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Ghislain Grellier's work is the result of a fusion of his knowledge in contemporary dance and ballet. Interested in images, Ghislain creates works that underline the relation between dance and video. Through his work, Ghislain hopes to open the dance art to a larger audience. Through new technologies, such as computers, DSL cameras, GoPros, video projectors, and smartphones, Ghislain aims to make live dance performance more interesting to the millennial generation. This new « connected generation » is using social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Snapchat on a daily basis. Most of them share to the world their very intimate life on these apps without even knowing that they are part of a creative art process. Ghislain is interested in the impact of these new technologies in our life and how it could be implemented in choreography and perhaps make live dance performance more attractive. Therefore, his last dance project is focused on this video/dance relationship.
Ghislain started dancing at the age of ten at the Conservatoire de Danse et de Musique de Nice. Five years later, in 2008, Ghislain was admitted to the renowned Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Cnsmdp). He graduated in 2012 receiving the Conservatoire diploma and the equivalence of a Bachelor degree in Contemporary Dance. In 2013, Ghislain danced with the Cnsmdp Junior Ballet and toured in France, England, and Eastern Europe. During his studies in Paris, Ghislain has had the opportunity to perform pieces from famous dance choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Edmond Russo – Shlomi Tuiser, Itzik Galili, Martha Graham, and Trisha Brown. While pursuing his degree, Ghislain created a dance company called Le Rapt Invisible, with the opera singer Romain Dayez in 2012. For the past five years, his company has produced five large production shows and has worked with over 40 different types of artists.
Since graduating from the Paris Superior Conservatoire, Ghislain has had the opportunity to perform for very different projects. Ghislain has had the opportunity to dance for different opera houses such as the Opera of Paris, La Monnaie de Munt of Brussels, and the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland with the Paris’ Opera Comique. Recently, Ghislain was selected to be part of the cast of the Comédie Française in the well-known piece Les Damnés. The piece was part of the Festival of Avignon 2016 and included famous French actors such as Guillaume Gallienne, and Denis Podalydes. Ghislain has also performed as a dancer and actor in different music videos, commercial and events for famous names such as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Dassault, and the French-German television channel Arte.
Ghislain is constantly expanding his dance movement through performing, choreographing and teaching. In 2015, Ghislain obtained his teaching credential at the Centre National de la Danse de Paris and started teaching dance classes in Paris and other parts of France. In April 2017, Ghislain received a full scholarship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles to expand his knowledge in dance choreography in the World Art and Culture Dance department at UCLA.
Since he has arrived to California, Ghislain has been offered to create a dance solo for the event David Quilt organized by the UCLA School of Music and the Milken Family Foundation. His short dance film Eternelle, a film version of his choreography Eternelle has been selected and presented during the 40 NorthDanceFest in San Diego. Ghislain is currently associate to the music band Four Play Clarinet as choreographer and videographer. In 2019 he has created his first contemporary ballet The Twelve Brothers, based on the text of the Grimm's Brother. He is currently working on his new project, as well as developing his teaching method.
In 2021, Ghislain Grellier as created Inclusive Dance Program, that promote dance for students with disabitlities as well as dance as a well-being practice. For more information: www.inclusivedanceprogram.com. In complement of IDP, Ghislain Grellier joined the dance program Straight Up Abilities in Los Angeles that provides an access to dance for students with disabilities.