Bio

Michel Alex

Stage Name

MICHEL GIGOLO

Born in Paris - France (1970)

(2000 - PRESENT DATE)

 

CULTURAL SPACES

He is one of the three co-founders of the following projects:

Nirvana Studios - The Alternative Cultural Center (since 2004)

Band Boxes - 99 Customized Rehearsal Rooms (since 2006)

Black Box (transdisciplinary 360º space (2004-2006) - This project gave rise to the STRANGE Gallery)

Gallery - STRANGE - Gallery: Multipurpose space for “Reactive Transdisciplinary Synergies, Naked Arts and Experimental Gallery” (since 2006)

Artexpress - Import and Export of Arts (since 2008)

Teatro Custom Café - Le Cabaret Rock (since 2012)

Diner 1903 - Bohemian Stage & Diner (since 2013)

UR Project “Upcycling-Recycling” - Artistic Experimentation Installations (since 2014)

Steampunk Ateliers - Artisans Collectives (since 2015)

Custom Ville - Artistic Residencies (since 2017)

ARTISTIC and CONCEPTUAL COLLECTIVES

He is one of the three co-founders of the following projects:

Custom Circus - Transdisciplinary Theater and Visual Arts (since 2002)

Band Box - (Band Boxes) - Musicians Community (since 2006)

Nirvana Boulevard - Collective of Artists (since 2007)

He is a consultant for the Flamenco School Alejandra Gutkin (escolaflamenca.com) (since 2006)

He is one of the curators of Galeria STRANGE, which welcomes, supports and accompanies several projects and artists annually on its international hosting platform. (since 2006)

He is co-creator and coordinator of the Wild In The Photo movement - a photographic platform to support cultural and conceptual manifestos (since 2019)

SCENE

Since 1996 at the production company Nirvana to design exclusive events in the panorama of multinationals, he closed this cycle by staging several shows for Euro 2004, working with several companies.

At the end of 2004, he signs exclusivity with Custom Circus, staging the following shows for this company:

The Wheel Saga (2002-2004)

Custom Parade (2003-2010)

Full Moon (2004-2006)

Custom Party (2004-2010)

Theater on Wheels (2005-2008)

Prisoners of the Blues (2006-2008)

Fire Performers (2007-2012)

Gigolo Dance (2008-2012)

Le Cabaret Rock (2012-2014)

Bizarre Chic (2014-2015)

The Journey (2015-2017)

Heirs of Apokalipse “A Performance” (2016-2020)

Absurdium (2017-2020)

INTERPRETATION and PERFORMANCE

As an actor, performer and performer, he spent over two thousand hours on stage a long time ago.

In the Custom Circus company alone, he performed in more than a thousand shows, embodying his character Michel Gigolo, who includes in his multipolar madness several alter egos such as Trálálá Millionaire, 1ManBlues, among others.

Much of this artistic path is reported in the book

“The Fantastic Gutkin Curse” Editions Verbi Gratia (2020)

VISUAL ARTS *

He is co-author of the following works:

Band Box Corridors Nº01 / Nº02 / Nº03 - Rock Art (2006/2008/2009)

Mural Artexpress - Wall of Fame (2010)

Custom Café “Collection & Gallery” (2012)

Heirs of Apokalipse - Roadshow Exhibition (since 2016)

Steampunk Corridors (2017)

Octopus - Cybernetic Contraption (2017)

Nirvana Map Tour - Outdoor and Digital Gallery (2018)

World Unit 2072 - Exhibition (2018)

Absurdium Exhibition (2019)

Limbus Infinitus - Exhibition (2020)

Art Collection available at www.customcircus.com/arte

* See also “Scenographic Installations” and “Conceptual Architecture and Upcycling”

LITERATURE

He is the author of the following books:

"The Saga of the Wheel"

(1988 & 2004 - 2019 Editorial Divergence)

 

"Heirs of Apokalipse"

(2016 - Edition Pelouro Cultural of the Municipality of Oeiras)

"Mekanon"

(2006-2019 Editorial Divergence)

"Human Raus"

(2012-2019 Editorial Divergence)

The Fantastic Gutkin Curse"

(2020 Editions Verbi Gratia)

"Wagon Village"

Launch scheduled for 2020 (2014-2020 - Editorial Divergence)

 

Collaborations in other publications:

 

"Nirvana Studios Tour Ebook"

(2015) www.nirvana.pt/mapa

"Adolfo Gutkin, Utupia Multicultural e Rebelde"

(2019 Giostro Editions - Brazil)

"Steampunk Almanac"

(2019) With the pseudonym Michel Gigolo. Editorial Divergence

MUSIC

Records the following original albums with the Custom Circus troupe musicians

in the respective debut years of each show:

Gigolo Dance (2008)

Le Cabaret Rock (2012)

Bizarre Chic (2014)

The Journey (2015)

Absurdium (2017)

Discography and credits available at www.customcircus.com/musica

CONCEPTUAL ARCHITECTURE and UPCYCLING *

He is one of the three creators of the following architectural projects:

Nirvana Studios - Global project of the entire architectural and scenic set

from Centro Cultural Alternativo (since 2004)

Band Boxes Studios (since 2006)

STRANGE Gallery (since 2006)

Art Express - Dynamic Installation of Performers (since 2008)

Teatro Custom Café - Le Cabaret Rock (since 2012)

Diner 1903 (since 2013)

Raus Human - Portico (2014)

UR Project “Upcycle / Recycle” - Cultural spaces 100% built with Upcycling architecture (since 2014)

Check Point (since 2016)

Rock Shop Gigolo Dance (since 2016)

Custom Ville - Artistic Residences in Upcycling bungalows (since 2017)

CULTURAL EVENTS AND PLATFORMS

He is co-founder of the following projects:

Festival Nirvana Studios - Open Day (since 2004)

OBS - Oeiras Band Sessions - Bands Contest (since 2009)

Oeiras Fora da Caixa - Online cultural news channel (since 2017)

 

PERMANENT SCENOGRAPHIC INSTALLATIONS *

 

Apokalipse Bunker (2005)

International Taxi (2008)

Biodiesel Blues (2009)

Guarita Nº01 (2011)

Backstage Army Truck (2012)

Aunt Maria (2012)

Regie (2012)

On the Road Again (2013)

Bus Stop (2014)

Cargo Station (2015)

Guarita Nº02 (2020)

Soon:

Loco'Motive (2020):

Project underway in partnership with the National Railway Museum,

Infraestructuras de Portugal, CP, CM do Entroncamento, CM de Oeiras and Nirvana Studios.

Other scenographic installations can be seen at www.nirvana.pt/mapa

MOBILE SCENOGRAPHIC INSTALLATIONS *

Full Moon Arena (2004-2008)

Airstream Nº01 / Nº02 / Nº03 (2004-2010)

Raver Nº01 / Nº02 (2004-2008)

Mad Cars Nº01 / Nº02 / Nº03 / Nº04 / Nº05 (2004-2008)

Psygon Hot Rod (2005)

Classic Trucks “Electric Trios” Nº01 / Nº02 / Nº03 / Nº04 (2005-2010)

Bus Nº01 / Nº02 / Nº03 (2005-2010)

Make a Promise (2015)

Saga Truck (2015)

Viking Dieselpunk (2019)

Freedoom (2019)

 

Other scenographic installations can be seen at www.nirvana.pt/mapa

(1990 - 2000)

He stars in some advertising videos and video clips.

In Lisbon at Faculdade Moderna he attends law with two interruptions between 1990 and 1993; one because he was mobilized by the French army during the Gulf War, so he chose to spend 9 months in Portugal under his 2nd nationality; and the other due to his passion for the world of entertainment, a fact that led him to abandon that course in the 3rd year.

He was an assistant at IFICT- Institute of Cultural and Theater Research and Research from 1991 to 1992.

He was a roadie free lancer of pyrotechnics FX on the stage front of the U2 and Dire Straits tours from 1991 to 1992.

In 1992, at the invitation of the Argentinean director Adolfo Gutkin, he came back in contact with the Archaos theater company, this time as a scout for the Portuguese company Eutaxia - Assessoria Cultural for the Italy-Spain-Portugal tour. But due to the dissolution of that French company that same year, the tour was canceled, and their collaboration was integrated into the same production structure for the tours of the companies La Fura Dels Baus and Els Comediants.

As an ad hoc assistant and disciple, his professional relationship with director and producer Adolfo Gutkin extended until 1999, as a member of his directing and production teams in more than a hundred shows with the following companies:

Ana La China (ES)

Arturo Toscanini (IT)

Bolshoi Ballet (RUS)

Kirov Ballet (RUS)

Minsk Ballet (RUS)

Bederen Bat (ES)

Brunchu (ES)

Chick Corea (USA)

Christophe Berthonneau (FR)

National Circus of China (CHN)

IFICT Company (PT)

Argentine National Company

XPTO Company (BR)

Russian Cossacks

Elena Obraztsova (RUS)

Els Comediants (ES)

Gelabert Azzopardi (ES)

Group F (FR)

Guirigai (ES)

Jacka Maré Spino (FR)

Jêrome Deschamps (FR)

Karmen Larumbe (ARG)

La Cuadra de Sevilla (ES)

La Fura Dels Baus (ES)

Marcel Marceau (FR)

Marimbondo (PT)

Michael Nyman (UK)

Mummenschanz (CH)

Pupi & Fresedde (IT)

Olissipo (PT)

Kiev Opera (RUS)

Pekin Opera (CHN)

Bulgarian National Opera

Tarbes Orchestra (FR)

Pyrotechnics Minhota (PT)

Pyrotechnics Oleirense (PT)

Plan K (BE)

Plasticiens Volants (FR)

Semola Teatre (ES)

Ta Fantastika (CZ)

Platypus Theater (BR)

Theater du Mouvement (FR)

Titanic (FR)

Express Trance (FR)

Tricicle (ES)

Turbo Unit (UK)

UR Teatre (ES)

Vol Ras (ES)

Xarxa (ES)

Zyriab (ES)

In 1994, he joined the Lisbon'94-Capital of Culture team in the Vanguarda Theater department, also collaborating with the production company Eutaxia-Assessoria Cultural.

In 1996 he co-founded the production company Nirvana, where he began his journey in staging corporate events and multimedia happenings with street theater for the release of films and albums by Warner, Polygram,

BMG, Sony, Universal, among others.

 

At the production company Nirvana co-creates and co-produces in the former Aquaparque do Restelo the two editions

of the GML-Grande Meeting in Lisbon 1996 and 1997, which was the 1st Portuguese event dedicated to Road Culture in its entirety,

to their emerging arts and subcultures.

In 1997 he is co-creator of the Digital Award of the Portuguese Phonographic Association.

Throughout Expo'98 in Lisbon, he is field manager in the area of ​​Street Theater, also collaborating with the production company Eutaxia-Assessoria Cultural.

(1980 - 1990)

Begins youth representation in Paris at the amateur theater of the colonie de la Porte de Versailles.

Later in ATL's he attends multidisciplinary performance workshops, nouveau cirque and visual arts with the street artists of Center Pompidou and in the colonie d'Issy les Moulineaux, where one of the monitors who also belonged to the Archaos integrates him in the entourage of some montages of other companies in Paris.

Learn piano and Blues harmonica, playing in garage groups in the underground environment.

Attends courses in Art, Design and Physical Education in Secondary, intermittently between France and Portugal.

Very influenced by the industrial post punk, the intervention theater and the French avant-garde circus that exploded at that time, he wrote the book A Saga da Roda in 1988 that would later give rise to the Custom Circus.

He was a part time assistant to the Portuguese sculptor Luis Valadares from 1989 to 1990.

OTHER FACTS

 

It was conceived in 1970 by existentialist parents. With a big almost hippie sister as a spiritual guide, he lived a free Tom Sawyer childhood divided between the banks of the Seine and the Estoril Coast. Thanks to his parents' work in 5-star hotels, events and concert halls in Paris, he was a lovely child who occasionally imposed his irritating presence on artists like Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor or Salvador Dali. With the family also being part of the opening cheers of mythical rooms like the Moulin Rouge,

Olympia, Folies Bergeres, Crazy Horse, Calcutta, Lido, L'ópera and Le Chatelet, also grew up in the midst of sets, projectors, young dancers and decadent musicians.

 

In an adolescence connected to the 80's underground, his many influences were explosive cocktails from Cabaret, Punk, Gothic, Blues, Psychobilly, anarchic shows from the Archaos, Russian Theater and parties from the Hells Angels in a condensed by Edith Piaf, Ramones, Joy Division, Muddy Waters, The Cramps, Mad Max, Easy Rider and Stanislavsky. Constantly challenged and tormented by a restless soul, he also experienced outside the world

various professions and lifestyles. He was a businessman, translator, artisan, publicist, marketer, sailor, antique dealer, truck driver, activist, free surfer and reconciled an alternative life as a 1% biker in the Road Runners from 1994 to 2002, the year he was a father and his responsibility was extended to other directions.