Franck Chartier

Franck Chartier


Photo: Tilo Stengel

Choreographer Franck Chartier (1967, France) founded the Brussels-based collective Peeping Tom in 2000, together with Gabriela Carrizo. Since then Peeping Tom has become a nationally and internationally acclaimed dance theatre company. In line with Carrizo’s work The missing door (2013) Chartier created the critically acclaimed choreography The lost room in 2015. In season 2017-2018 the trilogy was completed by a third work, called The hidden floor.

Chartier started dancing at the age of eleven. At fifteen his mother sent him to Rosella Hightower in Cannes to study classical ballet. After graduating he worked on an adaption of the Ballet of the 20th Century by Maurice Béjart between 1986 and 1989. He then worked for three years with Angelin Preljocaj and he danced for Le specter de la rose in the Paris Opera. In 1994, Chartier moved to Brussels to dance in Rosas’ production Kinok (1994).

In Brussels, he worked on duos with Ine Wichterich and Anne Mouselet and he appeared in Needcompany productions (Tres, 1995) and les ballets C de la B: La Tristeza Complice (1997), Something on Bach (1997) and Wolf (2002). Together with Franck Chartier and several other performers of Les Ballets she created Caravana (1999), a performance in a camper and Une Vie Inutile (2000). With these two projects, the seeds were planted for the company Peeping Tom.

The following years Peeping Tom toured with the following performances: the trilogy Le Jardin (2001), Le Salon (2004), Le Sous-Sol (2007), followed by 32 rue Vandenbranden (2009), A Louer (2011) and the recent Vader (2014), the first part of a new trilogy.

In 2013 Chartier made an adaption of Peeping Toms 32 rue Vandenbranden for the Gothenburg Opera: 33 rue Vanden Branden (2013), and he created the choreography for the opera Marouf, savetier du Caire by Jérôme Deschamps at the Opéra Comique in Paris (2013).