choreographer of Company Paul les Oiseaux
Valérie Rivière has first trained in classical dance
and turned later to contemporary dance.
From her first training, she has kept a disposition
for excellence. During the time she spent studying
in Brussels, at Mudra, she developed an open-mindedness that favours the use of other artistic
She began studying dance at the Conservatoire
National de Région de Bordeaux between 1974
and 1978. Then, she went to the School of
Princess Grace at Monte-Carlo under the direction
of Marika Besobrasova and finally entered Mudra Brussel, school of Maurice Béjart, to become a
professional performer. While training in Belgium,
she discovered a deep attachment to choreography
and a strong interest in other artistic disciplines.
Back in France in 1987, she founded
Paul les Oiseaux with Olivier Clémentz.
During the four years following the creation of
the company, they both focused their work on
experimenting and learned to deconstruct and
rebuild a new language that has allowed them
to acquire a distinctive artistic identity. In 1992,
Valérie Rivière became the only choreographer
of the company.
Since then, she has directed twenty five
productions, every one of them exploring a
different visual universe.