Kopfkino Company -  [ˈkɔp͡fˌkiːno]

“Kopfkino” is a German term that can be translated as Proust's Madeleine in English: a phenomenon of reminiscence of memory. Someone, something, a lived situation triggered by a gesture, an object or a smell.


Within “Kopfkino” Benjamin Coyle draws a singular choreographic work, surrounded by performers whom he approaches above all as strong presences.

In these processes, he invites dancers, musicians, composers, visual artists and anthropologists. His choreographic work is marked by an interest in atypical assumptions, pretexts for a constant questioning of the stage. Compositions that are not afraid to play with our perception of time, nor to unbury memories that tend to universality. He ads to the lighting the work of smells in 'The Individual Failure', or writs a solo for 1m2, Kopfkino tries to make his credo define: to give the viewer the desire to dive into his magical thought, offering to see new correlations between the sound, visual and energetic universe.

His last solo 'Eldfell' premiered in March 2017 at the New Theatre of the 8th in Lyon, was presented on conventional theatre scenes, a natural amphitheatre in the middle of the night, in a basement and a market hall.


For Benjamin Coyle, the stage is a tool for reflection that questions our relationship to the world. He tries to create soft and sensitive spaces that can deal with repressed subjects or that we give little importance to in our daily lives.

The choreographic work deepens timeless questions such as memory, intimacy, rooting and cultural uprooting to deliver a singular vision of the world.


The creation 'The Individual Failure' with Antoine Mermet, musician and long-time collaborator, was premiered in June 2018 at the “Fraternelle” in Saint Claude (Jura) and was presented at the New Theatre of the 8th in September 2018 as part of the Festival Ebriété| Flirt and Gallantry.

Since 2016 the Company has been based in Auvergne-Rhône Alpes,France.


Driven by his passion for choreographic research, Coyle pursues research times in parallel with the company's creations.

He organizes improvisational times with clarinettist Pierre Horckmans of the Pince Oreilles Collective.

Through the simultaneous approach between improvisation and choreographic writing, a collective body is born with more performative tones thus creating a new entry into the subject and new possibilities to explore.


The work of gesture and movement is marked by a high precision of the movements with an increased sense of musicality.

Each gesture is made with an extreme sensitivity and spatialization that allows to open imaginations only with a simple movement.

A sobriety that accesses the intuition of the performers and the public.


Kopfkino also seeks to promote cultural linguistic and bodily exchanges through literary, musical and other themes related to the practice of dance.


Currently the Kopfkino Company is in the creation phase of LA  SÉANCE for the 2020/2021 season, which questions the forces that emanate from the memory of the deceased around us.


More about this creation here.