Mathilde Monnier

French choreographer Mathilde Monnier apprehends dance as an inspired interaction with other art forms. After her experience as a dancer with Viola Farber Dance Company she started creating her own work, in which she mainly alternates group creations with solos and duets. In her work she tries to establish ties between choreography and other disciplines. From piece to piece, she confounds expectations, as she shows constantly evolving work. Her artistic explorations extend from creating movement to wider issues such as the unusual, the relationship to music, the memory, maintaining a continuous link. Her appointment as Head of Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon Centre Chorégraphique in 1994 marked the beginning of a new period, an opening into new artistic fields and a reflection-in-action on the orientation and sharing of an institutional space.

Groundbreaking and inspired are her collaborations with other artists and interlectuals, as the philosopher Jean-Luc Nanay, the movie director Claire Denis, the author Christine Angot, the performer and cheographer La Ribot as well as her work with composer Heiner Goebbels. Her shows, among which Pour Antigone, Déroutes, Les lieux de là, Surrogate city, Soapéra, Twin paradox are performed at major venues and international festivals. At the Ruhrtriennale 2012 her work Soapéra received the “Best of the Best” prize of the Childrens Choice Awards.

Starting in January 2014, Mathilde Monnier is director of Centre National de la Danse Pantin.