Janáček: Foxie! The Cunning Little Vixen, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2017 (detail) View full image

Christophe Coppens

Director, Designer
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...And it works. Because Coppens had the intelligence to leave enough references to nature and animals - with moments of great beauty, and even dreamlike moments. This world sounds true of today (there is even Trump and Wilders on TV) without miserably labouring the point. And because of his direction of actors, and especially his management of young extras, is an almost perfect success: the movement is a hymn to life, and contains nature's effervescence.

Nicolas Blanmont, La Libre

Christophe Coppens is a director, designer and visual artist. He designs sets and costumes for all his productions, making an acclaimed debut as an opera director in 2017, directing FOXIE! – an adaptation of The Cunning Little Vixen – at La Monnaie / De Munt. He returned to Brussels at the end of 2017-18 for a double bill of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle / The Miraculous Mandarin and the 2021-22 season sees a new production of Bellini's Norma. Theatre projects include the direction of a new theatre piece, Dorian by Javier Barcala, based on The Picture of Dorian Gray, for NTT Gronginen.

Prior to his return to directing in 2017, Christophe gathered a suitcase full of experiences from his prolific work in other fields - experiences that now colour his approach to his work as a director. He initially studied drama and theatre direction, then - quite by chance - developed a global career in fashion, design and art. But the seductive voice of theatre kept calling.....

Barcala: Dorian, Noord Nederlands Toneel, 2018

Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2018

Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2018

Janáček: Foxie! The Cunning Little Vixen, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2017

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