Mirabelle is a Belgian performance maker, set and lighting designer living in Sydney. She is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Branch Nebula
Mirabelle was born in Brussels in 1972, moving straight from the hospital into the first commune in Belgium. At the age of three she moved to Antwerp into another commune, where she had 2 pet turtles, which she accidentally killed trying to save them from suffocation while in hibernation… At the age of six she got a yellow Eddie Merckx racing bike from ‘Sinterklaas’ on which she rode to school every day. At school she was the goalie during recess and the only girl allowed to join the boys in soccer. Until the age of twelve she tried very hard to be a boy. At 14 she was quite disappointed that THE boys didn’t seem to be interested in her. She then took her mother’s advise to grow her hair and wear a skirt, which helped tremendously! She never looked back, ditched soccer and started jazz ballet instead. Jumping straight ahead to 1996 when she joined Belgian dance company Hush Hush Hush to perform in their first show Carte Blanche.
She also completed an industrial design degree in 1995 at the High Institute for Architecture and Industrial Design in Antwerp and did a post-graduate in scenography at the Flemish Autonomous University of Antwerp.
In 1999 she co-founded Branch Nebula with Lee Wilson and moved to Sydney in 2002.
Mirabelle also works as a free-lance set, lighting and costume designer. She designed Urban Theatre Projects’ Buried City, The Football Diaries and The Last Highway; Nick Power’s Cypher; Ahilan Ratnamohan’s SDS1; Theatre Kantaka’s Club Singularity and The Bargain Garden; Hole In The Wall by Matt Prest and Clare Britton; Martin Del Amo’s Never Been This Far Away From Home and did lights and choreography for Robot Opera and The Hosts: A Masquerade Of Improvising Automatons both by Wade Marynowsky.