Born in Paris in 1978, she practiced classical dance as a child.
She studied History and Political Sciences and got acquainted with the Arabic language. Between 1999 and 2003, she went to Beirut to trace the history of a Lebanese French-speaking magazine, L’Orient- Express, in Cairo where she worked for the French Cultural Centre, and in Palestine to launch, together with children from Hebron, a reflection on the state of bodies in threatened, occupied or deserted spaces (Montreuil Collective Tiens V’là Encore Autre Chose).
In 2004, after two years spent as part of the UNESCO Social Science department in Paris, she decided to give priority to her artistic practice and joined the 2nd cycle of P.A.R.T.S, a contemporary dance school in Brussels run by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. There, she discovered her taste for collaboration – Andros Zins-Browne, Eleanor Bauer – and that of putting together for herself texts and movements, which she did by creating two solos, Champ/Contrechamp and Tout va bien. In their own way, they both question subterranean processes of naturalising reality.
In July 2006, she joined the Company Maguy Marin/National Choreographic Centre (Rillieux-La-Pape) for the new tour of May B. She was involved in the new tour of Umwelt and in the creations of Turba and Description d’un combat. With the collective Cocos – Bojana Cvejic, Jefta van Dinhter, Mette Ingvartsen and Jan Ritsema – Breading, brains and beauty was created, a theatre production in keeping with film and radio.
In June 2009, she published L’Orient-Express: Chronique d’un magazine libanais des années 1990, with Presses de l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Beirut, a work in which she refers to the main analyses from her Master's dissertation in History, extended with a reflection about political changes which prevailed in Lebanon between 2000 and 2009 (cf-1) .
Between 2010 and 2012, she dedicated herself to staging Wagons libres (creation February 2012, Parc de la Villette (cf-2) , Paris) inspired by a conversation protocol referred to as "future archives" (cf-3) : "we are in 2030, and we remember today". In a spatialized and deconstructed form of documentary – sound and visual archives, working notes, voice over, testimonies, framing and focusing –, Wagons libres calls into question the making of History, and how to turn it into a narrative.
Between 2012 and 2014, she co-directed Variations orientalistes (creation April 2014 Festival Spider, Les Subsistances, Lyon (cf-4) ) with four collaborators (Mary Chebbah, Renaud Golo, Pascale Schaer and Vincent Weber), who have never been to Lebanon in their "real" life. She offered them to go on stage to speak about their stay in Lebanon: a fictional criticism concept through which the making of our representations appear, as well as the fantasies specific the bodies of these four Europeans, resulting from the orientalist legacy and its contemporary renewals.
In 2013, she won the "Hors les murs" programme by the Institut français with the project Vestiges et présages, a stage tool laboratory in collaboration with the Lebanese theatre collective Zoukak and the actress Virginie Colemyn.
During the season 2014/2015, she was the dancer/performer of the creation Here, Then by Rémy Héritier and Marceline Delbecq (creation November 2015, Le Vivat-Armentières).
In February 2015, she co-directed, with Yvonne Debeaumarché, the film "Reims 2034", as commissioned by Stéphanie Aubin and Bénédick Picot, respectively manager and deputy manager of the Manège de Reims, in order to question the future of Reims, as a symptomatic town of the good and bad fortune of the History of France, both past and present.
In December 2015, in collaboration with Nesrine Khodr, Lorde Selys and Pascale Schaer, she directed Ellipses, conversation avec Omar Amiralay, a video-installation weaving together the futuristic interview of the Syrian filmmaker and some clips from his films, thus shedding light on his narratives and filmmaking strategies for the reading of History (co-produced by the Beirut Art Center).
In 2016, Sandra Iché was selected among the alumni of P.A.R.T.S to get in the support of the European project network [DNA].
She regularly runs workshops which combine research and artistic tools (writing, acting, choreography), as part of the syllabus of the Master's degree in New performative practices de DOCH (Stockholm School of Dance and Circus) and the Université d’été Euro-Méditerranéenne organized by the Université Libre de Belgique (Belgium).
She lives between Beirut, where she co-founded Mansion, a collective house hosting artists, researchers (cf-5), and activists , and Lyon, where she is the founding member of LIEUES, an experimental space for research and artistic creation (cf-6), and rodéo, a multidisciplinary magazine, a platform to share academic and artistic practices (cf-7).
Sandra Iché is the recipient of Nouveau Talent Choreography New Talent award 2016 by SACD (French Authors Society).
2- www.vimeo.com/34416664 (trailer Wagons libres)
4- www.vimeo.com/97010853 (trailer Variations orientalistes)
Parallèle supports Sandra Iché in production and distribution of Droite-Gauche.
Trained in contemporary dance in Toulouse, Maud Blandel joins the first MA class in Scenic Arts Direction at la Manufacture – HETSR in Lausanne. During her studies, she works with Robert Cantarella, Milo Rau, Jean-Yves Ruf and Franck Vercruyssen (TG Stan). She creates a first short piece called I would rather die than wear a dress, accompanied by the collective Das Plateau. In September 2013, she directs Ote donc le serpent que tu as dans ta culotte – conférence-spectaculaire sur nos corps hystériques. The project represents the starting point of her research on knowledge- transmitting structures.
Alongside this, she joins the artists Karim Bel Kacem and Thibaut Evrard on the project You will never walk alone, a conference-performance created at the Festival Belluard in Fribourg last July. They have since collaborated on the Sport Spectacle Project, developed at the Théâtre Saint-Gervais, for which they create CHEER LEADER in June 2015.
Wishing to pursue her interrogations concerning the political representations of the female body, she creates TOUCH DOWN at the Arsenic in Lausanne before performing the piece in Geneva and in Marseille during the Festival Parallèle 2016.
She was part of the artist’s lab during Julidans in Amsterdam and will present a performance next July for the new edition of the Festival.
She will assist Rachid Ouramdane for his next creation at the Opéra de Nancy with le Ballet de Lorraine.
Maud Blandel is a resident artist at the Théâtre de Saint-Gervais in Geneva.
Parallèle supports Maud Blandel in the production and distribution of Touch Down and Lignes de conduite, his new creation.
VASISTAS theatre group
The theatre group, based in Athens, works between Greece and France, creating theatrical performances that encounter contemporary life and aim to research and experiment on stage’s action. Searching for dramaturgies that are not defined by a text- based logic or in a linear story-telling, and with little use of technical means, the group orchestrates «moving images» in detail, creating a rhythm for an experience, like a music choreography in present time.
The team of VASISTAS is now composed by Argyro Chioti (co-founder of the collective and artistic/stage director), Ariane Labed and Naima Carbajal (co-founders of the collective), Efthimis Theou, Eleni Vergeti, Antonis Antonopoulos, Georgina Chriskioti, Evdoxia Androulidaki.
VASISTAS theatre group received for Spectacle the honors distinction of National Association of Critics of theatre and music, (for innovating theatre play) (December 2011). Argyro Chioti received the Price “Eleftheria Sapoutzi” for her artistic work (September 2013).
Parallèle supports VASISTAS in the production and diffusion of DOMINO and Apologies 4&5.