Philippe de Coen
Among his achievements, Philippe’s collaboration with Michèle Anne De Mey stands out. It was a production of Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella in a scenography by Goury, a representation for 10 dancers, 2 flying trapeze artists, 3 singers and an orchestra conducted by Georges-Elie Octors, performed in June 1994 at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. For this project, Philippe was responsible for training the dancers for the flying trapeze and integrating the singers in the aerial scenography, in collaboration with his partner Pascale Clerbaux. This encounter with the world of opera was a memorable occasion, offering an opportunity to confront several spaces, play on various levels, and link the circus to the idea of popular shows dear to Stravinsky.
The co-founder of Feria Musica and its artistic director, Philippe also performed as a trapeze artist in the company’s first show, Liaisons Dangereuses. And although he was also on stage in the next show, Calcinculo, he had both feet planted firmly on the ground. This would be his last performance on stage.
The long tour of Le Vertige du papillon inspired the next show, Infundibulum, which he conceived and wrote with his wife Anne Ducamp. Having spent much time studying the acrobats during their training and observing the traces left by time on their bodies, he imagined a giant hourglass on stage, on which the acrobats would evolve in a tale about memory and crises. It is following the creation of Infundibulum that Philippe received the SACD Award for the performing arts for the refreshing approach he brought to the use of the circus apparatus in Belgium.
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