In the 2013/14 Royal Opera Season French choreographer Philippe Giraudeau is the movement director for Robert Carsen’s production of Les Dialogues des Carmélites. His previous work for the Company includes choreography for Carsen’s production of Iphigénie en Tauride (2007), Stephen Langridge’s production of The Minotaur (2008) and Tim Albery’s production of Der fliegende Holländer (2009). He also appeared in the non-singing role of Figaro (Chérubin) for The Royal Opera in 1997.
Giraudeau has worked extensively as a movement director and choreographer in opera. He has established particularly close relationships with Carsen (credits including Rinaldo at Glyndebourne Festival, Don Giovanni and Dialogues des Carmélites at La Scala, Milan, Il trovatore at the Bregenz Festival and Der Rosenkavalier at the Salzburg Festival), Albery (credits including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Boris Godunov for English National Opera) and Richard Jones (credits including Jenufa at Lyric Opera Chicago and Pelléas et Mélisande at Opera North and ENO). His other credits include movement direction for Langridge’s production of Arianna in Creta at the Reisopera and John Fulljames’s production of The Enchanted Pig at the Young Vic.
Giraudeau studied dance in his hometown of La Rochelle and worked as a dancer in France before joining London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Second Stride. He also worked as an actor at the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Theatre and on television.