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Olivier Dhénin



Playwright / Director Olivier Dhénin is a playwright and director, a graduate of the CNR d'Amiens and a certified writer. He collaborated on various projects at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris before creating Kindertoten Schauspiel in 2008 at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles after Gustav Mahler and Friedrich Rückert. He then presented the first two parts of his trilogy L'Ordalie in Paris: Ricercare (2009) and Cendres (2010) and his triptych of Feuillets d'Audelin in Rochefort (2010-2013). From 2008 to 2012 he designed his Tetralogy Maeterlinck: The Death of Tintagiles, Alladine and Palomides, Interior, Sister Beatrice (Paris/Rochefort).

He also created Rilke's Orphans at the Cartoucherie de Vincennes (2010). A story of Stravinsky's soldier (Rotterdam, 2011 & 2014). Tief in meinem Fleisch (Deep in my flesh) based on the work of Georg Trakl, a Bach cantata and Mahler's Songs of the Wandering Companions (Rochefort, 2012). The Strange Festival after Alain-Fournier for the centenary of the Grand Meaulnes (Théâtre de la Coupe d'Or in Rochefort, 2013). La Cloche de verre, monologue for female voice based on the work of Sylvia Plath (2014).

His latest piece Cordelia-requiescat was premiered at the Musée national Henner as part of the Printemps des Poètes 2013 with original music by Jacques Boisgallais based on fragments of stage music by Claude Debussy for Le Roi Lear. This season, Olivier Dhénin is directing several operas: Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy (Paris/Geneva), L'Enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel (Rochefort), Julius Cæsar Jones by Malcolm Williamson (Vichy).

In addition, he collaborates artistically in the direction of Eric Vigner for the production of Handel's Orlando at the Opéra de Rennes/Capitole de Toulouse/Opéra Royal de Versailles. Olivier Dhénin is currently preparing an adaptation for the scene of Ingmar Bergman's regression trilogy: À travers le miroir, Lumière d'hiver and Le Silence, as well as a mimodrama inspired by Wilhelm Hauff on Mahler's First Symphony for the Clermont-Ferrand Opera :Urwald.

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