Comic journey with the virtuoso Clown
Julien Cottereau Plays Carte blanche is a hybrid performance showcasing the best moments of Imagine-toi and Lune Air, Julien Cottereau’s two solo acts filled with new discoveries. Cottereau walks on unexplored and interactive paths and merges the imagination of the audience with laughter and emotion. The leading French comedian creates gestures and unusual sounds of great technicality. He is on the lookout for the potentialities of each moment to slip into breaches open to improvisation with unsuspected artists drawn from the public. Audiences is delighted by Cottereau’s self-deprecation, naive charm, absurdity, wondrous musings, and the rare interventions of this now-celebrated talented clown and mime, who takes us on a collective adventure of pure happiness in our lives.
Leaving the Lyon National School of Arts and Techniques of Theatre (ENSATT) in 1993, Julien Cottereau was given the main role in Erik Zonca‘s medium length film Eternelles (Grand Prix Clermont-Ferrand 1993); for this role, he received the Best Actor Award at the European Short Film Festival in Brest.
In 1994, he was hired by Cirque du Soleil, to replace Saltimbanco’s main clown-mime noisemaker in Japan. With this show he performed more than 30 minutes of solo performance in about 1 500 performances. In 2002 Julien Cottereau joined the association Clowns-Without-Borders and created shows around the world (Palestine, Afghanistan, Sudan, Moldova, Cisjordania) in refugee camps, for children victims of war, misery and exclusion. In 2003, he wrote the libretto of Opera Circus Give the fish an idea of what the water is for the company Off and participates in the staging of the show. For that he was laureate of the Beaumarchais Prize “”Write for the street””.
At the cinema he plays Haut les coeurs! (High Hearts !) directed by Solveig Anspach. He is rewarded with an interpretation prize at the Ghent 99 Film Festival by playing Karin Viard’s brother. He was again directed by Solveig in
Iceland in his film Back Soon (2007). In 2005, in Paris, producers saw his work at Cirque du Soleil and gave him carte blanche for a solo: the creation of Imagine-toi allowed him to obtain the Molière of the male theatrical revelation in 2007, the SACD prize of the revelation young talent 2008 and a nomination at the Crystal Globes in 2009.
His show was invited all over the world for several years : Europe, Switzerland, Great Britain, Australia, USA, China, Brazil, New Caledonia, Czech Republic, Colombia, Chile, Canada, Flanders, South Korea. In 2011, he plays Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth in a staging by Bernard Murat at the Edward VII Theater with Johnny Hallyday and Audrey Dana. In the same year, he produced and directed his wife, Fane Desrues, in Simone de Beauvoir’s Le monologue de la femme rompue, which he rehearsed the following year at the Essaion theater in Paris and again in Avignon in 2012.
As main mime-clown he did a season at Winter Circus Bouglione in Paris in 2011, at Roncalli Apollo Theater in Düsseldorf in 2012, Theater Cinneselli (Winter Circus of St Petersbourg) in a production of Cinderella by Slava Polunin in 2015 and Knie’s Salto Natale in 2016 in Luna, a story inspired by his solo Lune Air. In 2013, he enriched his repertoire by creating with Fane Desrues his second solo Lune Air and since 2014 hetours The Little Prince of St-Exupéry with the Jatekok Piano Duo, original creation between theater, mime, sound and classical music. It will be on the bill of the re-opening season of Théâtre Marigny in Paris whole Dec 2018. In 2017, he starts to tour « carte blanche à Julien Cottereau », a best off of his former shows and at the same time start to work with Gidon Kremer and his orchestra for a performance which will be premiered in the summer 2018.