Biography

Christopher Channing works in the arts.
– He is a free-lance director, performer, designer and show-maker working in many disciplines including theatre, video, arts festivals and events.
– He has lived in Britain, France and Italy.

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Chris Channing was born in Preston, Lancashire, and grew up on the Moray Firth coast of Scotland in the beautiful fishing town of Nairn.

– He works in the arts and has seldom done anything else from choice.

– He has been, at various times: an actor, a singer, a director and choreographer, a dancer and a designer and maker of theatre costumes and scenery as well designing make-up and sculpting masks.
In the beginning he was a classical ballet dancer.

– He was a variety artiste in theatre-restaurants in Paris.
In Italy there was much performance art as well as a lot of artistic direction of festivals and events.
Now and then he still performs and several times a year is a master of ceremonies.

– He still directs & designs & devises & advises.

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– He trained in Paris with Jacques Lecoq at  L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre and with Philippe Gaulier at his eponymous Ecole
… and at a three month show devising workshop with Arianne Mnouschkine at Theatre du Soleil.

He went to Blackpool College and completed a Teacher/Training Qualification: Certificate in Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning.

At 13,  he went to The Royal Ballet School in London as a resident student. He graduated in 1980, aged 18.

– He’s been lucky to know, work with and be inspired by some special people.
Among them were Jimmy Pursey (the front man of punk-rock band ‘Sham 69′ and The Sex-Pistols), Geoffrey Cauley the choreographer and stage director (from the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre and La Scala Milan), Neil Murray the stage designer/director (From Northern Stage and National Theatre of Scotland),  Alan Lyddiard the theatre-maker (From Northern Stage and The Performance Ensemble) and Kevin Fegan, the poet and playwright.
He worked in close collaboration with  Philippe Planquois, the artistic director of the dinner show at cabaret-restaurant ‘Chez Madame Arthur’ in Montmartre, Paris and whose life was used by Charles Aznavour for his song ‘What Makes a Man / Comme ils Disent’


Critic and curator Alberto Masoni said “Chris Channing is one of the artists who manages best to fuse and mix the artistic experiences of theatre, mime, music and visual arts”.

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