Photographer Genevieve Reeves
Solène's loves for dance started when she was 5 doing pirouettes (only) on her kitchen floor. Later she formally trained in the regional conservatoire of Lyon and then pursued her training at London Contemporary Dance School where she obtained a BA(Hons) and an MA in contemporary dance and performance. She focused her studies on improvisation, performance and wrote her MA on inclusive practices looking at the politics of disabled and non-disabled bodies on stage.
As a full-time member of Scottish Dance Theatre and under the direction of Janet Smith, Solène created and performed work by choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Ina Christel Johannessen, Kate Weare, Benjamin Levy, Rachel Lopez de la Nieta to name just a few.
Solène interest as a performer is rooted in the connection with the audience. She became a freelancer to work more closely to what matters to her and built two long lasting artistic relationships with Ben Duke (Lost Dog) and Joan Cleville (Joan Cleville Dance). Story-telling, dance and laughter have been in the center of The life and times of Girl A, Home for broken turns, It needs horses, Juliet and Romeo with Ben. Plan B for Utopia, The North and Antigone, Interrupted with Joan. These works have allowed her to develop her dance and theatre practice for the last 10 years.
Solène is a founding member of Collective Endeavours, a Glasgow-based music and dance collective that performs improvised pieces in non-conventional spaces in the UK and abroad.
Solène’s freelance path also includes working with Gecko (directed by Amit Lahav), Vera Tussing Projects, Oona Doherty and Rosalind Masson.
Click here to read an interview with The Creative Independent about working as a freelance dancer; why the body has its own time, and establishing boundaries when working in a physically intimate art form.