Francois Legrand

Nans Laborde-Jourdaa portrayed by François Legrand

Nans Laborde-Jourdaa is a French actor and performer – here is presented a moodboard of inspirations. Art, movies, photography, words.

Nans Laborde-Jourdaa

Nans Laborde-Jourdaa. Ph. Margot Alexandre

Tobou Miguel Gomes 2010

Tobou, Miguel Gomes, 2010

Rene Ricard

A poem by Rene Ricard

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Ph. Paul Mpagi Sepuya

I grew up in a small town in the Pyrenees. Mountains on one side and Spain nearby. I left when I was fifteen to study cinema in Bayonne and then in Bordeaux. I left for Paris on an impulse and started taking theater classes. I was eighteen and not so sure to stay. I’ve been living there for fifteen years now. I like this city because I often leave it – and come back to it. I find somekind of balance in this, like a first time feeling over and over again. Paris can be intense, violent. I like having a neighborhood-like life, that makes me feel like I live in a small village, and at the same time the thrill of being lost in an anthill. I haven’t really lived anywhere else. I spent a lot of time in Lisbon and Brussels. I feel good in these places. It’s a combination of rythme, architecture, encounters, night life. I spent several months in Los Angeles with my boyfriend. I didn’t have much ideas about L.A before going, and it was insane. I like movement, losing my habits, being open to new encounters.

Le roman Le mausolée des amants d'Hervé Guibert 2001

Cover book from: Hervé Guibert (1955-1991), Le mausolée des amants’, 2001


Artist Kenny Duncan. Courtesy @kennydunkan

FLAMMES d'Adolpho Arrietta 1978

Flammes, Adolpho Arrieta, 1978 

Theatre. My father worked in the building sector, my mother in a primary school. She studied at the Beaux-Arts, and art had a place in their lives. I grew up in this set. I read a lot as a child. Fiction was the possibility of reaching other lives. I made performances in the loneliness of my bedroom. That’s where my aspirations of theater probably come from. Even if it was later on. I like dancing and watching others dance, in village fairs, clubs or in everyday life. Inspiration can pop everywhere. In a friend’s or in a stranger’s way of moving or telling a story. In spanish cinema of the eighties, in the freedom of drag shows, in the lines of a building or a vase. I gather hundreds of pictures and photos in my computer, like my own private museum. I have a theater company – TORO TORO –, that I created with the actress Margot Alexandre. Being able to create our projects together, the way we want them to be, and as freely as we want, is very valuable. Wether it is in theater, cinema or photography. I did a short film a few years ago, LOOKING FOR REIKO, and I am now finishing the writing of a new one. My idea of beauty: imperfetion, instability.

Drag Show Palaces Temporaires by Margot Alexandre

From ‘Drag Show’. Palaces Temporaires, ph. Margot Alexandre

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