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Claire Gignac


Multidisciplinary artist Claire Gignac is one of the founders and artistic directors of La Nef. Contralto, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, musical director, actor, performer, and theatre director, she has developed, directed, and performed in La Nef ’s shows Music for Joan the Mad, The Garden of Earthly Delights, Le Chant d’Éole, Penelope’s Journey, and Perceval, the Quest for the Grail.

Over the years, she has worked with several companies including Ensemble Anonymus, Strada, Tuyo, Nouvelle Compagnie Théâtrale, Omnibus/Infini Théâtre, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, and Super Musique. In 1998, she joined the group Ex Machinadirected by Robert Lepage for the productions Zulu Time, The Threepenny Opera, and The Busker’s Opera, which have toured around the world.

Since 2003, as director of La Nef’s New Music Sector, she has presented works by various composers including L’eau ivre (by Silvy Grenier), La machine à explorer le tempo and Musique de robinet (by Robert Marcel Lepage), Urnos (by André Hamel), and Last Kiss (by Claire Gignac and Nicolas Boucher).