A series to introduce those who work on PPS Danse productions.
Juliette Thiriet / Stagehand for the production Le Trésor
Place of birth?
I was born in Strasbourg, France.
What education do you have? How many years have you completed your course?
I first trained in design, then I studied for four years in theater production. I graduated in May 2019 and have been working since then.
What is your way of working? Does your role require a lot of technical knowledge? A lot of physical skills?
During rehearsals, I take a lot of notes that I edit every week so that I always have the right version of what happens on stage. I usually work on a stage-by-stage board and note the entrances and exits of the performers and/or props so that I’m always in the right place at the right time.
I have technical knowledge that I acquired during my studies but each project involves learning and adapting, and thus acquiring new knowledge.
On a physical level, it all depends on how much involvement you want to put in, as I’m still young I don’t mind getting on the floor, crawling behind the set or carrying heavy things. So you have to be in shape, physical fatigue can lead to mistakes, especially during shows, since it is more demanding and stressful.
What kind of complicity is necessary with the dancers when you are on stage? with the technicians?
It is very important to have the dancer’s confidence, they need to be able to count on us when they ask us for something and get it done. During the performance, the dancers are focused on their performance, you have to mentally unburden them as much as possible. We need to anticipate their needs and be backstage at the right time to help them and provide the necessary props.
What do you think makes the difference in working with young and adult audiences?
What I like is to see adults thinking like children, while keeping a professional and methodical eye on the project.
Do you rediscover your childlike soul by working on Le Trésor?
I have never lost it.