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Cécile Roussat & Julien Lubek

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Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek met in 2000, while studying the art of mime with world-renowned master Marcel Marceau. After graduating from his international mime school in Paris, they trained for several years in drama, acrobatics, puppet theater, dance and illusion, in various institutions, including the Centre National des Arts du Cirque.

Early on, famous stage directors have asked them to design visual sequences in their shows: Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeieff, Michel Fau, Benjamin Lazar.

Since 2004, they have been developing a unique theatrical identity, through visual, poetical, and multidisciplinary shows.

In 2008, they founded Le Shlemil Theatre, whose unclassifiable original productions have been widely acclaimed by audiences and critics world-wide. Among others, their magical and burlesque duet, Les Âmes Nocturnes, was performed over 150 times in Europe and Asia, and awarded the Arte/Sacd prize in the Avignon Festival in 2012. Their fantastical adaptation of the Beauty & the Beast, in which Mozart and Haydn instrumental pieces meet an otherwordly visual atmosphere, also traveled across the world, including prestigious festivals (Utrecht Oude Muziek, Santiago Via Stellae…)

Today, they keep on creating and touring new shows with their company, which is a unique way to keep close contact with stages and audiences, and also allows them to test and experiment their ideas.

Passing on their knowledge and experience is yet another way of keeping their work alive and thriving: Julien Lubek has taught the art of mime in the National Dramatic Art Conservatory in Paris for 4 years.

Meanwhile, for the past 10 years, a growing number of renowned conductors have seeked their collaboration as directors for staged musical productions: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Vincent Dumestre, Ophélie Gaillard… Among others, they wrote and staged the following pieces: Carnaval Baroque (co-produced by Le Poeme Harmonique), MusennaLes miroirs du Levant (official French-Turkish season national closing show), Le Ballet des Fées (co-produced by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Cité de la Musique de Paris), Pierrot fâché avec la Lune. These productions, in which live music combines with circus arts and visual theater, have travelled over the world in the most prestigious theater halls: Opéra Comique, Bouffes du Nord and Cité de la musique à Paris, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Royal Albert Hall in London, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, Festival Cervantino in Mexico, operas and national theaters in Budapest, Madrid, Belgrade, Hongkong….

In 2010, The Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Belgium) hosted their first lyrical production : Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Patrick Davin. The production met with great critical and public success, and is scheduled again in Liège in Decembre 2015 and Sassari in November 2016. This production has just won the prestigious Gouden Label for the best production of the season 2015/16.

In 2014, they directed, and also designed the sets and costumes of a new opera productions : Dido and Aeneas, conducted by Vincent Dumestre, which premiered in the Opera de Rouen and was also performed in Opera de Versailles. This highly acclaimed production’s DVD is coming out in february 2015. This production will travel to the Teatro Regio in Turin in November 2016 and will take place again during 16/17 in Versailles, Rouen, Liège and Vichy.

Still in 2014, they also directed and designed the set, costumes and lighting of La Cenerentola in Opéra Royal de Wallonie. This production will travel to the New Israel Opera in Tel Aviv in 2016.

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