Jasmine Morand | Choreographer & artistic director
Jasmine Morand was born in 1977 in Zurich (Switzerland).
She studied at the Geneviève Chaussat Classical Dance School in Geneva and at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. In 1995 and 1996, she won first prize at the Swiss National Competition for Classical Dance in Solothurn and Modern Dance in Nyon, then won the Migros Culture Percentage Study Prize for several consecutive years.
She began her professional career at the National Ballet of Nancy and Lorraine, then danced at the Zurich Opera House under the direction of Heinz Spoerli and at the National Ballet of the Ljubljana Opera House. In 2000, she received a scholarship from the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation and began a new training in contemporary dance in Codarts, Rotterdam. She began to develop her own choreographic work there and founded the company Prototype Status upon her return to Switzerland. Today Prototype Status benefits from a support agreement from the State of Vaud and the City of Vevey and is a permanent resident of Le Dansomètre, a space for choreographic creation in Vevey. His creations have been programmed in Switzerland, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Jasmine Morand is the winner of the 2013 Waldensian Dance Cultural Prize.
Politically committed to defending the interests of the professional world of dancers and choreographers, she is Vice-President of Swiss Dance and of the AVDC, Association Vaudoise de Danse Contemporaine. Through the Dansomètre, she has been editing the Editions des Chorégraphiques since 2016, an annual program of new contemporary dance creations, in collaboration and co-produced with the Théâtre de l'Oriental Vevey.
She also holds a Master of Advanced Studies in contemporary dance pedagogy from ZhdK - Zurich University of Art - with the support of the Reconversion of Professional Dancers and has been teaching for several years at AFJD - Association pour la formation de jeunes danseurs in Lausanne.
© Céline Michel