Dimitri Chamblas

Dimitri Chamblas

Captivated by dance, Dimitri Chamblas joined The Paris Opera’s celebrated dance school at age ten. 

In 1996, Chamblas, along with Mathilde Monnier (actual director of the Centre National de la Danse) created the "research and writing residence”, an occasion for artists to create personal creative space outside of the traditional production process. 

Chamblas is co-founder of EDNA with choreographer Boris Charmatz. Together they have organized events, performances and exhibitions. Their duet "A bras le Corps" has been performed on every continent in world-renowned theaters and festivals. The duet entered the repertoire of the Paris Opera in spring 2017.

Teaching and transmission have always had a central place in Chamblas’ work, whether it's urban workshops in the streets of Paris, teaching for amateurs in the exhibition halls of the Tate Modern in London or teaching in big schools such as the dance institute of Beijing, and The French Higher National Conservator.

In 2002, Chamblas produced many commercials, digital contents and other visual art works. He worked with brands such as Nike, Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, and others.

In 2013, as a digital curator, Chamblas invented “Mutant Stage” with producer Amélie Couillaud : a series of 10 art films for the French Galerie Lafayette Art Fondation designed by Rem Koolhaas , exploring the relation between dance and architecture. 

Dimitri Chamblas and Benjamin Millepied began a film producing partnership in 2011, which remains active and ongoing. 

Chamblas has also been consulted by Millepied to elaborate the Los Angeles Dance Project. 

In 2014 Chamblas was nominated as artistic director of the 3rd Stage of Paris Opera. In collaboration with Millepied, he founded this creative digital platform by inviting artists such as Alex Prager, Glen Keane, Mathieu Amalric, Xavier Veilhan, Bret Easton Ellis, Julien Prévieux, William Forsythe, Rubber Legz, United Visual Artists, Lil Buck, and Jonas Kaufman to create original artworks.

Passionate about technological advances, in 2015 through a partnership with Google cultural institute, Chamblas curated the first immersive dance film, captured in 360-degrees based on an original dance piece choreographed by Benjamin Millepied.

In 2017 he launched Studio Dimitri Chamblas, a structure that hosts all of his projects and collaborations, including a duet with the star dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot, his participation in the new creation of Boris Charmatz premiered at the Volksbühne in Berlin, and a creation with architect François Perrin and François Dallegret for the Performa Biennial in New York.

In 2017 Dimitri Chamblas was nominated as dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).