A dancer by training, Xavier Gresse graduated from the national music and dance conservatoire (CNSMD) in Lyon in 2000. After winning a dance competition, he decided to set up a company to carry out the Résid8nse project. Compagnie L’Ogresse, founded in 2014, comprises a hip hop dancer, a musician, a lighting designer and a circus artist, most of whom Gresse met while working with Denis Plassard’s company, Propos.