Every month, the Park invites you to meet the people who make up the Park! This month, we invite you to discover Bruno Lobé, director of the Manège (Reims)

Can you introduce yourself in a few words?

I am Bruno Lobé, director of the Manège, one of the 77 national stages established in mainland and overseas France, with a specialty in the arts of movement: dance, circus, puppets, cabaret, etc.

Tell us about your journey!

I lived in Val d'Oise and left for Paris at 18. Very quickly, I worked in different fields that have nothing to do with arts and culture. In particular, I worked for a few years at the social security counter!

I then resumed studies in management and worked in various sectors, particularly industrial. During a change of position, I was contacted by a recruitment company which offered me a position as administrator of the prestigious Ballet Preljocaj.

I never understood why they chose me because I didn't have any choreographic culture or knowledge of cultural project management. But it was love at first sight on my part for this sector which has not waned for 30 years.

After the Preljocaj Ballet, I was production director for an urban dance project in La Villette, I participated in the creation of the National Dance Center, accompanied the artistic project of the choreographer Régine Chopinot and co-directed the national scene of Orléans by creating two festivals which still exist today.

Since 2015, I have been carrying out with the team this beautiful, lively and unique project that is the Manège, the national stage of Reims which has the particularity of working around movement. 

Tell us what your links are with the Park!

The Manège works within its walls but we also like to explore other territories. For example, we have been working for 4 years in the Ardennes, with artistic projects in which residents participate throughout the year. Furthermore, I really appreciate artists working in connection with nature.

Also, when Nicolas Martz, sound artist and botanist, spoke to us about his desire to combine his two skills, it was quite natural that we approached the Park for three reasons: its reputation for responsiveness, openness and of eclecticism, its proximity to Reims and the discussions that we had already opened.

This project, the sound of chlorophyll, consists of discovering, with certain keen senses, edible plants present in the Park.

It is a two-part project: the first, on May 24 and 25 at the Maison du PNR, will be a “Nyctalope Conference”, a sound immersion in complete darkness where the spectator will hear sounds collected or imagined by Nicolas. Martz only texts on the plants that will be discussed. A change of scenery guaranteed!

Three weeks later, between June 16 and 18, in Germaine's orchard, we will offer spectators who have experienced not using their eyesight a short walk blindfolded..., guided by people with experience of sight. body: osteopaths, dancers…. These participants, still blindfolded, will listen to texts about the plant that they will be asked to touch and smell. And finally, it will end, with eyes wide open, with a tasting of herbal teas made with the discovered plants.

What is your favorite place in Montagne de Reims?

I really like the 3-legged deer in Germaine! It is an associative place which shows how goodwill can create a very special bond between residents in a village of this size.

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