Jonathan Capdevielle​ was born in 1976 in Tarbes, France. He lives in Paris.

He studied drama in Tarbes from 1993 to 1996, then he entered the Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. Director, actor, puppeteer, ventriloquist, dancer and singer, Jonathan Capdevielle is a unconventional multitalented artist.

He has been involved as an actor in several performances such as: Personnage à réactiver, (by Pierre Joseph) (1994), Performance with Claude Wampler (1999), Mickey la Torche by Natacha de Pontcharra, translation Taoufik Jebali, directed by Lotfi Achour, Tunis (2000), Les Parieurs and Blonde Unfuckingbelievable Blond, directed by Marielle Pinsard (2002), Le Golem directed by David Girondin Moab (2004), Le DispariteurLe groupe St AugustinMonsieur VillovitchHamlet and Marseille Massacre (atelier de création radiophonique – France Culture), directed by Yves-Noël Genod (2004-2010), Bodies in the cellar, directed by Vincent Thomasset (2013). He performs the role of Nicolas in the film Boys like us directed by Patric Chiha (release scheduled in Autumn 2014).

Gisèle Vienne’s collaborator since the beginning, he has been performing in almost all her plays:
Jean Genet’s Splendid’s (2000), Showroomdummies (2001 and rewriting 2009) and Stéréotypie (2003), directed by Etienne Bideau – Rey and Gisèle Vienne. And I Apologize (2004), Une belle enfant blonde / A Young, Beautiful Blond Girl (2005), Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk, a radioplay (2007,) Jerk (2008), Eternelle Idole (2009), This is how you will disappear (2010) and LAST SPRING : A Prequel (2011), directed by Gisèle Vienne. Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle published, in March 2011 an audio book in 2 versions French and English: “JERK / Through Their Tears, editions DIS VOIR. 

In August 2007, he presented for the first time the performance-show Jonathan Covering during the Festival Tanz im August in Berlin, starting point of his first solo creation Adishatz / Adieu, created in 2009 at CCN de Montpellier in the frame of ]domaines[. In November 2011, he presented Popydog at the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin, that he created in collaboration with Marlène Saldana. In August 2012, commissioned by the Far° Festival (festival of arts vivants/living arts), he created Spring Rolle, an in situ project with two performers, Jean-Luc Verna And Marlène Saldana.

With Saga (created in February 2015 at the Parvis Scène nationale de Tarbes), Jonathan Capdevielle opens a new chapter in autobiographical narrative by working on episodes of the family novel, with its emblematic characters and its twists and turns. An exploration of the boundaries between fiction and reality, between present and past. In November 2017, he signed À nous deux maintenant, an adaptation of the novel Un Crime by Georges Bernanos. In 2019, he proposes Rémi, a play for all audiences from 8 years old, adapted from the novel Sans famille by Hector Malot. These two projects were created at the Quai, CDN d’Angers and then presented at Nanterre Amandiers CDN as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris. In September 2021 he created Music all, co-written with Marco Berrettini and Jérôme Marin, presented in Switzerland, notably at the Arsenic Lausanne, then on tour in France, starting with the T2G CDN in Gennevilliers as part of the Festival d’Automne in Paris.

Since 2021, Jonathan Capdevielle has been an associate artist at the T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers and a member of the Ensemble Associé at the Théâtre des 13 vents, centre dramatique national de Montpellier.

Poppydog association is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France – ministère de la Culture.


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