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Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

 
 
 

Biography

David Finn

Lighting Designer

David Finn's professional career began at age 16, working for puppeteer Burr Tillstrom and his beloved characters Kukla & Ollie.  His breakthrough in lighting came with Sir Peter Wright's acclaimed Nutcracker for the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990. David went on to design for Twyla Tharp & Dancers and, from 1993-2000, was resident designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project.  He has worked for the Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, Ballet of Monte Carlo, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Lyon Opera Ballet, and with such choreographers as Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, José Limón, Karole Armitage, Dana Reitz, Peter Wright, James Kudelka, Helgi Tomasson, and Sasha Waltz. His opera career began in 1997 with Otello (Brussels) and has, since, included works at The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Salzburg Festival, Paris Opera, Royal Opera, Het Musiektheater (Amsterdam), New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera and Canadian Opera, where he designed the Ring Cycle in 2006. Film work includes lighting for Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. In 1999, he directed the documentary, The Green Monster, for POV on PBS. In architecture, David collaborated with renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron on a case-study glass house in Napa Valley, California and designed the lighting for the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane, Australia. Recent awards include the 2011 Yomiuri Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (The Hunting Gun, Tokyo) and the 2012 Knight of Illumination Award (Royal Ballet, UK). Before Michael Jackson ONE, David's first design for Cirque du Soleil was ZED