Florence RICHARD

Light Designer, Artistic adviser

After obtaining a degree in philosophy and literature and a classics degree in Lyon (France), Florence Richard obtained a diploma at the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (INSAS, Brussels, Belgium).

Between 1991 and 1993, she taught history of theatre at the Ecole d’art sacré in Cenves (France), and was lighting director for the Théâtre National in Brussels.

From 1994 to 1998 she was technical director and lighting assistant to Xavier Lauwers for the dance company TANDEM – Michèle Noiret, before devoting herself entirely to her own stage and lighting concepts. With choreographer Inge Cauwenberg she created La Fourchette (duet for pocket lamps) and Le Silence des pierres (an intricate duet for two mobile projectors).

Florence has worked with Astrid Howard (Les voies de Togore, Frivolités-théâtre). Together with Isabelle Bats she founded OTNI – Objet Théâtral Non Identifié. She has designed lighting for Loulou Omer (Le Prince Grenouille, Three sides moon, Le Temps suspendu), Isabelle Wéry (La mort du cochon, Mademoiselle Arie nue – theatre) as well as for contemporary music (Art Zoyd and Didier Casamitjana).

From 1998 to 2003 she created the stage and lighting universe for Cie Woosh’ing Machine, which she co-founded (Cyber Beans, Wit, Formol, Babylonia Kiss).

Also cofounder of Dame de Pic, she was technical director and created the lighting for all Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties’ productions from 1996 to 2009. She was artistic adviser on some of them: the body, the space and time in which her lighting plays a collaborative role, dissolving, absorbing, and changing, a constructive and perturbing element.