Fascinated by the expressive power of the body, Estelle Clareton studied at the Conservatoire national de danse d'Avignon (France). She danced with Ô Vertigo in Montreal for several years before moving to independent creation. An actor and stage director, she has seamlessly blended dance and theatre. Artistic adviser at l’École nationale de cirque since 2006, Estelle is strongly inspired by clowning, juggling acts, and playful acrobatics. A recurrent theme in her work is exile, in both its inner and external manifestations. Instability and disequilibrium are the physical impetus that underpin her creations, with lightness and humour as counterpoints to anxiety. Drama and comedy have characterized the company’s artistic journey for two decades now, from the Furies series and Under the Solitary Night to works like Stretchy and Taking Off.