| Cooper Lee Smith

Claudel Doucet


A 2004 graduate of the National Circus School, Claudel Doucet is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in the contemporary circus culture. After touring for several years as a performer with major companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Circus Monti (Switzerland), Claudel switched to creating circus work. She cofounded the Compagnie du Poivre Rose in 2014, presenting her eponymous show at the Circa festival in Auch before touring internationally. Claudel later founded her own company, LION LION in 2019. At the helm of LION LION, she creates various multidisciplinary projects that have received critical acclaim in several international festivals, including the Montreal Complètement Cirque festival. Her work explores new dramaturgical writing within the circus practice. Today, Claudel collaborates as a director and artistic advisor at the National Circus School.