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Grégoire Pont

Animator, Illustrator
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A new tone and aesthetic supported by poetic and intelligent animations which make the programme ideal for introducing young people to music.

France Musique

An exceptional artistic talent, Grégoire Pont attended the Animation Workshop in Paris from the tender age of eight, where he studied Norman McLaren’s techniques of animation dynamics.

Pont has always been passionate about making classical music more popular and accessible to both children and adults by means of animation. He developed a new performance concept called Cinesthetics, where he draws and animates live to a musical performance.

Recent Cinesthetic performances include Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye at the London Royal Festival Hall, Paris Philharmonie and Frankfurt Alte Oper; Schönberg’s Gurrelieder and Elgar’s Enigma Variations in Gothenburg; Debussy’s La mer at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Sauguet’s Les Forains with Orchestre National de Lille and Saint-Saens’ Le carnival des animaux with Les Siècles.

Pont has also received great acclaim for bringing his innovative animation techniques to the operatic repertoire. Together with British director James Bonas he conceived productions at Opéra de Lyon of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges and L’heure espagnole, and has premiered a new production of Orff’s Der Mond. The dramatic success of L’Enfant resulted in a revival in 2019 with San Francisco Symphony and performances at Oman’s Royal Opera House, Limoges Opera and Cincinnati Symphony. Pont also created animations for the semi-staging of Bizet’s Carmen for Orchestre National de Lille.

Bernstein: Candide, Welsh National Opera, 2023

Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, Cologne Opera, 2021

Hans Abrahamsen: The Snow Queen, Opéra national du Rhin, 2021

Orff: Der Mond, Opéra de Lyon, 2020

Bizet: Carmen, Orchestre National de Lille, 2019

Ravel: L'Heure espagnole, Opéra National de Lyon, 2019

Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Opéra National de Lyon, 2016

Cinesthetics - Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Images from Presto! For French television

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