Raymond St-Jean

PORTFOLIO – FILM AND MULTIMEDIA

louise lecavalier – in motion

Published on September 7, 2017   |   Category Film Director

The feature-length documentary Louise Lecavalier – In Motion is a visually stunning exploration of the life and work of acclaimed Canadian dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier.

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A Chair Fit For An Angel

Published on November 16, 2013   |   Category Film Director

For two hundred years, the Shakers have been America’s most successful utopian society. While seeking harmony, order and perfection in every aspect of their lives, they built minimalistic furniture and buildings that influenced modern design.  The Shakers wrote songs of exquisite beauty and danced to extasy during their religious meetings. Inspired by this music and dance, Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen created Borrowed Light, a dance piece about communal life and individual sacrifice. Shot in Finland and the United States, featuring interviews and excerpts from Borrowed Light, this documentary explores the cultural legacy of this religious group devoted to create heaven on earth.

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Peepshow

Published on August 1, 2012   |   Category Film Director

Adapted for the screen by Raymond St-Jean, Peepshow is the film version of the play written, directed and performed by Marie Brassard in 2005. A work in which she revisits the depths of consciousness and the forbidden, exploring possible worlds and parallel realities, the invisible boundaries that separate us from one another. Her character, Beautiful, tells a story woven from the images and secret desires of dreams.

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Le Mozart Noir

Published on August 1, 2012   |   Category Film Director

Le Mozart Noir is a performance documentary on the life and music of Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, also known as “le Mozart noir” Through the use of beautifully rendered historical recreations, archive-based narration and orchestral performance, the film reveals in fascinating detail how such a talent was submerged beneath the waves of history.

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Out Of Mind: The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft

Out Of Mind
Published on August 1, 2012   |   Category Film Director

Out of Mind casts an entertaining eye on the work of American writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), one of the early 20th century’s masters of gothic-horror literature. The film offers an encounter with Lovecraft and enters into his world. Engaging in a kind of game around the writer, the film playfully winks at some of the themes characteristic of his work: the occult, cursed books, monstrous creatures. Out of Mind draws its inspiration from Lovecraft’s personal correspondence and many of his stories, carrying the viewer through a labyrinth “beyond the wall of sleep”. Thanks to the internet, Out Of Mind has become over the years a Lovecraft’s fans’ favourite.

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Ghost Town

Published on July 31, 2012   |   Category Film Director

Lük Fleury’s great-grandmother Madeleine lived in a mining village at the beginning of the last century and through a masterful pastiche of interviews, archival photographs, voice-overs and his own choreography, the master jig dancer and choreographer depicts her life. Ghost Town also shows a new role for contemporary jigging and Lük Fleury is one of its foremost creators.

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The Automaton And The Magic Spell

Published on April 1, 2012   |   Category Film Director

In dance and music, the life of french composer Maurice Ravel.

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Magic Violin

Published on April 1, 2012   |   Category Film Director

In this documentary about Antonio Vivaldi, music and dance come together to create living tableaux inspired from the life and time of the famous composer.

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Les trous du ciel

Published on February 1, 2012   |   Category Film Director

A short film adapted from a choreography by Marie Chouinard.

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Man Of Glass

Published on December 5, 2008   |   Category Film Director

The life and music of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Featuring I Musici de Montreal chamber orchestra and original choreographies from Harold Rhéaume.

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The Shadow Of Death

The Shadow Of Death
Published on December 5, 2008   |   Category Film Director

The life of Franz Schubert is told in dance and music. Featuring original choreographies from Estelle Clareton.

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The Night Bird (french version)

L'oiseau de nuit
Published on March 15, 2006   |   Category Film Director

A documentary about the life and work of Guy Mauffette, canadian pioneer of radio broadcasting and television. In french.

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Cabaret Neiges Noires (french version)

Cabaret Neiges Noires
Published on March 15, 1999   |   Category Film Director

On a bleak and misty night, Jean Jean, a soul-sick and tormented spectator, watches a macabre show in a dingy cabaret. On stage, the pianist and mistress of ceremonies, known as the Priestess, accompanies a cast of ravaged characters as they perform a tragicomic routine that evokes both the world of dreams and the chaos of contemporary society. A musical show consisting of disjointed cabaret acts, Cabaret Neiges Noires offers a potent mix of satire and fantasy. Featuring burlesque, song and dance, performed brilliantly on stage, as well as a dreamlike ballet which unfolds in settings both real and imaginary, Cabaret Neiges Noires explores the varying, intertwined destinies of its characters. In french.

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Lea (french version)

Published on March 15, 1995   |   Category Film Director

On a cold autumn night, the angel of death visits Lea. In french.

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