Tell us about your career…
I used to study mathematics. At the time, art was not really part of my culture until I discovered contemporary art, plastic arts and performance… It felt like an epiphany, a rebirth so I decided to change and study arts. At the Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes, I became very interested in performance art. I studied the « show » as a relationship with a connected audience, in tune with the artist’s work, and as a multidisciplinary object in which texts, music and video can each have their own place…
So I started to carry out performances and put all chances on my side. I then applied to the Malterie in Lille in order to access to a workshop. There I met Julien Fournet who was the manager. We rapidly became friends, so when several opportunities to elaborate my work presented themselves, I asked him to help me develop the recent association I had created.
We produced our first true show in 2006 called « Cheval » which was a success. We even performed it in Rio ! We learnt a lot thanks to our first show : how to put on, produce and promote a show… Then Halory Goerger joined us on the next project : the Amicale de Production was born.
I started performing as an artist as I was doing research at the university. Quickly I started performing on a stage. I turned to performing arts in 2002, in little shows mixing video, poetry and acting and in which the form was always questioned. I also used to be a plastic artist performing in documentary projects.
I, together with other plastic artists, we created a kind of cabaret in which we used to perform our art. This may be the reason why today, I am accustomed to work independently from the traditional means of artistic production. In 2004, I started touring with Métrage Variable – my first solo. Consequently, I tried various means of production and distribution. In 2007, as we were performing &&&&& & &&&, we – that is me and the future co-creators of the Amicale de Production – we felt the need to create a collective of artists, the Amicale de Production. I was the artistic co-director until 2016. After fifteen years in the Amicale de Production, I wanted something else and created a company called Bravo Zoulou.
As far as I am concerned, Germinal rightly sums up what we are. It took us two years to write it. I felt the urge to write a new history of science and technology, a new history of ideas performed on stage. It is a traditional play, in keeping with the codes of theatre (unity of time, place and action). On the other hand it also is conceptual and different from what is traditionally showed on stage.
I had the great opportunity to tour a lot and learn about each step of the production process : scenography, technical knowledge, production. So, today I can have a comprehensive look on the projects, even though my main activities remain writing, directing and acting.
Le phénix supports all my projects. I met Romaric Daurier as I was touring with Métrage variable. I performed it again on the phenix’ stage in a more elaborate version. Our collaboration has been going on with Germinal, Les Thermes and more recently, Corps Diplomatique.
interviews by Patrick Beaumont