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Soeurs d’armes / Sisters in arms

„Soeurs d’armes“ (Sisters in arms) is a singular piece of musical performance and theatre. Through narration and song, a young woman's story is told. I recount decisive encounters during my suburban teenage years in secondary school. It was then that other young women helped me...

OBJETS D’HIVER / PANACHE

OBJET D'HIVER is the title of my art residency in Sept-Nov 2016 followed by a solo exhibition in Nov-Jan 2017 at the Gallery Langage Plus in Alma (Québec, Canada). PANACHE is the collective exhibition about Québec I took part in Feb-May 2017, at the FRAC in Sélestat (Alsace, France). About...

Lili Marlene

Singing apparition in the role of Lale Andersen's Lili Marlene (1939) by the ARTE documentary Beloved Enemy - The history of French-German relations.  Directors: Christel Fomm and Martin Carazo-Mendes for Gruppe 5 Filmproduction (Cologne). --- More on ARTE Chanel....

Madame rêve

"Madame rêve" is a performance about all the plurality of women inside me, where I recall both the good and bad encounters that have made me a woman. "One is not born, but rather becomes a woman" said Simone de Beauvoir. True, but which one?   (FR) LES FEMMES EN...

Les passantes / The elderly

Les passantes (the elderly) is a performance about old women's souvenirs in a retirement home. About the act of taking care and the fear of being forgotten. An old song with half of the lyrics missing. --- Presented at the gallery Apollonia Art Exchanges in Strasbourg (2008) and on a theater stage...

Et combien de clous ?

A performance about grandparents' portraits taken as both side of the same story. About the difficulty of transmission and the weight of familial history. A story of nails refusing to hang properly on the wall. And an old Bulgarian song, both sweet and violent, as the remembrance's trigger. --- Presented at the gallery Apollonia...

A cold song

A performance about the little red riding hood, losing the way back home and a truck accident in the forest. Inspired by Charles Perrault well-known fairy tale and Klaus Nomi powerful interpretation of "A cold song" (Purcell). --- Presented at the gallery Apollonia Art Exchanges and at Zone d'art in Strasbourg. More to...

Black Blanc Biche

In "Black-Blanc-Biche" I recall my own teenage years where a girl has to act and dress up like a man to go out in the suburbs. The old traditional song "La complainte de la blanche biche" tells the story of a girl hunted by her own...

Suburbs drawings and slams

In October 2005,  two kids died from electrocution by hiding in a power station to avoid a police interrogation, resulting in a power blackout. The incident ignited rising tensions about youth unemployment and police harassment in the poorer housing estates of French suburbs, resulting in weeks of...