At the age of four, Daphné Mauger already knew she would be a dancer. She started out in ballet, but turned to contemporary dance at ten. A graduate of the Conservatoire national supérieur de danse in Paris, she continues to work as a dancer and choreographer for many French productions.
Preferring character roles to the corps de ballet, Daphné has worked extensively as a soloist with the Compagnie Karine Saporta. From 1998 to 2000, she participated in the creation and tour of Philippe Découflé’s Triton 2 ter. She then danced for Castafiore System, and for Gilles Verièpe and Laura Scozzi’s companies.
In 2004, Daphné began working with choreographer Alban Richard on five creations including Luisance and Lacis. She worked once again with Decouflé, in the creation of La mêlée des mondes, one of the events of the opening of the 2007 Rugby World Cup – a parade in Paris with more than 1,200 participants. The following year she worked with him again on the creation of the touring show Sombreros.
Daphné choreographed Les Souliers rouges presented in Lyon, France, in 2008 by director Matthieu Gerin, and the Dansez Viking! parade for DSN (Dieppe Scène Nationale) in 2010.
"IRIS is a circus show that relies heavily on a choreographic language," says Daphné, who is working with Cirque du Soleil for the first time. “The cinema-related themes that we address – the shadows, decomposition of movement and so on – are integrated into the performance of the 72 artists. All the characters, including the acrobats, will be dancers."
Daphné Mauger was born in Rennes, France.