Claudio Girard was born in Turin, Italy. He trained in singing and dance in Italy and in the UK. He graduated in Classical Singing at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin and in Dance Theatre at Laban in London. He obtained an MA in Performance (Drama Department) at Goldsmiths College, London, and a MMus in Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, also in London. He studied singing with soprano Luisa Castellani in Lugano, Switzerland and with baritone Scott Johnson in London. He has recently attended a two-year course in Eurhythmics at the Dalcroze School in London.
Claudio has performed for Mobius Dance Company, Theatralia, for choreographer Bettina Strickler and for ‘les ballets C de la B’. He has sung the roles of Befana and La Rapina in the New European Opera production of L’Opera Seria by Florian Gassmann and the role of Tolomeo in G.F. Haendel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto for Opéra de Baugé. In 2011/ 2012 he toured in Au-delà, a dance-theatre piece choreographed by Koen Augustijnen and produced by ‘les ballets C de la B’. He has performed at the OfFestival in Brussels and at the Gentse Feesten in Gent with double-bass player Axel Gilain. In December 2014, he sang in the Contemporary Circus piece It’s Now, directed by Fatou Traoré at les Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels, Belgium. He recently premiered the Dance-Theatre piece La Société des Bêtes Feròces/ The Society of Wild Beasts, conceived and performed in collaboration with Sarah Bostoen, Steve de Schepper and Fatou Traoré. Claudio has presented his own performance work at The Place, Hackney Empire, Battersea Art Centre and Greenwich Dance Agency, London. Since 2004, he has taught contemporary dance and voice/ movement integration in the UK, in Belgium and in Italy.