Biography

Born in 1979 in Reims, Jean-Baptiste André practiced gymnastics for several years before discovering circus arts, and subsequently, theatre and dance. He joined the training program at the National Center of Circus Arts in Châlons-en-Champagne, where he specialized in balancing acts and clowning.

When he left in 2002, he founded the W association, within which he has been developing his own projects ever since (more than a dozen creations).

He was the first circus artist to win the Villa Médicis Hors Les Murs scholarship, which led him to spend time in Japan where he created a show with two Japanese artists.

He likes to work at crossroads of different artistic fields and is involved in many projects (with authors Fabrice Melquiot, Eddy Pallaro; visual artists Robin Rhode, Vincent Lamouroux; acrobatic dancer Julia Christ; video artist Karim Zeriahen, etc.).

In addition to developing his own projects, he has enriched his performing skills with the input of many prestigious choreographers and directors (Philippe Découflé, Gilles Baron, Christian Rizzo, Herman Diephuis, François Verret, Arnaud Meunier, Rachid Ouramdane, Perrine Valli, Yoann Bourgeois).

He recently presented Floe, a creation project in partnership with artist Vincent Lamouroux at the Pompidou - Metz Centre (July 2016). For the 2016-17 season, he worked an associate artist with Onyx-La Carrière, a dance-circus scene in Saint-Herblain (44).


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