Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau does research with the C.N.R.S. on Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. He is particularly interested in the Creative Process, the Phenomenology of Creation, and the link between Art and Spirituality.

He founded and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e, journal of art research and creation on Performing and Visual Arts.

He founded in May 2010 and directed until December 2015 a research team dedicated to the “Aesthetics of Performance” in the ACTE Institute, a joint research lab between C.N.R.S. and Sorbonne Paris 1 University.

Since January 1st, 2019, he is affiliated with the new  PRISM Laboratory in Marseille, a joint research lab between C.N.R.S. and l’université Aix-Marseille.

Research Topics

Research Projects

The Creative Process

Art & Spirituality

Micro-Phenomenology of Creation

Conferences & Colloquia: Recents and Coming Up


Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Chance and Creation ». International symposium « Chance, Calculus, and Life », organized from August 28th to September 4th, 2019 in Cerisy-la-Salle, Normandy, France.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Method Acting: Genesis, Practice, Phenomenology ». International Conference « To be on stage, To be in play », organized from March 20th to March 22nd, 2019, in Montpellier University, France.


Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Utopian and Dystopian Futures: Fiction and Evolution ». International Conference « Evolution, Are We Evolving? », organized from December 13th to 14th, 2018, in Museum National D’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.


Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Micro-Phenomenology of Artistic Creation: Presentation of an Experimental Protocol ». International Conference « Emotion / Cognition and Artistic Creation », organized from October 18th to 20th, 2017, in Toulouse, France.


Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « The Enactive Emergence of the Poetic Language ». International Conference « Language and Enaction », organized from June 1st to 3rd, 2016, in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Towards a Phenomenology of Emergence in Music Improvisation and Composition ». International Conference « Emergence in Music », organized from May 9th to 11th, 2016, in Plaisir-Grignon, France.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Daring Innovation in Pedagogy: an Experience of Enactive Pedagogy at the Heart of the University ». International Conference « Educate and Train for Tomorrow », organized from April 6th to April 7th, 2016, in Chamalières, France.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « The Creative Process of Robert Lepage ». International Conference « Tracing Creation », organized from March 8th to March 11th, 2016, in Antwerp, Belgium.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Towards a Phenomenology of Creation ». International Symposium « Practice Research Symposium », organized on February 5th, 2016, in Plymouth, UK.


Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Towards a Neurophenomenological Approach of Joint Improvisation ». International Conference « The Science of Joint Improvisation », organized from November 4th to November 6th, 2015, in Paris.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Performance and neurosciences: at last a possible encounter ». Symposium « Neuroscene », organized on October 26th, 2015, at the MSH Paris Nord.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Improvizing Letting Go ». International Conference « Flesh and Sound: International Encounters between Butō and Acousmatic Music », organized from October 23rd to October 24th, 2015, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Revolutionizing the Way we See through Empathy in Film ». Symposium « Artistic, Litterary, and Film Figures as Active Agents in Revolutions », organized on October 7th, 2015, by Sylvie Dallet at MSH Paris Nord: part of the series « Ethic and Myths of Creation ».

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Being authentic and alive, heritage of the Living Theater ». Symposium on the « Critical legacy of the Living Theater in Europe », organized by Emmanuel Wallon at 104 on June 13th, 2015, as part of the European Projects 2015 and of the European workshop on multidisciplinary criticism.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « The Myths of Mother Earth and the Tree of Life in Film ». Symposium « The Arts in the Cauldron of Myths », organized on June 3rd, 2015, by Sylvie Dallet at MSH Paris Nord: part of the series « Ethic and Myths of Creation ». 

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Enactive Creation » and presentation of an interview with Michel Le Van Quyen. Symposium « Sticky Recipe », part of « The Psyche of Universe – Tribute to Francisco J. Varela », a proposition of Art Research by Raphaële Jeune in February 2015 in Rennes.


Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Appraising a Transmedia Work ». Training Seminar for the Cultural Advisors around the question of Work Appraising, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in October 2014 in Paris.

Ioana Zamfir & Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « The Madness of Making Sense: Madness as Perception of the Paradoxical Dimension of Reality ». 7th Global Conference of the Inter-Disciplinary Network on Madness organized in Oxford, England, in September 2014.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. Initiator and organiser of the colloquium « The Creative Process in Performative, Visual, Sound, and Literary Arts » in June 2014.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « The Actor and the Emotions in Theatre and Film ». International Conference of the French Society of Aesthetics organized from May 19th to May 21st, 2014, in Nice.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Theatre, Creation, and Psychoanalysis: Stage Directing First Love by Beckett ». International Symposium « Art & Clinic » organized by Michel Sicard from May 16th to May 17th, 2014, at Paris 1 Sorbonne University.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Art, Spirituality, and Healing ». Invited Conference in Angers, France, on April 14th, 2014.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau & Christine Leroy. « De-frag-men-ta-tion: New Technologies and the Moving Body ». Invited Conference for the Symposium « Technology and Performance » at Stanford University on February 28th, 2014.


Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Art & Spirituality ». Invited Conference for the Symposium « Art & Consciousness » organized in Aarhus, Denmark, on November 26th, 2013.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Play (with) the Animal ». International Conference « Performance and Animality » organized at the museum of Hunt and Nature in Paris from November 13th to November 14th, 2013. (+ originator of the conference)

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « The Migration and Identity Question in ‘Playing Cards: Heart’ by Robert Lepage ». International Conference « Geo-artistic Creation in the Mediterranean Region: Frontiers and Mobilities » organized in Gabes, Tunisia, from November 8th to November 10th, 2013.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « The Impact of Contemplative Practices on Creativity and the Creative Process ». European Symposium of the Mind & Life Institute on « Personal and Societal Change from the Contemplative Perspective » organized in Berlin from October 10th to 13th, 2013.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « An Account on a Pedagogical Experiment in Performance: From Chaos to Creation ». International Conference IDEA PARIS 2013 organized in Paris from July 8th to July 13th, 2013. (+ member of the scientific and organisation committee, animation of a round-table on the question of the reception, animation of a Special Interest Group on the impact of neurosciences in theatre education, animation of a workshop about animal incorporation with a group of 25 people)

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « The use of Color in Theater and Film ». Conference AIC 2013 organized in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, from July 8th to July 13th, 2013.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « Object Animation in Theatre and Film ». International Symposium « (Re)-Animated Figures » organized at Paris 7 University on May 29th, 2013.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. Organisation and animation of an international symposium « Aging Body in Performing Arts » organized in Caen, France, on March 22, 2013.


Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. « The Heritage of Lee Strasberg ». International Conference « Live Archive » organized at Paris 7 University from October 25th to October 26th, 2012. (+ co-organizer, member of the scientific committee)

PUBLICATIONS: recents and Coming Up


Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. Muir Woods Spirits. Aloha Edition, 2017. (Book of photographies)

Directions of Journal Issues with a Reading Committee

p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e | Vol. 4 | N° 1-2 : The Creative Process | Spring-Fall 2017.

p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e | Vol. 3 | N° 1-2 : Cuisine & Performance | Spring-Fall 2016. Co-edited with Allen Weiss.

p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e | Vol. 2 | N° 1-2 : Theater Education | Spring-Fall 2015. Co-edited with Joëlle Aden.

p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e | Vol. 1 | N° 1 : The Artist Researcher | Fall 2014. Co-edited with Ludivine Allegue.

Books’ Chapters

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. Enaction in Artistic Creation. In Action, Enaction, edited by Xavier Lambert. L’Harmattan, Collection « Philosophical Opening », pp. 213-224, 2017. ISBN : 978-2-343-11403-3. (in French)

Anne Sachs, Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. From Chaos to Creation : Interview with Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. In Dance Education : Echoes from the Conference IDEA Paris 2013. 2016. ISBN : 978-2-951-99010-4. (in French)

Ioana Zamfir & Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. The Madness of Making Sense: Madness and Integrative Knowledge. In Schizo: The Liberatory Potential of Madness, édité par Irina Lyubchenko & Fiona Ann Papps. IDN Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-84888-460-1.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. Reflection around the Expertise of an Art Work. In Artistic Expertise, edited by Maryvonne Saison. Ministry of Culture, 2015. (in French)

Articles in Journals with Reading Committees

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. L’Héritage de Lee Strasberg.p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e | Vol. 2 | N°1-2 | Printemps-Automne 2015. (The Heritage of Lee Strasberg.)

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. Du chaos à la création : une expérience de pédagogie énactive pour expérimenter le processus créatif en performance.p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e | Vol. 2 | N°1-2 | Printemps-Automne 2015. (From Chaos to Creation: an Enactive Pedagogical Experience to Experiment the Creative Process in Performance.)

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. L’incorporation animale chez l’acteur.p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e | Vol. 2 | N°1-2 | Printemps-Automne 2015. (Animal Incorporation for the Actor.)

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. In Praise of the Artist Researcher. p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e | Vol. 1 | N° 1 | Automne 2014.

Articles in Proceedings with Reading Committees

Ioana Zamfir and Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. The Madness of Making Sense: Madness as Perception of the Paradoxical Dimension of Reality. Proceedings of Madness: Probing the Boundaries. September 2014.

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau. The Use of Color in Theater and FilmProceedings of AIC2013.

Artistic Productions: Recents and Coming Up

Rôle principal de Pierre et auteur-réalisateur du court métrage “Colocs“, co-écrit et co-réalisé avec Florian Mazier. (2015)

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau (voix), Frédéric Mathevet (piano) et Denis Bernardi (basse). Performance “The Exorcist_Antiphon Dub” dans le cadre du colloque « Bruits » organisé à l’école nationale supérieure Louis Lumière en décembre 2014.

Rôle principal de Sandman dans le court métrage “Insomnium” de Slimane Lalami. (2014)

Rôle principal de Mr. Bartoli dans le court métrage “Les jeux sont faits” d’Adrien Jeuffrain. (2014)

Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau (vidéo) & Christine Leroy (danse). « De-frag-men-ta-tion #3 ». Performance dans le cadre de la journée « Technology and Performance » à Stanford University le 28 février 2014.

Metteur en scène de “Premier Amour” de Samuel Beckett. (2013)

Rôle principal de Hacha dans le court métrage “Nomen Mysticum” de Florian Mazier. (2013)

Rôle principal du SDF et réalisateur du court métrage “La Galette des Rois”. 3 sélections. (2013)

Rôle principal et auteur-réalisateur du court métrage “C’est la fête !”. 2 sélections. (2013)

Rôle principal de Grégory Dupont dans le court métrage “Death of a Tune” de Vinayak Radhakrishnan. (2012)

Les 5 rôles masculins de “The Blue Room” de David Hare, mise en scène par Colin David Reese. (2011)

Metteur en scène de “Contes magiques et écologiques” d’Éliane Arnoldy. (2011)

Rôle principal du professeur et metteur en scène de “La Leçon” d’Eugène Ionesco. (2010)

Editorial Responsibilities

Revue p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e : fondateur – directeur de publication – membre du comité éditorial, du comité scientifique et du comité de lecture.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance (EASTAP)

Member of the French Association of Dance Scholars (aCD)

Member of the Walking Artists Network (WAN)

Member of the Society of Film Directors (SRF)