Xavier Curnillon is a director and visual artist who specializes in capturing movement. Trained at the Paris Film Conservatory, his first piece was a documentary on endangered aboriginal communities with which he spent several months in Ecuador. Between 2000 and 2004, he coordinated higher education programs at the INA (French national audiovisual institute) and then taught for three years in the territory of Nunavik, located in Quebec’s far north. Next, he established himself as a designer, director and video artist in Montreal’s dance world with choreographer Paul-André Fortier (“Bras de plomb,” “Solo 30 X 30,” “Vertiges,” “Misfit Blues”). He has refined his expertise with various choreographers such as Danièle Desnoyers, Mélanie Demers, and Et Marianne et Simon. In the last two years, he has worked with Montreal dancers and choreographers on a number of video projects such as “Perception,” “Rouge et Bleu” with Paul-André Fortier, and “Migrant Bodies” with Louise Bédard, Su Feh-Lee, Manuel Roque and Emmanuel Jouthe. His work highlights the ethnic and organic dimensions of movements and the ways in which they mutually contaminate each other. His films have been
screened at many festivals, including the FIFA, FTA, RVCQ, DanceFilm at Dancemakers and Dancing on the Edge Festival. More recently, he has taken an interest in creating murals with the piece entitled “Scannographie,” which he designed specifically for the installation of 35 screens at Place-des-Arts in Montreal, and « La maison du danseur » piece, which was projected on a facade in Montreal’s entertainment district.