Mathilde Monnier

Mathilde Monnier, born in Mulhouse, France in 1959, understands dance as an inspired play with other art forms. Since 1984, she has been developing pieces, performances, and installations with which she bridges the gap between choreography and the other disciplines. Since 1994, she has been directing Centre National Chorégraphique de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon.
Pioneering and stimulating is her collaboration with other artists and intellectuals, including philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, film director Claire Denis, writer Christine Angot, and composer Heiner Goebbels. In 2008, Monnier was invited by the Berliner Philharmoniker to participate in a theater project. Under the musical direction of Simon Rattle, she choreographed Heiner Goebbel’s orchestra cycle Surrogate Cities with 130 amateurs, a large urban panorama with sharp cuts, fast changes of perspective and sounds that collapse on top of one another.
At PACT Zollverein Essen she has presented the burlesque duet Gustavia (2008) with Spanish performance artist La Ribot and Pavlova 3’23’ (2009), a contemporary reference of the classical ballet The Dying Swan.

For Soapéra (2010), she collaborated with artist Dominqiue Figarella. His assemblages and mixed media works are intricate riddles combining painting, objects, projections, and reflections. Her new creation Twin Paradox will be shown for the first time in Germany after its premiere at Montpellier Danse 2012.

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