Maud Le Pladec
Maud Le Pladec © Caroline Ablain

Maud Le Pladec, choreographer and director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans

What is central to my work is the relationship between music and dance, between bodies and instruments, between two artistic fields that have always been intertwined historically.

Since 2017 Maud Le Pladec is the head of the Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans, supported by the Institut français for its tours abroad. The choreographer and director has produced nearly ten works in just a decade. 

Published on 15/03/2022

5 min

Born in Lorient in 1976, Maud Le Pladec was introduced to dance through her father's mobile disco. A period in her life that she later evoked in Moto-Cross (2017), a dance solo that she performs wearing a motorbike helmet. After practising contemporary jazz, she trained at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, directed at the time by Mathilde Monnier. She then began a prolific career as a performer with choreographers such as Georges Appaix, Loïc Touzé, Mette Ingvartsen and Boris Charmatz. 

However, she decided to move behind the scenes in 2010, with the piece Professor, set to music by Fausto Romitelli. Awarded the Prix de la Révélation Chorégraphique by the Syndicat de la Critique, it was the first part of a diptych devoted to the Italian composer, completed the following year with Poetry. Since then, she has produced almost a dozen shows in a decade. 

In 2017, Maud Le Pladec took over as director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans. The dialogue between dance and music, almost always performed live, is at the heart of her approach. Dancers, and musicians, men and women: roles are often exchanged within the same performance, as in Democracy (2015), which was inspired by the book La démocratie contre l’État by philosopher Miguel Abensour.

Defiantly contemporary, including in her subjects of concern, Maud Le Pladec works equally in the field of opera in costume (Eliogabalo, 2016, with Thomas Jolly), or in the classical musical repertoire, when she meticulously breaks down Schubert's Unfinished Symphony for ten choreographers to set to dance (Twenty-seven perspectives, 2018). In Hunted (2015), a collaboration with the performer Okwui Okpokwasili, she also summoned the feminist figure of the witch. 

Dans sa dernière création, Counting stars with you (musiques femmes), Maud Le Pladec a souhaité mettre en place « une circulation continue du pouvoir entre l’écoute et la production de son et de mouvement ». Consacré à des figures féminines du matrimoine musical, souvent délaissées par la critique et oubliées par l’histoire (Kassia de Constantinople, Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth, etc.). 

Counting stars with you (musiques femmes) ambitionne de réécrire une autre histoire de la musique. Résolument féministe, et centré autour de l’utilisation du souffle et de la voix comme puissance régénératrice, le spectacle est interprété par six chorégraphes : quatre femmes et deux hommes. Elle entame une tournée internationale en 2022, qui passera notamment par l’Italie. 

counting stars with you (musiques femmes)
counting stars with you (musiques femmes)
  • 1976


    Naissance à Lorient.

  • 2010


    Professor, her first creation, based on a composition by Fausto Romitelli.

  • 2017


    She succeeds Josef Nadj as director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans.

  • 2017


    She creates and performs the solo Moto-Cross, in the form of an autobiographical fiction.

  • 2021


    counting stars with you (musiques femmes), a creation dedicated to musical heritage.

L'Institut français et l'artiste

Maud Le Pladec is the head of the Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans, supported by the Institut français for its tours abroad.

In 2014, Maud Le Place also benefited from the support of the Hors les murs programme of the Institut français to make a research in New York. 

L'institut français, LAB