artistic and general director
A conceptual and performance artist, Andréane Leclerc is interested in human encounters that guide her towards interdisciplinary and interartistic processes. Trained as a contortionist (National Circus School of Montreal, 2001), she draws inspiration from her 20 years of circus practice to reflect on contortion as a philosophical posture and to develop her scenic language. Her approach, focused on listening, relational ecology and perceptive attention, is part of new body practices emerging from the somatic and performance fields.
In 2013, she completed a master's degree on the dramaturgy of prowess at the UQAM theater department. That same year, with her partner Geoffroy Faribault, she founded the company Nadère arts vivants in order to pursue her exploration of a body/matter evolving in sensation rather than in sensationalism. She created the conceptual pieces Di(x)parue 2009; Bath House 2013; Mange-Moi 2013; Cherepaka 2014; The Whore of Babylon Featuring The Tiger Lillies 2015; Sang Bleu 2018; À l'Est de Nod 2022 and (X) currently in creation. Her pieces have been presented in Tokyo, Florence, Cairo, Tenerife, Sao Paolo, Guadalajara, Chicago, Rouyn-Noranda and Montreal, on contemporary stages, as well as in museums and galleries.
In parallel to her artistic career, Andréane Leclerc is a teacher and offers contortion classes to physical artists since 2015. She also develops interdisciplinary dramaturgy workshops for circus, dance, theater and performance artists (Studio 303, En Piste, Playwrights workshop Montreal in Montreal, La Gata Cirko in Bogota, La Grainerie in Toulouse, Fabbrica Europa in Florence). In 2017, she participated in the creation of Cirque OFF, a living manifesto for the biodiversity of circus arts in Montreal (Studio 303). She also occasionally act as a dramaturgy and movement consultant (Dialogue of Disobedience & Black light, white noise by and with Dana Dugan, 2018 & 2022) and performs for various international projects (Variations pour une déchéance annoncée by Angela Konrad, 2012; The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet since 2016).
Geoffroy Faribault spent many years between music as a singer and guitarist, the restaurant business as Maître d'hôtel at Montreal's famous Cabaret Lion d'Or, and the artistic world as assistant to the directors of the RUBBERBANDance Group.
With a lifelong interest in art and creation, he created and founded with Andréane Leclerc the Montreal interdisciplinary company Nadère arts vivants in 2013 where he is responsible for the production and development of Nadère arts vivants' projects locally, nationally and internationally.
His goal is to work on long-term collaborations with presenters, managers and cultural workers. He is passionate about facilitating encounters between local actors and artisans and audiences and cultures from around the world through performances, collaborations, workshops and artistic events.
Geoffroy travels internationally for festivals and artistic conferences such as IETM, IPAM, ENARTES, PAMS, CINARS, and successfully tours Andréane Leclerc's stage works to Canada, the United States, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Egypt.
In parallel to his activities as a producer, he has been a student at HEC Montréal since 2021, first in Project Management, then in the Multidisciplinary Certificate in Management.
Julia Sanchez Aja
assistant to general manager
Julia began her career in the circus world as a performer and creator of multidisciplinary shows. With a solid background in event organization in the cultural milieu, Julia collaborates with national and international organizations and festivals as a producer, as well as in charge of dissemination and development of Latin American circus. Her rich experience has taken her to the Marché international de cirque contemporain, Circostrada, Circa contemporary arts and the Festival de Mayo, among many others.
A new challenge now awaits her: the day-to-day operations of the company, in close collaboration with Artistic Director Andréane Leclerc and Creative Producer Geoffroy Faribault.
Board of Directors
President - Marc-André Goulet, Artistic director assistant, Cirque du Soleil
Vice-president - Emilie Bombardier, Project director - Americas, Montréal International
Treasurer - Hélène Bacquet, Cultural worker
Secretary - Robert James Dixon, Projects Manager, Modis Canada Inc.
Administrator - Geoffroy Faribault, Co-executive director and producer, Nadère arts vivants