Josépha Madoki, also known as Princess Madoki, is a plural artist. She trained in both urban dances and classical, contemporary and jazz techniques at the Académie Internationale de Danse (Paris).
She collaborates as a dancer/performer on eclectic projects, with choreographers from different worlds such as Damien Jalet, Wayne Mc Gregor, Pierre Rigal, Ousmane Sy or Robyn Orlin.
Her work as a choreographer began in 2010 with the creation of Company Madoki and a first solo, Mes mots sont tes maux, winning the award Paris Jeunes Talents 2010.
In 2016, Josépha Madoki joined the company of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and danced in works such as Babel 7.16, the opera Satyagraha (Basel/Switzerland), the opera Alceste (Munich/Germany) and Stoic (Gothenburg/Sweden). Still with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, she collaborated with the international star Beyoncé, in the music video Apeshit shot at the Louvre Museum, and also in the music videos Spirit and Bigger shot in Los Angeles (soundtrack of the movie The Lion King).
Princess Madoki is the figurehead of a culture that is developing more and more in France and throughout Europe: Waacking.
She is often invited to bring her expertise and participate in international battles. She also transmits her knowledge of Waacking through workshops, masterclasses and conferences all over the world (Australia, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia…).
2016, Princess Madoki co-founded the first French Waacking collective Ma Dame Paris, creating stage works highlighting this aesthetic, creations such as Waackez-vous Français? and Oui, et vous?
In the year 2019, she launched her own Waacking event in Paris and Moscow: the All Europe Waacking Festival. Over the years, this event has become the unmissable event for the entire European Waacking scene.
2022, with Compagnie Madoki, she created the performance D.I.S.C.O. – Don’t Initiate Social Contact with Others for 9 dancers and a DJ, showcasing both the world of clubbing and Waacking culture on stage, with the backdrop of the social impact of forced distancing during the lockdowns.
The same year, Josépha Madoki participated in the rock opera STARMANIA as assistant choreographer to the man who over time became his mentor: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She thus collaborates with one of the key figures of the directing, Thomas Jolly who, following this project, offers her to sign the choreography of his new production at the Paris Opera: Roméo et Juliette (2023).
Throughout her journey of dance, creation and cooperation, Princess Madoki has developed a choreographic style based on the Waacking aesthetic. As a trainer and federator, she participates in the transmission of this dance culture to new generations, helping to build an essential place for Waacking in the choreographic landscape in France and internationally.
Photo performance D.I.S.C.O. © Raphael Labouré. Portrait © D.R.