Biography

Artistic Approach: Leonardo Montecchia considers that dance is the tool of thought. His work can be seen as photography, as a frozen image of moving experience.

Choreographers like to explore pastures new. Leonardo’s dual experience as dancer and actor means he often mixes text, acting and dance in his creative work. Humour is one of his favourite ways to deal with serious subjects.

Career : Following training and work as actor and dancer at Buenos Aires - Argentina, Leonardo Montecchia moved to France in 1998 on a scholarship from the Antorchas Foundation and the French Embassy in Argentina. Thanks to the support, he graduated with a degree in Performing Arts and dance major from Paris 8 University. In 2001, he continued training with Mathilde Monnier, at the Professional Training section of the Choreography Centre of Montpellier. At the same time, he worked with several companies in London, Zurich and Turin. His career as choreographer began with two works: La Cravate (2001) and duO2 (2002).

In 2004, he created the Compagnie de la Mentira and composed several pieces blending dance and text: Le MenSonge (2003), Potosi, la montagne d’argent (2005), Intimidité (2006), Patetico (2006), French Kiss (2007), Tout va bien et Entrelacés (2008), Le Nombril (2010), Tango Paradoxe (2011), Tout Terrain (2014), and In-Utile (2016).

In 2005, he created the "Hors Lits" concept in Montpellier, giving performances in private homes and creating a unique setting for close-contact experimentation and audience experience. Today, "Hors Lits" has spread to 35 towns, both in France and abroad.

In 2008, he followed the “Transforme” programme, run by Myriam Gourfynk at the Royaumont Foundation; this gave Leonardo the opportunity to begin researching the notion of choreographic writing.

Alongside his career as dancer and choreographer, Leonardo Montecchia also teaches choreographic composition and Tango-contact, via workshops organized in Europe and Latin America. He runs dance workshops for groups of amateurs – senior citizens, people with disabilities, teenagers, students or schoolchildren – seeking to enhance the potential of each individual and guiding participants through the experience of movement, towards the discovery and sensation that another body is possible.

In 2015/16, he became artist in residence at Montpellier University, where he created the choreographic journey “In-Utile”.

He is currently working as choreographer, stage director and teacher for the Compagnie de la Mentira, and as choreographer, artist and teacher for several companies and institutions, both in France and abroad.


© Maxcasa / Cie La Mentira 2016

highlighted dates: public open activities

Archives

December 2019

  • 2 to 6
    Pratique du matin/exerce — Hélène Cathala
  • 3
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo
  • 3
    Atelier EN COMMUN
  • 3
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo
  • 9
    Exerce classe ouverte — Pauline Le Boulba et Laurent Pichaud
  • 10
    Atelier EN COMMUN
  • 11 to 14
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes (France)

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January 2020

  • 6 to 7
    District Danse, season 4 ! — Elsa Decaudin

    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN
    → 7pm [free admission]

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  • 6 to 10
    Pratique du matin/exerce — Dalila Khatir

    ICI—CCN
    → 10am to 12pm [professional dancers]

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  • 8 to 21
    Résidence Par/ICI : Nosfell

    ICI—CCN

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  • 9
    Par/ICI: — Nosfell

    Le Corps des Songes, spectacle
    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN
    → 8pm

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  • 10 to 11
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    Théâtre de Lorient, Centre dramatique national (France)

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  • 13
    "sakınan göze çöp batar" by Christian Rizzo

    L'Empreinte, Scène nationale Brive/Tulle, Tulle (France)

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  • 14 January to 13 February
    "TTT : tourcoing-taipei-tokyo" by Christian Rizzo and Iuan-Hau Chiang

    Centre Culturel André Malraux, Scène nationale de Vandoeuvres-Les-Nancy (France)

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  • 14 January to 13 February
    "d'après nature - chapter 3" by Christian Rizzo

    Centre Culturel André Malraux, Scène nationale de Vandoeuvres-Les-Nancy (France)

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  • 14
    Atelier EN COMMUN

    led by Christine Jouve and Catherine Beziex
    Studio Yano, ICI—CCN
    → from 6:30pm to 8:30pm [all audiences]

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  • 16 January to 21 February
    Exhibition "Adaptation Assez Facile" of Félicia Atkinson

    La chambre d'écho, ICI—CCN
    → Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm / Fridays from 2pm to 5pm [free admission]

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  • 16
    Exhibition opening — Félicia Atkinson

    La chambre d'écho, ICI—CCN
    → 7pm [free admission]

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  • 18
    "comme crâne, comme culte." by Christian Rizzo

    ONYX - La Carrière - Saint-Herblain (France)
    — in the framework of Festival Trajectoires

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  • 21
    Par/ICI: — Nosfell

    ad hoc, étape de travail performée
    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN
    → 7pm

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  • 22
    Le club de danse — Émilie Labédan

    L'Atelier Buffard, ICI—CCN
    → from 7pm to 9pm [all audiences]

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  • 28
    Exerce classe ouverte — Joanne Clavel

    ICI—CCN
    → from 2pm to 5pm [all audiences]

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  • 28
    Atelier EN COMMUN

    led by Christine Jouve and Catherine Beziex
    Studio Yano, ICI—CCN
    → from 6:30pm to 8:30pm [all audiences]

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February 2020

  • 3 to 14
    Résidence de recherche et de création : Michèle Murray

    ICI—CCN

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  • 4
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    TMS, Scène nationale archipel de Thau, Sète (France)

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  • 4
    Atelier EN COMMUN

    led by Christine Jouve and Catherine Beziex
    Studio Yano, ICI—CCN
    → from 6:30pm to 8:30pm [all audiences]

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  • 6 to 7
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie (France)
    — in corealization with La Place de la Danse - CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie

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  • 11
    "b.c, janvier 1545, fontainebleau." by Christian Rizzo

    Centre Culturel André Malraux, Scène nationale de Vandœuvres-Les-Nancy (France)

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  • 12 to 14
    Exercice commun — Public presentation of the work of the master exerce's students

    ICI—CCN
    → 7pm [free admission on reservation]

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  • 13
    "sakınan göze çöp batar" by Christian Rizzo ​

    Centre Culturel André Malraux, Scène nationale de Vandœuvres-Les-Nancy (France)

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  • 15 to 22
    "TTT : tourcoing-taipei-tokyo" by Christian Rizzo and Iuan-Hau Chiang

    Maison Jean Vilar Avignon
    — in the framework of Festival Les Hivernales

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  • 15
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    Opéra Confluence, CDCN d'Avignon (France)
    — in the framework of Festival les Hivernales

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  • 19
    Le club de danse — Michèle Murray

    Studio Yano, ICI—CCN
    → from 7pm to 9pm [all audiences]

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  • 20 to 21
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    co-presentation by Charleroi Danse and by Kaaitheater, Bruxelles (Belgium)

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  • 25
    Atelier EN COMMUN

    led by Christine Jouve and Catherine Beziex
    Studio Yano, ICI—CCN
    → from 6:30pm to 8:30pm [all audiences]

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  • 27 to 29
    "une maison" by Christian Rizzo

    Chaillot-Théâtre National de la Danse - Paris avec le Théâtre de la Ville - Paris (France)

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  • 27 to 29
    "d'à côté" by Christian Rizzo

    TMS, Scène nationale archipel de Thau, Sète / Centre Culturel Léo Malet, Mireval (France)

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March 2020

  • 2 to 13
    Résidence Par/ICI : Yasmine Hugonnet

    ICI—CCN

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  • 3
    Par/ICI: — Yasmine Hugonnet

    Le récital des Postures, show
    Studio Bagouet, ICI—CCN
    → 8pm

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  • 4
    Le club de danse — Laura Kirshenbaum

    Studio Yano, ICI—CCN
    → from 7pm to 9pm [all audiences]

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  • 5
    Exhibition opening — Geoffrey Badel

    La chambre d'écho, ICI—CCN
    → 7pm [free admission]

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  • 5 March to 9 April
    Exhibition "From a speck of dust to strange things" of Geoffrey Badel

    La chambre d'écho, ICI—CCN
    → Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm / Fridays from 2pm to 5pm [free admission]

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  • 9
    Exerce classe ouverte — Lisa Nelson, Anne Langlet et Pascal Queneau

    ICI—CCN
    → from 2pm to 5pm [all audiences]

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  • 9 to 13
    Pratique du matin/exerce — Lisa Nelson

    ICI—CCN
    → 10am to 12pm [professional dancers]

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  • 10
    Atelier EN COMMUN

    led by Christine Jouve and Catherine Beziex
    Studio Yano, ICI—CCN
    → from 6:30pm to 8:30pm [all audiences]

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