Christophe Waksmann
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Christophe Waksmann

Performer, video designer

Christophe Waksmann

Initially a photographer, Christophe enrolled for audio-visual communications as well as dance in Grenoble. Surprisingly (or not!), he became a dancer and director and decided to pursue both careers simultaneously. This led to 20 years of tours and shoots.  A  hybrid career, built on experience gleaned on film sets, set designs, creations for live performances, live creations, editing tutoring, research in interactive processes and independent films.

He made his debut filming shows and spent some years teaching editing at Video-Design (Paris).

Since 1998 he has collaborated with the choreographer Philippe Decouflé where he devised the video images in IIris (2001), ) Sombrero (2006), Octopus (2010). In 2011, he took over the position of video co-designer at Cirque du Soleil for the IRIS  show in Los Angeles. From 2011 to 2013, he designed the films for three of the shows of the director Hedi Tillette in Clermont Tonnerre: Les deux frères et les lions, Le Grand ici and Frau Major, a theatrical rock-concert inspired by the life of the French rock singer Alain Bashung.  In 2013, he directed live camera projections for the Double Dream duo-concert  by  Mikhail Rudy and Mikhail Alperin at the Maison de la Musique in Nanterre, and designed projections for the choreographer Nasser Martin-Gousset during the choreographic performance En attendant Godard.

Most recently he directed and devised the video projections for the opera The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti, directed by Bérénice Collet He is currently beginning  a new project with the choreographer Hamid Benhami in Bordeaux

Christophe Waksmann describes himself as a metteur en images: “…the director creates the complete stage work; my job is to devise the projections and videos for the show. This is my contribution to the director”.