Director, author, composer and musician, performer, acrobat and dancer, James Thierrée was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. From 1978 to 1994, he toured with le Cirque Bonjour, le Cirque imaginaire et le Cirque invisible. Between 1994 and 2012, he worked with Peter Greenaway, Robert Wilson, Carlos Santos, Beno Besson, Coline Serreau, Agniezka Holland, Jacques Baratier, Tony Gatlif, Claude Miller, Jacques Doillon and Roschdy Zem, among others. In 1998, he created his own company La Compagnie du Hanneton.
The same year, he directed The Junebug Symphony, which won the Molière Award for best public performance, directing, theatrical newcomer and best costumes for Victoria Thierrée in 2006. He directed and performed in Bright Abyss (2003), Farewell Umbrella (2007), which was awarded the Molière Award for regional touring, Raoul (2009), Tabac Rouge (2013), awarded by the Molière for visual effects in 2014, The Toad Knew (2016) and Frôlons (2018) for the Opera National de Paris. Two new performances are: MO’S (2021) and ROOM (2022).
MO’S – THE DAMN JAM CONCERTO
Waltzing to the telluric heartbeat of music and silently gathering stories, MO’ winds up his dream box to conduct a world of colliding sound. Reaching well beyond the scope of a concert, MO’S world revolves like a crazed carousel… an orchestration of instruments, bodies, curio and verse, dancing with one another, a recital that has picked up momentum and is now spinning out of control.
Together with his band of samurai musicians and ghost dancers, James Thierrée has conjured up an evening of original music and lyrics wildly interwoven with moments of raw dance, humour and signature theatrics. A dismantled melo-harmonical concerto.
With melodic, exuberant waves of harmonic outbursts, MO’ conjures his groovesque chronicles, mixing brass, strings, and baroque intermezzos with rock and electro sounds… MO’S has erupted from the stillness of 2021, a durational process developed during the impatient hours of waiting for theatres to reopen.
Created and performed by James Thierrée
Ching Ying Chien : dance
Mathias Durand : vocals, guitars, bass, piano, drums, tempura
Samuel Dutertre : acting, dance
Hélène Escriva : euphonium, bass trumpet, vocals
Steeve Eton : saxophone, vocals clarinet, bass clarinet, flutes, percussions
Damien Fleau : saxophone (bass, alto, soprano) piano, bass
Maxime Fleau : clarinet, drums and percussions, countertenor
Nora Horvath : dance
Valentin Mussou : cello