Mathilde is French and American. She has lived in Paris, Washington, Luanda, Milan and Amsterdam. She danced in Washington and Paris and then trained intensively at Teatro alla Scala Ballet School in Milan and on the Trainee Programme at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. She joined Northern Ballet in 2017.
Learn more about Mathilde
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Washington DC in the USA and raised by my French parents mostly in the USA and France but also in Angola where we lived for a few years.
At what age did you start dancing?
I was 6 years old when I started dancing in Paris.
Where did you train?
I started training seriously at the Washington School of Ballet, directed by Kee-Juan Han before moving to Paris. In Paris, under the guidance of my dance coach and teacher Jennifer Goubé from Paris Opera Ballet, I joined the Conservatoire de Paris. At 16 I joined the Teatro alla Scala Ballet School in Milan and one year later attended the Dutch National Ballet Academy's Trainee Programme.
I competed in a few different dance competition, mostly in France, including the Nijinsky International Dance Competition in Deauville (Silver Medallist 2015) and the International Competition in Nîmes (Bronze Medallist 2014).
Which Northern Ballet role would you most like to dance?
I would really like to take part in performing the Kenneth MacMillan pieces Concerto, Las Hermanas and Gloria, I find those particularly beautiful and intense.
My training highlights and best memories are dancing parts of Cinderella at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Ballet Etudes at La Scala Theatre and Yondering by Neumeier, Tarentella and Scènes de Ballet by Wheeldon at the Het National Ballet. In 2017 I was thrilled to have a successful audition at Northern Ballet on the day of my 18th birthday.
What do you like most about being a dancer?
It's my connection to the world, a way of life, of existing, being looked at no overlooked. This only comes once one is on stage and the lights are on you. I want people to feel me, to be moved and touched, impressed and proud. I dance to glorify the world, the miracles of beauty, art and music. I want to be part of the world and this is my way of making a difference.
If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?
I would adapt the world of Edgar Degas' ballerinas and his paintings showing behind the scenes into a ballet on stage.
What is your favourite book?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is currently my favourite book.
What is your favourite post-show meal?
I usually have two behaviours after a show. I am starving and could devour almost anything or I have been fed by excitement and only a few light sweet things, like dark chocolate, can tempt me.
How do you like to relax?
Playing with my cat Google is my favourite way to relax.
If you weren't a dancer what would you be?
I would be dancing with a pen, I would be a writer.