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Estelle Clareton

    Estelle Clareton started her training at the Conservatoire National de danse d'Avignon in 1978. In 1987, she immigrated to Québec to work as a dancer with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Danse Partout and then O Vertigo directed by Ginette Laurin. It was in 1995 that Estelle Clareton began elaborating her choreographic language, and over the next few years, created Le secret, Adésias (in collaboration with Tom Walsh), Présage de pluie, Je pense à autre chose, Je ne mèn souviens pas très bien and Entre vous et moi
    In 2000, she joined forces with the theater director Wajdi Mouwad for the creation of the duet Ce n'est pas de la manière qu'on l'imagine que Claude et Jacqueline se sont recontrés. In 2001, Estelle Clareton created, in collaboration with Marie-Josée Gauthier, a solo performance entitled Juliette. Co-presented with the Théâtre se Quat'sous and the Théâtre du Bic, it was the first performance produced by her company Création Caféine. In February 2002, Montréal Danse and Danse Cité collaborated to allow her to create De Julia à Emile, 1949.
In 2003, she started to work on a triptic about men entitled Monsieur and Messieurs Dame. Those two shows were co-produced and presented at L'Agora de la danse and toured in Quebec and France. In 2005, she signed her first mise en scène at the Théatre de Quat'sous in Montreal, a piece written by Harold Pinter entitled Comme en Alaska. The same year Montreal Danse invited the choreographer to create the first of a series of 24 studies entitled FURIES. In September 2005, FURIES, Alpha 1/24 opened the Agora de le danse's season, FURIES, Bêta 2/24 took shape in a short movie with a male dancer about Icarus' myth, while Gamma 3/24 was presented as a video for 16 women. FURIES, Delta 4/24 is a duet presented in Quebec and France with the project PUZZLE DANSE that put together pieces from Ginette Laurin, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Isira Makululowe and Clareton.
    In 2006, she started working as an artistic consultant at The National Circus School of Montreal and in 2007, she created the mise en scène of the annual show entitled, La disparition. Parallel to her choreographic research, Estelle Clareton continues her performing career in dance, theater and television. She also teaches at L'école nationale de théâtre du Canada as well as at LADMMI for special projects.


Photograph by Holly Crooks