Mr. Philippe Bachman

La Comète, Director Chalons en Champagne, France


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

As a composer, 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 created the 360° Network, uniting 16 circular venues for the performing arts in 10 Countries.

He runs War on Screen International Film Festival.

In February 2015, he has been hired by the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, the Ministry of Culture and the City of Paris, to conceive a new artistic project for the renowned Theatre de la Cité Internationale, a multi-arts venue in Paris, including 3 halls and 14 rehearsal studios.

Curatorial Statement

Founded in 1996, La Comète is one of France’s 70 major national theatres or “scènes nationales”. It is located at the very heart of Châlons-en-Champagne, the capital of the Champagne-Ardenne region. The venue has 3 halls : a proscenium hall  620 seats, a black box 154 seats and a circus 900 seats. Since 2004, it has expanded its activities considerably, putting on a diverse programme covering the full range of performing arts, including contemporary dance to audiences of over 60,000 every season.

La Comète produces, co-produces or presents shows by artists from all over the world, regularly offering world premieres.

La Comète has coordinated the 360° International Network since it was founded in 2008.