After studying visual arts and performing with several different dance companies, Mickaël Phelippeau joined the ex.e.r.ce training program at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. He then worked with, among others, Mathilde Monnier, Alain Buffard and Daniel Larrieu.
Mickaël Phelippeau also collaborates on projects with other choreographers and writers, among them Édouard Levé, with visual artists like Laurent Goldring, and singers, such as Barbara Carlotti.
From 2001 to 2008, he and four other artists were part of the Clubdes5, a collective project built around a permanent laboratory and collective creation. With one of the artists, Maud Le Pladec, he created Fidelinka-extension and Fidelinka in 2005.
He has been working on his own choreographic projects since 1999. At the same time he has developed a multi-faceted, customisable approach to creation, using different fields and media in different and specific contexts.
Since 2003, he has focused his research on the bi-portrait, a subterfuge he devised for encountering someone. In 2008, on the principle of cross portrait, he creates two choreagraphic pieces dealing with otherness : bi-portrait Jean-Yves and bi-portrait Yves C., the first with a parish priest, the second with the choreographer of a traditional Breton dance school. In 2010, he creates Round Round Round (film dealing with a fair in a village without any fair nor village) ; in 2011, Numéro d'objet, a quatuor of women, who have been dancers since the 80's, for whom the matter of carreer and generation is a major issue, and Yellow Project (piece for 50 yellow-lovers) ; in 2012 Sueños (written and performed with the singer Elli Medeiros) and Chorus (piece for 24 choir members) ; in 2013 enjoy the silence (written and performed with the writer Celia Houdart) ; in 2014, Pour Ethan (solo for the teenager Ethan Cabon) and Set-Up (project for 4 dancers, 4 musicians and a light designer) ; in 2015 Llámame Lola (solo for the dancer Lola Rubio) and Avec Anastasia (solo for the teenager Anastasia Moussier) ; in 2016 Membre fantôme with Erwan Keravec ; in 2017 Footballeuses, Mit Daudi and Soli. His last performance, Ben & Luc has been created at Festival d'Avignon and co-hosted by Les Hivernales - CDCN d'Avignon in July 2018.
Since 2010, Mickaël Phelippeau has been the artistic director of the festival À DOMICILE in Guissény (Brittany, France). Every year, he invites choreographers to work in residency with the inhabitants of this village.
He was artist in residency at Quartz, scène nationale de Brest from 2011 to 2014 ; at Théâtre Brétigny, scène conventionnée from 2012 to 2016 ; at Théâtre Louis Aragon, scène conventionnée danse de Tremblay-en-France in 2016 ; at L'échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France and at Merlan, scène Nationale de Marseille from 2016 to 2018.
Mickaël Phelippeau is currently artist in residency at Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie (2016 - 2019).