For a period of time, while we believe it to be perfectly still,
lifeless flesh responds, stirs and contorts in a final macabre ballet.
Are these spasms merely erratic motions
or do they echo the chaotic twists and turns of a past life?
The co-director of the upcoming TRIPTYQUE, Pedro Pires ushers in his cinematic collaboration with the legendary Robert Lepage with the short film DANSE MACABRE.
Scenario and Director: Pedro Pires
Concept: Robert Lepage
Original Idea, Choreography and Interpretation: AnneBruce Falconer
Artistic Direction: Catherine Chagnon
Images and Editing: Pedro Pires
Pedro Pires was born in Nantes, France, in 1969 from Portuguese parents. He grew up in Quebec City where he soon discovered his ability to reproduce and animate characters and monsters. These experiments allowed him to develop his own techniques of molding and special effects.
In 1990, at age 21, he entered Laval University to study Fine Arts. Thereafter he received a Special Make-Up Effects Certificate from the renowned New York artist Dick Smith and completed a Computer Graphic Design Certificate at the Centre NAD – National Animation and Design Centre in Montreal.
His film debut was in 1995 with The Sound of the Carceri, a documentary by film-maker François Girard, in which he recreated the fictitious prisons of Piranesi around the cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 3D. This work won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects and a Gemini Award for Best Visual Effects in 1998. This enabled him to continue working with François Girard on the artistic directing of the visual effects in the film The Red Violin.
In 2001, he took on the visual conception for the film Possible Worlds, which marked the beginning of a constant artistic collaboration with the playwright, director and film-maker Robert Lepage.
In 2007 he founded his own film production company, Pedro Pires Inc., dedicated to the applications of digital technology. The following year, the short film Danse Macabre, created in collaboration with AnneBruce Falconer and Robert Lepage, propelled Pires onto the list of filmmakers to watch. Danse Macabre, for which he wore the multiple hats of director, scriptwriter, director of photography, editor and producer, was shown in more than 70 festivals and won no less than 43 awards, including Best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto Festival international Film, the Grand Prix Focus at the Festival du nouveau cinéma, and both the Jutra and the Genie for best short film.
Danse Macabre / 8:41 minutes
Artist name: Pedro Pires