As a kid, I could not stop talking, with words as much as gestures. When my mother could not take it anymore, she would make me sit on my hands. It was magical, not one more sound would come out of my mouth. Later in life, I discovered I was only duplicating my message. I could remain silent and still say so many things.
After trying dance, a beautiful discipline in which I was not that good, I tried theatre where I felt limited by the language. I needed to be able to communicate with the entire world. In 1976, I discovered mime at the same time that I discovered Vincent Marcotte, an incredible teacher. After only a few hours in class, I decided to become full time silent actor.
One year later, the master mime Claude St-Denis was playing in a theater close to where I lived. I needed to see how one person on stage, with no decor, no music and no props, could be interesting enough to keep an audience for an hour and more. After the show, I was lucky to meet him and talk about silence. A few months later, I became his student and stage partner.
I am still performing on stage and using mime in different spheres, for example, playing physical characters in movies. Teaching has taken more and more space in my life. Using what I learned from elders and hearing the need to learn differently and more quickly, for those who will not become mimes, I developed my personal teaching method and adapted mime techniques for figure skaters, jugglers, magicians and even politicians.