Simon Tanguy (1984)

Saint-Brieuc, France

Photography: Etienne Danthez

Simon Tanguy is a choreographer and dancer based in Rennes. Since the age of 18 he has been creating his own shows in a youth circus company that performs both in the streets and traditional circus-environments. In 2005, after ten years of practising judo, he obtained a philosophy degree in Rennes. Having taken up contemporary dance, he enrolled at the Samovar School in Paris, training in physical theatre and clowning, and developing his ideas around burlesque, buffoonery and grotesque performance. In 2011, he graduated from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam.

Simon Tanguy explores motion intensity, extreme emotional states, and the shifting musicality of an alert body. He adds to contemporary dance an energetic background that derives from theatre and transposes into the former the wildness and openness of clowning. His pieces do always features a flow (bodies, qualities, words) to which the performer has to surrender. Passing through this multiplicity of states, Simon Tanguy reflects on the unpredictable velocity in which we are living.

Simon Tanguy has worked both as a dancer and performer for international choreographers: Boris Charmatz, Maud Le Pladec, Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson. His solo Japan received the ITS Choreography Award 2011. The trio Gerro, Minos and Him – conceived in collaboration with Aloun Marchal and Roger Sala Reyner – received both the 2nd Prize Danse Elargie at the Théâtre de la Ville-Paris in 2010, and the City of Stuttgart's Dance and Theater Price in 2013.

In 2013 Simon Tanguy founded the company Propagande C in Saint-Brieuc. So far 3 pieces have been produced by the company. Simon Tanguy collaborates frequently with the Musée de la Danse, with the choreographers Marzena Krzeminska, Élisa Le Merrer and with others partners from the department of Côtes d'Armor.