About Lise :
Dancer, choreographer and actress, I have trained under the instruction of
renown teachers in India, in Iran, in Canada and in France.
Along my path, i studied and absorbed other artistic and spiritual practices such
as singing, music, as well as yoga and meditation.
My teaching and performances are imbued with all these different colours,
creating what is today my own tonality.
..And with more details :
My artistic journey started at a very early age with Classical Ballet and Modern Jazz, along with a solid training in theatre, singing, music and painting, that continues to this day.
At the end of my teenage years I discovered and fell in love with Middle Eastern dance and then with Indian dance.
I moved to Toronto in 2007 where I learned Indian folk and contemporary (Bollywood) dance with Romilla Martin Gomez and took part in her dance troupe. We won several dance competitions in 2008 and 2009.
I backpacked for 1 year through Asia in 2009-2010, crossing different countries. The trip prepared me for the next step of the journey.
My love for Indian dance - in which dance coexists with theater and music - and its spiritual dimension lead my to start a Kathak dance (North Indian classical dance and theatre) training in New Delhi in 2010 under the instruction of acclaimed Guru Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj - eldest son of the Kathak legend, Pt. Birju Maharaj - and his wife, Smt. Ruby Mishra.
I studied tablas on the side with percusionist Ashish Mishra.
Meditation and then yoga became integral aspects of my routine as well, spirituality being at the heart of my practice.
I went deeper in this dimension a few years later with trainings in reiki and bioenergy.
In 2014, while poursuing my Kathak dance training, I started a study of Central Asian dance. My exploration of the similarities between the dance vocabulary of Kathak and Central Asian dance brought me to Iran several times. There I met with different dancers and initiated an cross-cultural dance and music research project with Iranian percussionist Fakhroddin Ghaffari.
My study of Central Asian dance continues to this day, in particular with dancer Miriam Peretz.
Alongside my training and performances, I have taught drama and dance since year 2006 in France, Canada, and later in India, notably at the Bluebells International school in New Delhi.
Today I keep teaching drama, dance and creative movement to both children and adults.
I am back in the Avignon region since 2017 end. A great part of my present choreographic work continues to showcase the shared dance traditions of the Indo-Persianate world, particularly via its different myths and legends. I collaborate regularly with different artists, such as the comedian Catherine Alias and the Tabla player Julien Di Maiolo, as well as with different music ensembles and dance companies, such as the Soltani trio, Delhi Dance Theater, Viuna Music Ensemble and World Ethnic Music Ensemble, in France and abroad.
I had the opportunity to perform on various stages internationally, notably in France, Belgium, Canada, India, Iran, Vietnam and Thailand.
Several events in which I participated:
le festival franco-vietnamien (2006, Hô-Chi-Minh-ville, Vietnam)
le festival d'Avignon (2007, Avignon, France)
UFT Festival (2008, 09, 10, Toronto, Canada)
Mosaic (2008, 09, Toronto, Canada)
Dance Expeditions (2011, Toronto, Canada)
100 ans de cinéma indien (2013, Lyon, France)
Art Salad festival (2014, Dharamasala, India)
Tashi Delek Kalachakra Concert (2014, Leh, India)
TEDx Janpath (2015, New Delhi, India)
Varshik Utsav Festival (2015, New Delhi, India)
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (2016, Jaipur, India)
InChorus Festival, Alliance Française (2017, New Delhi, India)
''Le Premier Roi'', Pôle Culturel Jean Ferrat (2018, Sauveterre, France)
Mantra Festival (2019, Saint-Victor, France)