Set designer

Jean Rabasse

Jean Rabasse has worked in various fields, from art direction for the cinema to stage design for dance, opera and circus. He has collaborated with Philippe Decouflé since 1991, co-designing with Guy Claude François the sets for the opening ceremony of the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville and creating the sets for Petites Pièces Montées (1993), Decodex (1995) and Contact (2016). He is a renowned film set designer : he received a César Award for Best Production Design for the film The City of Lost Children by Marc Caro and JP Jeunet in 1996, and was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Art Direction for the film Vatel, for which he also won a César Award in 2001. His filmography includes Vidocq by JF Comar, Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (C. Zidi), The Dreamers, directed by B. Bertolucci, Delicatessen, directed by M. Caro and JP Jeunet, The Statement, directed by N. Jewison, Paris 36, directed by C. Barratier, Oceans by J. Perrin and J. Cluzaud, Me and You, directed by B. Bertolucci and Venus in Fur and An Officer and a Spy by Roman Polanski. He also designed the sets for several Cirque du Soleil productions (Corteo by D. Finzi, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, Beatles Love staged by D. Champagne, for which he worked as a theater and set designer, Iris and Paramour staged by Philippe Decouflé), and more recently for Paris Merveilles and La Perle by Franco Dragone. He worked on his first opera set design for Love from Afar, directed by D. Finzi in 2009 for the English National Opera, restaged in Antwerp, Ghent and Toronto in 2012. Production followed by Aïda for the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg in 2011, also staged by D. Finzi.