Michel LemieuxO.C., C.Q., C.A.L.Q.
The originality and scope of Michel Lemieux’s extraordinary creations have been astounding audiences since 1979, when he graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada’s production program. As far back as 1982, Lemieux’s onstage creations were already fusions of music, images, performance and projection. In addition to making an indelible mark on the national scene, L'Oeil rechargeable and Solid Salad were among the first Quebec productions to tour extensively around the world. Ever since, this multidisciplinary artist has defied classification. A creator, set designer, director, composer, performer and videographer, Lemieux continues to be at the forefront of the performing arts.
Lemieux’s meeting with Victor Pilon in 1990 marked a turning point in an already well-established career. With their production company Lemieux Pilon 4D Art, they devise singular shows in which new technologies intensify the audience’s sensory and emotional experience. The duo masterfully integrates theatre, film, dance, poetry, visual arts, music and sound to create unique theatrical worlds. Their close collaboration has yielded Dreamscapes, the installation presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to mark the company’s 30th anniversary, Icare, La Belle et la Bête, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and NORMAN, a tribute to Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren. Their partnership with the Montreal and Quebec opera companies resulted in the opera Starmania. TORUK – The First Flight was their fourth collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, after DELIRIUM, Midnight Sun – which jointly commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Cirque du Soleil and the 25th anniversary of the Montreal International Jazz Festival – as well as a number for the show Michael Jackson ONE. They created Continuum, a production based on Philip Glass’ music catalogue, the first multimedia show presented at the Rio Tinto planetarium in Montreal. The duo also collaborates regularly on exhibitions and special events. With over 30 works to their credit, Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon have garnered acclaim in Canada, the United States, Europe, Latin America.
Since 2016, Cité Mémoire, the longest narrative pathway of video projections in the world, created in collaboration with Michel Marc Bouchard, comes alive every evening on the walls of the buildings of Old Montréal. His most recent creation, The Disappearance of Lady Macbeth, is on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, as the opening piece of their exhibition Thierry Mugler : COUTURISSIME.