Dimitri Chamblas is choreographer, creative director and dean of dance at California Institute for the Art (CalArts).
Captivated by dance, Dimitri Chamblas joined The Paris Opera’s celebrated dance school at age ten.
During his career, he notably collaborated with creators such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagarfeld, composer Heiner Goebbels, artists Chrisitian Boltanski, Andy Goldsworthy, Dan Colen, Xavier Veilhan, choreographers William Forsythe, Boris Charmatz, Lil Buck, Mathilde Monnier, and Benjamin Millepied…
His work has been performed in venues such as Tate Modern (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum of contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Opera national de Paris ( Paris) , St Mark’s church (New York), Leopold Museum ( Vienna) , Grand Palais ( Paris), among others.
In 1996, Dimitri Chamblas created with Mathilde Monnier (actual director of the Centre National de la Danse) the "research and writing residence”, an occasion for artists to create personal creative space outside of the traditional production process.
Chamblas is co-founder of EDNA with choreographer Boris Charmatz. Together they have organized events, performances , published books and exhibitions. Their duet “A bras le Corps” has been performed on every continent in world-renowned theaters and festivals. This duet is part of Paris Opera ballet repertory since 2017.
In 2002, Chamblas started creating dance and visual art works for brands such as Nike, Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Van Cleef and Arpels, Dom Perignon, Longchamp.
In 2013, as digital curator, Chamblas invented “Mutant Stage” with producer Amélie Couillaud : a serie of 10 art films for the french Galerie Lafayette Art Fondation designed by Rem Koolhaas.
Dimitri Chamblas and Benjamin Millepied began in 2011 a film producing partnership, which remains active and ongoing. Chamblas has also been consulted by Millepied to elaborate the Los Angeles Dance Project.
In 2014 Dimitri Chamblas was nominated as artistic director at Paris Opera in charge of the 3rd Stage. In collaboration with Benjamin Millepied, he founded this creative digital platform by inviting artists such as Glen Keane, Xavier Veilhan, Bret Easton Ellis, Julien Prévieux, William Forsythe, Rubber Legz, United Visual Artists, Lil Buck, Barbara Hanigan, Jonas Kaufmann… to create original artworks inspired by Paris Opera.
Passionate by technological advances, in 2015 through a partnership with Google cultural institute, Dimitri Chamblas created the first immersive dance film, captured in 360-degree based on an original dance piece choreographed by Benjamin Millepied.
In 2017 he launched Studio Dimitri Chamblas in Paris and Los Angeles, a structure that hosts all of his projects and collaborations, including a duet with the star dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot, his participation in the new creation of Boris Charmatz 10 000 Gestures, or a creation with architect François Perrin for the Performa Biennale in New York.
In 2017 Dimitri Chamblas becomes the new dean of dance at California Institute for the Art (CalArts) in Los Angeles and created HHUMANN, a 75 dancers work presented in the streets of Down Town Los Angeles and at Hauser&Wirth Gallery.
In 2017 Chamblas started perfoming a duet with artist and musician Kim Gordon.
As part of the LA Phil program , Chamblas directs “ Crowd out” , a 1000 singers opera by David Lang in June 2019. The massive opera takes place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
In 2019 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.