After an international career at the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, in 1995 Thomas Duchâtelet started his own company in his native region, the Nord Pas-de-Calais in the north of France. There he created Passage à l’acte, L’objet; Transfert; Filatures, Oh!, duo, and Ils…Le secret, in a partnership with the Théâtre du Manège Scène Nationale (Maubeuge), Danse à Lille, and the Vivat d’Armentières. He also collaborated with the Compagnie Jean-Marc Chotteau with La vie à un fil, exploring the worlds of both theatre and choreography.
From 2000-2002, the Compagnie Thomas Duchâtelet was in residence at the Culture Commune Scène Nationale in Loos-en-Gohelle working on an innovative project called A perte de mémoire. The project blended choreography with other art genres, including architecture, landscape art, plastic arts, and videography.