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KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes.

In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

What if by engaging our imagination and opening our minds we could unlock the door to a world of wonders?

 

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  • Michel Laprise

    Writer and Director

    Michel Laprise worked in theater for nine years as an actor, director and artistic director before joining Cirque du Soleil in 2000. Even before he was out of theatre school, Michel had started his own creation company, Théâtre Pluriel, which spawned the innovative productions Fenêtre sur Qui?, Tonalités and Masculin-Féminin that have garnered both popular and critical acclaim. He also went on international tours with the Théâtre des Deux-Mondes as well as with the duo formed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. At Cirque du Soleil, Michel spent five years as a talent scout before taking on, in 2006, the role of Special Events Designer. In that capacity, he directed the act with Quebec diva Diane Dufresne during the Opening Ceremonies of the Montreal 2006 Outgames; the large-scale performance event created for the launch of the Fiat Bravo in Italy (2007); the Cirque du Soleil performance event celebrating Quebec City’s 400th anniversary (2008); the launch of Microsoft’s Kinect console at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, broadcast on MTV; the opening show at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Russia in 2009; and the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 FIBA International Basketball Federation World Championships in Istanbul. In 2012, Michel collaborated with pop star Madonna, providing artistic direction for her performance at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show; he later went on to direct her MDNA tour. In 2013, he directed the musical Robin des Bois – Ne renoncez jamais, to be presented in France, Belgium and Switzerland. A graduate of the National Theatre School in Montreal, Michel Laprise studied at London’s Royal Academy and at the Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia (Italy) as an Acfas grant holder. KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities is Michel Laprise’s first engagement as Director of a Cirque du Soleil touring show.

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  • Chantal Tremblay

    Kreativdirektorin

    Chantal Tremblay lebte Ende der 1980er Jahre in New York und arbeitete an einer Tanzkarriere. Nach dem Besuch einer der Shows des Cirque du Soleil beschloss sie, sich bei dem Unternehmen um eine Stelle zu bewerben. Tremblay wurde zunächst als Tänzerin für ein Cirque-Projekt engagiert und arbeitete dann bei der Produktion von Mystère als Assistentin von Choreografin Debra Brown. Sie hat an zahlreichen Cirque-Projekten mitgewirkt, darunter an den Shows Alegría, La Nouba sowie Mystère, bei denen sie als künstlerische Leiterin fungierte. Als Anerkennung für ihre überzeugenden Leistungen wurde Tremblay zur Kreativdirektorin bei The Beatles LOVE und OVO ernannt.

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  • Stéphane Roy

    Set and Props Designer

    Stéphane Roy hat einen Abschluss von der National Theatre School of Canada und hat in über 100 Produktionen in Montreal und weltweit als Bühnenbildner und künstlerischer Leiter gearbeitet. Seine Hauptbetätigungsfelder sind Theater und Tanz, er war jedoch auch schon für Film und Fernsehen, in der Werbung und für Varieté-Shows tätig.

    Im Laufe seiner Karriere hat Stéphane Roy enge Arbeitsbeziehungen zu vielen künstlerischen Leitern und Ensembles geknüpft: Er entwarf die Bühnenbilder für verschiedene Stücke, die im Espace Go und im Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montreal aufgeführt wurden, und seit 1990 auch für Tanzproduktionen von international anerkannten Tanz-Ensembles wie La La La Human Steps und O Vertigo.

    Angesichts seines professionellen Hintergrunds, der Tatsache, dass sein Vater Architekt und seine Mutter im Theater beschäftigt war, und seiner einzigartigen gesellschaftlichen und künstlerischen Herangehensweise an die Gestaltung von Vorstellungsflächen war es nahezu unvermeidlich, dass Stéphane Roy früher oder später beim Cirque du Soleil landen würde. Seine Beziehung zum Cirque begann mit der Konzeption von Dralion, setzte sich bei Varekai, Zumanity und KOOZA fort, und geht nun bei Zarkana weiter.

    Seit 2011 ist Stéphane Roy einer von drei von der Montreal Nature Museums Group ernannten Artists in Residence, die biodynamische Verknüpfungen zwischen den vier naturwissenschaftlichen Museen der Stadt herstellen. Er ist auch für die Ausstellung The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terra Cotta Army im Montreal Museum of Fine Arts verantwortlich.

    Für seine Leistungen wurde er vielfach ausgezeichnet, so z. B. von der Association Québécoise des Critiques de Théâtre, die ihn 1989 zur Entdeckung des Jahres in allen Kategorien kürte. 1992 erhielt er von derselben Gesellschaft eine Auszeichnung für das beste Bühnenbild. Weitere Anerkennungen seines Talents zollten ihm der Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal, die Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television sowie die Académie Québécoise du Théâtre.

    „In der poetisch-fantastischen Welt von Zarkana stellt der Schauplatz, ein verlassenes baufälliges Theater, einen eigenständigen Charakter dar“, sagt Stéphane Roy. „Die Wände atmen, bewegen sich und singen. Was den Kunststil angeht, befinden wir uns am Beginn des letzten Jahrhunderts, zwischen 1910 und 1930, irgendwo zwischen Gaudí, Klimt und Art Nouveau. Die organischen Formen sind eine Hommage an den großartigen französischen Glas- und Schmuckkünstler René Lalique.“

    Stéphane Roy lebt in Montreal.

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  • Philippe Guillotel

    Costume Designer

    Philippe Guillotel began designing and making costumes when he was just eight. As soon as he could, he studied design, cutting and sewing at various schools in Paris. After a decade in the world of fashion he discovered dance, and through it, his true calling: costume allied to movement.

    Since 1985, Philippe has worked for many high profile French movie and theatre directors. He has had a long working relationship with the renowned French choreographer Philippe Decouflé for whom he designed the astonishing costumes seen in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. He also worked with Decouflé on the opening ceremonies of the 50th Cannes film festival in 1997 and Tricodex, a multimedia work for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon, in 2003. Between 2001 and 2005, his designs were featured in four ballets, including La Belle, staged by the Ballets de Monte Carlo.

    Philippe designed the exuberant costumes for the 2002 feature film Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra, for which he received a César award, and prior to that, the films Doggy Bag and À la Mode. In 2007 he designed the costumes for choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s production of Gounod’s Faust in Wiesbaden. He has been equally active in the world of live shows, designing the costumes for the musical Starmania in 1995 for Canadian composer and director Lewis Furey, and videos for a number of artists such as Julien Clerc and Alain Souchon.

    With his costumes for IRIS, Philippe is working on his second Cirque du Soleil production, following The Beatles LOVE. "Cirque du Soleil has the biggest costume shop in the world,” he says. “Its scope gives designers permission to allow their imaginations a much freer rein than anywhere else."

    "I explored several distinct themes with the IRIS costumes: capturing and transmitting images, sound and light," he says. “I also wanted to reflect the evolution of color in film from black and white to the saturated colors of Dick Tracy, passing through colorization and Technicolor. I would like the costumes in IRIS to trigger what each spectator imagines when someone says the word ‘cinema.’"

    Philippe Guillotel was born in Paris.

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  • Raphaël Beau

    Composer and Musical Director

    After studying the piano and writing at Conservatoire national de région de Toulouse, Raphaël Beau deepened his knowledge of musical language at the Conservatoire national de région de Paris with Jean-François Zygel. At the same time, he undertook musicology studies at Université de la Sorbonne in Paris and became a certified music teacher (holder of the agrégation). From 2000 to 2004, Raphaël goes on a European tour with the band Spook and the Guay and performs in several festival in France including Les Vieilles charrues, Le Printemps de Bourges, Le Fête de l’humanité. The tour also took him to the Zigets Festival in Budapest and the BAM Festival in Barcelona, among others. In 2008, he turned toward composing for orchestra and wrote the music for Georges Feydeau’s musical L’Âge d’or staged by Yves Pignot. In 2009, he composed the original music for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest motion picture Micmacs, a director with whom he collaborated again in 2010 on a commercial. In 2010, he composed the music for “Grants,” an Australian advertisement for Commonwealth bank made by Jeunet. A year later, he composed the soundtrack for Defective Detective, a short American animation film written by Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis – winners of the 38th Student Academy awards – picking up an award at the Burbank International Film Festival. With KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities, Raphaël Beau writes his first score for a Cirque du Soleil show.

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  • Bob & Bill

    Composers and Musical Directors

    Composers and arrangers Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard (aka Bob & Bill) are well known for their ability to blur the lines between genres and styles. In 2003, they composed the music for Splinter Cell (Pandora Tomorrow), a best-selling Ubisoft video game. They have also produced several albums, including Monica Freire’s Bahiatronica and Pink Floyd Redux, a collection of remixed songs from the British cult band, as well as the soundtrack album for the Cirque du Soleil show KOOZA. In 2004, Bob & Bill supplied the musical direction and arrangements for the Cirque du Soleil show Midnight Sun, as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the 20th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil. Three-time nominees for a Quebec music industry ADISQ award, the two sidekicks also created the music for several films and television series, and composed the music for Director Robert Lepage’s production Pageant de Canotgraphie. In 2008, the duo launched their first album, Crime Report, a work combining electronic and organic sounds.Bob & Bill worked many times with Cirque du Soleil to create the musical arrangements for several special events. Since 2009, they also acts as composers for Cirque du Soleil. They composed the music for TOTEM (2010), directed by Robert Lepage and Amaluna (2012), directed by Diane Paulus. Bob & Bill also wrote the music for the third and fifth chapters of Les Chemins Invisibles (2011 and 2013), a free outdoor show presented during the summer in Quebec City. KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is their fifth show as composers for Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Yaman Okur

    Choreographer

    It was in his early teenage years that Yaman Okur discovered his love for dance. After only a year of refining his talent as a student of contemporary dance, ballet, and jazz at the Académie Internationale de Danse (France), he was invited to join the French crew of “Trafic de Style”  before becoming an integral dancer of “Wanted Posse” in Paris in 1999. Only a few years later in 2001, Yaman took home the remarkable title of BBoy World Champion at the International Battle of the Year in Germany. Yaman, though anchored in hip-hop, further perfected his own style over the years, which resulted in his first place win in the Experimental category of Juste Debout’s 2007 competition in France. His acute sense of music and unparalleled body control have led him to win numerous battles and competitions. He finished third at the 2010 TV series La France a un incroyable talent. His choreographic abilities and work have been recognized both nationally and internationally, reflected in works created for his own dance crew, Pro Phenomen to work for Madonna (Sticky and Sweet and MDNA tours). Yaman Okur takes part in the creation of a Cirque du Soleil show for the first time with KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities.

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  • Ben Potvin

    Acrobatic Choreographer

    A former national competitive gymnast, Ottawa-born Ben Potvin joined Cirque du Soleil as an artist during the creation of “O” in 1997. He performed on this show for six years and acted as coach-performer for the production’s aerial hoops act. In 2004, he joined Dragone as an artist, coach-performer, dance captain, talent scout and act designer. Ben also designed acts for the show Voyage (Tokyo, Japan) and coordinated events at Utmost Entertainment Production. In 2009, he came back to Cirque du Soleil as a head coach on the show Viva ELVIS and later took on the acrobatic development role during the creation of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour and Amaluna. Michael Jackson ONE marks Ben’s first assignment as Acrobatic Choreographer, a mandate in which he will leverage his vision and experience in both the acrobatic and artistic realms.

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  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

    Choreographer

    Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has worked for theaters, opera and dance companies, ranging from the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Sadler's Wells in London, the Grand Theatre of Geneva to Les Ballets C. de la B. His choreographies have earned him a series of prizes including a Benois de la Danse, two Laurence Olivier Awards and two National Dance Awards. In 2008 and 2011 Tanz magazine proclaimed him 'Choreographer of the Year'. In 2010, he founded his own company. For Eastman he created Play with Shantala Shivalingappa and Babel(words) with Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley. In 2011 he set up TeZukA, a piece for 15 dancers and musicians inspired by the Japanese manga author Osamu Tezuka. In 2012 he created Puz/zle with the Corsican men’s choir A Filetta, Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage and Japanese musician Kazunari Abe. That same year he helmed the choreography for Anna Karenina, Joe Wright’s movie. Michael Jackson ONE is his first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Susan Gaudreau

    Choreographer

    Susan Gaudreau has worked as a dancer and choreographer for over 20 years in a variety of styles that include contemporary dance, jazz, ethnic, tap and classical ballet. She has worked with a number of Montreal dance companies such as Rubberband Dance, FLAK, Cas Publique and La La La Human Steps, among others. From 1989 to 2008, she was principal dancer, dance captain and assistant to the artistic director at Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, for which she choreographed Rhythm #5 (2000) and ZAP (1996). Throughout her career, Susan took part in a number of projects as a freelance artist. She danced in YES (2001), created by Debra Brown and René Bazinet, collaborated on television specials and variety shows, and was involved in a series of special events for Cirque du Soleil in Canada and abroad. Susan Gaudreau lent her talents as artistic coach to Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE and was assistant to the choreographer on Amaluna, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL and Zarkana. KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities is her first engagement on a Cirque du Soleil show as choreographer.

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  • Andrea Ziegler

    Acrobatic Choreographer

    A graduate from Ryerson University's Theater School in Canada, Andrea has performed as a dancer, singer or character for over 20 years for several renowned companies including La La La Human Steps, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (The Nutcracker), Livent (The Phantom of the Opera), Dragone (A New Day with Céline Dion) and Cirque du Soleil.  At Cirque, she performed in the shows MystèreQuidam and in numerous special events around the world. Andrea also held the position of Dance Master on Viva ELVIS in Las Vegas. Michael Jackson ONE is her first show as acrobatic choreographer for Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Jacques Boucher

    Concepteur sonore

    Depuis plus de vingt-cinq ans, Jacques Boucher conçoit les environnements sonores pour une multitude de productions du Québec et d’ailleurs. Sonorisateur pour différents artistes québécois dont Richard Séguin, Laurence Jalbert, Diane Dufresne et Bruno Pelletier, l’expertise de Jacques Boucher a été mise au service de comédies musicales telles que Dracula (2006) et de grands événements, dont le méga spectacle 2000 voix chantent le monde, présenté à Québec en 2000, avec plus de 2 300 choristes sur scène. En 2008, Jacques est invité à mettre la main à la presque totalité des événements de la Société du 400e anniversaire de la ville de Québec en tant que concepteur et chef sonorisateur : il participe à la Symphonie des mille de Gustav Mahler avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, au spectacle Le Moulin à images de Robert Lepage, dont il conçoit l’imposant système de diffusion sonore s’étalant sur 1,2 km et  à l’événement-spectacle présenté par le Cirque du Soleil. Jacques Boucher travaille également à titre de concepteur sonore et de chef sonorisateur pour des événements spéciaux du Cirque du Soleil. Après TOTEM, il collaborera pour une deuxième fois à un spectacle du Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Martin Labrecque

    Lighting Designer

    Martin Labrecque’s professional credits include more than 140 theatrical productions, as well as circus shows. Martin contributed to the critical success of several Quebec shows. He has won many Quebec awards for his lighting design in addition to several nominations. Martin Labrecque created the lighting for two critically acclaimed circus shows produced by Cirque Éloize, Rain and Nomade, as well as Cirque du Soleil shows Corteo, KOOZA, Viva ELVIS and Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour before KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities. In 2009, Martin designed the lighting for an eleven-hour show by Canadian author, director and actor Wajdi Mouawad, which was presented in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. He also worked on the show Paradis Perdu, directed by Dominic Champagne and presented in Montreal and Belles Soeurs (2011) directed by René Richard Cyr.

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  • Rob Bollinger

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    Rob Bollinger was a competitive trampolinist at the age of 9 and partnered with his father on the invention of the double mini trampoline as his family owned a trampoline club in Illinois, where he grew up. He studied Business at Indiana University on a scholarship as a competitive springboard diver. He won two Big Ten and two NCAA national diving championships and qualified for the 1980 and 1984 Olympics trials. He did not make the team on either occasion, and at first turned away from the world of competitive sports. After a brief period working in aeronautics and insurance, Rob found the pull of acrobatics too strong to resist, so he went to work in diving shows in theme parks, which led him around the world. On his return to the United States he put his talents as a diver and trampolinist to work in film and television as a professional stunt man, notably for Universal Studios. Rob joined Cirque du Soleil in 1993 during the creation of the first resident show Mystère as a coach and artist in the show’s original house troupe. In 1997 he joined "O", first as a coach, then as artistic coordinator and eventually he was appointed the production’s artistic director. He also added the artistic direction of Mystère to his responsibilities. Michael Jackson ONE is Rob’s third show as Acrobatic Designer after ZAIA and Amaluna.

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  • Germain Guillemot

    Akrobatik-Choreograf

    Germain Guillemot studierte am Centre National des Arts du Cirque im französischen Châlon. Zu Beginn seiner Laufbahn trat er zwei Jahre lang mit der französischen Truppe Cirque Archaos auf. Gemeinsam mit einigen Zirkuskollegen gründete er das französische Zirkusunternehmen Les Arts Sauts, bei dem er 15 Jahre lang als Regisseur und Artist tätig war. 2007 wurde German vom Cirque du Soleil als Trainer für die fliegende Trapeznummer in ZED engagiert und arbeitete danach als Manager für das Akrobatiktraining bei Viva ELVIS. Dies ist Germain Guillemots erste Zusammenarbeit mit dem Cirque du Soleil als Akrobatik-Choreograf.

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  • Danny Zen

    Entwickler von Akrobatikausrüstung und Bühnentechniker

    Danny Zen kam 1990 zum Cirque du Soleil und arbeitete als Schweißer in den Unternehmenswerkstätten. Noch im selben Jahr ging er mit auf die erste Europatournee von Le Cirque Réinventé und arbeitete anschließend als Schweißer, Monteur, Mechaniker und Chef-Platzanweiser für Nouvelle Expérience. 1992 war er als Zelttechniker auf der Tour von Saltimbanco dabei.

    Seit 1993 arbeitet Danny Zen an der kontinuierlichen Weiterentwicklung des Kreativateliers des Cirque du Soleil. Seine innovativen Arbeiten als Bühnentechnikleiter und Technikexperte sind zu einem großen Teil für die hohen Standards verantwortlich, die der Cirque bei der Schulung seiner Bühnentechniker ansetzt, und die dafür sorgen, dass die Sicherheit von Artisten und Technikern zu jeder Zeit gewährleistet ist.

    Danny Zen hat an der National Circus School in Montreal gearbeitet und im Laufe der Jahre zur Entwicklung fast der gesamten Luftakrobatik-Ausrüstung beigetragen, die in den Cirque du Soleil-Shows Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, Dralion, Varekai, <<O>>, La Nouba und KÀ zum Einsatz kommt. 1996 fungierte er als Bühnentechnikleiter für Quidam. 2008 entwarf er die Bühnentechnik und die Ausrüstung für die Akrobatik-Show anlässlich der 400-Jahr-Feier von Québec City.

    Zarkana ist nach Corteo und KOOZA Danny Zens drittes Engagement als Entwickler von Akrobatikausrüstung und Bühnentechniker für den Cirque du Soleil.

    „Die Akrobatikausrüstung für Zarkana sollte zur Gesamtdekoration der Show passen, die sich am Stil der 1930er Jahre orientiert“, so Danny Zen. „Die Handlung der Show ist auch in dieser Zeit angesetzt. Mich faszinieren die Kurven und die organischen Formen dieser Epoche, und ich habe mich von Lalique, dem französischen Glas- und Schmuckkünstler der Art Nouveau, und vom spanischen Architekten und Ingenieur Calatrava inspirieren lassen.“

    Danny Zen wurde in Saint-Luc, Québec, geboren.

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  • Eleni Uranis

    Makeup Designer

    Eleni Uranis joined Cirque du Soleil in 1989 as Assistant to Costume Designer Dominique Lemieux. She then worked on various shows, where she was responsible for materials research, fittings and artistic quality control. She then designed costumes for the show Pomp Duck and Circumstance, performed in Hamburg (Germany) from 1997 to 1999. In 2002, she worked alongside world-renowned designer Thierry Mugler to design the costumes for Zumanity. In 2004, Eleni Uranis’ career took a sharp turn when she joined the Cirque du Soleil make-up workshop, where she would see her ideas brought to life by the artists of Dralion. Between 2004 and 2006, Eleni Uranis assisted Make-up Designer Nathalie Gagné with several shows and, in 2005, she designed the make-up for Reflections in Blue, the show Cirque produced for the opening ceremonies of the XI FINA World Aquatic Championships. With Amaluna, Eleni is designing the make-up for her sixth Cirque du Soleil production after Dralion, Wintuk, ZED, Banana Shpeel and Zarkana.

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