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

Early on, renowned conductors have seeked their collaboration as directors for staged musical productions: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Vincent Dumestre, Ophélie Gaillard… These productions, in which live music combines with circus arts and visual theater, have travelled for 10 years over the world, in the most prestigious theater halls: Opéra Comique, Bouffes du Nord and Philharmonie de Paris, 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 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 duets, Les Âmes Nocturnes and Au Bonheur des Vivants, were performed over 300 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 around the world. 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 at the National Dramatic Art Conservatory in Paris for 4 years.

 In 2010, The Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Belgium) hosted their first lyrical production: Die Zauberflöte. The production met with great critical and public success, and was performed again for series in Liège in 2015, Sassari in 2016, Lombardy (Cremona, Bergamo, Brescia) in  2017. It is scheduled in 2019-2020 in the Opéra d’Avignon and Opera de Versailles. It won the prestigious Gouden Label Award for best opera production in 2016.

In 2014, they directed, and designed the sets and costumes of Dido and Aeneas, an Opera de Rouen production. This highly acclaimed production’s DVD came out in 2015. The production travelled to the Teatro Regio di Torino in 2015, Rouen and Opera de Versailles in 2016, Opéra Wallonie in 2017 and Tel Aviv in 2018. Still in 2014, they directed and designed the set, costumes and lighting of La Cenerentola in Opéra Royal de Wallonie. This production  travelled to Tel Aviv in 2016, and is scheduled again in Liège in 2019.

 In 2017, they directed and designed the set, costumes and lights of Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, a coproduction of La Philharmonie de Paris and CNSM, French national Conservatory.

 Their current projects include the staging and designing of Gretry’s Raoul Barbe Bleue in Trondheim (Norway) in november 2018, and Mozart’s la Clemenza di Tito in Opéra Royal de Wallonie in april 2019.

Last edit March 2018

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