French dancer and movement director Claude Bardouil makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as movement director for From the House of the Dead.
Bardouil began his career as a dancer, then trained as an actor at the Théâtre Sorano, Toulouse. He has acted in Jacques Rosner's productions of TwelfthNight, Macbeth and Julius Caesar. His dance appearances include performances in Rita Cioffi's Massacre du printemps, Shopping and Pas de Deux. He co-founded the theatre company Parlez-moi d'amour where he has worked as a director and performed in plays including Racine's Andromaque, Sophocles' Electra and several contemporary plays. As a member of Cie Samuel Mathieu he has featured in productions including Us-Band, Duo 1 and Duo 2.
Bardouil has collaborated with Krzysztof Warlikowski and been movement director/choreographer for all his opera productions since the 2010/11 season. He directed, performed in and choreographed Nancy Interview and Exhausted for Warlikowski and has also choreographed Warlikowski's productions of Koniec, Les Français (also Ruhrtriennale), Kabaret Warszawski (also Bavarian State Opera) and African Tales by Shakespeare for Nowy Teatr, Warsaw, as well as Phaedra(s) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Théâtre de l'Odéon with Isabelle Huppert).