Julien Brun

Scenic Artist Geneva, Berlin, Montreal, ...

Creation, design and production for Theater / Dance / Opera / Circus / Music / Events / Temporary architecture / Multidisciplinary arts

Julien Brun is a multifaceted scenic artist specializing in set & lighting design for theatre, dance, opera and contemporary circus, as well as in stage directing and transient architecture. His context-centered approach bridges different scenic modes to create dramaturgically effective ecosystems of visual and spatial elements.

Initially trained as a circus artist in Switzerland and Russia, Julien Brun gradually developed a fascination with scenic creation and design. In 2004, he started working as a designer, creating lighting and set design for dance and theatre performances as well as concerts. Parallel, he also initiated and directed the Monniati Festival, a multidisciplinary art festival in Geneva, and worked as an artistic consultant for cultural events throughout Switzerland.

In 2006, Julien Brun joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlin’s Opera) as an assistant director. He participated in the creation of new productions and directed his first professional staging: Kosmos 20. Subsequently, he began his formal training studies in theatre production and design at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal (2007-2010).

Since his graduation, Julien Brun explores the interconnections between different modes of spatial expression, particularly through his work as a set & lighting designer, stage director and transient architecture designer. Working as an independent creator throughout Europe and North America, he regularly collaborates with artistic teams of directors, choreographers and designers to create new productions in dance, theatre, opera, contemporary circus and other interdisciplinary contexts. He also teaches and researches in multiple dance, theatre, and opera conservatories, universities and academies, while ever and again working as a consultant and designer for public cultural events. Mostly, he's a very curious person, eager to research and create in good company.

Creation and design in collaboration with :
insanë (Québec and Switzerland), Mimi Jeong (Germany and South Korea), Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, Cie Ici'Bas (Switzerland), Cie STT Dorian Rossel (Switzerland), Gilles Rico (France), Opéra Comique (Paris), La Monnaie (Bruxelles), Musée d’Orsay (Paris), Emile Pineault (Québec), Bernard Stiegler (France), zer01NE (South Korea), Cie Entre Nous (France), steptext (Germany), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Milla Koistinen (Germany), Yonatan Levy and Adam Maor (Israël), Opéra de Montréal, Festival d’Opéra de Québec, Luc Birraux (Switzerland), Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Louise Bédard Danse (Québec), Eric Devanthéry (Switzerland), annahuber.compagnie (Switzerland), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bruno Ravella (United Kingdom), Society for Arts and Technology (Québec), Mamela Nyamza (South Africa), among others.

Teaching at :
Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique (Paris), Folkwang University (Essen), Universities Paris 8 & 10, Lieu Multiple (Poitiers), National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal), Mapping Festival (Genève), Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Poitiers, Society for Arts and Technology (Montreal), University of Rennes, University of Amiens, Académie du Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, École Européenne Supérieure de l’Image (Angoulême), ARTOS (Switzerland), among others.

Cultural events :
Festival CULLY CLASSIQUE (Switzerland), Le Monniati Festival (Geneva), International Butoh Festival (Kuala Lumpur), Havre d'Investigation Culturelle (Switzerland), among others.

(Photos: Romain Huck & Sven Hagolani)