I like to catch up on the news during my morning commute to school. My preferred medium for accessing information? Twitter, like a good twenty-first–century citizen. I am on the train, scrolling through my Twitter feed, and I come across a tweet from ArtsEmerson advertising the trailer for its upcoming presentation of La Belle et la Bête. I click on the link and watch the trailer. By the end of it, I feel like my head has exploded. Excuse the hyperbole, but at the time I believed that had happened. I look around and am bewildered to find everyone around me perfectly still, their dead-pan masks of boredom that are adopted on public transportation completely indifferent to the commotion I am experiencing. In my mind, life had become 4-dimensional: particles of light were floating everywhere, holograms were mixing with solid objects, and I felt like I had lost my ability to discern between what is real and what isn’t. This was my first encounter with Lemieux Pilon 4D Art’s work.
Founded in 1983, Lemieux Pilon 4D Art is a pioneer in the truest sense of the word. Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, Artistic Directors, have created a new art form, masterfully integrating theatre, film, dance, poetry, visual arts, music, and sound into their productions. The result is an incredible spectacle that immerses audiences with its dazzling storytelling elements – and blows my mind.