In 2013, with Pietragalla, he conceived, choreographed, and danced in a 3D virtual unreality show, Mr & Mrs Dream (Mr & Mme Rêve, co-produced with Dassault Systèmes), inspired by the work of the Eugène Ionesco and his Theatre of the Absurd.
Julien Derouault has a strong track record of working with musicians, including Christophe, Laurent Garnier, and Didier Lockwood. In 2013, he choreographed Emmanuel Moire’s video clip Beau malheur and also choreographed and danced in Judith’s video clip Badaboum.
The pair also created Clowns for the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris.
In parallel to his career as a dancer and choreographer, Derouault has been teaching different forms of dance since 2000, including running choreographic workshops and training programmes for schools, people with a disability, young people, and professionals.
With Pietragalla in 2012, he choreographed and produced The Chairs ?, a version of Eugène Ionesco’s play in dance aimed at young people.
In 2010, he conceived Poets’ Night, a musical work choreographed by Pietragalla that blends electro, dance, piano, and the poetry of Louis Aragon.
In 2009, Derouault choreographed Temptation of Eve for Pietragalla, a solo that triumphed at the Palace theatre in Paris in 2011.
In the repertory of the Théâtre du corps, he is a highly accomplished dancer: as the unusual Mr Dream in the duo Mr & Mrs Dream (Mr & Mme Rêve, Grand Rex, 2014), as the charismatic dandy in Poets’ Night, in his incredibly energetic solo in Marco Polo (Beijing Olympics, 2008), as an exceptional Marquis de Sade in Sade, or The Theatre of Madmen (Espace Cardin, 2007), as the machine-man in Human Conditions (Palais des Sports, 2007), and as Pietragalla’s outstanding partner in Souviens-toi… (Mogador Theatre, 2006).
At the instigation of designer Pierre Cardin, Pietragalla and Derouault choreographed and performed two new works: in 2006, Sade, or The Theatre of Madmenand Marco Polo, which world premiered at the Beijing Olympics Cultural Festival in August 2008. In 2006, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region commissioned a work from Pietragalla and Derouault to commemorate the mining catastrophe of Courrières: Human Conditions.
In 2005, he choreographed and danced with Pietragalla in Souviens-toi… and the two dancers were also invited by the Singapore Ballet to choreograph The Wedding and The Rite of Spring for the Singapore Dance Festival. In 2006, the National Theatre of Belgrade invited the pair to recreate their work Fleurs d’automne.
In 2004, he founded the Théâtre du corps with Marie-Claude Pietragalla.
He created the role of Death in the remarkable dance work Sakountala, which was premiered at the Palais des Congrès in 2002, as well as the title role of Don Quixote (Opéra de Marseille, 2003) and that of Ni Dieu ni maître (Olympia, 2003), an iconic dance based on Léo Ferré’s music and work.
In 1999, he was made soloist of the Ballet National de Marseille under the direction of Marie-Claude Pietragalla. He performed all the leading roles of the company’s repertoire and worked with Claude Brumachon, Richard Wherlock, Rudi van Dantzig, William Forsythe, Rui Horta, ... He became assistant choreographer in 2000, and collaborated on the choreography of works by Marie-Claude Pietragalla.
Julien Derouault began dancing at the Mans Conservatoire then at the CNR in Angers. In 1994, he perfected his skills with Larrio Ekson and Rheda. In 1996, he joined the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille and was hired a few months later by the Ballet National de Marseille, then directed by Roland Petit.