With over ten years of experience in the performing arts, director Félix Dagenais and lighting designer Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun founded ATOMIC3 to push their artistic development beyond the walls of the theatre, inventing new ways to tell stories and spark the imagination.
Together they design and create urban installations that transform space and light up people’s everyday lives. Whether interactive or contemplative, their works invite citizens to look at their environment with new eyes. Their rich and diverse performing arts experience informs their approach, bringing original narrative and poetic dimensions to their work.
Collaborating with a team of partners and designers from all backgrounds, Félix and Louis-Xavier create unique immersive experiences where light, video, music, architecture, and new technologies plunge visitors into the heart of the story, and the heart of the work.
Artistic co-director / Designer
Director/designer Félix Dagenais worked for over ten years with director Robert Lepage as assistant director and stage manager, participating in the following productions: The Busker’s Opera, La Trilogie des Dragons, Le Projet Andersen, Lipsynch, Eonnagata, Le Dragon bleu, Jeux de cartes 1 : PIQUE, and The Tempest.
As a member of the Ex Machina team, Félix was creative coordinator for the Moulin à images (The Image Mill) presented as part of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations, and rehearsal stage manager for the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Félix also worked with director Brigitte Haentjens on the productions Hamlet Machine and Vivre as well as with Martin Genest for the creation of The Harbor of Lost Souls produced by Cirque du Soleil at Agora du Port de Québec.
Artistic co-director / Designer
A lighting designer in the fields of architecture and the performing arts, Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebun studied architectural lighting design at the Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm.
He is a member of PLDA (Professional Lighting Designers’ Association) and has worked on many architectural lighting projects, including Le Potager des Visionnaires by artistic director Franco Dragone at the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City, the Chute du Grand-Saut at the Canyon des portes de l’enfer in Rimouski, and Fresque de Nuit, a multimedia show at the site of the former cathedral in Mont-Laurier running through 2016.
In the field of theatre, Louis-Xavier has been working on lighting with Robert Lepage for the past seven years. He worked on the lighting design for Le Projet Andersen and Eonnagata, as well as the lighting for The Tempest, Jeux de cartes 1 : PIQUE and Le Dragon bleu, a production for which he won the Gascon-Roux prize for lighting design in 2009.
Louis-Xavier also worked on many other lighting and video designs for the stage including: The Harbor of Lost Souls by Cirque du Soleil, The Wall of Sound in Lausanne by Dufour Spectacles and Images, Arturo Brachetti, ciak si gira! produced by Just for Laughs, Thérèse et Pierrette à l’école des Saints-Anges directed by Gill Champagne, Air choreograhed by Karine Ledoyen, Note de Chevet produced by La Nef, Octobre produced by Théâtre Blanc and Enter Numan produced by Stockholm Dansens Hus.
Grant from Fondation Montréal inc.
Grants to facilitate the start-up of new businesses in Montreal / Canada (2013)
Emerging Entrepreneurs Contest
Awarded by the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Fondation, this initiative recognizes and rewards Quebec entrepreneurs who make a contribution to the evolution of business by demonstrating remarkably dynamic creativity and innovation.
Montreal / Canada (2014)
2012 Light Therapy competition,
for the Iceberg project, designed to showcase Place des Festivals and the Place des Arts esplanade with a day/night interactive installation open to the public from December 6, 2012 to February 3, 2013
LiveDesign Excellence Awards
for the lighting design of the musical show The Wall of Sound in Lausanne, Switzerland, by Dufour Spectacles et Images – Awarded by american magazine Live Design - New York / USA (2013)
Create winter at Quartier des Spectacles competition
for the project Éclats de verre, Émilie-Gamelin park – Montreal / Canada (2011)
Medal design for Prix du Québec competition
in collaboration with sculptor Maude Lapierre – Montreal / Canada (2011)
for the lighting design of the theater play The Tempest, produced by Ex Machina
Quebec / Canada (2011) – Excellence award for arts and culture 2011
“Best Lighting Design of the year” for the theater play The Blue Dragon, produced by Ex Machina
Montreal / Canada (2009) – awarded by Nouveau-Monde Theater
“Best design and planning of an installation” for the project Le Potager des Visionnaires produced by Musée de la Civilisation Museum
Quebec / Canada (2009) – awarded by the Canadian Museums Association