The HorizonVertical Dance Company, created from the initiative of Léa Thomen in 2014 in Lorraine - France, develop artistic exchanges where different fields of contemporary art interact with each other. Dance, the driving force behind the company's artistic activities, dialogues with all forms of expression, art, poetry, circus art, music, visual arts with the intention of opening dialogue between people. Léa Thomen is particularly interested and fascinated by the moment when these disciplines meet, when a space of interactivity is created in which the choreographer's multidisciplinary artistic universe can be fully explored. Since 2018, the company has been developing projects beyond its borders, focusing on Franco-Swiss cooperation. The Company received the Förderpreis Choreografie from TanzPlan Ost 2018 and the Société Suisse des Auteurs for the piece "Nachtfeder". In order to broaden its horizons and to make its projects in Switzerland sustainable, the HorizonVertical Company is since 2019 officially active in the region of Thurgau (CH) in Weinfelden. "Masque-et-toi" is the first production to be produced and created in Switzerland.
LÉA THOMEN - is a dancer, choreographer and artist based in Switzerland. After obtaining her state diploma as a contemporary dance teacher (CESMD Toulouse), she joined the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen (Institute for Contemporary Dance, Germany) in Master of Arts - Dance and Composition Option Interpretation - with the support of the DAAD scholarship. She has worked with many choreographers such as Henrietta Horn, Urs Dietrich, Mark Sieczkarek, Vanessa Voskuil & Jesse Zaritt / American Dance Festival 2013, Peter Chu (Kidd Pivot) & Sarah Lisette Chiesa (ShenWei)/ Springboard Danse Montréal 2014. In April 2014, she founded the "Compagnie HorizonVertical" in France. Her artistic work is inspired by the exchange between different cultures, different artistic fields and different artists. For the piece "Plume de nuit", created in collaboration with Linda Pilar Brodhag, she received the "Förderpreis Choreography" of the TanzPlan Ost Festival 2018 and La Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA). In May 2019, she started the project “Atelier Tanz Thurgau #1” with Mirjam Bührer in cooperation with Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld, and Phönix Theater, Steckborn. Since September 2019, she has been studying physiotherapy at the HES-SO Valais-Wallis as part of the bilingual (German and French) SAE program for athletes and artists.