Phia Ménard

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Biography

Phia Ménard, born 1971, is a french performer and director. She studied juggling techniques and theatrical composition with Jérôme Thomas, and went on to join the company, performing in Hic Hoc. As artist and improviser, she created numerous shows for the company right up until 2003. In 1998 she founded the company Non Nova. It was with her solo show Ascenseur, fantasmagorie pour élever les gens et les fardeaux, created in 2001, that she first gained recognition and critical acclaim as a creator of performance art. In 2008 Phia Ménard revealed her new identity and her decision to change sex. Her artistic career took a new direction with the project I.C.E. - Injonglabilité Complémentaire des Eléments, a project consisting of a creative, intellectual and imaginitive approach around the notion of transformation, erosion and the sublimation of natural matter and elements. In January 2008, she created the piece P.P.P. at the performing arts centre Les Nouvelles Subsistances in Lyon, which toured throughout Europe and South America. Later that year, Phia created L’après-midi d’un foehn version 1, the first piece in The Wind Cycle (Pièces du Vent), at the Natural History Museum in Nantes, as well as collaborations with the collective La Valise and Anne-James Chaton. At the Centre International de Formation en Arts de la Scène in Brussels, Phia initiated research into questions of gender and mood, named In the Mood. In June 2015 she created Belle d’Hier, first in The Water and Vapour Cycle (Pièces de l’Eau et de la Vapeur). Contes Immoraux - Partie 1 : Maison Mère premiered 2017 at documenta 14 in Kassel and was shown at Wiener Festwochen in 2019. In 2018, she produced Et in Arcadias Ego for the Opéra-Comique in Paris, a collaboration with Christophe Rousset and the author Eric Reinhardt. No Way, a commissioned piece for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights premiered in December of the same year at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris. Phia Ménard received the decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2014.

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