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Charles Brecard

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Originally from the small island of New Caledonia, Charles Brecard began to take an interest in dance at the age of 15, starting with street dance. Wishing to expand his artistic vocabulary further, he juggled between several styles: Krump, Bboying, Popping, Locking, Hip-Hop, and even traditional Kanak dance, eventually delving into contemporary dance. As a self-taught dancer, he worked for 2 years with various dance companies in his home country, where he trained as a professional performer and learned about the realities of the profession.

Upon arriving in Quebec, Canada, primarily to study massage therapy, his passion led him to continue his education at the Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal. As an independent artist, he collaborated with various companies and artists, including Parts+Labour_Danse, Skeels Dance, AP&A, Chantal Cadieux / DansEncorps (Moncton), Martin Messier / 14lieux, Animals of Distinction, Lilith&Cie, Autels Particuliers, Grand Poney, Helder Seabra (Belgium), Richard Digoue / Nyian (New Caledonia).

In 2021, Charles Brecard received the "Best Interpretation" award at the Quartiers Danses Festival (FQD) for his solo performance "SOLILOQUY." He will be presenting this solo at several upcoming festivals. His most recent creation, "Il pleut, il plaint, il rage," received the 1st prize for best choreography, the DAF International Award, and the Equilibrio Dinamico Residency Award at the Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Stuttgart 2023.

Charles is also the co-founder of the nomadic project "LE BERCAIL," which aims to provide a free dance space for movement enthusiasts, promoting continuous personal practice, community building, and an art vision free from production imperatives.

His artistic work is supported by Poemart from New Caledonia, LOGIQ, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Recently, he obtained a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris to expand his approach. As an enthusiastic researcher, he aspires to approach his dance practice in a systemic way, aiming for a political, poetic, and spiritual revolution of bodies and minds.

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