Charles Chemin conceives and directs pieces between theater, dance and visual arts. He explores subjects where reality and fiction collide, where poetic form and raw documentary material coexist.
He is the artistic director of The Watermill Center's International Summer Program. It is an interdisciplinary festival that hosts and blends artists in residence, emerging or well established, in order create works in-situ. The Watermill is an arts center founded by Robert Wilson in New York in 1991.
PIECES // He is an associated artist in Florence at La Pergola - Tuscany national Theater since 2019, where he writes and directs interno/esterno based on Maeterlinck, tour in Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, then PARADISI based on Dante. He is regularily programmed at Craiova national Theater in Romania, like for Athens by night, adapted from the two Athenian plays by Shakespeare.
He conceives and choreographs dance pieces in France and US with Caroline Breton: I hope, figures, bitches. His research focuses on the portrait and the layers of memory contained in the performers' mind and body.
opera Le Messie du peuple chauve by Eric Breton at Avignon Opera. In 2018-19, he premiered the dance piece I hope at Ménagerie de Verre with the performer being the subject of the piece, 20 silences at Vicenza Festival, based on his research at NASA, and Athens by night at Craiova National Theater, based on two Athenian Shakespeare plays. His works since 2008 are often developed in collaboration with visual artists or composers and include productions at Performa Biennial in New York, Havana Biennial, Bregenz Festival, Moscow Contemporary Art Biennial.
He also works as a co-director for Robert Wilson and collaborated with him in over twenty countries. In 2019/20, Charles developed with him Mary Said with Isabelle Huppert and Jungle Book with CocoRosie at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Malintzin in Mexico, toured I La Galigo in Indonesia and Krapp's Last Tape by Beckett where he directs Wilson on stage.
Charles Chemin has had a long carrier as a performer with Robert Wilson, Philippe Chemin, Bruno Meyssat and other singular creators in places like Comédie-Française, Lincoln Center in New York, Festival d’Avignon, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Mmoma Moscou, Barbican Center in London and other French and European theaters.