by Simon Tanguy

by Simon Tanguy

Tanguy has worked with Eleanor and Flora to develop Digging, a complex score of movement and text, creating a unique and intricate portrait of the two women and the political world they live inThey question one another, allowing their imaginations to unfold live in a transparent and playful physical conversation. Their relationship builds momentum as they dig into their bodies and voices, conjuring a series of absurd scenes and characters.


Photo:  Etienne Danthez

Photo: Etienne Danthez

Simon Tanguy (Fr, 1984) is a maker and dancer, based in Rennes (FR). Since the age of 18 he has been creating his own shows within a youthful circus company that performs in the street and traditional circuses. After ten years of practising  judo, in 2005 he obtained a degree in philosophy at Rennes. Having taken up contemporary dance, he enrolled at the Samovar School in Paris, training in physical theatre and clowning, where he developed his ideas around burlesque, buffoonery and the grotesque. In 2011, he graduated from SNDO, Amsterdam. During these four years working as a choreographer, he has built up skills through the acquisition and comparison of varied experience (circus, clowning, philosophy). His physicality is an amalgam that explores intensity of movement, extreme emotional states, and musicality abruptly changing into absurdity. He brings to contemporary dance an energetic background derived from theatre and with the wildness and openness of clowning. He has worked both as a dancer and performer for a number of international choreographers: Boris Charmatz, Maud Le Pladec, Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson. His solo “Japan” received the ITS choreography award 2011. His trio "Gerro, Minos and Him", made in collaboration with Aloun Marchal and Roger Sala Reyner,  received 2nd prize Danse Elargie in 2010 in Théâtre de la Ville-Paris and the theaterhaus prize Stuttgart in 2013.