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The centre de création is an inspiring space for retreats, courses and residencies in the Dordogne region of France.


our people

our people

We are fortunate to continually work with inspiring and creative people including artists, choreographers, designers, directors, producers and teachers. Find out more about them here.



Abigail Yeates

show director & choreographer & yoga disciple

Over the last 30 years Abigail has worked as a performer, choreographer and director specialising in contemporary circus and physical theatre. She has directed numerous events, projects and shows around the world: original touring theatre, live arena shows, and stadium shows including productions for Stufish in the UK, China and UAE. Abigail created No Sweat, an all female contemporary circus, dance and theatre show that toured the UK and Europe. In 2015 Abigail was the aerial choreographer for the South East Asian Games in Singapore and repeated this role for their National Day Parade in 2016. In 2017 Abigail was show conceiver and director for the SOHO show that premiered at The Peacock theatre in London.

Her current project was Show Director and Original Concept for ELĒKRON – a theatrical stunt show featuring all electric cars, bikes and buggies opened December 2018 – July 2019 at Studio City Arena in Macau.

Abigail has been practicing yoga across the world with teachers in London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Australia since 1998. When she discovered the centre de création she instinctively knew that it would be the ideal place to deepen her yoga practice and create a beautiful, holistic space for others to share the experience. Abigail qualified as a Vinyasa Yoga teacher in 2019, training at Vinyasa Yoga School, Rishikesh northern India.


Paul Cockle

production director & tottenham football supporter                 

Paul has a long and varied international career as a producer and production manager. From working as a technician and stage manager touring in the UK and Europe to a company and production manager in Repertory theatre including The Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, The Young Vic, Leicester Haymarket and technical manager at The Royal Opera House. Paul toured extensively with the Royal Ballet including throughout the USA and also spent 3 years in Hong Kong at the Academy of Performing Arts managing the seven-auditorium complex and leading production of over 55 shows and tours to Seoul, Beijing and the Melbourne Arts Festival. Paul ran his own production company delivering shows for Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera and as safety consultant for West End Management and Notting Hill Carnival.

In 1998 Paul became Head of Show for the New Millennium Experience and managed the creative and technical teams for the acclaimed Millennium Dome show. Following the creation of the Dome Company, Paul founded The Generating Company in September 2000. Together with Mark Fisher and a number of artists from the Dome, the company grew over 15 years producing shows throughout the world including large scale productions in Singapore, Shenzhen, Osaka and Dubai.

Paul is now a freelance Production Director after closing the Generating Company and assists Abigail with the running of the centre de création.

course teachers


Claire Deloon

summer school coordinator & teacher

Claire has been involved in circus for 20 years, studied in Paris (L’Ecole au Carre de Sylvia Monfort) and London, and performed as a trapeze artist with Aerial Theatre Co., Skinning the Cat and The Generating Company. Claire is now mother of two, teaches Pilates and Aerial on the youth program at The Circus Space in London, devises circus training, and choreographs aerial work for the likes of The Bureau of Silly Ideas and Bassline Circus.



Isabelle Delhon

assistant aerial teacher

Isabelle always loved to practice physical activity and contact with children. After studying in Paris from 1978 to 1982, she obtained a state diploma to teach physical education in schools. Isabelle taught different sports for children from 10 to 15 years old in a few places near Paris. In 1984, she started to teach at Notre-Dame college, Berck (Pas-de-Calais). In 2009, Isabelle relocated to the Dordogne region with her family. She began assisting at the centre de création in 2015.

workshop teachers


Hazel Lam


Hazel started her artistic training at the age of five learning to play piano. Subsequently, she started taking ballet classes at the age of seven and went on to pre-professional class when she was 14. In 2006, she graduated from Northern Ballet School in Manchester, England and joined the Cairo Opera Ballet Company as a corps de ballet.  She was soon promoted to be a soloist in the company. When she returned to the UK she quickly discovered circus with Swamp Circus North and Greentop Circus. She then joined the professional course at Flic Scuola di Circo in Turin where she became an accomplished aerialist. In 2012 she graduated from The Circus Space London with a Foundation Degree in Circus Arts specialising in hand-to-hand and Icarian games. She is based in Ghent, Belgium and training as a professional member at Circus Planeet.



Joël Azou and Barbara Lartigau

acrobats (carrier and flier)

When Joël Azou and Barbara Lartigau met they had the same ambition and the same determination: to join the CRAC in Lomme and learn the circus skills with Abdeliazide Senhadji and Mahmoud Louertani. The acrobalance training they received provided them with the precise, rigorous body language required for their acts. Successfully mastered, this basic form of expression can be adapted to a host of different forms. While they were still learning, the partners created their first show, “And yet...”, a blend of burlesque and poetry. This creation was to win them first prize in the Sul Filo del Circo competition in 2017.



Laetitia Bodin


A native from France, where she was a competitive gymnast, Laetitia traveled the world for ten years with Cirque du Soleil, including six years with Quidam as an aerialist. After a one-year break due to the birth of her son, she was eager to go back to the circus scene and was part of the creation of the show Zed (a Cirque du Soleil production based in Japan), with which she stayed for three years as a Bungee/Hammock and Hand-To-Hand artist. While performing in Japan, she met her husband-to-be, Nick, a Seattle-based rigger for Cirque Du Soleil, and followed him back to Seattle after the completion of her contract in September 2010. She worked again for Cirque Du Soleil in 2011 on their Quidam arena tour in a Hand-To-Hand act. After that she was fortunate to find a partner in Seattle with whom she built a new Hand-To-Hand act and performed regularly in the Seattle area. Now living with her son and her husband in San Francisco, she is teaching circus arts at Circus Center and continues performing on stage in various acts that she created.


Rachel Schiffer

tight wire

Rachel began performing at the age of 10 and has been in the circus ring in some way shape or form ever since. She trained in gymnastics and acrobatics, then found her solid-self on the tight wire and in the air, as a flyer for aerial cradle. Rachel has performed across the US and Europe with traditional and contemporary circus companies and is based in France where she just finished a 3-year tour with Le Cirque Poussiére. She is currently working on the creation of a solo, tight wire piece to be premiered in the summer-fall of 2018.