Jean Rabasse has worked extensively in cinema, theatre and dance as a set designer and decorator. He has designed the sets for Philippe Decouflé's dance company DCA for more than a decade.
Jean was nominated for an Academy Award and won the César for his sumptuous, elaborate designs for the 2001 film Vatel. His other film credits include Astérix et Obélix contre César, directed by Claude Zidi, The Dreamers, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen directed by Caro and Jeunet, Norman Jewison's The Statement and Christophe Barratier’s Faubourg 36, for which he received a César nomination.
In 2009, he designed the sets for the opera L'Amour de loin, in a staging by Daniele Finzi Pasca, presented by the English National Opera in London.
A versatile artist, Jean Rabasse reinvents the craft of forms. "I make no distinctions between the disciplines in which I work. In movies I always stress theatrical effects, to give the film soul. In the theatre, I use cinematic elements."
IRIS is the third Cirque du Soleil show (following Corteo and The Beatles LOVE) for which Jean has designed the sets.
"Instead of a classic representation of cinema referring to specific films, we wanted to capture the essence of cinema, its original emotion," says Jean Rabasse. “The proscenium of IRIS is a nod to the origins of cinema in Coney Island and the world of Jules Verne, and acts as the gateway to our imaginary world."
Jean Rabasse was born in Tlemcen, Algeria.