Jean-Jacques Pillet began his career in dance at the age of 15 at the Académie Bordelaise de Danse in France and at 21 he moved to Montreal.
In 1992, he represented Canada at the Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition in Tel Aviv where he received the Best Dancer award.
He went on to work as a choreographer and teacher for a number of prestigious companies including the Paris Opéra Ballet, La Scala in Milan, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Munich Opéra Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and DenNorske Opera Ballet.
From 2003 to 2005, Jean-Jacques was the artistic coordinator of the Cirque du Soleil show Varekai, directed by Dominic Champagne. In 2007 he worked on the opening ceremonies of the Outgames in Montreal and for the Quebec singer Diane Dufresne. He also choreographed the Italian production, Tablò, staged by Serge Denoncourt, the Quebec playwright and theatre director. His subsequent work with Cirque du Soleil includes choreography and stage direction for major events such as Eurovision 2009 and the special event created for the 400th Anniversary of Quebec City.
In 2007, he was invited by director François Girard to choreograph Cirque's first permanent show in Japan: Zed at the Tokyo Disney Resort. In 2009, he choreographed the first edition of the acclaimed outdoor show Les Chemins Invisibles presented in Quebec City, and in 2010 he directed and choreographed the second edition
Jean-Jacques’ choreography for Quebec-made films includes Un Capitalisme Sentimental directed by Olivier Asselin as well as Macadam Tango, directed by Lyne Charlebois and Laura Cadieux la Suite, directed by Denise Filiatrault.
“What interests me more than movement is the artists’ emotions,” says Jean-Jacques. “The choreography in Zarkana is inspired by the surreal world that borders on reality. I'm choreographing the energy that comes from the number and the tableau rather than the characters.”
Jean-Jacques Pillet was born in Bordeaux, France.