I probably danced through my entire youth. I was raised in Rome but found my real passion with circus when I moved to Paris ten years ago. I trained as an aerial acrobat at the Flogab school with Florence Delahaye and in physical theatre with the two year Jacques Lecoq school. Aerial silks and clowning became my principal disciplines.
My learning experience took in cabarets, equestrian or big top shows, and amusement parks across France and the UK. With my company Breadknives I devised three shows pursuing social themes, using mime, clowning, acrobatics, dance and even live music. In French cabarets I created a multitude of aerial acts to fit the aesthetic of each show, sometimes performing up to three different aerial disciplines per show.
Eventually Cirque du Soleil found me. I started with cruise ship shows and moved to bigger things. At an extravagant gig in Saudi Arabia Cirque told me I was one of the few women they had entrusted to create and perform a solo clown piece. I was also brought on their shows as an acting coach and for artistic consultancy.
What my collaborators acknowledge is that I work well with artists of differing disciplines. I try to go beyond their physical virtuosity, using their talents to create the narrative I desire. I take this approach with all my creations, a method I kept from my Lecoq years.
Yet many other artists continue to influence my work. Peeping Tom, Gecko, and La Compagnie du Hanneton are just a few.