▸ to meet, to shed the light and to support the beholders of artistic traditions, depositories of ancestral knowledge.
▸ from Mediterranean shores to distant Asia. Focus on India!
▸ artistic advice, creative research, writing │management, production and communications
▸ philosophy│art history, esthetics & musicology │cultural development & project management │ sound+visual & communications
Edith has more than 10 years experience in cultural field within various organizations or as a freelance professional, in both the public and private sectors.
▸ 2015. Project management in the framework of ECHO Collective (INTERNATIONAL).
▸ 2015. Weekly reviews for New Morning Radio (FRANCE).
▸ 2015. Stage coordination for Fez in Search of Africa, a world premiere creation with 90 artists on stage (MOROCCO).
▸ 2014. Event management for Asdaa, World Cultures Festival in Dubai - International artists & speakers, 1st edition (UAE).
▸ 2014. Artistic advice and local coordination for the documentary series "Ethnopholia", produced by the Lebanese singer Abeer Nehme (INDIA).
▸ 2006-2013. Artistic advice, development, communications and production direction at Les Orientales & Oş Orientaiş Festivals (FRANCE & PORTUGAL).
▸ 2012-2013. General coordination at Constantinople ensemble (CANADA).
▸ 2009-2011. General coordination for Fez World Sacred music festival (MOROCCO).
▸ 2007-2011. Artistic coordination for Cité de la musique, Salle Pleyel, Quai Branly Museum (FRANCE). World music and performing arts › projects designing | negociation & budget | preparing of media communications, press releases and programme notes.
▸ 2008-2011. Communications & tour management at Zaman Production (EUROPE).
▸ 2008. Administration & production direction at MMM Festival, Music of the Mountains - 1st edition (SWITZERLAND).
▸ 2008. Artistic coordination & production management at L'Orientale-Africaine Festival - 1st edition (TUNISIA).
▸ 2006-2007. Project management at the Cité de la musique for an European Summer Academy dedicated to oral traditions - 1st European initiative (FRANCE).
▸ 2003-2004. Communications management at Auditorium Guimet, the National Museum of Asian Arts (FRANCE).
▸ Cultural & pedagogical leadership in the associative background (FRANCE).
▸ Reviews & reports for various local medias (FRANCE & CANADA).
▸ What does "cultural identity" mean in the global era? Why "conveyor of the past" and "pathfinder of the future" sound the same? In facilitating the transmission of the collective memory, what do we gain, what do we aim at?
▸ Music, artistic traditions, rituals... In a logic of "sustainable cultural development", what would be a fair collaboration with their representatives from here, from there? How to help performers who wish to travel from East to West, from South to North (and conversely) and to generate resources?
▸ How to reveal a meaningful heritage and its mindset, in turn spiritual, festive, full of visions and teachings? How to make happen the intercultural encounter? How to "learn (from) the Other" in spite of the lack of commun language? What kind of means does the removing of ignorance by new representations request? How a fruitful experience in this field makes raise a global-consciousness? (...)
Raised on the Loire riverbanks, Edith took her first steps at an early age in the world of oriental traditions and music, mainly thanks to the festival “Les Orientales” of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil (an unique event in Europe ✝ 2013). Ever since, she explores that territory extensively, travelling from Maghreb to India, via Bangladesh, Burma or Japan, seeking out new encounters and meaning, collecting music and stories, experiencing new working methods or developing collaborative projects with hundreds of artists.
In 1999, she begins a Bachelor in philosophy, specializing in musicology, at Nantes University. In 2004, she earns a Master degree in communication, specializing in cultural mediation and audiovisual. In 2006, she gets the highest honour for having completed the well-known Master 2 in cultural development and project management of Lyon 2 University.
As a (hyper)active student, she is keen on sowing and leading projects in an associative context. Following her taste for adventures and unusual sounds, she initiates 'by chance' a sensory research on traditional teaching of music in South India. The fruits of this work (transcriptions, recordings and other media) live on through educational projects and interactive exhibitions (2003-2004). Many other journeys on the Indian sub-continent follow that first contact, that eventually leads her from Kashmir to Assam, and from 2010 mainly to West and East Bengal.
There a path lies clearly before her eyes: she wishes to shoulder and support communities, the beholders of traditional artistic practices, from being dispossessed by the global typhoon. Highlighting poets, musicians, dancers, acrobats or ritualistic performers, seems the only option to preserve their cultural identity –which is a metonymy of human diversity, its wide awareness and its limitless creativity– and the precious knowledge (wisdom) behind it. In turn festive or spiritual, these expressions depending on their environment and on the collective memory enhanced throughout the centuries is the source of universal Imagination. To witness them and to make them travel become the leitmotiv of her action. It sounds obvious!
Thus she starts her career in Paris: at the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts’ auditorium (2004-2005), as a press and publicity manager, then at the Cité de la musique as an officer at the educational department (2006-2007), before becoming the second-in-command of the artistic director Alain Weber. In this framework, she begins programming world music events for the Cité de la musique, the Salle Pleyel and the Quai Branly Museum (2007-2011) and takes part in major creations performed on European stages (from the identification/signing of artists to the stage work, through research, communication, production, diffusion). She periodically works for organizations in need of guidance regarding their artistic and/or cultural ambitions (diagnosis of territory, issues, internal organization, artistic previews, etc.). Among these are for an example the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation (France) or the General Regional Council of Mayotte (Indian Ocean).
During these intensive years, her main activity consists in coordinating festivals and events: Les Orientales, in France, but also in Portugal (2006-2013), dedicated to music and traditions of East and Africa; the Tozeur Festival in the Tunisian desert (2008) or the Fez World Sacred Music Festival in Morocco (2009-2011). In parallel, may it be for designing projects or for touring with musicians, she works in close relationship with Zaman Production (2008-2011), an agency that promotes artists who have been discovered during field trips overseas.
Fall 2011 is a turning point. She flies to Canada to work with the renowned Ensemble Constantinople (Persian and baroque music), wishing to experience another aspect of the job. While she lives in tune with the diasporas of Montreal, she takes care of various facets of the company’s organization, from artistic residencies to annual seasons and international tours, administration to representation.
Based both in Paris and Kolkata since 2013, she keeps on travelling in order to meet artists and to collaborate with other professionals. Plunged into the poets’, musicians’, dancers’ every day life, she shares her/their experience through written and sound diaries. The artistic tours imagined during those journeys and staged upon return are an attempt to establish an ethic of cooperation possibly leading to mutual acknowledgment. As an artistic curator, she aims at restoring a feeling of closeness between the performer and the listener. She also appreciates getting involved in educational workshops or lecturing any audience (during forums, academic seminars, corporate trainings...).
Recently, Edith has added a string to a versatile bow: location scouting and field coordination in India for a Lebanese company: “Ethnopholia” documentary series (Winter/Spring 2014). She got committed in an international event in United Arab Emirates: Asdaa World Cultures Festival (Summer/Autumn 2014). She has founded ECHO, an organization to promote among others expressions Indian classical and folk music (Summer 2014). She keeps on curating regular events for private clients as well as for public partners (Philharmonie of Paris, Guimet museum, World Sufi Spirit Festival, etc.). And now she tells stories every week on New Morning Radio.
A high flexibility and a large panel of practical knowledge are required in each professional ground she lands. Although she shows slight preference for creative research and designing projects, maintaining top-notch artistic expertise, she is also very familiar with team management (including in an cross-cultural context) and above all with the multiple aspects of production and communication in the field of performance.
Today, always available for collective adventures abroad, she offers her services to institutions, festivals, foundations, NGO or companies.