Séverine Chavrier Biography - Resume
Director of the CDN Orléans / Centre-Val de Loire, Séverine Chavrier was able to rapidly deploy a project with clear, rich and decompartmentalised programming lines, inviting several international artists, creating a new festival highlight in Orléans with the SOLI, and bringing together local and international artists to meet and practice improvisation with the Voyages divers. She also supported contemporary creation with residencies and co-productions, supplied the regional territory with travelling shows, attracted young people to theatres with free student loans, developed training and worked on the professional integration of young artists. In addition, she has encouraged the setting up of several temporary installations in the common areas of the Théâtre d'Orléans and has been a driving force in this desire to welcome and guide audiences and increase awareness of the need to ensure that the theatre is a vibrant, lively place.
Upon her arrival as director of the CDNO, Séverine Chavrier invented an annual event, Les Voyages divers, consisting of improvisational evenings during which she brings together, around her prepared piano, a plethora of artists from all artistic backgrounds (Rébecca Chaillon, Jean-Pierre Drouet, David Geselson, Maud Le Pladec, Dorothée Munyaneza, Laurent Papot...).
Musician, director, and philosophy graduate, she has been the director of the CDNO since January 2017.
After completing her Hypokhâgne, she obtained a gold medal and a diploma from the Geneva Conservatory of Music in piano, as well as a first prize in musical analysis. She trained in acting at a noticeably young age, joined the classes of Michel Fau and François Merle, then took part in various courses where she continued to train with artists such as Félix Prader, Christophe Rauck, Darek Blinski and Rodrigo Garcia.
Each of her shows is an opportunity for encounters and crossovers.
As an actress and musician, she multiplies collaborations while directing her own company, La Sérénade interrompue. Alongside Rodolphe Burger, she meets Jean-Louis Martinelli for whom she creates and performs the music for several shows at the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (Schweyk by Bertolt Brecht, Klinike by Lars Norén and Les Fiancés de Loches by Feydeau). In 2009, La Sérenade interrompue was awarded companionship with François Verret's company FV, for which she becomes the performer for three piano creations prepared until 2012 (Cabaret, Do you remember no I don't and Courts-Circuits).
Séverine Chavrier develops a singular approach to directing, where theatre enters dialogue with music, dance, images, and literature. She conceives her shows from all sorts of materials: the bodies of her performers, the sound of the prepared piano, the videos she often makes herself. Without forgetting the word, an erratic word that she shapes by immersing herself in the universe of her favourite authors.
In 2009, her play Épousailles et représailles, based on Hanokh Levin, created at the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers and then programmed at the Centquatre-Paris by L'Odéon - Théâtre de l'Europe, as part of the Impatience Festival, dissects the vicissitudes of the couple with humour, cruelty, and humanity.
In October 2011, Séverine Chavrier, at that time an associate artist at Centquatre - Paris, created there, as part of the Festival Temps d'images d'Arte, Series B - Ballard J. G., inspired by James Graham Ballard, and then, at the 2012 Avignon Festival, Plage ultime, performed notably at the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers and at the MC2 Grenoble.
Since 2013, she has been a regular contributor to the Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque in Châlons-en-Champagne, the CNAC, and accompanies students for the ÉCHAPPÉES.
Between 2014 and 2016, she is invited to create two plays at the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Les Palmiers sauvages, based on the novel by William Faulkner, and Nous sommes repus mais pas repentis, based on Déjeuner chez Wittgenstein by Thomas Bernhard. After tours on the greatest French stages (Bonlieu, scène nationale in Annecy, Nouveau Théâtre in Montreuil, Comédie in Reims, Théâtre d'Arras, the Apostrophe in Cergy-Pontoise, Théâtre Liberté in Toulon...), these two plays will be presented in diptych at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe in spring 2016. They have both been performed at the CDN Orléans / Centre-Val de Loire and will be on tour during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.
Since 2015, Séverine Chavrier has also been developing a long-term project with the creation of Après coups, Projet Un-Femme, the first two parts of which, created in 2015 and 2017, were presented at the Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris and on tour in Lyon, Rouen and Orléans, bringing together women artists from the circus and dance worlds. A diptych was created in Orléans before being presented at the Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes), the Manège de Reims and the MC 93.
Whether she plays in her own productions or with prestigious improvisers, music continues to play an important role in her life as an artist. In 2013, she improvises on the piano, in duo with Jean-Pierre Drouet on percussion for the Avignon Festival and the Lille Opera, and in trio with Bartabas at La Villette. In autumn 2016, at La Pop (Paris), she creates with Mel Malonga, a Congolese bassist, the show Mississippi Cantabile, a musical encounter between North and South.
In January 2020, in response to an invitation from Carmen Romero and the Santiago a Mil Festival, Séverine Chavrier staged a Spanish version of Les Palmiers sauvages, Las Palmeras Salvajes, performed by two Chilean actors: Claudia Cabezas and Nicolás Zárate.
In 2020, her creation about adolescence and music, Aria da capo, premieres at the Théâtre National de Strasbourg in partnership with the Musica Festival. This show is on tour during the 20/21 season (CDN Orléans / Centre-Val de Loire, Théâtre de la Ville-Les Abbesses, Paris, and the Centre Pompidou).
In 2021, she is the artistic director of AFTER ALL, the graduation show of the 33rd gratuating class of the CNAC.