I began producing my own shows. My first show was titled Mogrr, a solo. It was a tribute to Tod Browning’s Freaks and to Jacques Tati’s world. Childhood and otherness were the topics in which the two worlds met. I like solos in keeping with the tradition of the storyteller. Later on, I benefited from a support programme that enabled me to become assistant on shows by the Oiseau Mouche theatre company, namely, Sortir du Corps by Cédric Orain.
I then created the Monotype company with which I produced shows like Les yeux de la tête, a short play about Oedipus. I often find inspiration in popular mythologies. Then I produced Dédale, a show inspired by the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, in a world imbued with post apocalyptic comics. I wanted to question grown-up relationship to safety through the eyes of a daring child. Apart from that, I carry on acting. I played in Cédric Orain’s En attendant la nuit. I’ve also been making objects for the Tourneboulé company since 2009.
interview by Patrick Beaumont
What makes you a committed artist ?
In Valenciennes, drama students are my ties to the territory. I discuss with them about my version of Frankenstein. Watching them performing my text feeds my project, even if the most important thing remains teaching acting. Teaching them how to become glowing, free thinkers is also very important. Training people makes you more demanding of yourself and more capable of knowing how to be well-understood. When you are given the opportunity to test on people a show you’re producing, it empowers you to anticipate the audience’s response. Empowering the audience to have a better understanding of your show is what matters the most to me.