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, as well as in stage directing and transient architecture. Working in and between theatre, dance, and visual art contexts since 2004, his work bridges different scenic modes of expression to create new, dramaturgically effective arrangements.
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 2007, 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 of different modes of spatial expression, particularly through his work as a set & lighting designer, stage director and transient architecture designer. He produces and directs performances by his own company insanë, and works as a consultant and designer for public festivals. While teaching in various dance, theatre and opera conservatories and universities, he collaborates with directors, choreographers and designers across Europe and North America to create new productions in dance, theatre, opera, contemporary circus and other interdisciplinary contexts.
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), Gilles Rico (France), Opéra Comique (Paris), Musée d’Orsay (Paris), Emile Pineault (Québec), Cie Stt Dorian Rossel (Switzerland), Cie Entre Nous (France), steptext (Germany), Milla Koistinen (Germany), Yonatan Levy and Adam Maor (Israël), Opéra de Montréal, Festival d’Opéra de Québec, Louise Bédard (Québec), Anna Huber (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), 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, Académie du Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, École Européenne Supérieur de l’Image (Angoulême), among others. Cultural events : Festival CULLY CLASSIQUE (Switzerland), Le Monniati Festival (Geneva), International Butoh Festival (Kuala Lumpur), among others.
(Photos: Romain Huck & Sven Hagolani)