I was about to publish Charlotte’s interview, sitting in my usual Coffee Shop in Williamsburg, when I got inspired for a title “Dancing in the light …” The inspiration of the song “Dancing in the Dark”, which resonates with me. The oddest thing happened as I pressed the publish button. Bruce Springsteen started invading the entire coffee shop. Was it a sign? I couldn’t stop thinking, Charlotte must be promised for something big …
Charlotte has been a professional dancer in NYC for a year. She graduated from the Martha Graham School of Contemporary dance. Recently, she began the artist Visa process and that is how I met her and she discovered The Parisian Flair. She told me she could really relate to its content being a Parisian. “I am grateful to be considered for a story and very excited to share my story, my dancing life and my Parisian references. Having lived in the US for four years, I will always keep my French nature !”
Bonjour Charlotte, how would you describe your Flairisme? I was born and grew up in Paris until I was 20 and then moved to NYC. My whole bringing up is Parisian and my whole family lives in Paris. I wanted to dance at age 8 and never stopped since. Although, it was difficult for me to achieve anything as a dancer because contemporary dancing remains such a small circle. That’s why I decided to move to NYC where contemporary dance is preponderant since it was born there. Even though I’m pursuing my career here now, I still feel rooted to Paris & France for its core values, its culture and I’m grateful for my country to have inspired me for choosing a dancing career. Paris has brought me a sense of self-criticism & a perfectionism which is very useful today for my work.
Why should our readers follow your work? What a question! I’m still an apprentice, a child … My work is experimental especially in the choreography and video because I’m still trying things everyday. I try to get the best visual experience out of each dancer I work with. I love esthetics in dancing but also in life in general. When I watch a movie, I can sometimes detach myself from the story and only focus on the images and the photography. Dancing is the same, it’s visual.
Your next projects? I’m working and rehearsing for a upcoming show which I’m going to perform solo in an art gallery in Brooklyn in August. The performance is a scenic adaptation of a dancing video I directed with a MIT teacher that was selected for a Portuguese dance festival last May. I’m also beginning rehearsals for the LEIMAY Dance Company who invited me to dance in their upcoming shows in September. I want to continue working with Sidra Bell, a NY choregrapher because we share the same artistic sensitiveness. And of course, pursue my journey towards choregraphy and work on new dancing videos.
How do you feel about Parisians & Paris? Parisians are elegant, pretentious, open and closed-minded at the same time. Paris is a city steeped in history, which can be a bit conventional. It is a beautiful, charismatic, precious city by its past and its cultural and artistic values.
What is the « PARISIAN FLAIR » for you? Parisian Flair in my view is a mix of elegance, arrogance, warmth and detachment.
How do you LOVE? What is the French way of LOVING? I love passionaly! We often say French people are the most passionate in love, I believe it’s true. And Paris is romantic, growing up in this decor. The French way of loving, is just “letting go”, unpredictable, the absence of boundaries, first love over and over again in each new encounter.
Your dream? I have so many! Dance on the moon?
The best gift you ever received? My dad gave me the painting of a Flamenco dancer for my 21 birthday which I framed in my Parisian bedroom. I find this piece and the dancer fascinating and I’m always moved by it.
Your Madeleine de Proust ? All my memories are Madeleines de Proust. I am very nostalgic. Each period of my life is engraved in my spirit and I seldom feel sadness when I dive back in them.
1. Let’s talk about French Food
A perfect French dinner? A beef steak with garlic and oven-grilled potatoes made by my Mother who is a wonderful cook and makes it for me each time I go back to visit her in Paris.
Favorite French wine? Le Sancerre !
A secret recipe? Zuchini pasta salad
2. Let’s talk about French Cinema
The last French movie you saw? I don’t have a strong movie culture… I don’t watch movies. The last French film I saw is my friends’ movie Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar « Swim Little Fish Swim » which is a Franco-American movie. I went to the Premiere in NYC and had a very nice time. It was cute, amusing, appeasing and soothing. I love Ruben’s work, I had seen his short “Checkpoint” which was poignant & very esthetically directed
Favorite French film? If I need to choose only one favorite today it would be “L’Auberge Espagnole” (The Spanish Apartment). I know it’s cliché but I love everything in this movie: Romain Duris, the humor, the sensitiveness, the youth, the love, the passion, the journey, the adventure, the friendships, the attachment …
3. Let’s talk about French Art
A contemporary French artist? Anne Boudard, a French photographer who I admire for her simplicity.
Your favorite French museum? Le musée de l’Orangerie.
4. Let’s talk about French Escape
Your favorite place in France and its memories? Avignon. I spent each summer there since I was 7 years-old and since my parents have bought a house in Provence. The Avignon festival is incredible. The festivity, the atmosphere are truly unique. The fusion of the arts in this beautiful town and the gorgeous weather
What do you miss most about France? French gastronomy!
Best place to relax in France? My parents have a country house in Cavaillon. Magnificent landscapes and an isolated house. It’s a haven of peace, which makes me think of paradise and maybe the most beautiful place to relax and cut myself from the world to dive into a perfection bubble.
5. Let’s talk French Style
What is the quintessential French style to you? Elegance.
What are your inspirations for your own style? Sincerely, I don’t really think about it. I dance so much that I spend my time wearing dance clothing. I bought more body and tights the past 3 years than normal clothes. When I’m done with dancing for the day I just want to feel comfortable and I wear something practical. My style is very minimalist & simple.
6. Let’s talk about French Literature
The first book you read? « Les petites filles modèles » de La Comtesse de Ségur !
Which one moved you the most? Why? « Belle du Seigneur », d’Albert Cohen. Because he understood the feminine psychology.
Your favorite French word? Why? “Adorer”, To “love” or “adore” because I adore a lot of things!
7. Let’s talk about French music
Do you have a Spotify account/ playlists we could follow? Yes but it’s not really a playlist but more of a combination of songs, which I use to dance or play at parties.
Your favorite French lyrics?
Je t’en prie ne sois pas farouche,
Quand me viens l’eau à la bouche …
Merci Charlotte …
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