Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (NYC), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century. She was born in Burgundy, France and moved to New York in 1993.
Vangeline's choreographic work spans performance on stage and in film and has been performed throughout the US for the past 10 years. Her work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and LA Weekly to name a few. Time OUT Chicago named Vangeline's, "one of the best Dance Visits of 2011."
Since its inception in 2002, the Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh with the aesthetics of 21st century film noir. The Company's unique style, which might be described as "Butoh meets film noir," is informed by Vangeline's extensive training with Butoh Masters, including Tetsuro Fukuhara, Yoshito Ohno, Diego Pinon and Katsura Kan, as well as performing Butoh solo on stage and film.
Vangeline's critically acclaimed choreographed works have been presented in New York at Joyce SoHo, White Wave, the New Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122 Performance Space, and Abrons Arts Center.She was the recipient of a six-month artist residency at PS122 Performance Space ("New, New Stuff"); since 2006 she has received prestigious awards from the Puffin Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Asian American Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Robert Friedman Foundation.
She is the founder of the 7-year running, award-winning program " The Dream a Dream Project", which brings Butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York City. Widely regarded as an expert in her field, Vangeline is a regular guest Butoh teacher at universities such as Cornell University, New York University, Brooklyn College and many other cultural institutions in the States.
Also active in film and theatre, Vangeline performed the critically acclaimed role of the ghost of Elizabeth Short (the "Black Dahlia") in the 2011 Los Angeles production of 'The Chanteuse and the Devil's Muse.' directed by David J (Bauhaus). The Los Angeles press unanimously praised her Butoh performance. THEATER IN LA selected her performance as one of the best 2011 performances in Los Angeles.Recent film projects include a starring role alongside actors James Franco and Winona Ryder in the feature film by director Jay Anania, 'The Letter (2012-Lionsgate).
Her solo work " FIFTH OF BEETHOVEN" was officially selected by The ONE Festival in New York this Spring. She looks forward to more touring engagements, including her performances at the Avignon Festival in France this July.