Manon Servage is a French-born, London-based dance artist who has lately moved to the UK capital to develop their dance apply.
Impartial artist Manon has choreographed items resembling Spectrum, a dance on movie that celebrates the gorgeous 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 all people’s nuances might be seen and, it’s hoped, accepted.
We discover out extra about Manon beneath:
DAJ: Hello Manon! Inform us about your self; whenever 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 That is the place I began ballet after I was 3 years outdated. I shortly understood that it was all what I wished to do in my life so I’ve been coaching extra intensively fairly early on. After auditioning within the prestigious faculty Dance Area Geneva. I bought into their skilled ballet and up to date training. Alongside this I used to be attending workshops worldwide to collect much more data 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 by myself at 15. There I pursued on coaching in much more types and in addition 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. In my view the up to date scene there may be not as developed and numerous as might be in London for instance. I personally had just a little little bit of a tough time to seek out the up to date dance that was actually talking to me in Paris. That is additionally why I saved on travelling a lot, keen to find extra. Nevertheless, for my part France can be fairly prepared to assist out the artists and their inventive growth which might make it fairly a pleasant house to begin flourishing as a dancer or artist generally.
DAJ: What do you hope you obtain in London as an artist?
Manon: For me London as rather a lot to supply, it is vitally numerous and appear limitless which I beloved. 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 a number of types… However I additionally don’t like and don’t wish to restrict myself to at least one factor. As a result of I’m a really inventive being, I wish to carry on creating my very own work as a choreographer, carrying messages which are expensive to my coronary heart and attending to know myself as an artist much more as a result of it is a by no means ending journey. I additionally wish to carry on assembly up with numerous artists for various initiatives so we will construct one thing larger collectively.
DAJ: What recommendation would you give to fellow unbiased artists?
Manon: I feel that as laborious as being an artist might be, one factor that’s actually essential is to maintain on falling in love along with your craft. Preserving that keenness going, protecting on being curious and by no means dropping our creativeness. The dance trade might 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 no less than it does assist me rather a lot.
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 in regards to the relationship between the physique and the soul but in addition in between two human beings or extra for instance. My choreographic strategy can be actually “non-binary”. That signifies that I don’t see and create on folks 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 every single place and the interior sensations ones can really feel in any given state of affairs. This has been closely influencing my choreographic course of.
Lastly I’m somebody who could be very curious and all the time like to experiment and study new issues, by no means actually selecting one thing with makes my choreographic works fairly numerous and evolving I consider.
DAJ: What’s subsequent for you?
Manon: I’ve a number of upcoming initiatives. As I’m now freelancing in London but in addition in Europe, participating in numerous stage and display screen productions each in up to date and industrial dance. I even have 2 brief movies coming that can hopefully flip right into a full stage efficiency by the tip of 2023.