BAM Affiliation James Thiérrée, born in 1974, is the son of Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée (co-founders of the renowned Cirques Bonjour, Imaginaire, and Invisible). As a child, Thiérrée appeared in his parents’ productions and later studied trapeze and acrobatics, violin, and dramatic arts. He appeared in Peter Greenaway’s film Prospero’s Books and in starring roles in the independent films Bye Bye Blackbird (nominated for an award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival) and Liberté (2009). He has worked in theater productions by Robert Wilson, Beno Besson, and Carlos Santos. In 1998, he founded La Compagnie du Hanneton and began to create his own work. The company’s first production was Junebug Symphony (presented in New York in 2002).
Thiérrée and La Compagnie du Hanneton made their first appearance at BAM with La Veillée des Abysses (Bright Abyss) (2005 NWF), followed by Au Revoir Parapluie (Farewell Umbrella) (2007 NWF), and Raoul (2010 NWF).