From the tender age of eight, Grégoire Pont attended the Animation Workshop in Paris where he studied Norman McLaren’s techniques of animation dynamics.
He graduated from the Met de Penninghen school of Graphic Arts (ESAG) in 1992 and shortly thereafter directed his first animated film Le concerto du chat, with abstract drawings painted on glass or drawn directly on the film showing shapes dancing to the sounds of the instruments in an orchestral, recorded at Salle Pleyel.
Pont participated in a master class with the great animation director Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Thief and the Cobbler), allowing him to deepen his knowledge of the fluidity in animation. A great lover of classical music, Pont has always been passionate about making classical music more popular and accessible to children by means of animation.
He has 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.
His refreshing approach, and the wit and insight of his animations, are gaining him plaudits around the world.
Recent performances include Stravinsky’s Firebird in Helsingborg with Stefan Solyom, Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye at the London Royal Festival Hall and the Paris Philharmonie, Schönberg’s Gurrelieder in Gothenburg with Kent Nagano, Debussy’s La mer in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall with Kazushi Ono, 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.
Future performances include Holst’s The Planets in Norrköping and SaintSaens’ Le carnival des animaux with Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth.
For three seasons, Pont worked with the French conductor François-Xavier Roth and his innovative orchestra Les Siècles on Presto! (France Television). This series of short musical excerpts introduced audiences to popular classical music works via animation and video and was seen by over three million viewers on weekly primetime television.
Pont also illustrates books for children, most notably Les Excalibrius, and has made numerous animations for TV commercials, educational animated shorts and music video clips. He has been commissioned by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark) to create four animation shorts such as Guillaume Connesson’s Disco Toccata by and André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto.
(c) Anouar Brissel