New Scenography

Michel Lemieux

Co-artistic Director, 4d art


A highly skilled multidisciplinary artist, Michel Lemieux completed his studies in production at the National Theatre School of Canada in 1979. From the earliest moments of his career, he has displayed an extraordinary ability for integrating his multiple talents as a designer, scenographer, composer, and director, both for film and for the stage.

Lemieux is internationally renowned for the originality and accessibility of his creations which apply new technology to the performing arts and to museum installations. His daring sense of inventiveness and his outstanding knowledge of all things technical have allowed him to create countless live performance productions, multimedia installations, and outdoor mega-events.

For some 20 years, Lemieux has been presenting his creations around the world with lemieux.pilon 4d art, his artistic research company. The most recent mix-media productions are NORMAN (a Tribute to Norman McLaren) (2007), La Tempête (2005, Anima (2002), Orféo (1998), Pôles (1996) co-produced with PPS Danse, and Grand Hôtel des Étrangers (1994).

In collaboration with Victor Pilon, he has created 6 permanent multimedia productions and installations for museums and tourist attractions in Quebec and Canada. Since 1986, Lemieux has written or directed a number of short films, music videos, advertisements and television programs. In the spring of 2003, he and Pilon were responsible for the visual design of The Planets, a television show about the musical compositions of Gustav Holst, presented on both the French and English networks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Lemieux is frequently invited to direct large-scale special events, including La Nuit de Montréal (1992), the nighttime parade organized for the opening of the 350th anniversary celebrations of the city of Montreal, and Harmony 2000, the mega-performance celebrating the arrival of the new millennium. In July 2004, Lemieux and Pilon were the artistic directors of Soleil de Minuit, the closing performance of the Montreal International Jazz Festival (MIJF) which simultaneously commemorated the 20th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil and the 25th anniversary of the MIJF. In 2006, with Victor Pilon, he also directed Cirque du Soleil’s DELIRIUM, the first Cirque du Soleil production to be presented in stadium and arenas.

Recently, they directed the first opera version of Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger’s Starmania.