The Experiential Ringmaster
From the circus to the factory, artist Benjamin Dupont has spent decades triggering emotion though his visual and audio work. With a degree in industrial design, Benjamin spent 11 years at Cirque du Soleil where he managed set designers, composers, lighting designers, choreographers, motion designers and costume designers. Today, in collaboration with his team at Moment Factory, Benjamin brings his stage background as a creative lead for the experiential studio. A passionate creative, he pushes the limits of immersive experiences through “imagination, leadership and high standards,” according to his LinkedIn. Always on the hunt for the weird and the wonderful, Benjamin’s experimented with everything from laser scenography to drone characters.
Aside from his dramatic concert stages and performance sets (we’re partial to 5 Seconds of Summer at the Royal Albert Hall), Benjamin is known for creating rich, immersive universes. For a limited time in November 2022, Arc’teryx and Moment Factory invited New Yorkers to embark on a summit trek complete with immersive sets and weather conditions that change at the drop of a hat, replicating the emotions and sensation we experience when hiking in the mountains. The twist? It was all indoors. Even through his stage shows, like large scale Cirque du Soleil events, opening ceremonies and cruise ships spectacles, his approach aims at immersing the audience in multi-sensorial worlds designed to generate long lasting memories. Earlier in his career, while at Cirque du Soleil, Benjamin and team partnered with ETH Zurich and Verity Studios on SPARKED. The short film features interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync — because who else could take us there if not Cirque?