Dancer, choreographer and film-maker, Shantala Pèpe founded her company in Brussels in 2015. Closely supported by The Brigittines-Playhouse for Movement, and the Mossoux-Bonté Company who hosts her as an artist resident since october 2018, she is developing her work between stage and cinematic creations.
Her research, which lies between dance, theatre and cinema, explores poetic and symbolic images, with a strong emphasis on the interaction between the movement, the soundscape and the lighting design. The organic origins of the movement, inspired by her fascination with natural worlds, go hand in hand with a graphic and bold aesthetic. The issue of feminine identity and its paradoxes, together with our relationship with the dream and imaginary worlds, are at the heart of her creations.
On an intimate approach, she has been developing her own choreographic work through a serie of solos: the performance Innocence is bliss (10'/2008), Despite Her (50'/2016), Carcan (12'/2017) and Alice (40'/2019). Her interest for both performing and visual arts has led the dancer and choreographer towards acting and filmmaking. She has directed three choreographic films which have all been given awards in international festivals: Emergences (2011), Embrace (2014), and The Magma Chamber (2018).
The combination of her past as a high-performing athlete, a conservatoire training in dance, and numerous collaborations with artists and choreographers has allowed Shantala Pèpe to develop an outstanding onstage presence. She regularly performs in choreographies by Nicole Mossoux (Cie Mossoux-Bonté), Karine Ponties (Cie Dame de Pic) , Isabella Soupart, and most recently, Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh. From 2012 on, she has been training in acting with John Flanders, Beatriz Flores Silva, Marjorie Ballentine, Pico Berkowitch, and has appeared on the screen for several directors.
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