On the Couch with Charlotte Saliou

AAR Charlotte Saliou - photo by by Laetitia PiccarretaWho is Charlotte Saliou?
I’m a director. I direct shows with circus, clowns, musicians and dancers. I’m a comedian too – I perform with my own company Jackie Star and Compagnie. I also act in different visual, physical and burlesque theatre shows and perform a lot with Compagnie Numero 8. I like the absurd, I like pushing the limits of expression and freedom on stage, thus provoking laughter and surprise. I like to use opera and icons in all genres.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would love to be a spy or to sell books.

Who inspires you and why?
Monty Python for their sense of no limits when it comes to absurdity and idiocy. I am also inspired by their analysis of contemporary stupidity and deep humanity, and their explosive ideas. Another inspiration is Maria Callas and the power of the woman through tragic operatic female icons.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Take the time to make love… even if it’s in the back of the car.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I don’t go on holidays very much.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Go together to a Montmartre bistro, drink good wines and then lots of singing, dancing and laughing towards the end of the night.

What are you currently reading?
Quelqu’un pour qui trembler (Someone for who to trembleby Gilles Legardinier.

What are you currently listening to?
Music, music, music and animals sounds.

Happiness is?
Every time a laugh.

What does the future hold for you?
The best.

Charlotte Saliou is a Paris-based circus director known for her delightful brand of contemporary clowning and physical comedy with a strong narrative storyline. She has created numerous shows including ElianeS and Jackie Star, Elegance and Beauty and has worked with international companies such as Cirque le Roux and Compagnie Numero 8.

Charlotte is currently directing Qu’est-ce Que C’est? (What Are They Doing… Here?) at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) until 8 December 2018. For more information, visit: www.nica.com.au for details.

Image: Charlotte Saliou – photo by by Laetitia Piccarreta