La Cage is a performance company founded in Paris and Berlin in 2015. Our performances combine visual and musical art forms. Our artistic team constitutes an ensemble that includes visual artists, musicians, performers, dramaturges and technicians.La Cage productions have been shown at Radialsystem, Ballhaus Ost, and Berghain in Berlin, as well as at the Centre Pompidou and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, at the Basel Theatre, the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, the Rouen Opera and the Reims Opera, at the Concertgebouw Brugge, the ÉCLATE Festival, and the Donaueschinger Musiktagen.From 2019 to 2021, the La Cage artistic director, Aliénor Dauchez, worked as associated artist at the French state theatre La Rose des Vents, Scène Nationale Lille Métropole-Villeneuve d’Ascq, under the direction of Marie Didier.
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is La Cage’s artistic director, visual artist, and director. After an engineering degree at the UTC Compiègne school, she studied graphic arts at the Berlin UdK under Gregor Schneider’s supervision and at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, where she attended Giuseppe Penone’s workshops. She has assisted Anna Viebrock, Sasha Waltz and Heiner Goebbels. In 2013, she received the ‘Akademie Musiktheather heute’ scholarship from the Foundation Deutsche Bank; she was then resident of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart in 2017, and participated in the Berlin Program for Artists (BPA) in 2018.
Together with the Solistensemble Kaleidoskop, the Musikfabrik and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Aliénor Dauchez has developed performance forms with spatial designs in which the active engagement of the musicians plays a central role. Her visual work has been awarded the Foundation Ulrich and Burga Knispel Award, as well as the UdK president’s award. Whether it take the form of video, sculpture or performance, her work explores the relationships between bodies, objects and their boundaries. Her works have been shown, among other places, at the Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin, the Couvent de la Tourette in Éveux, and at the Moscow Contemporary Art Biennale, as well as in solo exhibitions at the Kunstverein Hildesheim and the Neues Kuntsverein Given.
has contributed to many La Cage productions as costume and set designer since the company was founded. After studying fashion at Pforzheim University, she worked as a fashion assistant for BLESS and LUTZ in Paris between 2007 and 2009, then as a costume assistant for the Berliner Schaubühne between 2009 and 2010. She has worked as a costume designer for directors such as, amongst others, Hakan Savaş Mican, Marius von Mayenburg, Yael Ronen, Mikael Serre, the Solistensemble Kaleidoskop, Moritz Riesewick, Nevin Aladağ, Bruce LaBruce, Magda Korsinsky, and Milla Koistinen. She has also worked for various theatres including the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, the Thalia Theater Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Schauspiel Hannover, the Munich Volkstheater, the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne, the Comédie de Reims, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in Berlin.
has worked with La Cage since 2019, and has contributed to the development of new creative orientations within the company. She studied sinology and lived for several years in China, after which she worked as an assistant at various Berlin theatres, and graduated with a masters degree in Dance Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin. Since then, she has been working as an independent dramaturge; she is also an author and cultural specialist in the fields of dance and performance. In 2022-2023, she was awarded the ‘Critical Practice (Made in YU)’ programme scholarship, organised by the apap (advancing performing arts project).
lives in Munich and works freelance in the fields of music and performance: as a dramaturge, with, amongst others, the Solistensemble Kaleidoskop, Yael Ronen, Pao Chang Tsai, Amir Sphilman, and Aliénor Dauchez, as publisher and editor of the magazine Positionen–Texte zur aktuellen Musik, and as writer of texts in various forms. He curates the series “Music for Hotel Bars” as well as the festival “Musik Installationen Nürnberg”.
grew up in Eastern Switzerland and now lives in Basel. He studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and was awarded the Lions Club Basel prize in 2009. In 2010, he took part in the Deutsche Bank’s ‘Akademie Musiktheater heute’ programme. As the cofounder of ‘Il Profondo’, a Basso-Continuo ensemble, he often works with Andrea Marcon as an assistant on opera productions, for instance at the Basel theatre and at the Frankfurt Opera. He frequently collaborates with the Cetra (Basel’s baroque orchestra) and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. He is also an academic and an expert in chromatic-enharmonic instruments (with more than 12 notes per octave) and in the music of the 16th and 17th centuries. In this context, he has worked with contemporary composers such as Vito Žuraj and José Sanchez-Verdù, and has been invited by ensembles such as the Ensemble Modern. Since the summer of 2013, Johannes Keller has been a professor at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he teaches ‘Intonation and Atmospheres’.
is a visual artist and set designer. He studied theatre composition and direction at the Theaterakademie Hamburg. His artistic practice combines stage design with performance, architecture, music and sculpture – with a strong focus on place and context. He has been working with the director Aliénor Dauchez and the La Cage company since 2013. His works have been shown at many visual arts and live performance institutions: Schinkelpavillon Berlin, Biennale di Venezia, Volksbühne Berlin, Museion Bozen, Ruhrtriennale Bochum, Bonner Kunstverein, Kunstverein Leipzig, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Galerie Helga Maria Klosterfelde Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Centre for Art and Medias Karlsruhe, Hamburg State Opera…
works as a musical theatre creator, composer, performer and cellist in the city of Berlin, where he lives. He founded the Solistensemble Kaleidoskop in 2006 and remained its artistic director until 2016. Since 2018, he has been creating musical theatre and performance pieces with his own label, Bob’s Company. He has worked with artists such as,amongst others, Boogaerdt/Van der Schoot, Laurent
Chétouane, Aliénor Dauchez, Luigi de Angelis, Martin Eder, Sabrina Hölzer, Susanne Kennedy, Mouse on Mars, Georg Nussbaumer, Peaches, and Sasha Waltz & Guests.
From 2018 to 2020, he was a participating artist in the #bebeethoven program, a PODIUM Esslingen project for Beethoven’s Jubilee in 2020.
has been La Cage’s production manager since 2022.
Born in 1994 in Reichenbach, Vogtland, he studied comparative literature and theatre studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, which sparked his interest in dance and theatre. Inspired by an internship with Laurent Chétouane, he dedicated himself to his own performative practice, which involves a therapeutic as well as an artistic aspect. Recently, he has been working in the field of cultural management and production, and supporting other artists. He has worked with the artist Ming Poon, the HZT-Berlin, the choreographer Ramona Sekulovic, and the production office Apricot Productions.
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has worked as a production assistant and curator for La Cage since 2021.
She is a freelance curator and co-founder of the art workers collective Polynom. In 2020, she founded the nomadic art residence ‘an•other here’ together with the artist Lea Mugnaini, and still directs it today. She studied Art Exhibition Science and Techniques at the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne under the supervision of Françoise Docquiert. In 2018, she worked as a curatorial assistant for the collective Karma Ltd. Extended, and in 2019, she was co-curator of “Please Trespass This is Not a Private Property”, as well as Théo-Mario Coppola’s associate curator for the exhibition “Their Past, Your Present, Our Future”.
started his career as a theatre technology engineer with an apprenticeship as a foundry mechanic between 1999 and 2003. From 2011 to 2016, he studied at a university of applied sciences as a theatre technician. He has been working since 2008 in the field of theatre, cinema and art exhibitions, and thanks to his professional and academic training, as well as his diverse experience in a wide range of work areas, he has developed into a result-oriented artisan with numerous creative skills. During his ten years working as technical manager for Monbijou-Theater GmbH in Berlin-Mitte, he acquired an extensive expertise in wood processing. He was also technical manager for the Varieté Gala Pfefferberg in Berlin (2017 –2019), as well as for Novoflot. Since 2020, he has also been working with La Cage as technical director.
Other Past and Current Collaborators:
Performers: Marlène Assayag, Niklas Binzberger, Thorbjörn Björnsson, Éléonore Briganti, Amélie Chemin,Anaïs Chen, Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, Anna Fusek, Jessica Gadani, Josías Rodríguez Gándara, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez, Roman Lemberg, Sabrina Ma, Josefine Mühle, Linda Oláh, Marie Picaut, Julia Reznik, Franz Rogowski, Eva Saladin, Antoine Sarrazin, Vincent Schmitt, Camille Slosse, Andreea Soare, Anaël Ben Soussan, Laëtitia Spigarelli, Daniella Strasfogel, Peter Von Strombeck, Peter Sura, Michiko Takahashi,Stefan Träger, Meridian Winterberg, Till Wittwer, Marta Zapparoli
Ensembles: Ensemble Il Profondo, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble TM+, Eunoia Quintett, Les Cris de Paris, Miroirs Étendus, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Vokalconsort Berlin, Zafraan Ensemble
Composers: C.P.E. Bach, W.F. Bach, Bartolomeo Barbarino, Carola Bauckholt, Franck Bedrossian, Christophe Bertrand, Pierre Boulez, Michel Butor, Raphaël Cendo, Yves Chauris, James Dillon, Hanna Eimermacher, Benedetto Ferrari, Beat Furrer, Giovanni Gabrieli, Martin Grütter, Rioji Ikeda, Dmitri Kourliandski, Johannes Kreidler, Jessie Marino, Alexandros Markeas, Claudio Monteverdi, W. A. Mozart,Sarah Nemtsov, Brice Pauset, Henri Pousseur, Fausto Romitelli, Yann Robin, Fausto Romitelli, Alexander Schubert, Richard Strauss, Barbara Strozzi,James Tenney, Claude Vivier, Jennifer Walsche, Caspar Johannes Walter, Iannis Xenakis, Marta Zapparoli
Musical Direction: Laurent Cuniot, Clemens Hund-Göschel, Miguel Pérez Iñesta, Geoffroy Jourdain, Johannes Keller, Tammin Lee, Roman Lemberg, Fiona Monbet, Gerhardt Müller-Goldboom, Matthias Pintscher
Press and PR: Laurent Langlois, Apricot Productions
Other Collaborators: Dovile Aleksaite, Jörg Bittner, Dagmar Bock, Jérôme Broggini, Nathan Chouchana, Baptiste Chouquet, Roxane Choux, Marion Coste, Cassandra Cristin, Violette Daures, Romain Delagarde, Georges Delnon, David Eckelmann, Cécilia Franco, Lisa Fütterer, Philippe Gladieux, Etienne Graindorge, Robert Hamacher, Korneel Hamers, Melchior Hoffmann, Christoph Knoth, Sergiu Matis, Maud Morillon, Jérôme Nika, Steffen Nitzel, Monica Nunes, Miren Oller,Janine Ortiz, Manuel Poletti, Roland Quitt, Julia Rommel, Georg Scherlin, Nora Sobbe, Sebastian Solte, Anne Taegert, Stephan Talneau, Fabienne Vegt, Christina Voigt, Ladislav Zaja
Partners: Radialsystem Berlin, Ballhaus Naunynstraße Berlin, Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi Berlin, Berghain, Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Theater im Delphi Berlin, St. Elisabeth-Kirche Berlin-MitteSchlosstheater Rheinsberg, Biennale Aktueller Musik Bremen, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Sammlung Kribus Köln, Schauspiel Nord Stuttgart, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen Hannover, Centre Pompidou Paris,Cité de la musique salle des concerts,La Scala Paris, La Pop Paris, Le Tandem SN de Douai/Arras, L’Onde Centre d’art Vélizy-Villacoublay, Maison de la musique de Nanterre, Théâtre de Châtillon, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil CDN, Le Phare -Centre chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie Eclat Festival, Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, La Rose des Vents Scène Nationale Lille Métropole -Villeneuve d’Ascq, Théâtre de Suresne Jean VilarHexagone Scène Nationale de Meylan, Théâtre des quatres saisons Gradignan, Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Salle Ravel Levallois, Opéra de Reims, Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Le théâtre municipal Raymond Devos –Tourcoing Lille Métropole, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, Theater Basel, Gare du Nord Basel, TaG Wintherthur, MC2 Grenoble SN, Détours de Babel, Theaterhaus Thurgau,Concertgebouw Brügge, Harpa Reykjavik
Benefactors: Gwenael Avertis, (the late) Michel Butor, Théo-Mario Coppola, Philippe Dauchez, Luzi Groß, Jacques Pornon, Thomas Toulemonde