James Spencer Henry Edmond Marcel Thiérrée (born 2 May 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland) is a French circus performer, violinist, [1 ] actor and director who is best known for his theatre performances which blend contemporary circus, mime, dance and music. [2 ] He is the son of circus performers [3 ] Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée, the grandson of filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and the great-grandson of playwright Eugene O’Neill.
Thiérrée made his stage debut aged four in 1978, appearing alongside his older sister, Aurélia Thiérrée, at his parents’ small circus,
Le Cirque Imaginaire. [4 ] He toured with the circus and its follower, [5 ] Le Cirque Invisible, throughout his childhood and teenage years, until 1994. Due to this, he was taught by tutors up to the age of twelve, when he was enrolled at the [6 ] American School of Paris. Later he studied at the [5 ] Piccolo Teatro in Milan, the CNSAD and the Acting International in Paris and the Harvard Theater School in the United States. In 1991, aged fifteen, he made his film debut in the role of Ariel in [6 ] Peter Greenaway's film , Prospero's Books and has since appeared in several films. He was nominated for the [4 ] César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2006 for his role in Antoine de Caunes’s film Twice upon a Time (2006).
In 1998 Thiérrée founded his own theatre company, La Compagnie du Hanneton, and directed his first stage show,
The Junebug Symphony ( La Symphonie du Hanneton), in which he also performed. It toured several countries around the world and received favourable reviews from for example the [7 ] New York Times and the [8 ] . Los Angeles Times Thiérrée won four [9 ] Molière Awards for the show, including that of the best director and the best newcomer in 2006, and it was chosen in 2009 as one of the ten most important theatre pieces of the decade by [10 ] . Le Figaro His next pieces, the [11 ] Bright Abyss (2003, La Veillée des Abysses) [12 ] and [13 ] Au Revoir Parapluie (2007) [14 ] were similarly acclaimed, and he was awarded a Molière for the latter. [15 ] In 2008 he also received Le Prix Plaisir du Théâtre from the [16 ] Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques. His fourth stage show, [17 ] Raoul (2009) received more mixed reviews. [18 ] [19 ] Thiérrée’s fifth spectacle, titled [20 ] Tabac Rouge, is to premiere in Lausanne in the summer of 2013. [21 ]
Stage productions [ edit ]
Theatre roles [ edit ]
La Compagnie du Hanneton [ edit ]
The Junebug Symphony
Orion Theatre, Stockholm
Original French title:
La Symphonie du Hanneton. Toured internationally.
Bright Abyss La Coursive,
Original French title:
La Veillée des Abysses. Toured internationally.
Au Revoir Parapluie Théâtre Vidy,
Raoul Théâtre Royal,
First solo show. Still touring internationally.
Tabac Rouge Théâtre Vidy, Lausanne
Does not appear in the show. Tours internationally.
Filmography [ edit ]
Prospero's Books Ariel
Stefano Quantestorie Teenage Stefano
The Girl in the Watermelon Matt Carrere
Credited as James Spencer Thiérrée
Total Eclipse Frederic
The Green Beautiful Mesaje
Genealogies of a Crime Young American actor
On Guard Marcello
Une Femme dans la Rue Unknown
Vatel Duc de Longueville
A Long Long Long Night of Love Gabriele
Dix-huit ans après Arthur
3 Women Unknown
Rien, voilà l'ordre Alexis
Bye Bye Blackbird Josef
Twice Upon a Time Paul Gaylord
The Vanishing Point Vincent
Korkoro Félix Talouche
Bartleby – Geschichte der Wall Street Bartleby
See How They Dance Victor/Clément
Love Battles He
References [ edit ]
^ Turner, Brook (2012-02-04), "Death of a Clown", The Weekend Financial Review , retrieved 2012-07-11
^ Greenfield, Elana. "Flight & Bliss: The Work of James Thiérrée". The Brooklyn Rail . Retrieved 08/1/2012.
^ "Dossier de Presse: Raoul". Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées . Retrieved July 11, 2012.
^ a b Ellis, Samantha (2004-04-07), "Clown prince", The Guardian (London) , retrieved 2007-12-16
^ a b Ross, Lillian (2008-01-07), "Son of a Clown", The New York Times (New York) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ a b "Raoul: Education Resource". Perth International Arts Festival . Retrieved July 11, 2012.
^ Winship, Lyndsey (2007-10-18), "A Big Pair of Shoes to Fill", The Guardian (London) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (2002-10-09), "Sleepless and Wordless, He Leaves ‘Em Speechless", The New York Times (New York) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ Segal, Lewis (2002-10-19), "Dreams Come Alive on A Bed of Whimsy", The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ Lauréats 2006, Les Molières, . Retrieved 20 June 2012.
^ "Les pièces de théâtre de la décennie : les choix du Figaro". Le Figaro . Retrieved July 11, 2012.
^ Zinoman, Jason (2005-11-11), "Blood Lines the Blend Old Performance Arts with the New", The New York Times (New York) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ Gardner, Lyn (2004-4-10), "La Veillée des Abysses", The Guardian (London) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ Brantley, Ben (2007-12-07), "The Dreams and Horrors of the Ties That Bind", The New York Times (New York) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ Gardner, Lyn (2007-11-01), "Au Revoir Parapluie", The Guardian (London) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ "Au Revoir Parapluie". Théâtre Marigny . Retrieved July 11, 2012.
^ "James Thiérrée et Clotilde Hesme récompensés". SACD . Retrieved July 11, 2012.
^ Gardner, Lyn (2009-10-16), "Raoul", The Guardian (London) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ Cavendish, Dominic (2009-10-15), "Raoul at the Barbican Theatre", The Telegraph (London) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ La Rocco, Claudia (20010-11-07), "An Elephant, a Jellyfish and a Man With a Lot on, and in, His Mind", The New York Times (New York) , retrieved 2012-7-11
^ Paré, Isabelle (2012-04-05), "James Thiérrée de retour au Québec", Le Devoir , retrieved 2012-7-11
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