It was stunning.
Breathtaking, beyond measure, incredible, unreasonably stunning.
But see… the show wasn’t just a show. It was a live experiment that celebrated creativity on different forms, and the artists were genuinely raw. Composed by the iconic Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the concept was a theatrical story, narrated by 65 colourful
models phantoms and accompanied by Mr. NÔ‘s live electronic sounds. But the show turned out to be deeper than I thought, and a special encounter made me understand it better.
Two hours before the show, I bumped into Mr. NÔ, music producer of the show, with whom I ended up having coffee and an intense conversation on the show’s spirit. ” I met Jean-Charles after we performed in a show in France. I still remember when he came backstage and asked us to work with him, we just couldn’t believe it! ”. Few phone calls later, their collaboration started and the idea of FANTÔMES was born. ”We were three artists who had different levels of expression: Jean-Charles with his fashion; My partner Florent, with his 3D Video skills; And my music. The idea was to find a way to converge it all and this is how the show was born.”
The Phantoms were wearing colorful (mainly primary colors) and illustrated dresses that were married to over-sized hairstyles; which was visually artistic by itself. Throughout the entire walk of the phantoms, Mr. NÔ was playing his electronic music besides Jean-Charles de Castelbajac who was drawing live for the public. Florent, the video expert, played with the drawings and made them come alive in 3D.
” Nothing is calculated or pre-done.” added to me Mr. NÔ before the show. “We are like three kids who gather and play with phantoms. We love to break the codes, and do the inverse of what is supposed to be done. We have our material and we’ll play with it! I think it’s important to be able to control the technology in a world where technology controls us, you know ? ”
How prestigious for Montreal to have welcomed such an deep and genuine performance. For Mr. NÔ, the city is inspiring in many levels and would probably come back soon for electronic shows.” For a show to be alive, it also have to embrace the city where it’s happening, the people involved in it. Hundred people are behind this project and they are an incredible added value ! It’s an amazing experience to do it here in Montreal”
Here is some shots of the show in case you missed it ! The pictures were taken by talented photographer Ian Woo, who generously agreed to collaborate with me for the Show. Meet him here!
Credit Photo : Ian Woo