Thomas Barrière started out as a self-taught guitarist in 1994, with a passion for progressive rock and world music. In 2005, he obtained a Diplôme d'Etudes Musicales in contemporary music. Seeing the film Step Across The Border in 2002 inspired him to explore “preparing” his instrument with objects, contact microphones and electronics. He created Primaire, a solo for double-necked guitar and objects, and Du Vent, concert-installation for ten electric fans, a musician and shadows. He works with musicians (Lionel Garcin, Nush Werchowska, Emilie Lesbros, Bart Maris, Philippe Renault), choreographers (Ex Nihilo, Sara Jaleco, Yvan Bertrem), filmmakers (Boris Lehman, Vincent Capes), actors (Sky De Sela, Alexandre Demay) and circus artists (Cirque Trottola). Thomas composed and recorded the music for Fanny Soriano’s Hêtre and Phasmes.
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Kamma Rosenbeck was born in a snowstorm in Copenhagen to a Mexican mother and a Danish father, both circus artists, and naturally she began learning trapeze between two circus trucks at the age of five. She grew up in the castle of Monthelon, France, where she learned eclectic dance, theater and circus techniques from international artists. She specializes in fixed trapeze, participated in the collective creation Flying Fish Circus (2009) and studied at The National School of Circus in Chatellerault, France (2011-2012). She currently works in cabarets (France, Switzerland, Denmark) and performs in several new circus productions : Flux tendu, Cie L’éolienne (aerial creation for five trapeze artists), Project CARLA, Cie Rhizome (2016), and Hêtre by Libertivore - Fanny Soriano.
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Nina Harper est née au Brésil, dans une famille d’artistes. Elle participe à des spectacles de la troupe de sa mère dès l’âge de 6 ans. Elle étudie à l’Académie Fratellini et travaille sur une approche des agrès aériens à travers la danse et l'improvisation. Pendant la formation, elle participe à plusieurs créations entre autres mises en scène par Pierre Meunier, Philippe Fenwick, Michele D'Angelo, Stuart Seide, Laurent Frechuret, etc.
Entre 2015 et 2016, elle travaille avec la Cie Les Intouchables dans la création Implosion suspendue, recherche sur les mouvements réflexes sur une sculpture de trapèzes. En 2016 elle travaille avec la Cie Libertivore pour remplacer Kamma Rosenbeck sur le solo de danse voltige Hêtre.
Elle s'intéresse à différentes structures sur lesquelles se suspendre pour mieux exprimer narrations et sensations.
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Dancer, performer and choreographer, Mathilde Monfreux has developed an organic, instinctive artistic approach. She is the director of Compagnie des Corps Parlants. She creates works for the stage as well as site-specific pieces. A relationship with organicity is very present in her work. Her avid curiosity and creative restlessness have inspired her to work in several mediums: the body and dance, primarily, as well as vocalization, and relationship to objects. She is invited regularly as a choreographic “outside eye” to work with circus artists, choreographers and visual artists.
Voleak was born in 1994 in Battambang, Cambodia. To follow her dream, she left her family in 2007, at the age of 13, to join a circus school located in a big city, far from home. Her desire to discover the world and cultivate her acrobatic potential prompted her to develop certain circus techniques for several months in Vietnam.
It was during this formative period that Voleak discovered the deeper importance of circus in her life. In September, 2010, she was accepted into the National School of Circus Arts in Rosny-sous-Bois, France. In her second year at Rosny she met fellow student Vincent Brière, with whom she formed a hand-to-hand acrobatic duet. Upon graduation, she was accepted into the National Circus Arts Center (CNAC) in Châlons-en-Champagne, France. There she and Vincent refined their technique in hand-to-hand acrobatics, developing a substantial artistic partnership.
Vincent was born in the Hauts-de-Seine region of France. Shortly thereafter his family settled in the French city of Rennes. It was on a trip to South America that Vincent first became enchanted by circus and began to learn juggling. Back in France, he decided to pursue study in circus arts and left for Spain for two years (first in Pamplona, then in Catalonia ) where he trained in acrobatics, juggling, Chinese mast and slack wire. In 2011, he joined the National School of Circus Arts in Rosny-sous-Bois, France. There he met fellow student Voleak Ung, with whom he formed a hand-to-hand acrobatic duet and discovered the incredible potential of dance and movement. Upon graduation he was accepted into the National Circus Arts Center (CNAC) in Châlons-en-Champagne, France. There he and Voleak refined their technique in hand-to-hand acrobatics, developing a substantial artistic partnership.
Damien Fournier is a versatile performer, dancer and circus artist trained in aerial acrobatics at the National Circus Arts Center (CNAC) in Châlons-en-Champagne, France. Since graduating from CNAC he has taken part in more than 35 productions with Josef Nadj, Guy Alloucherie, Damien Jalet, Helder Seabra, Kitsou Dubois, Alexandra Waierstall and others. He has been collaborating since 2006 with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Myth, Babel, Puz / zle, Sutra, and the film Anna Karenina. Additionally, he was choreographic assistant and rehearsal director for Sutra (a show with the Shaolin Monks of Henan Temple, in China).
Sandrine Rozier is a fashion designer who graduated from the Institut Français de la Mode in Paris. She is dedicated to the design and production of costumes and stage sets, using traditional techniques. She has been practicing natural dyes for more than ten years in France and abroad. Through numerous travels, she has had the opportunity to forge solid ties with some thirty textile artisans around the world and helps to enhance the know-how of rural communities in Asia, India or Africa which produce fabrics by weaving the plants present in their environment. She guest teaches costume design and specialized textiles at various universities.