AlizéLaVie Magazine always strives to discover amazing talents to share their work with the world to highlight and give them more exposure. That is why we are proud of introducing you one of them, Rising Star Olivier Médus who lives in New York. Incontestably he is an incredible and gifted young artist to watch ready to conquer the world. We have been touched by his achievements. He is living his dream by doing what he loves the most: dancing, his true calling. It is a blessing for him to make a living from his passion and transmit to others! The aspiring Olivier opened up passionately about his exciting artistic journey since his debuts.
ALV: First, can you introduce yourself?
My name is Olivier Medus, I am a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator located in New York City. I was born and raised in French Guiana, an overseas region of France on the northeast coast of South America. Growing up there has impacted my life as an artist deeply because of its heritage, the richness of the culture, and the music. In 2009, I moved to the United States to study and to deepen my knowledge of American Modern Dance techniques focusing on African American cultures at The Ailey School. I have had the opportunity to perform with the world’s most prestigious dance companies like Ailey II, the junior dance company of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2012-2014), Forces of Nature Dance Theater (2015-2020) and New York Dance Lab (2017). I am also the Dance Captain for the Broadway show “After Midnight”, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle on Norwegian Cruise Lines (2016-2020).
On September 23, 2019, I made my debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the newest production of Porgy and Bess choreographed by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown. Since 2017, I have been on faculty at The Ailey School for the Junior Division Program where I currently teach the Horton Technique. Having conducted master classes and workshops all around the world, my classes and choreographies are exploring and preserving African Caribbean and African American cultures through dance and theater. I believe our heritage and history are ways to empower, educate, and inspire audiences as well as the future generation of artists.
ALV: How have you been during this pandemic?
I’ve certainly experienced ups and downs, but most importantly I’ve used this time to achieve some personal goals. I am a very creative person. I use my time wisely by sticking to a routine and being productive. I’ve surrounded myself with uplifting media, people, activities, and thoughts that can help and encourage me to stay optimistic, joyful, positive and at peace. I am mostly concerned for my friends and family. I want to make sure they are doing well and staying healthy. More than anything, I want the world to heal. I want us to win this fight against Covid-19.
ALV: What did you change in your routine while being confined?
Pre Covid-19, my schedule was hectic. I would have very long days of work, auditions, rehearsals, and performances. Now I have more time for myself. I use my time to write, study, and cook a lot more. Being confined doesn’t feel new to me because, since 2016, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work on cruise ships. I believe the ship; it’s layout, rules, and regulations, really prepared me for this situation.
ALV: How long have you been dancing?
I’ve danced all my life, but I started training in ballet at the age of seven in French Guiana. As a performer, I have more than 20 years of experience. I’ve been very fortunate to perform many different dance genres or styles from ballet, to modern, to tap, afro beat and hip hop.
]ALV: What did you inspire to become a dancer?
My mother has inspired me since I was a little boy, she has instilled in me the love of the arts, the importance of music and sports and she made sure I could access it all. As a kid, she would always bring me to the Theater. I remember going to The Paris Opera School’s performance at Palais Garnier and being in awe. Although she didn’t have the resources financially or the knowledge of becoming a professional dancer, because there aren’t professional dance schools and professional dance companies in French Guiana, she always reached out to people in this career field that she knew and did anything that she could to help elevate my career. She taught me to be compassionate to all people. Hard work, ethic, and values always yield gratitude and appreciation. She has stood behind me and supported my ideas, dreams, goals, and career choices. I’ve been very lucky to grow up in a family full of love. They taught me how to love, respect and give back.
I would not be the artist I am today without the unconditional love of my parents.
ALV: What challenges did you face up to now?
As dancer, we are constantly monitoring our health; we must stay injury-free because our body is our instrument. I have been very lucky to remain in perfect health.I have been in the United States for more than 10 years and I truly have enjoyed my experience here. I am very grateful and happy to have always been surrounded by very creative and supporting, colleagues, choreographers, directors, friends, and family. I have not experienced any real challenges as of now, and I pray it stays that way.
ALV: How many hours per week do you train?
Usually I train about 30 hours per week; this includes classes, rehearsals, and personal workouts, in addition to my performances and the classes I teach.
ALV: Do you have any particular lifestyle to maintain your figure?
Yes, I maintain a healthy lifestyle. I exercise every day, I hydrate regularly, I eat well, and I get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. As an artist, I believe a healthy body is as important as mental and moral health. I value time with my friends and my family as well.
ALV: What are your plans for the future?
I have several ideas and projects for the future. I can’t wait to share it with the world very soon.
ALV: What kind of advice would you give to any young who wants to become a dancer?
Lead with your heart! Attitude is more important than talent, fight for what is important to you! Your possibilities of success are endless. Do not give up, you must be courageous and stay hungry!. Dance is one of the most challenging and yet most rewarding professions out there.
Be you, be unique, and let your talent shine! The world is yours!
ALV: Thanks Olivier for sharing your inspiring artistic journey with AlizéLaVie Magazine’s readers. Keep shining, Sky is not the limit!!
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