Philippe Bachman

La Comète - Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, Director

 Philippe Bachman is a French musician, artistic director and producer.

As a composer, he has been awarded from French Villa Medicis HLM and American Fulbright and he has worked with several directors in France before composing for international productions including the Canadian director Robert Lepage.

He has worked for the Ministry of Culture and for Ircam in Paris. From 1997 to 2001, he was the C.E.O and artistic director of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra; he then worked as the executive director of Accentus Choir until 2003. Since 2004, he is the artistic director and C.E.O. of La Comète, Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, a national multi-arts venue.

In 2008, he has created the 360° International Network, uniting 18 circular stages venues. He runs War on Screen International Film Festival. He is responsible for the international program of the National Performing Arts Organization (Association des Scènes Nationales).


Curatorial Statement

Founded in 1996, La Comète is one of France’s 70 National Performing Arts Centres or “scènes nationales”. It is located in Châlons-en-Champagne. The venue has 3 halls: a proscenium hall  620 seats, a black box 154 seats and a circus 900 seats. It is putting on a diverse program covering the full range of performing arts, including contemporary dance to audiences of over 80,000 every season.

La Comète produces, co-produces or presents shows by artists from all over the world, regularly offering world premieres. Australian artists are very regularly coproduced and presented (Antony Hamilton, ATD, DanceNorth, Circa, …).

La Comète coordinates the 360° International Network (18 circular stages venues based in Europe and Canada) since it was founded in 2008.


Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts