Casilda Desazars de Montgailhard

Casilda Desazars is a French and Spanish citizen, who has started a career in the field of performing arts.

Casilda took scenography as her main topic at Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs of Paris (EnsAD) where she entered as number one in 2013. The years she had spent in a choir, at Maîtrise Saint-Louis de Gonzague, plaid a major role in her interest for living arts. Parallel to her five years at EnsAD, she never stopped taking an active role in performances of all types.

She started as an assistant to Philippe Brocard and Marie Lenoir in Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro, Louis Varney’s Les Mousquetaires au couvent and Offenbach’s La Périchole, which were all performed at the Estivales en Puisaye festival. Then she put up several shows, such as Grease, the musical, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, an opera, or Les Fables de La Fontaine, put to music by Remy Gousseau.

A multifaceted artist, Casilda often takes care of set design, but also stage direction, as well as poster design, costumes and lightning for the shows. She was made responsible for the set in Hotel des Deux Mondes by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Les dialogues des Carmélites by Bernanos, Topaze by Pagnol, and Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers, La Vie Parisienne and La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein. Working with Philippe Lelièvre, she created the set for Le crime de l’Orpheline and Il était une fable, two shows which enjoyed a great applause at Théâtre du Ranelagh in Paris and were subsequently performed at Avignon Theatre Festival and other places.

In the field of visual arts, she explores various techniques, such as painting, sculpture or papercut. She received various orders from patrons, and was commissioned various projects of interior decoration, painted backdrops, furniture. The Toile de Jouy museum asked her to create two installations, which were sponsored by Pierre Frey, for the bicentennial of the manufacture. Also she was given the task completely to revisit the interior design as well as the signaling system of Paris Franklin school. In that same school she produced performances jointly written and set to stage with the students. With some of them, she created a show after Victor Hugo’s Les Djinns, in the framework of “Spectacular events 2016”, an exhibition at the French National Library.

In 2017, Casilda got a grant to join New York’s Parson school of Design and another one to spend time at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts. She graduated from EnsAD in 2018, following the presentation of her thesis entitled “Laughter in music: operetta and its future” as well as a show called « Dad I want the moon ! » and inspired from Offenbach’s A trip to the moon.