Jasmine Morand | Choreographer & artistic director
Born in 1977 in Zurich, Jasmine Morand completed her classical training in Geneva and at the Académie Princesse Grâce in Monaco, after winning first prize at the Swiss National Dance Competition in Soleure, modern dance in Nyon and the Migros Culture Percentage Study Prize. Her career as a dancer began at the Ballet National de Nancy et Lorraine, before joining Zurich Opera and Slovenia National Ballet. In 2000, she did a contemporary dance course at Codarts, Rotterdam, where she began to develop her own choreographic work. Back in Switzerland, she founded the company Prototype Status.
From 2010, the City of Vevey granted the company a support agreement, which includes the management and residency of Dansomètre, a space for choreographic creation. From 2016, it was granted a convention from the canton of Vaud, as well as numerous grants from Pro Helvetia and CORODIS to tour in Switzerland and internationally. Winner of the Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture Dance Prize 2013, Jasmine Morand tours with her company in over ten countries, spanning Europe, the United States and South America.
Her choreographic research embraces new technologies and visual arts to forge hybrid and innovative work. A direction that Prototype Status has explored for several years, particularly since UNDERGROUND, a performative installation created for Festival Images 2012, an international biennial for visual arts in Vevey. The company’s repertoire includes over a dozen plays, including the remarkable creation MIRE, an installation for twelve dancers, selected at Swiss Dance Days 2017 and performed over fifty times, including at the Holland Dance Festival, in Paris and in French national theatres. LUMEN, her next creation, is supported by Label+ Romand – performing arts, a co-production fund for French-speaking areas of Switzerland enabling the implementation of ambitious theatrical projects, with significant reach. Thanks to her experience, she is now invited to create contemporary pieces within institutional structures such as Tanztheater de Lucerne to open Festival Steps 2020 or within the framework of professional schools, such as a BA at the University of Zurich. In 2021-22, she will create the solo ARIA.
Aiming at a democratisation of contemporary dance as well as detailed and significant research into body language, the company’s artistic commitment strikes a fine and unique balance between conceptuality and aesthetics. Movement is considered in all its emotional depth, as well as in speech intelligibility.
Politically committed to the defence of the interests of professional dancers and choreographers, Jasmine Morand is vice-president of Danse Suisse and AVDC, Association Vaudoise de Danse Contemporaine. Through Dansomètre, since 2016, she has set up the Editions des Chorégraphiques, an annual programme of new contemporary dance creations, in collaboration and co-production with the Théâtre de l'Oriental Vevey.
© Céline Michel