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Julie Desmet-Weaver

It is astonishment that triggers change because it opens wide the doors of imagination: everything starts with a burst of light.

From the height of her recently started career, Julie Desmet-Weaver has already distinguished herself as an artist whose mission is to energise artistic forms, re-read mythology and create new languages. Between the digital arts, literature and dance, she imagines contemporary worlds capable of bringing together the virtual and the emotional.

Updated on 28/01/2020

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Julie Desmet-Weaver trained in theatre, dance and singing at the Conservatoire national supérieure d’art dramatique (the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art) in Marseille and at the Collette Armand Ballet Studio. While perfecting her skills in classes run by Eva Saint-Paul and Raymond Acquaviva in Paris, she performed in several contemporary musical and classical performances. In 2003, she founded the Underground Sugar company and played alongside Colette Teissèdre in Victor Hugo et la politique (Victor Hugo and Politics) at the Gymnasium Theatre.

Julie Desmet-Weaver took to the stage in 2004, interpreting the texts of Paul Claudel, Eugène Ionesco and Jean Genet. Two years later, she presented her Juliette Montaiguë, inspired by Shakespeare, with Caroline Pallares at the Avignon Festival Off, and began her collaboration with Eugénie Andrin in 2012, adapting the timeless Ondine for the Théâtre de l'Observance in Avignon.

In a perpetual quest for aesthetics, Julie Desmet-Weaver questions encounters between the arts, forms and stories. She seeks to create a new language involving writing and the digital arts as well as theatre and dance: her work seeks to invent new artistic channels by multiplying disciplines and formats.

In 2014, with Phèdre, la dernière danse (Phèdre, the Last Dance) Julie Desmet-Weaver performed a choreographed re-enactment of Phèdre with her partner Eugénie Andrin and the leading dancer Jean Guizerix, thus forging bold links between the worlds of sound, movement and dramatic composition.

Julie Desmet-Weaver is always on the lookout for new interactive and international experiences. Along with Axel Beaumont and Marie-Aude Ravet, she writes the web series Ma vie réelle #àl’autreboutdumonde (My Real Life #acrosstheworld), a veritable narrative designed for social networks on the themes of inviting people to travel and discovering something different. For two months, the user receives posts and stories from eight men and women around the world, from Mongolia to Indonesia to Georgia, and is asked to correspond with each of them.

In 2018, the artist and set designer Alain Lagarde worked on a project inspired by Boris Vian, L’Écume des jours – Rêverie virtuelle et sonore (Froth of the Daydream), combining live and digital arts. Premiered at the Baia Mare International Festival as part of the France-Romania Season, the highly-acclaimed performance received the Special Jury Prize.

 
  • 2012

    2012

    Julie Desmet-Weaver performed in Victor Hugo et la politique at the Gymnasium Theatre.

  • 2013

    2013

    She directed the show Oz, which toured Lebanon for two months.

  • 2016

    2016

    She adapted Phèdre with the support of choreographer Eugénie Andrin and leading dancer Jean Guizerix.

  • 2019

    2019

    She created L’Écume des jours – Rêverie virtuelle et sonore in collaboration with the set designer Alain Lagarde at the Cent Quatre cultural centre.

The Institut français and the artist

L’Écume des jours – Rêverie virtuelle et sonore, by Julie Desmet-Weaver is presented on culturevr.fr, an Institut français platform which offers a panoramic view of cultural innovation in virtual reality.

 

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