Of Martinique descent and born in France, Marielle Mencé is trained in athleticism and has a deep interest in poetry and literature. She has been a student of African dance at Nyata Nyata since 2003 and is a graduate of the PEFAPDA program. In 2005 she joined the company, performing in Lwaza. Montréal by Night is her second work with Nyata Nyata. After completing her PhD in comparative litterature (which she also teaches French as a Second Language), Marielle became interested in the links between African dance and oral traditions.