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groupe Karol Karol



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The groupe Karol Karol is a company founded by Caroline Breton and Charles Chemin.

They conceive shows between theater and dance, with subjects where fiction and reality collide, and where space and time are unstable parameters. The staging concepts rely directly on the singularity of the people present on stage, their lives, stories, through improvisations. They look inside the humans to unveil the mysterious dimension of their actions and perceptions. Caroline and Charles indistinctly write choreographic scores, write or use texts, use improvisation, collage, interview people or shut up. Any material is potentially an appropriate mean for introducing the "outside world" into the performance. The groupe Karol Karol is artist-in-residence at The Watermill Center in New York.


Caroline Breton      actress


Caroline was trained at Cannes's ERAC School by Valérie Dréville and Jean-Pierre Vincent among others. 

From 2004 to 2009, she participates in the creations by Extime company that she founds with Jean-Pierre Baro. She performs with Jean-Louis Martinelli in several of his productions at Nanterre-Amandiers, with Bérangère Jannelle at Théâtre de la Ville, Yves-Noël Genod in Lyon. She participated in the Venice Biennale workshop program with Falk Richter and Christiane Jatahy.

Caroline works in other disciplines, and dances with Christophe Haleb in Danse à Uzès & Festival Actoral, Nadia Beugré on Legacy at Théâtre de la cité internationale/Festival d’Automne. 

She gives a conference on feminism “Quelle est la différence entre une femme?”, including at Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, and creates contemporary art performances at “Il faut brûler pour briller” in New York, Odéon Theater, La Laiterie in Strasbourg and Centre Pompidou. 

In movies, she performs under the direction of Bruno Podalydès, Etienne Chatillez, Nicolas Engel, Arnaud Sélignac & Olivier Van Hoofstadt, Samanou A. Sahlstrøm, François Ozon, César Vayssié and Paul Verhoeven in Elle (2 Golden Globe Awards).

Charles Chemin      director

Charles was trained by Meg Harper (Merce Cunningham Co.) and Robert Wilson, with whom he collaborates closely since 1993.

Since 2008, he conceives shows between theater, dance and visual arts. His theater and opera productions include works at Performa Biennale in New York, Havana Biennale, Babel Festival in Romania, Bregenz International Festival, Moscow Contemporary Art Biennale. 

He co-directs Robert Wilson's works in many countries, like The Blacks by Genet at Odéon National Theater in Paris or Krapp’s Last Tape by Beckett where he directs Wilson on stage, and in 2018 & 2019 Phèdre at Comédie-Française, Jungle Book with CocoRosie at Théâtre de la Ville and Mary said with Isabelle Huppert.  

Charles has had a carrier as an actor since 1992, with numerous directors, including Bruno Meyssat, Philippe Chemin, Christine Fersen or Andrew Ondrejcak, in places like Comédie-Française, Lincoln Center Festival in New York, Festival d’Avignon, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Mmoma Moscou, Barbican Center in London and other international venues.

Dom Bouffard      composer


He is a self-taught musician and composer born in London. As well as playing in the rock bands Sona Fariq, Queen Adreena and currently, Emperors of Rome, he has worked with theatre director Robert Wilson on numerous productions including collaborations with Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and Berliner Ensemble. He was a composer for Wilson’s radio plays Tower of Babel (HR/BBC - ARD Award 2016) and Monsters of Grace II, and also created the sound track for his Lady Gaga video portrait Flying, exhibited at the Louvre Museum.

He is a regular collaborator with Athens-based choreographer Marianna Kavallieratos with whom he has created two dance pieces commissioned by the Onassis Foundation and Athens & Epidaurus Festival. 

His radio piece WW1 - which he composed and directed - was commissioned by German broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk, and subsequently nominated for both the Karl Szuka Preis (2015) and the Kriegsblindenpreis (2016). His work, which spans, rock’n’roll, theatre, dance, video, radio art and installation work, is a volatile mix of techniques and influences, ranging from Dada to Drone.

Nils Haarmann      dramaturg

Nils a suivi des études de lettres, d’arts du spectacle, de russe et d’économie, aux universités de Mayence, Bochum, Berlin, à Paris-X Nanterre, à la Columbia University et au Watermill Center à New York. 

Depuis 2010, il est dramaturge permanent à la Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz de Berlin, où il travaille notamment avec Katie Mitchell, Jan-Christoph Gockel, Uta Plate, Peter Kleinert, Ivan Panteleev, Wajdi Mouawad, Rodrigo Garcia. Il traduit aussi des pièces allemandes en français.

Il est dramaturge pour les créations de Falk Richter depuis 2013, au TNS à Strasbourg pour Je suis Fassbinder en co-mise en scène avec Stanislas Nordey, à la Schaubühne à Berlin pour For the Disconnected Child, Never Forever et FEAR, au Melbourne Theatre Festival pour Complexity of Belonging, et ses workshops à la Biennale di Teatro de Venise en 2014 et 2015.

Durant ses études, il a aussi travaillé comme assistant à la dramaturgie au Schauspiel Essen et au Théâtre Maxime Gorki à Berlin. 

Aliberto Sagretti      lighting designer

Born in Loro Piceno, he was trained to lighting design in Italian theaters of the 90's.

He collaborated with lighting designer AJ Weissbard on productions by Robert Wilson, Peter Stein, Peter Schneider, and on international tour with Change Performing Arts company from Milan during 10 years, supervising lights on music pieces, art shows, visual theater, like with Peter Greenaway.

He works as a lights coordinator or master electrician on numerous theater and dance festivals.

In 2011, he is technical director at the Buenos Aires Festival for Eraritjaritjaka by Heiner Goebbels and Warum Warum by Peter Brook.

He creates the lights for the ambitious international collaboration Fibonacci Project by the group of Canadian contemporary Circus artists 'Les 7 doigts de la main'

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