Alain Lortie has always produced shows. Self-taught, and constantly developing on both the technical and the artistic fronts, he has worked in almost every métier of show business, from manager to technical director, through operations, touring, and production management.
In 1992, he decided to focus his career exclusively on lighting design. "The lighting designer is brought in at the end of the race," he explains. “And it’s the urgency of the final sprint that I find very stimulating.”
Alain’s unique, distinctive approach to color and, above all, his great sensitivity to the work of other artists have brought him together with many big names in song, music, dance and theatre. More than 25 years ago, he began working with multi-talented Quebec artists such as Michel Lemieux, Marie Chouinard and Édouard Lock, and has since collaborated on many variety, opera and music shows both in Quebec and Europe. He is probably best known in Canadian and French circles for his dazzling work on the internationally acclaimed musical hit Notre-Dame de Paris, based upon Victor Hugo’s timeless classic about the Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
He has since designed the lighting for several Shanghai Circus World productions in Asia and has worked with many of Quebec’s leading theatre directors, including Robert Lepage, Victor Pilon, Gilles Maheu and François Girard on a multitude of stage dramas, including The Tempest directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montreal in 2005, a production that was also presented in New York.
Prior to Zarkana, his third engagement with Cirque du Soleil, Alain created the lighting design for Soleil de Minuit and DELIRIUM.
"The music for Zarkana has provided me with a wonderful catalyst," says Alain. “It is definitely one of the driving forces of the show, and it inspired the lighting I've designed both for individual scenes and for the overall ambience of the show."
Alain Lortie was born in Montreal, Québec.