Vania Vaneau – Choreographer and dancer


Born in 1982 at São Paulo, Brazil, she first studied dance in Brazil, then at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. She graduated with a Licence in Psychology at the Université Paris 8 and followed a training course in Body Mind Centering.


As a performer, she worked with Wim Vandekeybus, Maguy Marin, Yoann Bourgeois and Christian Rizzo, among others.

Her choreographic research brings together a physical work with a work on plasticity through the production and handling of materials, costumes and scenographic objects, considered as full-fledged actors on stage with the performers. Vania Vaneau is interested in the multiple physical and mental layers that compose the human body, in a relation of continuity with the natural and cultural environment


surrounding it and within which it evolves. Playing with intensities and contrasts, she explores the borders between the inside and outside of the body, the visible and invisible materials, and creates sensory and visual performances.


Since 2016 and until 2020, she is Associated Artists with Jordi Galí at Le Pacifique CDCN of Grenoble, and then at ICI – CCN Montpellier, direction Christian Rizzo (2020-2022) in the framework of the programme of Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.Vania is continuing the Associated Artist program with ICI – CCN de Montpellier supported by the Ministry of Culture until 2024.


There are now 5 pieces in her repertoire:


BLANC (2014): solo accompanied by a guitarist Simon Dijoud, rewarded by the Beaumarchais-SACD prize (Festival Incandescences 2015), an investigation into ritual, trance and transformation.


ORNEMENT (2016) and ORNEMENT#2 (2021): a duo co-created with Anna Massoni, based on different degrees of intensity of movement, a game of overlaps and revelations of the two bodies in a changing landscape. ORNEMENT#2 is a version in the form of a participatory installation.


ORA (Orée) (2019): a trio with Marcos Simoes and Daphne Koutsafti, a choreographic exploration of the space between, a journey from black to colour, playing with the superimposition of a palette of images and heterogeneous states that cohabit as in dreams.


NEBULA (2021): a solo in two versions, outdoor and stage, looks at the human body in relation to nature as the meeting of force fields in a post-apocalyptic context. It asks what mutations and hybridisations might emerge from chaos.


She is currently working on a new creation based on the relationship between bodies and light, Ambre et Pourpre (ongoing title), premiere in April 2024.


Vania Vaneau is developing two pedagogical projects based on her creative work, Variation sur Blanc and CARNAVAL, ZONES DE CONTACT and Healing Rituals. She regularly leads workshops on her artistic research.