A French composer, guitarist and stage director born October 14, 1976 in Vire.
A guitarist by training, Benjamin Dupé studied at the Nantes Conservatory then that of Paris, notably in the classes of Alberto Ponce and Alain Savouret.
In search of forms other than those of the traditional concert, of new relationships between music, stage and audiences, he cofounded, with Benjamin de la Fuente and Samuel Sighicelli, the collective company for musical creation Sphota, with which he puts his qualities to good use as a composer, instrumentalist-improviser and stage director.
Benjamin Dupé constructs his pieces through collaborations and collective projects. He tests auditory perception (Comme je l’entends, radiophonic opera for instrumental ensemble, spoken documents and electronics, commissioned by Radio France, 2010). In search of sensorial experiences he composes with all the senses, using space, light, matter, images, body, words as well as sounds (Fantôme, un léger roulement, et sur la peau tendue qu’est notre tympan, an immersive concert spectacle for fixed sounds, mechanical instruments and guided sound objects, commissioned by the GMEM, 2012). He focusses his music on a dramaturgy of listening, inventing a theatrical dialogue between words and sound in his spectacle Il se trouve que les oreilles n’ont pas de paupières from La Haine de la Musique by Pascal Quignard, a show first performed by the Tana Quartet at the Phénix in Valenciennes after a ‘prelude’ version for viola and actor, commissioned by the SACD - festival of Avignon (2014) premiered by Garth Knox.
Sought out by stage directors (Declan Donnellan, Renaud-Marie Leblanc, Patrice Chéreau) and choreographers (Thierry Thieû Niang), he has also written incidental and dance music (La guêpe et l’orchidée, 2005, first performed in the Espace Bertin Poirée in Paris; Au bois dormant, 2008, first performance at the festival Concordan(s)e in Bagnolet; Erich Von Stroheim, 2010, premiered at Le Merlan - Marseille).
After a residence at the Phénix, the national stage in Valenciennes (2012-2014), he was in residence at the Centre Dramatique National (CDN) in Montreuil (2015-2018).