Justine Berthillot
Justine Berthillot © Julie Mouton

Justine Berthillot, accepted for the Écran Vivant scheme

I believe that in each of my creations, in encounters with other artists as well, there is the need to think and search for the flaw, to make it strong.

Dancer, circus artist and choreographer Justine Berthillot is taking her latest creation to Peru. Made possible with the support of the Institut français, this tour, conducted alongside circus artist Mosi Espinoza, will also result in the production of a documentary with the help of Onda (Office national de diffusion artistique). 

Published on 06/09/2022

5 min

Circus artist and director, Justine Berthillot trained in circus arts at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque, after a degree in philosophy. In 2015, she created her first piece, Noos, with Frédéri Vernier. She also participated in the creation of the Franco-Caribbean circus and dance project Antipode, led by the PPCM (Plus Petit Cirque du Monde) in France, Chile, Madagascar and Guadeloupe. 

She then collaborated with Bachar Mar-Khalifé for Piano sur le fil. Between 2016 and 2019, she performed in the dance show L'hypothèse de la chute, and the same year founded the company Morgane with the author Pauline Peyrade. Together they created Poings (2018), followed by Carrosse (2019). In 2021, she wrote and performed the duet Tiempo with Juan Ignacio Tula. Associate artist at the national theatre l'Espace des Arts in Chalon-sur-Saône, her latest show, Notre Forêt, is a site-specific solo that premiered at the Centre Pompidou Metz. 

Justine Berthillot performs in both her own shows and those of other artists. As a circus artist and dancer, she is particularly interested in how bodies interact with words to develop new narratives, as close as possible to the inner experience. She also likes to travel and confront her practice with other cultures, as will be the case in 2023 with the show On ne fait pas de pacte avec les bêtes, created in collaboration with Mosi Espinoza in Peru, which will tour there. Within the company Morgane, founded with the author Pauline Peyrade, she also brings together two forms of writing, literary and choreographic. Each of their creations gives rise to the development of writing and research protocols designed for the occasion. 

In a duo with Mosi Espinoza, Justine Berthillot is the recipient of the Écran Vivant scheme for the creative project On ne fait pas de pacte avec les bêtes, a free interpretation of Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo. With the support of the Institut français and the National Office for Artistic Dissemination (Onda), On ne fait pas de pacte avec les bêtes was embarked on a tour of the Peruvian Amazon in July 2022. 

This will provide the material for a documentary film entitled Huella, which will retrace their journey and their encounters with communities and contact with Amazonian artists and activists. Accompanied on camera by Robson Dias, this creation brings together two countries, France and Peru, and launches a creative touring format that will be an opportunity to go and meet communities and discuss their expertise in the field of nature conservation. 

  • 2015


    She creates her first play, Noos, with Frédéri Vernier.

  • 2016


    Founds the company Morgane with Pauline Peyrade.

  • 2018


    Poings, her first show created in collaboration with Pauline Peyrade.

  • 2020


    Notre Forêt.

  • 2022


    On ne fait pas de pacte avec les bêtes.

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