Grégoire PontAnimator, Illustrator
A new tone and aesthetic supported by poetic and intelligent animations which make the programme ideal for introducing young people to music.
Grégoire Pont was born in Paris in 1969. An exceptional artistic talent, from the tender age of eight he attended the Animation Workshop in Paris where he studied Norman McLaren’s techniques of animation dynamics.
Pont has always been passionate about making classical music more popular and accessible to children by means of animation. He developed a new performance concept called Cinesthetics: in complicity with a group of musicians, he draws and animates live, creating a unique experience where music and motion interplay. Recent performances include Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye at the London Royal Festival Hall and the Paris Philharmonie, Schönberg’s Gurrelieder in Gothenburg, Debussy’s La mer at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra with SWR Symphony Orchestra.
In November 2016, he premiered his first venture into the operatic repertoire, with a production at the Lyon Opera of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges which uses projections of his animations as its sole staging.
Highlights in his 2017/18 Season include Frankfurt’s Buchmesse opening concert at the Alte Oper with Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye, a return to Gothenburg with Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Holst’s The Planets in Norrköping and Saint-Saens’ Le carnival des animaux with Les Siècles.
L'enfant triumphs in LyonGrégoire Pont, James Bonas 3 November 2016
Grégoire Pont and Les Siècles celebrate double debuts at SBC!François-Xavier Roth's stimulating French programme 2 November 2016
Grégoire Pont celebrates Ravel in Paris and Schönberg in Gothenburg31 May 2016
Cinesthetics - Grégoire Pont16 September 2015