ADMINISTRATIVE AND TEACHING STAFF
Marie Céline Daubagna
(Briag Le Saint during Sophie’s absence)
Research and further education officer
Administrative assistant and school secretary
coordination of the studio-pact
Research, acting and stage direction workshops
Sylvain Cousin is a juggler, manipulator and object dancer. He started on a self-taught basis before training at the Lido from 1996 to 1998. From there, he began to create and tour in France and internationally. In addition to his career as an artist, he works as an artistic director for several companies. From 2002, he became involved in sharing his experience by joining the Lido teaching team, organizing workshops and individual follow-ups. He then became a research associate for the 2nd and 3rd years and joined the Studio-PACT as an artistic accompanist.
MARIE CÉLINE DAUBAGNA
Marie Céline Daubagna has an MA in social and occupational psychology and studied communication and listening based methods at the theatre Comedia dell’arte and clown and jester at Serge’s school Martin in Geneva. She is an improvisational match player as well as an actress. She joined the Lido team of trainers in 1992 as a theatre teacher and in 2014 became the pedagogic manager of professional training at the Lido. Since the school’s accreditation, Marie Céline Daubagna has been responsible for the educational direction of the DNSP-AC. She also supervises the circus research workshops and is stage director for the professional insertion courses.
BENJAMIN DE MATTEIS
From 2001 to 2003, Benjamin de Matteis trained at the Lido. From 2003, he participated in the creation of Cie Sacékripa (winner of Young Circus Talents and SACD prize). He then was responsible for creating the identity for a show by Cie Le Faux Populaire and has sta designed productions for various companies : POL and Freddy, Cie du Vide, June Cie, Cie Happy Face and Iéto. From 2008, he supervised acrobatics courses at the Lido, in 2014 he joined the Lido team and became a researcher for the professional integration year. He also works as an artistic accompanist for the Studio-PACT.
Dominique Habouzit works in research and stage direction. He trained at the Lido from 2000 to 2002. He has participated in clown training courses with Christophe Thellier and Michel Dallaire. He is a director for several companies : Blick Théâtre, Subliminati and Le Grand Raymond and an actor in the Groupe Merci.
CHRISTOPHE LAFARGUE dit GARNIOUZE
At the age of 20 Garniouze started out as a juggler in the metro and streets of Paris. Self-taught, he founded the company Okupa Mobil in 1992 were he combined the circus clown, fairground spirit and street theatre. Four years later, he joined the Phun Théâtre (directed by Phéraille), a company associated with Usine (which has become 1 of 13 National Centers for Street Arts and Public Space). He has participated in the productions “Cent under”, “Les Gumes”, “Le Train Phantome”, “le Père Courage”. Since 2010, he has started to work with monologues bringing him closer to the role of an actor. Garniouze is also a director for various circus and street theater companies : Sacékripa, Uz et coutumes, 3 meters, La Famille Goldini… In 2015 and 2016, he staged two student shows : “Le naufrage de la bête with horns ”and“ Until Made in ”.
GEORGINA VILA BRUCH
Georgina Vila Bruch arrived in France at the age of 18, obtaining a double degree in history and anthropology in Nanterre before changing her direction towards the circus. After professional training at the Lido, she worked in dance companies (LA by Rachid Ouramdane), street (Pipototal company), youth theatre (Le Sarment), physical theatre (Marta Torrents company), puppets (BlickThéâtre) and her own company (Atonita Cie). Throughout her career, she has organized workshops as well as theatre and circus lessons. She is increasingly interested in imaginative teaching. She also takes part in projects with Clowns Sans Frontières in addition to leading cultural mediation projects with the collective Les Mains Libres.
Albin Warette is at the same time a stage director, artistic director, trainer, author and actor. He works in various fields : circus, theater, indoor and outdoor shows, multimedia, street, scenography and improvisation. He is director for several companies : Kaaos Kaamos, Cirque Exalté, the Goldini Family, Cia Zenhir, the company Monstre (s)/Etienne Saglio, the Prêt à Porter Collective. He has been a trainer for over 15 years in circus and theatre schools. In 2004, he won the Jeunes Talents Cirque award with the “Prêt à Porter” collective. In 2007, he co-founded Culture et Mouvements. Since 2009, he has been artistic director of Toulouse en Piste, an event mixing circus and street performances. Albin Warette was associated artist in 2011 at the Séchoir (the Réunion) for a project to develop contemporary circus. In 2014 he worked for a Brazilian festival (Pernambuco) where he has since regularly participated (workshops and staging).
Acrobatics, chinese pole and balancing acts
Guilhem Benoît trained at the Lyon circus school in 2004 after 11 years of sports gymnastics and in 2005, he joined the professional training at the Lido. During his professional exchanges with Le Groupe Tango Sumo in 2007, he discovered and rubbed shoulders with physical theatre where he developed his Moroccan acrobatics. Over time, he perfected and broadened his approach through meeting dance professionals such as Nadj, PeepingTom, Antonia Pons, David Zambrano, Anton Lachky… After working with Léandre, the Lapsus company, the Origami – Gilles company Baron, he now devotes himself to physical theatre and works with companies such as the company 111/Aurélien Bory, Marta Torrents (“Fet a Mà”), company Chambre 5/Marek Hunhap.
JEAN COUCHET GUICHOT
David Soubies is an acrobat, acro-dancer, performer for various companies including : Les Oiseaux Fous, Les Colporteurs, G. Barberio Corsetti, Les Transformateurs, Kafig company, Hors-Pistes company. In 2011, he joined Agnès Fustagueras Puig in the artistic co-direction of the Daraomaï company with which he created “L’instant K”, “Tiravol”, “Lettre à Victor” and “Façade”. In addition David Soubies is also a musician, arranger-composer for live performance and teaches acrobatics and Chinese pole at both the CNAC and the Ésacto’Lido.
Ezra Groenen has been developing innovative acrobatic aerial skills since 1995, combining her experience of contemporary dance performances with Nadine Cubilié, bridging the gap between dance and contemporary circus. In Europe and the USA, she creates dance-climbing performances with rope and fabric accompanied by the saxophonist Finn Martin and crystal player Cathy Tardieu. With her choreographic approach to vertical spaces, Ezra Groenen founded the Tichobates company with Vincent Rebours and in 2002 this eponymous duo represented the Lido at the 23rd Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. Ezra Groenen is a multidisciplinary interpreter who works for numerous companies including : Wallcovering, Théâtre Tattoo, Linga, La Baraque, Cirque Bouffon, Laurent Gachet and Samuel Jornot… Artistic teacher for professional training at the National Conservatory of Toulouse, at the Conservatory of Music and of Danse in the Tarn, at the Académie Fratellini, at ACAPA Fontys Hogeschoole and at the Lido since 2003. Since 2015, she has continued her creative exploration in collaboration with Lydia Vinuela (Passe-Velours company).
After combined professional training as both a contemporary dancer and circus artist, Malika Lapeyre trained at Body-Mind Centering (BMC). In 2005, she co-founded the Collectif Petit Travers and created several pieces. In 2013, she joined the company of Elles, with whom she continues to work (“Be Felice”, “Liesses”). She teaches dance and BMC as part of the professional training programmes at Ésacto’Lido in addition to various internships, masterclasses and workshops and works as consultant for different companies (writing, interpretation, auditions). Malika Lapeyre is passionate about research, bridging the gap between somatic practice and circus gesture. She co-leads various workshops on hand balance, in particular with the researcher and teacher Marion Guyer.
Lydia Vinuela is medalist of the CNR Toulouse and in 2011 was awarded with a music baccalaureate in dance option and a state diploma of dance teaching. She has taken part in 2 academic training sessions : “Dance at school” in the Midi-Pyrénées region in March 2003 and March 2004. As a duo, she won the “Chausson d’or” competition headed by Serge Lifar in 1982 and joined the Grand Théâtre de Limoges in 1983 followed by three years at the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin Lydia Vinuela before turning to contemporary dance and performing for numerous Toulouse companies. In 1991, she co-founded the company Passe-Velours and in 2015 joined Ezra Groenen.