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Biographical notes on the collaborators

 

Peter Scherer, Original Music

 

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Peter Scherer studied piano and orchestration in Basel, then composition with György Ligeti in Hamburg and with Terry Riley in San Francisco. He moved to New York in the early 1980s and worked with Kip Hanrahan, Nana Vasconcelos, and John Zorn. In 1984, he formed the group Ambitious Lovers, with Arto Lindsay; they recorded four albums, worked together on many projects, and toured extensively. Peter has worked as a producer for Laurie Anderson, the World Saxophone Quartet, Bill Frisell, Nana Vasconcelos, Caetano Veloso, Jaron Lanier, and Ute Lemper. He also played keyboard in many recordings, with John Zorn, David Byrne, Marisa Monte, Cameo, Jun Miyake, Kip Hanrahan, Etienne Daho, and Seigen Ono, among others. His solo recordings are Very Neon Pet (1995), Cronologia (1996) and isso mesmo (2003). He has written music for the Ballet Frankfurt and the Zurich Opera Ballet, and for numerous theatre productions and films.

 

Larsen Lupin, Additional Music and Sound Design

 

The Larsen Lupin duo was formed almost ten years ago. Their work can be heard in more than sixty sound landscapes and original compositions in such varied domains as theatre, dance, film, visual arts, multi-media, and museum installations. Their work in theatre includes Everybody's Welles pour Tous, Howie le Rookie, Colonel Oiseau, La Cerisaie, Trick or Treat, Le Visiteur, and Trainspotting, and in film, Passare. Other credits include the variety show Arturo Bracchetti which has toured North America and Europe since 1999, and the sound direction of firework shows presented at international competitions. In collaboration with Ginette Laurin, they composed the soundtrack of luna. Larsen Lupin was nominated by the Académie québécoise du théâtre for the Masque prize for sound design in 1994 and in 1999.

 

Alain Lortie, Lighting Design

 

Alain Lortie has worked with the great names of French song, including Francis Cabrel, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Michel Rivard, Diane Dufresne, and Isabelle Boulay. In 2002, he won the lighting design prize at the annual Quebec music industry awards (ADISQ) for the seventh time. Alain has worked with a diversified range of directors and choreographers over the last few years. He won the Dora Mavor Moore prize for the lighting of Oedipus Rex, directed by François Girard. He has worked closely with Luc Plamondon for many years, collaborating on the legendary musical, Starmania since 1993, and on Notre-Dame de Paris and Cindy in 2002. He designed the lighting for Elsinor by Robert Lepage, with whom he also worked on the Peter Gabriel world tour of 1993. Since 2000, he has been artistic director of the Hydro-Québec's Fête de la lumière at the annual Montreal High Lights Festival.

 

Carmen Alie, Costume Design

 

A graduate of the Cotnoir Capponi school of fashion and a former professional dancer, Carmen Alie founded Trac Costumes in association with Denis Lavoie. From 1987 to 2001, they created costumes for many dance and theatre companies, including the American Ballet Theatre, the National Ballet of Canada, the San Francisco Ballet, the Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and the Nouvelle Compagnie théâtrale. They work with numerous young artists and choreographers, and are often invited to give workshops in universities. In 1994, they designed Mick Jagger's wardrobe for the Rolling Stones' 1994-95 Voodoo Lounge tour, proving the diversity of their talent. Since 1990, Carmen Alie has been developing a conceptual approach to costume design through her work on a number of advertising and television spots. After En dedans (1997) and luna (2001), Passare is Carmen Alie's third collaboration with Ginette Laurin.

 

Oana Suteu, Video

 

Oana Suteu studied film and multimedia at the Academy of Cinema and Theatre in Bucharest, Romania. During her studies, she collaborated with the Foundation of the Visual Arts in a number of film and multimedia projects. In 1994 and 1995, several of her short films were presented at European festivals, and were broadcast by Romanian, German, and Hungarian television stations. In 1995, Oana moved to Montreal, where she worked in post-production for the NFB, CBC, Télé-Québec and TQS, among others. During this time, she completed film production studies at Concordia University and directed several short films which showed at festivals in Canada, Europe, and South America. Her involvement with dance dates from the making of the film M for Motion (1999), in which she explored the parallels between the dynamics of the human body and other natural forms. Grants from the arts councils of Canada and Quebec have allowed her to continue her research, with the short films Passare, Traccia, and Coppia, made in collaboration with Ginette Laurin and O Vertigo.

 

Claude Théoret, Astrophysicist and Research Collaborator

 

In the course of his doctoral studies at McGill University, Claude Théoret helped build the STACEE telescope in New Mexico, which he later used to study blazars (galaxies harbouring super-massive black holes at their centre), obtaining the first astrophysics doctorate ever granted at McGill. He ranked first in the FCAR post-doctoral competition, which resulted in an invitation from the Collège de France, where he is currently continuing his research on blazars and collaborating on the construction of the HESS telescope in Namibia. It was during his doctoral studies that he introduced Ginette Laurin to the concepts of astrophysics and particle physics, of the infinitely large and the infinitesimally small, themes that surfaced in luna.

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