Manon Servage is a French-born, London-based dance artist who has not too long ago moved to the UK capital to develop their dance apply.
Unbiased artist Manon has choreographed items akin to Spectrum, a dance on movie that celebrates the attractive variations mendacity between us as people. Spectrum seeks to reject the ‘labels’ and sometimes dangerous stereotypes projected onto us, and within the movie, affords up a ‘spectrum’ through which everyone’s nuances may be seen and, it’s hoped, accepted.
We discover out extra about Manon under:
DAJ: Hello Manon! Inform us about your self; once you began dancing and the place you educated.
Manon: I used to be born in a small city in France close to Annecy. That is the place I began ballet once I was 3 years outdated. I shortly understood that it was all what I needed to do in my life so I’ve been coaching extra intensively fairly early on. After auditioning within the prestigious college Dance Area Geneva. I bought into their skilled ballet and up to date schooling. Alongside this I used to be attending workshops worldwide to assemble much more information and expertise. It seems fairly clearly that with that busy schedule I needed to be homeschooled to have the ability to pursue my dream, which was one other good problem. Fortunately I used to be very supported by my household.
Then I moved to Paris alone at 15. There I pursued on coaching in much more types and likewise began freelancing.
DAJ: What’s the up to date dance scene like there? What’s it like being an artist in France?
Manon: Paris has some very lovely dance artists and firms, particularly with regards to ballet I consider. For my part the up to date scene there’s not as developed and various as may be in London for instance. I personally had slightly little bit of a tough time to seek out the up to date dance that was actually chatting with me in Paris. That is additionally why I saved on travelling a lot, keen to find extra. Nevertheless, for my part France can also be fairly prepared to assist out the artists and their inventive growth which may make it fairly a pleasant area to start out flourishing as a dancer or artist basically.
DAJ: What do you hope you obtain in London as an artist?
Manon: For me London as lots to supply, it is rather various and appear limitless which I cherished. Right here I see myself integrating a up to date firm within the close to future and actually investing myself into their work, attending to know them in depth. I’m but not fastened on a selected one since I’m very open to lots of types… However I additionally don’t like and don’t wish to restrict myself to 1 factor. As a result of I’m a really inventive being, I wish to carry on growing my very own work as a choreographer, carrying messages which might be pricey to my coronary heart and attending to know myself as an artist much more as a result of this can be a by no means ending journey. I additionally wish to carry on assembly up with numerous artists for various tasks so we will construct one thing larger collectively.
DAJ: What recommendation would you give to fellow unbiased artists?
Manon: I feel that as onerous as being an artist may be, one factor that’s actually essential is to maintain on falling in love together with your craft. Retaining that keenness going, holding on being curious and by no means shedding our creativeness. The dance business may be very overwhelming and very often make us dislike what we do however I consider that counting on that keenness and on the WHY we do what we do is one thing that may assist us develop, or at the very least it does assist me lots.
DAJ: Inform us about your choreography. What are your analysis pursuits?
Manon: I’ve numerous choreographic approaches. More often than not, I’ll begin creating from a subject that’s actually intriguing me or shifting me within the interval of my life that I’m in. I’m all the time actually within the a number of methods the human physique can work, each talking concerning the relationship between the physique and the soul but in addition in between two human beings or extra for instance. My choreographic strategy can also be actually “non-binary”. That signifies that I don’t see and create on individuals as being labelled as male of feminine however as people solely, making an attempt to dig deeper into their pesonality and what makes them distinctive earlier than all.
Moreover, I additionally get actually impressed by the character, the geometry current in all places and the inner sensations ones can really feel in any given scenario. This has been closely influencing my choreographic course of.
Lastly I’m somebody who may be very curious and all the time like to experiment and be taught new issues, by no means actually deciding on one thing with makes my choreographic works fairly various and evolving I consider.
DAJ: What’s subsequent for you?
Manon: I’ve lots of upcoming tasks. As I’m now freelancing in London but in addition in Europe, collaborating in numerous stage and display screen productions each in up to date and industrial dance. I even have 2 brief movies coming that may hopefully flip right into a full stage efficiency by the tip of 2023.