Mickaël Phelippeau

Set-Up grew out of a long-time desire to see live the various elements of a theater stage come together and apart. The “technical setup” usually follows dramaturgy that cannot be visible unless one sneaks into an auditorium incognito. Those elements are usually not seen by the audience. One goal of Set-Up is precisely to show or even stage them.
I have watched bare stages gradually get set. I am fascinated by how lighting, sound and scenography are meticulously arranged and gradually fill out the space. The bodies of technicians and stage managers take over the stage regardless of “representation” and what they let us see, with disarming efficiency and pragmatism.

Starting from scratch.

Set-Up will begin with building a stage for a concert, a song or a few notes performed by the band
Melody for Aliens. This project will be eventually broken down and cleared out.
Melody for Aliens is an electro-folk band that I fell in love with for both their compositions and the voice of their singer, Aliénor Meyer.

The first concrete step of this work will involve setting up and striking a stage within an hour.

I mentioned bodies in action. I want this project to engage dancers on stage, embodying the precision and orchestration of movement in a natural kind of way. They will do some singing as well, which they are practicing.
In fact, each contributor to this creation will assume several roles. All of them will handle a technical aspect, but they will also sing and danse.
-Mickaël Phelippeau


After studying the visual arts and after performing with several different dance companies, Mickaël Phelippeau joined the ex.e.r.ce programme at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. He then worked with, among others, Mathilde Monnier, Alain Buffard, Laure Bonicel, John Scott, Julie Desprairies, Catherine Contour, Cécile Proust, 1000 plateaux, Daniel Larrieu and Sylvain Prunenec, as well as with the director Gilles Pastor and the writer Christophe Fiat. Mickaël Phelippeau also collaborates on projects with other choreographers and writers, among them Édouard Levé, with plasticians like Laurent Goldring, and singers, such as Barbara Carlotti. From 2001 to 2008, he and four other artists were part of the Clubdes5, a collective project built around a permanent laboratory and collective creation. With one of the artists, Maud Le Pladec, he created Fidelinka-extension and Fidelinka in 2005. From 2006 to 2008, the Clubdes5 was in residency at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne.

He has been working on his own choreographic projects since 1999. At the same time he has developed a multi-faceted, customisable approach to creation, using different fields and media in different and specific contexts. Since 2003, he has focused his research on the bi-portrait, a subterfuge he devised for encountering someone. In 2008, he created two pieces, bi-portrait Jean-Yves and bi-portrait Yves C., laying out questions dealing with otherness in parallel portraits, the first with a parish priest, the second with the choreographer of a traditional Breton dance school.He is currently working on other pieces, among them Numéro d’objet, Sueños, Chorus, enjoy the silence, as well as on a film installation, RoundRound Round. Since 2010, Michaël Phelippeau has been artistic director of the residencies A DOMICILE in Guissény and associate artist with the Quartz-Scène in Brest since September 2011. He has also been associate artist with the Théâtre de Brétigny since September 2012.

Rehearsals in Le Dancing in Val-de-Reuil from January 24th to 27h via a Le Phare Residence
Creation on March 20th, 21st and 22nd 2014 in Le Quartz, scène nationale de Brest, during Dansfabrik Festival.

A choreographic piece by Mickaël Phelippeau
Interpretation : Abigail Fowler, Chiara Gallerani, Enora Le Gall, Pascal Marius, Aliénor Meyer, Mickaël Phelippeau, Pauline Simon, Julien Tiberi, Estelle Tréville
Artistic collaboration : Marcela Santander
Musical creation : Pascal Marius & Aliénor Meyer
Sound manager : Enora Le Gall
Light design : Abigail Fowler

Production : Bureau Cassiopée
Coproduction : Le Quartz — Scène nationale de Brest Théâtre / Brétigny, scène conventionnée du Val d’Orge / Scène nationale d’Orléans / Parc de la Vilette EPPGHV / Le Phare, Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie. With the support of Réseau Labaye
Residency : Théâtre Brétigny, scène conventionnée du Val d’Orge Parc de la Villette EPPGHV Le Quartz — Scène nationale de Brest Ferme du Buisson, scène nationale de Marne-la-Vallée …

La bi-p is supported by the DRAC Centre — Ministère de Culture et de la Communication, by the Région Centre and by the Conseil général de l’Essonne.

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