BIOGRAPHY

I am a French artist living in Brussels. I trained in contemporary dance at the Rencontres Internationales de Danse Contemporaine in Paris and the Junior Ballet d'Aquitaine in Bordeaux. I completed my studies at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in Brussels, from which I graduated in 2006. While pursuing a career as a dancer in numerous companies, I also obtained a diploma in contemporary jewelry at the RHOK academy of arts in Brussels in 2017.

Therefore, I work simultaneously in the fields of performing arts and contemporary jewelry.

Drawing on my experience as a contemporary dancer, I currently work as a movement director and artistic collaborator to the duo of opera stage directors Clarac-Deloeuil>Le Lab. Together we have staged a number of classics: Il Trovatore, Death in Venice, Trilogia Mozart Da Ponte- Le Nozze Di Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni- Serse, Salomé, Butterfly, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, La Cenerentola, Mitridate Re di Ponto and Peer Gynt. Additionally, I have also staged my own contemporary production, L'Abrégé des Merveilles de Marco Polo.

Additionally, I work as a reviewer for Pzazz which publishes daily reviews of shows playing in Belgium. I have written about the following shows: La Trilogie des Contes Immoraux (pour Europe) by Phia Ménard, La Dispute by Mohamed El Khatib, D-Marche by Collectif de 7 artistes, Buster initiating Bros by Romeo Castellucci, Through the grapevine by Alexander Vantournhout, Dark Red by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, IDA don't cry me love by Lara Barsacq, Atla by Louise Vanneste, Moving in concert by Mette Ingvartsen, Cría by Alice Ripoll.

Writing articles is a continuation of the dance introductions I have been giving for many years in theater venues in Belgium and abroad. I have introduced Zeitigung, Bartok/Beethoven/Schönberg, The Six Brandenburg Concertos, Achterland, Mitten Wir im Leben Sind, Rosas danst Rosas, A Love Supreme, Golden Hours, Rain, Verklärte Nacht, Vortex Temporum, Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke, Zeitung, Partita 2, Drumming, Elena's Aria for Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Kreatur, Sacre, Continu for Sasha Waltz, Requiem for L., Coup Fatal for Alain Platel, Sutra, Noetic, Icon, Apocrifu for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Vessel for Damien Jalet.

As a contemporary jewelry designer and performer, I develop pieces of jewelry that are as much sculptures, installations and performances as they are jewelry, for which the body is both a subject and a path.

My jewelry work has been exhibited at numerous art events, including the European triennial for contemporary jewelry in Paris, Mons and Stockholm, the Athens, Barcelona, Budapest and Brussels Jewelry Weeks, art galleries in Strasbourg and Melbourne, the Z33 museum in Hasselt, and the Beijing Design Week.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Using contemporary jewelry as an art form moves jewelry beyond its classic definition, which, if not limited, is very removed from contemporary artistic practices. The contemporary jewelry I produce speaks of the body and has the potential to be seen within a wide and interdisciplinary frame of reference.

In my work, I am most interested in the connection between jewelry and movement. With years of experience as a professional dancer, I have an intimate understanding of movement both technically and emotionally. A number of properties, such as awareness of the body, material arrangement, spatial understanding, and knowledge formulation, are common to both jewelry and dance. It is these qualities and the interaction with the audience that I see as linking the two disciplines.

Although I care about aesthetics, materials, shapes, colors, and forms, since they allow me to convey my message and create emotional connections, virtuosity is not my primary concern. Yet, I am most excited about the dialogue and the journey of reflection that my pieces enable as they interact with the world.

As a result of my practice, jewelry is neither added to dance nor dance added to jewelry. Instead, using the heterogeneity and the porous nature of these two artistic fields, I strive to find a common DNA between applied arts and performing arts and thereby provide jewelry with a new form of engagement with the public.

CV

Solo exhibitions

2022
Brussels Jewelry Week, Belgium (BE)– Sleeping Beauty (+)
2019
Athens Jewelry Week, Athens (GR)– A Jewelry Piece
2018
Athens Jewelry Week, Athens (GR)– Joya Prize winner during AJW 18– Curiosity

Group exhibitions

2021
BeCraft, Mons (BE)– Curiosity
2020
Beijing Design Week, Beijing (CN)– A Jewelry Piece
2020
Athens Jewelry Week, Athens (GR)– Oxytocin (Red is the color of love)
2020
Budapest Jewelry Week, Budapest (HU)– Oxytocin (Red is the color of love)
2019
Joya Barcelona Off, Barcelona (ES)– A Jewelry Piece
2019
Radical Pavlova, Melbourne (AUS)– A Jewelry Piece
2019
Galerie Art’Course, Strasbourg (FR)– A Jewelry Piece
2018
Joya Barcelona, Barcelona (ES)– Curiosity
2018
BeCraft, Mons (BE)– Memories of Urban Routes
2018
European triennial for contemporary jewelry, Stockholm (SE), Paris (FR)– Curiosity
2017
European triennial for contemporary jewelry, Mons (BE)– Curiosity
2017
Common Ground, Mechelen (BE)– Common Ground
2017
RHOK, Brussels (BE)– Curiosity
2016
Jewelmania, Brussels (BE)– Memories of Urban Routes
2016
RHOK, Brussels (BE)– Memories of Urban Routes

Professional experience

2022-Now
Rehearsal director for dance companies
2019-Now
Reviewer for Pzazz
2017-Now
Independent jewelry maker
2014-Now
Movement director for opera
2012-2020
Performing arts and dance lecturer
2017-2019
Artistic coordinator of P.A.R.T.S. Summer School
2012
Artistic coordinator of the Museum Night Fever for the Jewish museum of Belgium
2006-2015
Contemporary dancer

Artistic education

2011-2017
RHOK academy of arts, Brussels (BE)–Jewelry design certificate
2004-2006
Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.), Brussels (BE)– Training cycle certificate
2002-2004
Junior Ballet d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux (FR)– Graduation certificate with high distinction, certificate in modern jazz dance
2001-2002
Rencontres Internationales de Danse Contemporaine (R.I.D.C), Paris (FR)– Certificate in contemporary dance, anatomy, dance history and music history
2000-2001
Centre Irène Popard, Paris (FR)– First year certificate