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YOANN BOURGEOIS

CHOREOGRAPHER • THEATRICAL DIRECTOR

Yoann Bourgeois

Yoann Bourgeois is a French theatrical director, choreographer and performance artist with a highly engaged global following who has long been fascinated by ideas of weightlessness and the physics of suspension. An expert in using trampolines and autonomous devices that amplify physical phenomena through inventive, poetic, circus-inspired contemporary dance, his works strongly depict a fascination with gravity through installations that defy the forces of physical strength.

 

Bourgeois tirelessly explores and reinvents his favorite themes, especially gravity and vertigo, inspired by and in accordance with the space he occupies. Each takes on the dimension of a microcosm of continuous movement, a symbolic balancing act of life as heartstopping as it is hypnotic.Through an elegant series of vertiginous vignettes, Bourgeois’s breathtaking, balletic spectacles are an entanglement of disciplines that connect aerial choreography, dance, and acrobatics in an exploration of the constraints of one’s physical forces, counterbalanced by an indistinguishable precision and execution.

It is our relationship with time and space and that is central to Bourgeois’s practice. His performances – staged within the narrative framework of his meticulously developed set designs and soundscapes – unsettle the equilibrium, but it is through this process of articulated spectacle that our humanity is brought to the fore.

 

Bourgeois was trained in trampoline, juggling and trapeze at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque and in dance at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine before founding his eponymous troupe and being appointed director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble.

 

Support from the BNP Paribas Foundation has enabled Bourgeois to simultaneously continue his research work, the source of the creations that feed the CCN. Since 2018, he has also been exploring virtual reality: with funding from the Foundation and the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, he co-created ‘Fugue VR,’ a filmed and mixed-reality variation on his ‘Trampoline Fugue.’

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SELECTED PROJECTS

Louis Vuitton Mens FW22
Louis Vuitton Mens FW22

“The spellbinding performance was thanks to the work of theatrical director and choreographer Yoann Bourgeois, an innovative theatrical artist who collaborated with Abloh before the designer’s passing.”

-THE IMPRESSION
Louis Vuitton Mens FW22

"Intentional choreography tells a story of loss and love within a visually striking setting."

-Glamour
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Harry Styles: 'As It Was' music video
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Harry Styles: 'As It Was' music video
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Tiffany & Co: Lock Collection
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Yoann Bourgeois x Viktor & Rolf
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Yoann Bourgeois x Viktor & Rolf

“Mr. Bourgeois is a dramatist of physics.”

- The New York Times
The Great Ghosts, Panthéon Paris

“Part of what’s mesmerizing about ‘The Mechanics of History’ is its physical eloquence — how dancerly it is. The men don’t fall; they float.”

- The New York Times
The Great Ghosts, Panthéon Paris
The Great Ghosts, Panthéon Paris
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Ophélie
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Ophélie

“There is something quite fantastical about Bourgeois’s work.”

- The New York Times
Ophélie

“Yoann Bourgeois is an unsurpassed master of the trampoline as a tool for poetry.”

- The New Yorker

"With its infinite movement, a revolving spiral staircase describes an invisible coil in the air. The structure is composed of invisible doors and undetectable hatches that enable bodies to appear and disappear. I hope to call on a multitude of individuals and walk with them gradually from bottom to top and from top to bottom, step by step. An uninterrupted series of entrances and exits will reveal the range of our humanity throughout this continuous sequence."

- Yoann Bourgeois

“Apple's breathtaking AirPods ad is a feat of in-camera magic.”

- Ad Age
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Le Monde d'Hermès
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Le Monde d'Hermès
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Le Monde d'Hermès
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Requiem
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Requiem

“This work is a mythical monument and yet its unfinished score is very rarely presented as such. It struck us as singularly exciting to imagine something from its incompleteness. As if this meditation on death were doubled by the fate of this work: The void left by Mozart's death, between his virtuoso lines, generates an extraordinary eloquent tension.”

- Yoann Bourgeois
Requiem
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Fugue / Trampoline
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Fugue / Trampoline
Fugue / Trampoline

“Bourgeois’s weightlessness can make you weep. ‘Fugue’ is as heart-stopping as it is hypnotic.”

- DanceTabs
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Fugue Trampoline
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Fugue Trampoline
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I wonder where the dreams I don’t remember go
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I wonder where the dreams I don’t remember go

“I wonder where the dreams I don’t remember go’ propels our imagination into new and unexpected territory, offering us a compelling universe that questions our sense of reality.”

- Emily Molnar, Artistic Director, Nederlands Dans Theater
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I wonder where the dreams I don’t remember go
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Celui qui tombe

“‘Celui qui tombe’ oscillates not only between dance and circus performance. It also alternates between complete collapse and a comforting sense of belonging. A work of great ease and precision, it is breathtaking in its sheer beauty.”

- The Berliner Festspiele
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Scala
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Scala

“In ‘Scala’ we find the director's obsessions: a challenge to the laws of gravity, a circular flow of time."

-L’Express
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Little Song
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Little Song
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Little Song
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Little Song

“Gigantic spaces, natural or architectural, bring to light the disproportion between the individual and their environment. I like to bring these sites into play, to poeticize them. The objective is not to minimize the place of mankind, but to marvel at its fragility, and make this visible.”

- Yoann Bourgeois
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SELECTED PRESS

nyt
Selected Press: The New York Times
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Selected Press: The Washington Times
cosmo
Selected Press: Cosmopolitan
guardian
Selected Press: The Guardian
colossal
Selected Press: Colossal
nr
Selected Press: NR
hyperallergic
Selected Press: Hyperallergic
national post
Selected Press: National Post