The company

Artistic approach

The Chaliwaté Company was created in 2005. It is actively involved in creative projects, research and work to transmit this form of expression. Fed by the teachings and legacy of the three great contemporary and European masters of the mime art: Etienne Decroux, Marcel Marceau and Jacques Lecoq, the Chaliwaté Company performs its shows and shares its poetic and comic approach while constantly reflecting on the foundations of this particular artistic form of stage art.

Each show is the result of serious reflection and exploration of the dramatic rules and principles belonging to the mime arts, such as the metamorphosis of the body, transformation of objects and environments, symbolisation, but also the study of ways to cross this expression with other forms of stage arts (modern dance, farcical and more classic forms of the comical art form). Using a precisely-mastered and resourceful body language, shaping movements as a sculptor would shape a statue, taming the silences, the Chaliwaté Company works to combine the different techniques, aiming to surprise the audience and encourage the spectator to let his emotions do the talking.

The Team

Sandrine Heyraud - Author, director and performer

Trained at the Marcel Marceau International School in Paris, followed by several training workshops given by disciples of Etienne Decroux and Jacques Lecoq, Sandrine Heyraud creates the Chaliwaté Company in 2005. The main purpose of this Company is to promote different forms of the mime art by organising shows, workshops and conferences. After a degree in Performance Arts at the New Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Bologna in Italy, Sandrine goes on to study at the University of Québec in Montréal (UCAM) and gets a Masters degree in Drama Studies, in 2009. She leads many workshops for children on gestural theatre (Jeunesse à BruxellesFestival Mimos,…) and works on the promotion of shows for the Company.

Sicaire Durieux - Author, director and performer

After getting a degree in 2003 from the Marcel Marceau International School in Paris, Sicaire Durieux participated in many workshops and training courses, including at the Samovar School in Paris, at the School of Mime Arts in Montreal, in Buenos Aires during the Festival Internacional de Traditiones actorales, at the National Taiwan Junior College of Performing Arts, in Taipei, and workshops led by disciples of Etienne Decroux (Le Théâtre du Mouvement, Yvan Bacciochi, Francine Alepin) and Jacques Lecoq (Norman Taylor, Ami Hattab, Paola Rizza). At the same time Sicaire Durieux studied performing arts at the University of Montpellier III, at the University Paris VIII and attended the Doctorate programme on Studies and Practices of Arts at the Québec University in Montreal (UCAM).

He co-manages the Chaliwaté Company since 2005 and participates with the Company in many festivals (Festival International de Mime de Périgueux, in France, International Mime Festival in Israel, Leu Tempo Festival in Reunion Island, International Mime Festival of the Caribbean, International Mime Festival in Montreal,…).

Sicaire Durieux also works with the Mossoux-Bonté Company and was chosen by the Cirque du Soleil for coming shows.

For many years he has taught and keeps teaching specific techniques and savoir-faire on gestural arts for different schools and institutions : at the Paris VIII University, at the Drama School of UCAM University where he was a graduate teaching assistant, at the Éponyme Theatre School in Paris, at the Espace Catastrophe in Bruxelles, but also for different associations such as Jeunesse à Bruxelles, Les ateliers d’Art Contemporain, Douance Asbl, La Roseraie) also in Brussels; as well as the Centre Ressources Théâtre Handicap in Paris and in festivals (Mimos 2005, 2008, 2010).

Jérôme Dejean - Light designer and technical director

Photographer and music producer, Jérôme Dejean has an eclectic professional career. In 2004, he joins the musical collective eX&Future and composes sound tracks for ZUT and Théâtre du Méridien, among other troupes and plays. He recently created, with Christophe Janssen, a new collective, Peperstreetproject. His work appears in many productions for theatre and entertainment, mostly as a light engineer for several directors, theatre companies, dancers and singers. He joined the Chaliwaté Company in 2009 and designed the lights for Jetlag, their latest performance. Other examples of his recent work are: Dehors devant la porte by the What’s Up Company at the Brussels National Theatre, Silence by the Cie Nightshop Théâtre, Plainte contre X at the Théâtre de Poche, Léon Kamae by Cie Gambola, Frisko et crème glaçée directed by Alexis Julémont,… He has the habit of taking on several projects at the same time, he as regularly on tour with different shows. He is in charge of all the technical aspects of the shows for the Chaliwaté Company, as technical manager or light engineer when they are on tour.


Nomination of “Jeltag” at the Prix de la Critique 2016 (Belgium) in the category “Best Circus Show”


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