Biography of Helen Juren

French-world singer-songwriter

Helen Juren, singer of French Czech origin, began dancing on stage from the age of five. She was trained by the choreographers Cathy Cambet, Barbara Dressler, Muriel Chassard and Mirjam Berns, and then in St-Etienne’s Dance Academy and in Paris with Peter Goss and José Cazeneuve. From the age of 14, she has also been interested in theater. She worked with Franck Zerbib, Stéphane Müh and Claude Gavazenni in Grenoble. Then she joined the famous actor’s school Comédie of St-Etienne in classes of André Tardy, Fabrice Talon and Arlette Allain. Her theatre training continued in Sorbonne’s University of Paris, and then within the company Théâtre du Mouvement, Jean-Paul Becker and Enrique Morales.

 

In 1998, during an exchange in Warsaw, Poland, she learnt Ukrainian folk songs. Back to France, she started a training with the Glotte-Trotters group, Martina A. Catella, Pierrick Hardy, Jean-Yves Pénafiel and Daïnouri Choque. Then she learnt different ways to treat the voice in folk traditional world’s songs: Eastern Europe, Africa, Maghreb, the oriental countries, Native American songs and overtone songs. She also trained herself to the French and international pop music with Géraldine Ros, Richard Cross, Edwige Chandelier, M. A. Girard-Bon, to lyric singing with Anna Odolski-Kadenazi, and to being on stage in the Studio des Variétés, ACP and Harmoniques in Paris. Chorus master since 2003, she has led many groups of singers: Babel Danse Festival of St-Brieuc, Carmen by Bizet in Silvia Monfort Theatre of St-Brice, L'Hermine de Rien shows in Lozère, Ceux qui Chantent Debout (Those who Sing Standing), Cœur Troubadour (Troubadour Heart)…

 

In 2007 Helen Juren began working on her own singer-songwrigter project. Helen Juren composes a « Folk Rock Troubadour » universe. At the crossroad of French songs and World Music, the stories she sings are a meeting place between different cultures, between the Balkan rhythms and melodies from Africa and Oriental music. Her lyrics speak of love, women, peace, war, exile, loneliness, desire as universal topics. Under the eye of Tristan Haspala for the staging, she mixes painting, theater, dance and singing with her guitarist and co-composer Thierry Le Pollès. In 2008, she won the French songwriting contest « Debout les Mots » (« Standing Words ») patronized by Loïc Lantoine, under the wing of the famous music hall theatre Les 3 Baudets in Paris.

 

She sang at the Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski of Warsaw in Poland, at the National Choreographic Centre of Grenoble, at the Off Festival of Avignon, at the Théâtre du Soleil in the Cartoucherie of Vincennes, in Alsace, in Brittany, in Corrèze and in Paris : at the Théâtre du Lierre, the Archipel, the Arènes de Montmartre, the Czech Centre, the Mandapa Theatre, La Manufacture Chanson, La Bellevilloise…