This webzine is aimed at all those who are passionate about dance or simply curious and want to follow me to discover what happens on stage but also behind the scenes.
I am based in Luxembourg, a small multicultural and multilingual territory where artists from all over the world come and express themselves in the universal language of the body. La Glaneuse offers to meet them through different sections:
LES RENCONTRES : interviews and portraits of choreographers, dancers or personalities from the dance world.
LA RÉCOLTE : reviews of shows seen in Luxembourg but also in places where I can discover nuggets to add to our basket.
A LA CROISÉE DES CHEMINS : reports on other artistic expressions that enrich the dance – exhibitions, movies or TV series, DVDs, books, essays, etc.
CHAMP LIBRE : Cartes blanches offered to guests, analyses, dance news…
Why the name of La Glaneuse?
The name refers to the painting of the French painter Jean-François Millet, entitled « Les glaneuses » (« The Gleaners ») (1857).
I like the musicality of the word, with its ternary rhythmic that continues on a suspension point full of promises and twists and turns. The gesture is beautiful too. To bend down, to pick up, to get up again … the image fixed by the painter suggests the movement, the primordial act of which the dance is born. It’s up to us to imagine it, to animate it with our eyes. Finally, this name comes to remind us that artistic creation, that we can glean here and there, is what nourishes our sensitivity, what sharpens our spirit and sometimes fills our soul.
Who am I ?
No, I’m not a former star dancer who has turned into a penholder – but I admit that I dreamed of being one when I was 7 years old. My career plan to achieve this was well defined. It had been validated by my older brother. Then came the passion for writing, the curiosity for the world around me, the taste for encounters. That’s how I became a journalist after studying at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and the Sorbonne School of Journalism (Celsa) in Paris. I spare you the details of my long career. To make a long story short, from 2005 I followed the dance news for the daily newspaper « Luxemburger Wort », for which I was responsible for the cultural department between 2013 and 2017. It was there that I truly discovered the diversity and richness of contemporary dance, its fruitful links with other artistic expressions, the importance of its dialogue with our world. Since 2018, I have been working as a freelance journalist and dance critic.
In 2022, I produced and directed my first documentary film on a choreographer, entitled ANNE-MAREIKE HESS – THE BODY IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY.
This site is freely accessible in order to make the creative work of artists known as widely as possible and to contribute to the growth of a community that shares the same passion for dance. I hope to convince you to get into the dance through your comments, favorites or mugs, suggestions, information sharing by email or social networks. The road will be more challenging if we do it together!
This webzine receives financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
This support does not constitute an approval of the content which reflects the views of the authors only.