Victor PilonO.C., R.V.M., C.Q., C.A.L.Q.
Victor Pilon belongs to the first generation of artists described as multidisciplinary creators. A director, set designer, visual designer and photographer, he works on stage productions as well as large-scale public events. In the early 1980s, after two years in Europe, Pilon received a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts with a specialization in photography. As the Canadian government’s official photographer, Pilon has covered more than 30 visits by the British Royal Family. He has also photographed various other heads of state during their official visits to Quebec and Canada. Pilon’s work as a visual artist has been exhibited in galleries across Canada. His pieces are housed in the Canada Council Art Bank and Library and Archives Canada collection. A book on his artwork was published in 1988.
In the early 1990s, after moving to Montreal, Victor Pilon met the artist who would become his greatest collaborator: Michel Lemieux. 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, Australia and Asia.
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, Sisyphus, is the culmination of his artistic career, as he stages himself in a physical performance of contemporary art that is both introspective and contemplative.