The following list of visual and performing arts professionals focuses primarily on artists, choreographers, actors, directors, musicians, and playwrights who have worked with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on recent projects. 

Jean-Luc Lagarce

Jean-Luc Lagarce
(Updated on 03/05/2015)
Jean-Luc Lagarce (1957-1995) was a French actor, director and playwright. He has in recent years risen from obscurity to become one of the most widely produced playwrights in all of Europe. READ MORE

Renaud Jerez

(Updated on 02/04/2015)
Renaud Jerez was born in 1982, and now lives and works in Berlin. His work often reveals mechanisms of contamination and consumption. He creates avatars out of PVC tubing, sports gear, camouflage paint, latex gloves and sneakers; shown alongside slick videos that hijack the aesthetics of beauty product commercials. READ MORE

Antoine Catala

(Updated on 02/04/2015)
French artist Antoine Catala uses lo-fi and analog technology as a riposte to the digital virtuosity of today's media. READ MORE

Alexis Dahan

French Artist
(Updated on 01/21/2015)

Alexis Dahan was born in 1982 in Paris, France. After studying literature and philosophy in Paris, he got his M.A. in Journalism at New York University. His artistic career started in December 2012 with an acclaimed solo exhibition at Half Gallery, New York that was followed by a solo show at Rook & Raven Gallery, London in May 2013. In November 2013, Dahan’s “We serve selected texts”, a non-profit installation that distributed philosophy texts to bystanders, was invited by the DIA Art Foundation to operate in front of their Chelsea location.

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Matthieu Poirier

French Curator
(Updated on 01/15/2015)

Matthieu Poirier holds a doctorate in art history from the Sorbonne, where he has also taught. Formerly a resident at Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art, he recently curated or co-curated "Soto - Chronochrome" (2015) and "Post-Op" at Galerie Perrotin (2014), "Dynamo" at Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais and "Julio Le Parc" at Palais de Tokyo (2013).

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Mark Geffriaud

French Artist
(Updated on 12/09/2014)
Mark Geffriaud (b. 1977, Vitry-sur-Seine, France) is a French artist. He lives and works in Paris. He graduated from École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier (2004). READ MORE

Fanette Mellier

French Graphic Designer
(Updated on 12/17/2014)
Fanette Mellier is a French graphic designer. READ MORE

Dominique Bagouet

French choregrapher
(Updated on 11/25/2014)
Dominique Bagouet (1951 - 1992) was a French choreographer and dancer. READ MORE

Mathilde Monnier

French Choregrapher
(Updated on 02/17/2015)
Mathilde Monnier has been director of the Centre Choreographique National de Montpellier (France) since 1994. READ MORE

Eva Barois de Caevel

French Independent Curator
(Updated on 11/05/2014)
Eva Barois De Caevel is assistant curator at Raw Material Company, Dakar, and works as an independent curator. READ MORE

Lili Reynaud-Dewar

French Visual Artist
(Updated on 10/24/2014)
Lili Reynaud-Dewar was born in La Rochelle, France, in 1975 and currently lives and works in Grenoble, France. READ MORE

Société Réaliste

French Artists
(Updated on 10/07/2014)
Société Réaliste is a Parisian cooperative created by Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy in June 2004. READ MORE

Xavier Gallais

French Actor
(Updated on 09/26/2014)
Xavier Gallais graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD) in 2002. READ MORE

Francis Perrin

French Actor, Writer & Director
(Updated on 09/15/2014)
Francis Perrin has been a major actor, writer, and director in France for over 50 years. READ MORE

Jean-Marc Rochette

Creator
(Updated on 09/19/2014)
Jean-Marc Rochette is a French visual artist. He has been working on many different projects and experiencing with different styles, but he is best known for the Snowpiercer, which was brought to the screen in 2013 by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. READ MORE

Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota

French Stage Director
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota is a stage director. He was at the head of the Comédie de Reims/CDN [National Drama Centre] from 2002 to 2008. On 1 September 2008, he succeeded Gérard Violette as director of the Théâtre de la Ville. READ MORE

Gisèle Vienne

French Artist & Choregrapher
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Gisèle Vienne, born in 1976, is a Franco-Austrian artist, choreographer and director. READ MORE

Guillaume Bruère

French Visual Artist
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Born in Châtellerault in 1976, Guillaume Bruère attended the European School of Visual Arts in Poitiers and the Nantes Fine Art School, after which he assisted artists such as Jacques Villeglé and Thomas Hirschhorn. Bruère, who has been based in Berlin since 2003, is an exceptionally prolific artist whose diverse oeuvre encompasses painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and performance. READ MORE

Jean Luc Moulène

French Visual Artist
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Born in 1955, Jean-Luc Moulène studied Aesthetics and Sciences of Art at the Sorbonne University in Paris, where he currently lives and works. READ MORE

Florent Masse

(Updated on 09/04/2014)
FLORENT MASSE (M.A. Université de Lille III) is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of L’Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop at Princeton University. READ MORE

600 HIGHWAYMEN

(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Under the name 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone construct expansive performances that illuminate the inherent poignancy and theatricality of people together. They are exploring a radical approach to making live art, constructing events that create intimacy among a group of strangers. Developed using creative methods ranging from the mainstream to the peculiar, their work is a rigorously tuned investigation of presence and humanity, not only in performance, but in process and aftermath. READ MORE

Ivana Müller

French Choregrapher
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Ivana Müller is a choreographer, artist and author of texts. She grew up in Croatia but most of her life lived and worked as a foreigner. READ MORE

Trajal Harrell

French Dancer & Choregrapher
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Trajal Harrell’s work has been presented at many venues including The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, P.S. 122, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Boston, Dance Mission (San Francisco, CA), the former San Francisco Institute of Choreography, Cornell University’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and CUNY’s Martin Segal Theater and Proshansky Auditorium, among others. Internationally, his work has toured to international festivals in France, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Croatia, and Mexico including prestigious festivals such as such as Rencontres Chorégraphiques-Paris, Festival d’Avignon, Impulstanz-Vienna, TanzimAugust- Berlin, and Panorama Festival- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. READ MORE

Xavier Le Roy

French Dancer & Choregrapher
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Xavier Le Roy studied molecular biology at the University of Montpellier and has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 1991. READ MORE

Marion Aubert

French Writer and Performer
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Marion Aubert is a writer and performer born in Aurillac, France. She wrote her first play, Petite Pièce Médicament, in 1996, while trainning as an actor at the Montpellier Conservatory. This play was staged the following year, when she founded the Tire pas la Nappe Company with Marion Guerrero and Capucine Ducastlle. Since that time, all of her plays has been staged, most often by her company, and most often directed by Marion Guerrero. The majority of these plays are edited by Actes Sud-Papiers. READ MORE

Arthur Nauzyciel

French Actor
(Updated on 08/21/2014)
After studying visual arts and cinema, Arthur Nauzyciel trained as an actor in the school of the Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris) run by Antoine Vitez (1978). He began his career as an actor then turned to stage directing. READ MORE

Bruno Latour

French Sociologist, Philosopher and Anthropologist
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Bruno Latour, born in 1947 in Beaune, Burgundy, from a wine grower family, was trained first as a philosopher and then an anthropologist. From 1982 to 2006, he has been professor at the Centre de sociologie de l'Innovation at the Ecole nationale supérieure des mines in Paris and, for various periods, visiting professor at UCSD, at the London School of Economics and in the history of science department of Harvard University. READ MORE

Marc Riboud

French Photographer - Visual Artist
(Updated on 09/04/2014)
Marc Riboud is born in 1923 in Lyon. At the Great Exhibition of Paris in 1937 he takes his first pictures with the small Vest-Pocket camera his father offered him. During the war, he took part in the Vercors fights. From 1945 to 1948 he studies engineering and works in a factory. After a week of holiday, during which he covers the cultural festival of Lyon, he drops his engineering job for photography. READ MORE

Frédéric Nauczyciel

(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Frédéric Nauczyciel is a French artist who works in Paris and Baltimore, exploring various visual media. He was administrator and personal assistant to American choreographer Andy Degroat for ten years. READ MORE

Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet

(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Since 1994 Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet have been associated under the generic title les gens d’Uterpan. READ MORE

Alain Buffard

Choreographer, dancer
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Alain Buffard (1960–2013) trained at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers with Alwin Nikolaïs, and interpreted for choreographers such as Daniel Larrieu, Régine Chopinot, and Philippe Decouflé. READ MORE

Edmond Russo and Shlomi Tuizer (Affari Esteri)

(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Italian-born Edmond Russo and Israeli-born Shlomi Tuizer started their careers respectively in the Lyon Opera Ballet and the Batsheva Dance Company. T READ MORE

Christian Rizzo

Choreographer, dancer
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Christian Rizzo studied fine arts at the Villa d'Arson in Nice, where he began to branch out into dance. During the 1990s, he performed with various contemporary choreographers, and often created soundtracks and costumes for them as well. READ MORE

Meredith Monk

Composer, singer, director/choreographer
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Meredith Monk (b. November 20, 1942, New York, NY) is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. A pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance,” Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception. READ MORE

Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh

Choreographer
(Updated on 03/21/2014)

Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh is a French choreographer whose piece, Sprint, will be performed at the Center for Performance Research this January.

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Olivier Mosset

Artist
(Updated on 03/21/2014)
Olivier Mosset was born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland. For many years, he has been working and living in Tucson, Arizona. Olivier Mosset has spent considerable time in New York and Paris. READ MORE

Olivier Py

Director, Actor, Writer
(Updated on 06/28/2013)
Born in France, Olivier Py studied at ENSATT and at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art Paris, and at Institute Catholique for theology. In 1988, his first play, des oranges et des ongles, directed by Didier Lafaye, premièred at the Essaïon Theatre in Paris. In the same year he founded his own company “Les inconvénients des boutures” and staged his own plays. READ MORE

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

Actor
(Updated on 04/15/2013)
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine is a first generation Ugandan-American whose playwriting, acting, and directing. Ntare received his MFA in Acting from New York University and completed studies at The Moscow Arts Theatre in Russia, The Royal National Theatre in London and The University of Virginia. READ MORE

Hiam Abbass

Actress
(Updated on 04/15/2013)
Hiam Abbass is an acclaimed actress, multilingual performer best known for her roles in international films directed by Steven Spielberg, Thomas McCarthy, Julian Schnabel, Patrice Chéreau, among others. READ MORE

Marina Montefusco

Theater Director
(Updated on 04/12/2013)
Marina Montefusco, theater director and puppeteer, studied theatrical arts at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. In 1990, she moved to France and founded Le Clan des Songes, where she remains as artistic director. Supported by a loyal team of artists, she writes, directs and produces performances for young people that are appreciated by audiences of any age. READ MORE

Compagnie XY

Theater Company
(Updated on 03/13/2013)
Compagnie XY was founded by Abdel Senhadji and Mahmoud Louertani to exhibit acrobatic ensemble work that reflects the personalities and creativity of each performer. READ MORE

Benjamin Mouton

Architect
(Updated on 03/08/2013)
One of the 44 Architects en Chef des Monuments Historiques of France, Benjamin Mouton is in charge of some of the most prestigious landmarked monuments belonging to a wide spectrum of construction years. READ MORE

Cyprien Gaillard

Visual Artist
(Updated on 01/30/2013)
Cyprien Gaillard’s work includes videos, photographs, installations and sculptures which confront subjects that range from vandalism, entropy, ancient ruins, contemporary building and monument demolitions to minimal aesthetics, romanticism and Land Art. READ MORE

Bernard Piffaretti

Visual Artist
(Updated on 01/30/2013)
Bernard Piffaretti was born in 1955 in Saint-Etienne, France. He currently lives and works in Paris. His work is exhibited in the Gallery Frank Albaz in Paris, Beaumont Public in Luxembourg, Cheim & Read in New York and Nicolas Krupp in Basle, Switzerland. He has also contributed his work to several private expositions. READ MORE

Peter Brook

Theater Director
(Updated on 01/16/2013)
Peter Brook is a Theater director and has achieved distinction throughout his career in the disciplines of theater, opera, and literature. He directed and performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in such productions as Titus Andronicus, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Marat/Sade (also seen on Broadway), and Antony and Cleopatra. READ MORE

Olivier Dubois

Dancer | Choreographer
(Updated on 02/17/2015)
Olivier Dubois is a French dancer and choreographer who will perform his work PRET A BAISER (Ready to Kiss) at the Invisible Dog this January as part of "French Highlights", a survey of contemporary French choreography at venues around New York City. READ MORE

Christine Salem

Musician
(Updated on 12/19/2012)
Christine Salem is one of the rare feminine voices of maloya with a strong and charismatic personality. Accompanied on a kayanm (her favourite instrument) Christine’s voice seems to float as she sings in Creole, Malagasy, Comoran or Swahili, mixing with subtlety music from the Indian Ocean with African rhythms. READ MORE

Maurice Benayoun

Visual Artist
(Updated on 01/16/2013)

Maurice Benayoun (aka MoBen) (b. 29 March 1957 in Mascara, Algeria) is a French pioneer new-media artist and theorist based in Paris. His work employs various media, including (and often combining) video, immersive virtual reality, the Web, wireless technology, performance, large-scale urban art installations and interactive exhibitions. In the 1980s Benayoun directed video installations and short films about contemporary artists, including Daniel Buren, Jean Tinguely, Sol LeWitt and Martial Raysse.

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Agathe de Bailliencourt

Visual Artist
(Updated on 01/16/2013)
Born in Paris, Agathe de Bailliencourt's media range from canvas and paper to public spaces and architecture. After graduating from Ecole Boulle in Paris, she has been working and exhibiting internationally while based in Berlin. READ MORE

Jean-Baptiste Bernardet

Visual Artist
(Updated on 01/16/2013)
Visual artist Jean-Baptiste Bernardet (born 1978, Paris) lives and works in Brussels. Bernardet was an artist in residency at Triangle Studios in New York City in 2012. READ MORE

Neil Beloufa

Visual Artist
(Updated on 01/16/2013)
Neil Beloufa demonstrates a persisting interest in dichotomies; reality and fiction, cause and effect, presence and absence, all of which he communicates through various medium ranging from sculpture, video, installation and photography. Through his construction of dichotomies Beloufa is able to deconstruct our perceived ideas of truth and fantasy, thus posing fantasy as truth. His works relies on our relations to exoticism, authority, cultural hierarchies in a wikipedian era he considers hypereel. READ MORE

Justice

Musicians
(Updated on 01/16/2013)
Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé met three years ago and were both raised in the suburbs of Paris. Xavier was studying graphic design and Gaspard designed flyers. Xavier had been playing bass and guitar in dated disco bands and Gaspard played drums in average rock bands. Xavier is a chatter box, Gaspard is quiet. READ MORE

Alla Francesca

Musicians
(Updated on 01/16/2013)
Alla Francesca was founded in 1989, by members of Ensemble Gilles Binchois. The central members of Alla Francesca are Brigitte Lesne (voice, harp), Emmanuel Bonnardot (voice, fiddle) and Pierre Hamon (winds), and each of the three continues to perform with Ensemble Gilles Binchois as well as their own projects. READ MORE

Aurélien Bory

Theater Director
(Updated on 11/04/2012)
Aurélien Bory was born in Colmar in 1972. His studies in physics in Strasbourg led him to the field of architectural acoustics. He then ended his scientific curriculum in 1995. He settled in Toulouse where he joined the creative studio at the Lido, the Circus Arts Centre. In 1998, he played in Theatre Tattoo's L'Odyssée directed by Mladen Materic. In 2000 he founded Compagnie 111 with actor Olivier Alenda. READ MORE

Cecilia Bengolea

Dancer | Choreographer
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Cecilia Bengolea, born in Argentina. Studied modern-jazz, classical and anthropological dance in Buenos Aires. Followed studies in the University of History of Art in Buenos Aires 1998-2001. Since 2001, she has been working in Europe as a dancer, writter, choreographer, singer… READ MORE

François Chaignaud

Dancer | Choreographer
(Updated on 11/04/2012)
Francois Chaignaud, choreographer, France. He is graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSM) in Paris (2002). Since then he has collaborated as a dancer with various choreographers such as Boris Chamatz, Emmanuelle Huynh, Gilles Jobin, Tiago Guedes, Alain Buffard... READ MORE

Joël Pommerat

Theater Director
(Updated on 11/04/2012)

Joël Pommerat, an inescapable fixture of the French stage, has written and directed two dozen plays. "A brilliant artist," who, "with his Compagnie Louis Brouillard, creates these beautifully conceived productions, in which the words, the lights and the sound are all in dialog with each other to describe a state of the world and of being" (Le Monde), he founded his company in 1990, at the age of 27, and devoted himself exclusively to staging his own writing. For Cet enfant (This Child), he received the 2006 Critics‟ Prize for Best Work in the French Language from the Critics‟ Syndicate.

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Patrice Chéreau

Theater Director
(Updated on 02/27/2015)
French director Patrice Chéreau is heralded for his wide-ranging theatre, film and opera productions that delve deeply into human relationships. “Directing these different media is about the same thing – telling stories,” he says. READ MORE

Philippe Calvario

Theater Director
(Updated on 11/04/2012)
Trained at the renowned Parisian theater school Cours Florent with Valérie Nègre, Philippe Joiris, and Isabelle Nanty, Philippe Calvario created his own company in 1996 and has so far produced and directed more than 20 theater and opera productions. READ MORE

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Visual Artists
(Updated on 11/16/2012)
Ronan Bouroullec (born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) have been working together for about ten years now. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence with the intention to reach more balance and fineness. READ MORE

Farah Atassi

Visual Artist
(Updated on 01/16/2013)
​Having graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in 2005, Farah Atassi has shown her work at the Ferme du Buisson, the last salon de Montrouge, and was part of the exhibition entitled “Dynasty” at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Palais de Tokyo. Although her work is figurative, Farah Atassi’s research is essentially abstract. READ MORE

Laurent Grasso

Visual Artist
(Updated on 11/15/2012)
Born in France in 1972, Laurent Grasso has developed a fascination with the visual possibilities related to the science of electromagnetic energy, radio waves, and naturally occurring phenomena. Grasso also explores these sciences as they apply to paranormal activity, a favorite subject of 18th century scientists and philosophers, often used as parlor entertainment during the Victorian era. READ MORE

Jean-Michel Othoniel

Visual Artist
(Updated on 11/13/2012)
A Paris-based artist, Jean-Michel Othoniel was born in 1964 in Saint-Etienne, France. Beginning in the 1980s he made art with such mutable materials as sulfur, lead, and beeswax. In 1993, he began using glass, receiving widespread recognition for his sparkling, jewelry-like artworks made with glass globes crafted on the Venetian island of Murano and in other glass centers around the world. READ MORE

Elliott Carter

Musician
(Updated on 11/06/2012)
BiographyTwice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, first composer to receive the United States National Medal of Arts, one of the few composers ever awarded Germany's Ernst Von Siemens Music Prize, and in 1988 made "Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the Government of France, Elliott Carter is internationally recognized as one of the leading American voices in classical music. READ MORE

Saâdane Afif

Visual Artist
(Updated on 11/13/2012)
“Saâdane Afif ‘s work stands outside the usual networks of French contemporary art with a career and outlook that is increasingly international. Afif’s sculptures and installations exhibit a melancholic yet festive beauty. They delight in their own materiality and frequently incorporate light, sound, and movement, seducing the audience with a compact spectacle of son et lumière. READ MORE

Camille Henrot

Visual Artist
(Updated on 02/14/2014)
Best-known for her videos and animated films combining drawn art and music, Camille Henrot’s work blurs the traditionally hierarchical categories of art history. Her work, adapted into the diverse media of sculpture, drawing, photography and, as always, film, considers the fascination with the "other" and "elsewhere" in terms of both geography and sexuality. READ MORE

Pierre Rigal

Choreographer
(Updated on 11/04/2012)
Renowned for his original and progressive creations, French choreographer, dancer and artistic director of the Compagnie Dernière Minute, Pierre Rigal is a perfect example of the up-and-coming young talent gaining respect and popularity in France. READ MORE

Jérôme Bel

Choreographer
(Updated on 11/04/2012)
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