Léa Tonnaire is a translator from Russian to French and a circus teacher living between Ukraine and Belgium.
After graduating a BA in Russian philology between France, Ukraine and Russia, she obtains a MA in translation and subtitling in Russian from The Institut libre Marie Haps (Belgium) and became a freelance translator and editor. Her subtitling works allows her to keep close contact with cinema, especially with documentary films.
Concurrently with her translation works, Léa investigates body movement through her passion for circus arts. In 2015, she became an aerial circus teacher, she teaches aerial silk, static trapeze and aerial rope in Brussels. In 2017, she left Belgium and moved definitely to Ukraine where she teaches circus arts to children with autism.
Curious about changes taking place in Kyiv, a city she knows for more than 10 years, she decides with the director of photography Caroline Guimbal to make a documentary film in Ukraine. In 2018, the project get started, they make their first feature-length documentary film called “It’s night outside” which action takes place in Kyiv where they film close relatives experiencing a period of big change in their life.