Conceived and Directed
by Philippe Genty
PHILIPPE GENTY studied as a graphic designer in Paris before setting out in 1961 on a four-year tour, performing on four continents. In the 30 years since then, he and his company have played stages in every corner of the world, developing a choreographic vocabulary that embraces puppetry, illusion and mime. In 1981, the company performed for a month on Broadway and, in 1985, Jim Henson selected them as one of the six featured groups in The World of Puppetry, an internationally-broadcast television series hosted by Mr. Henson. Typically, the company is split, with half touring and performing, and half workshopping the next piece. Dérives was in rehearsal for 18 months before its premiere in France 1989.