Constantly in search of fresh movement, colorful and audacious expressivity, Carte Blanche mixes levity and depth to create innovative and engaging performances which present a respectfuly iconoclastic perspective on our artistic heritages, a contemporary reflexion on intrinsic, yet often invisible cultural memories.
Through dance, theatre and interactive video, Carte Blanche performs accessible, honest and articulated work, using dreams, poetry, humor, language and cultural diversity as a starting point for a thoughtful narrative, a journey into our human identity.
Founded by two French women (Charline Formenty and Marie Walburg Plouviez) in search for a cultural bridge between their culture and the city they live in, Carte Blanche is a dance/theatre company based in San Francisco, Bay Area.
Artistic director Charline Formenty plays in nuances with generosity and spontaneity, passion and light, seduction and presence, freedom and rigor to share her poetic approach on existential problems and pushes the doors between truth and invisibility.
Phone: +1 (415) 506-7488
1491 8th avenue #2,
94122 San Francisco, CA, USA
Charline Formenty | Artistic Director, Visual Designer, Producer, Marketing Director, Graphic & Web Designer, and Founder >> See Portfolio
Charline Formenty practically grew up on stage. Originally from Paris, France, she caught the theater bug very early in life: she began performing at the age of 3 and has not stopped since. Charline’s stories are cut-and-paste montages assembled from art history and literature, observations of daily life and politics, and the vivid imagery and mythos of her dreams. Drawing on her lifetime of experience, she founded her first company, Les Petites Portes, in 2000. She was the artistic director, writer and producer of the company, created 10 shows and a short movie over a period of 8 years. After graduating from university Paris III and IESA Paris (2008) with a double degree in Art History and Production Management, she worked for DCA - Philippe Decouflé and Le Cirque du Soleil. In 2009 she moved to San Francisco, started freelancing as a designer/photographer for companies like Zaccho Theatre, Theatre of Yugen, Cirque Noir, etc., founded her company Carte Blanche and created Ophelia at Fort Mason Center, le Garage and NOHspace (2013). She currently works for SFJAZZ and is working on a tour for her new creation, Femme Fatale, in the spring 2015.
Marie Walburg Plouviez | Performer, Founder >>See Portfolio
Marie is an actress, dancer, performer and yoga teacher who loves to mix styles and techniques but stays grounded in the art and movement of the body. As an actress, she graduated from Nice University with a Masters in Performing Arts and entered the French National Conservatory for a 3 year intensive training program. She worked with numerous directors, choreographers, conductors, circus performers and has built the true knowledge and artisanal savoir-faire of a professional performer. In 2009, she created her own theater company and worked for many ensembles and touring companies in France. As a dancer, she has years of classical and contemporary training, attended many workshops in France, Africa and Romania, and was a teacher of traditional dance. In 2011, she moved to San Francisco and with Charline Formenty created the theater-dance company Carte Blanche. Together, they created 2 shows: Ophelia in 2012 and Femme Fatale in 2014, and succeeded in building a strong reputation in the Bay Area arts network; overcoming the challenge of being in a new place with a new language. Marie also worked with different artists in the Bay including Joe Landini in Bitter Queen, Essential Action Production in Suddenly Last Summer, and FoolsFury in The Seeing Place. More recently she has been developing her aerial dance skills in Zaccho Studio and performed in Cirqu’elle which toured in Santa Barbara and for the Summer Stage in New York City. Marie is delighted to work for the next few months on touring with Femme Fatale.
Paulo Presotto | Videographer and Sound Designer >>See Portfolio
Versatile Brazilian Media Producer, Paulo has been involved in the Bay Area music scene for the past ten years. Worked at ShoreLine Amphitheatre with Live Nation where he got exposed to massive productions, acquiring technical knowledge in sound, lights and video. Joined Youth Uprising as their multimedia coordinator, mentoring young producers. Currently working as stage manager for major festivals and venues such as Stern Grove Festival and SFJAZZ. Artistically, Paulo is mostly influenced by tropical rhythms and colors, covered with vintage flavors. He also produces PORRETA! the monthly brazilian Forrò night at the iconic Elbo Room. Paulo is excited to join Carte Blanche as a videographer, to develop interactive work and story telling through technology.
Tom Hansen | Light Designer
Illinois native, but in SF for the last 30 years, Tom has worked in a variety of venues and jobs in the performing arts. Currently Rental Manager at SFJAZZ, where he works with clients on all aspects of a wide range of performances and events, he's delighted to have the opportunity to return to his stage lighting roots with this show. Other work has included Production and Operations Management, Technical Direction, and Lighting at Cal Performances, UC Berkeley; Cal Shakes; Marin Theatre Company; and the long gone One Act Theatre Co. of San Francisco.
Koya Takahashi | Video Animation Designer and Graphic Designer >>See Portfolio
Born 1985 in Aichi, Japan. Film creator. Lives in Tokyo. Takahashi Koya researches mythological motifs such as nature, the universe, religion and folk legend as well as the effects created by today’s image expressions. 2008 Graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. 2011 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts.