Kate France grew up in Sussex and studied music and literature before deciding to perform and create live art. She founded The Grand Opera of Oklahoma with Andrew Davenport, and their work (Grace, Nature, Circus) was shown in theatres and art spaces in Britain, the USSR and France. In 1992, she moved to France, and since then has worked as a performer and maker in different time-based arts: theatre, performances, installations, participatory projects, workshops, video, concerts, radio, and readings. In 2013 she set up the company Ciel56 with musician Eric Sterenfeld, to produce work that combines performance, contemporary music and video. She collaborates regularly with Sylvie Reteuna, whether on theatre, performances, or participatory projects, most recently in Dunkirk.
She is interested in the immediacy of live performance, and in how language and sound can interact with image. This has led her to cross borders between artistic disciplines, between amateur and professional artists, between generations, between cultures, or simply between different people.