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Pierre-André Weitz

Director, scenography, costume and makeup designer of Mam'zelle Nitouche

At a young age, Pierre-André Weitz worked as an actor, singer and set and costume designer at the Théâtre du Peuple in Bussang. He studied architecture before entering the Conservatoire d’art lyrique and becoming a chorister at the Opéra du Rhin. His work includes over 150 stage designs and, since the age of 18, he has worked with Jean Chollet, Michel Raskine, Claude Buchvald, Jean-Michel Rabeux, Ivan Alexandre, Jacques Vincey, Hervé Loichemol, Sylvie Rentona, Karelle Prugnaud, Mireille Delunch and Christine Berg.

Since meeting Oliver Py, he has designed all of his sets and costumes and developed a stage philosophy in which set changes are a response to a dramaturgical and choreographic exploration. For Alceste at the Opéra de Paris, for example, he drew all the sets during the show, to express a pictorial ephemerality, a musical metaphor. He also directed La Serinette by Olivier Py in Strasbourg, played three times in a row with different aesthetics and set-ups, proving that stage design can alter the meaning and the essence of a work without betraying it.

He recently directed Les chevaliers de la Table ronde with Les Brigands and the Palazetto Bru Zane. He has been teaching stage design for 20 years at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg.

At the Opéra de Lausanne: he designed the set and costumes for Le vase de parfums in 2005.