Originally from France but now an adopted Australian, Vianney lives with his wife Sabine and their two sons Théotime and Uriel, between Byron Bay (NSW) and Provence where he was born.
If the Réattu Museum in Arles or the Beaux-Arts Museum in Lyon, were two of his favorite playgrounds, it is as a teenager when following an uncle through a Photo-Dance workshop with Alain Béjart (Maurice’s brother) during the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles that he understood the importance of linking three of his passions, dance, photography and, more generally, the performing arts.
After his PHD in Cognitive Psychology and a degree in Management of Cultural Events, he worked for the Youth Service of Arles and took part in establishing Rock’stival, a Rock festival with a full year’s program of concerts. He then was in charge of the relationship with the public and the medias for Théâtre d’Arles as well as for the Festival of Choreographic Creations and of Music centered on guitar from the early to the contemporary instrument.
Then, as cultural press attaché in the Communication service of Arles, he handled large events and exhibitions like those in honor of Zadkine, Javlensky… or the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie.
In 1996 he co-creates with his wife Sabine, the Fil Invisible, a publishing house which began the first collection of Australian and New-Zealand literature in France. Kate Grenville, Sue Woolfe, Kim Mahood, Sylvia Lawson, Stephanie Dowrick, John Scott, Philip McLaren, are some of the authors that were translated and published.
Three of these books have been adapted on screen : Candy by Luke Davies, The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox joined Lilian’s story by Kate Grenville and in October 2015, it was Rosalie Ham’s Dressmaker (starring Kate Winslet, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis and Liam Hemsworth) who hit the international screens.
Vianney took also part in numerous French Lyrical productions and, since moving to Byron Bay, was cast in such productions as Oliver with Sheartheatrix, Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Coppelia, Rite of Spring… with the Byron Ballet Co, or in concerts with the Amatori Choir & Orchestra, the Visa Quartet and theatre with the Rochdale Theatre Co. or Robert Owens’ “The Theatre Project”.