am I ?
director, musician and writer
fighting my way into music as early as my teenage years, in order
to get a living - and not to lose my strength and purity in an occupation
which pays, yet is an insult to creativity, gnaws at
the heart and soul, and altogether stifles sensitivity - I came
back to the stage.
In my early youth, I was literally engulfed in studies which I put
an end to after five years of gruelling labours, barely in time
to avoid plunging into madness and decrepitude, and in order to
devote myself to music. From then on, my family stopped providing
for me. I did one odd job after another, and had my share of cold
and hunger, which, in ones fearless youth can form you without
deforming you, better than many a school would. Independence has
a heavy price and you have to pay for it, sooner or later, with
your very flesh and blood. The sooner the better.
did my classes in the Théâtre Incarnat, a theatrical
company run by Lucette Mouline, a writer, playwright, director,
and a professor of Literature and Performing Arts at the University
of Bordeaux III. At the same time, I studied Literature (Lettres
Modernes) and went as far as the Maîtrise. In the 1980s I
played in a number of shows in Bordeaux, notably in Barbe-Bleue,
a creation by Lucette Mouline, adapted from Perrault.
left the company, urged on by a wild love for Brittany, for its
poets and its beaches, its unforgettable fragrances and its music,
and its language, too, which I learned and eventually taught. In
short, I desired to absorb the spirit of magic that dwells in that
country inhabited by legends, to breathe in the mystical fragrance
of the infinite, such as it is exhaled by Taliesin and Xavier Grall,
among others, while I drank in the melodies of Dan Ar Braz.
But I was yet to bow to necessity, and to know hunger, and to teach
French for a living. In my classrooms, the rostrum became a stage
and the students novice poets. How could it be otherwise, knowing
that these students, driven by the unshakable spirit of their youth,
were eager to set free the world of their thoughts in deflagrations,
that their eyes were hankering for dazzling, infectious lights.
Later on, in Morlaix,
did some street theatre, performed for children and, in particular,
did a one-hour one-man show entitled Le Cabaret du Bleu Silence.
It is a poem some 680 lines long, provided with a soundtrack, which
I wrote and in which I played all six parts in turn.
Voyage au long de la Mort, à Crédit was another
show of mine. Based on the first two novels of Louis-Ferdinand Céline,
Voyage au bout de la nuit and Mort à crédit,
it lasted one hour and a half and was staged in Morlaix.
am currently working on a new one-man show. I did some dubbing,
too, and have worked for TV Breizh, providing the Breton version
of motion pictures.
can dub in English, Breton, German, Spanish, Italian, and play roles
written in those languages. I love imitating a variety of accents,
and every kind of original sound as well which is partly
a hangover from the time when I sang the Blues, and particularly
the result of my stage training with Lucette Mouline. The range
of my voice covers three octaves.
Beside dramatic art, I trained as a folk musician. In fact I was
a musician before going on the stage : a Folk and Blues singer,
mouth-organ player and guitarist. I did courses in guitar with Soig
Siberil, and in Gwerz and Kan-Ha-Diskan (Breton musical styles)
with Erik Marchand in the 1990s.
was a dancer, too, with the Korollerien Montroulez. So far, I have
written a number of plays, tales, short-stories, poems, haikus,
essays, film reviews and various texts on musicians some
of which are in Breton and published in the magazine Al Liamm. The
breath of life, imagination, novelty, magic, improvisation, poetry
made alive in man and in the world ; the art of giving and being
true to oneself and to those whom our heart has chosen
these are the vital things for me.
Lately played Konomor in Prosez Konomor(The trial
of Konomor) part of a Breton serial SAGA BRITTIA. Konomor,
King of Brittany, was considered as some Breton Blue-Beard, and
accused of the murder of his six wives.
noticed the lack of roles in North Brittany, France, Pier is now
living near Nantes. He just played in this famous big city the leading
part of the movie "Photoshop",
and recently turned two other short films and a middle length movie,
which are to go out pretty soon, and a new audio fiction The
factory of dreams. He also can be seen in a full-length film
of SF, "Hector
avwakening", by Franck Jouneau, in which he embodies
the character of a revolutionary professor who tries to knock down
a crazy and disembodied civilization. Pier will also shoot three
other features, in which a comedy, for the same director, the eclectic
Franck Jouneau, during the years to come.
In close collaboration with the pianist/composer/arranger Giuseppe
Adamo, Pier Mayer-Dantec is now working on the scenario
of a musical, an original work giving an acute look on our current
society while valuing the courage and the solar choice of the singing.
The detailed script will be delivered in September, 2013 for presentation
to the authorities of the town of St Étienne, where the entertainment
will be shown for the first time. To have written the scenario,
Pier will also play in this musical.