Jean-François Houle

INTERVIEW

Please tell us about your artistic background previous to joining Cirque du Soleil:

I was producing music and touring professionally as a bass player, bandleader and “electronic noise-maker” for 20 years.

When did you join Cirque?

In 1996 I joined Cirque as a bass player/bandleader on the Asian tour of Alegrìa and in 2001 joined in the creation of ZUMANITY.

  • Jean-François Houle
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What was your first contact with the organization? What was the context?

In 1996 Cirque was looking for a musical director for the Alegrìa tour in Asia and a friend, who was the bandleader for Mystère, referred me.

How did your integration go (either in Montreal or in a show)?

Very well. My second integration, during the creation of Zumanity, was very cool because everything had to be created from scratch for my role.

How does being part of a Cirque du Soleil show allow you to express yourself in your discipline?

I like being able to perform music that supports an acrobat’s live performance, anything can happen…

What do you like the most about being part of Cirque du Soleil?

Being part of one of the most prestigious companies in the entertainment industry and, at the same time, being part of a large family. I like the friendships between artists and how we are all motivated by the same thing: to make each show the best show possible!

How did the transition go between your former career to your current Cirque career?

As I had always worked in similar projects that included many musicians and technicians, my integration went very smoothly.

How is life on tour and in Las Vegas?

I liked touring because it gave me a chance to see Asia and Europe. Now that I live in Vegas, I love that too… the city is so dynamic!

Anything else you would like to share with us?

I very much liked being part of the creation of Zumanity. It was a very unique experience and I’m proud of what we did with it.