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The director and actor Stanislas Nordey was tutored in acting by Véronique Nordey and trained at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique in Paris. He has a particular affinity for contemporary authors and is an ardent proponent of a theatre of language: Koltès, Müller, Lagarce, Didier Georges Gabily, Magnus Dahlström, August Stramm, Laurent Gaudé, Martin Crimp, to name but a few… In particular, he is known for putting the dramatic works of Pier Paolo Pasolini on the radar of French audiences (Bête de style, Calderon, Pylade, Porcherie).
In 1995, he became an associate artistic director at the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre and from 1998 to 2001, he was director of the Théâtre Gérard Philipe in Saint-Denis. He collaborates regularly with several other theatres including the TNB Theatre and School in Rennes and the Colline-théâtre National. He also directed Peter Handke’s About the Villages at the 2013 Avignon Festival. In September 2014, He became the director of the Théâtre National de Strasbourg and its School. Over the last few years, he has been collaborating with the German writer Falk Richter (I am Fassbinder, 2016). In 2019, he directed Wajdi Mouawad’s John and staged Édouard Louis’ Who Killed My Father at the Théâtre de La Colline. He has also directed several operas, most of which are contemporary works, including Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the Théâtre du Châtelet (1997) with Pierre Boulez conducting, Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Enschede (1998), Peter Eötvös’s Three Sisters in Utrecht (1999), Ahmed Essyad’s Héloïse et Abélard at the Rhine Opera’s Musica Festival and the Théâtre du Châtelet (2000), Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus in Banff (2000), Peter Eötvös’s world premiere production of Jean Genet’s Le Balcon at the 2002 Aix Festival, Arthur Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher at the Ruhr Triennale; a new opera production of Jean Genet’s Les Nègres, with music by Michael Lévinas at the Lyon Opera in 2003, Tan Dun’s Tea at the Lyon Opera, Pelléas et Mélisande in Salzburg (2006) and at London’s Covent Garden (which was named best new production at the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards), Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise (2004) and Georg Friedrich Haas’s Melancholia (2008) at the Paris Opera, Lohengrin at the Stuttgart Staatsoper (2009), Michael Lévinas’ La Métamorphose (2011) and Lucia di Lammermoor (2013) at the Lille Opera, and Dialogues des carmélites at the Seoul Arts Center (2011). During the 2019-2020 season, he directed the first production of Berlin mon garçon at the TNS, a work by the theatre’s associate author Marie NDiaye.
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