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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 close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

 
 
 

Biography

Jeff Hall

Choreographer
TOTEM
Acrobatic Choreographer
ZAIA

Known for blending his spectacular athleticism with his artistic eclecticism, Jeff Hall has inventively brought humor, dialogue and physical performance together on stage. He was Canadian Freestyle Frisbee Champion in 1989 and 1990, and the sport led him to the performing arts when he took a dance class to improve his Frisbee technique while at University. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University (Montreal) and a Matriculation in Classical Music at McGill.

Jeff has performed with many independent choreographers. He created the groundbreaking Duodenum with Pierre-Paul Savoie and eventually found his way to the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, where he performed in the productions JOE and Piazza. He toured extensively with the Montreal company Carbone 14 from 1990-1995, performing in both the show and the film Café des Aveugles, and the show Le Dortoir as well as its award-winning film adaptation by François Girard.

As co-Artistic Director of PPS Danse from 1992-1998 Jeff co-created Bagne, as well as the multimedia production Pôles, working with visual artists Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. This work has been presented in important venues across Canada and around the world and he and Pierre-Paul Savoie received the prestigious 1996 Jacqueline Lemieux Award for its choreography.

Jeff was reunited with Carbone 14 as a performer in the 2001 creation Silences et Cris by Gilles Maheu. He then became Gilles’ assistant in La Bibliothèque, Carbone 14’s 2002 creation. That same year he assisted director Robert Lepage working on the remounting of Trilogie des Dragons, and Marie Brassard on her La Noirceur, both presented at the Festival Théâtre des Amériques in 2003. Since then he has completed a film directing program at l’Institut National de l'Image et du Son (INIS).

Jeff started his relationship with Cirque du Soleil in 2005 as an artistic coach for The Beatles LOVE. His next major Cirque assignment was as acrobatic choreographer for ZAIA.

In 2009, Jeff choreographed and danced in the film Falling, directed by Philip Spozer and Marlene Miller and choreographed Du Haut des Airs presented in 2010 by Cirque de Demain (France).

“In each and every number in TOTEM there is an evolutionary factor, which is the thread that runs through the show,” he says. “Our decision to illustrate that thread through dance styles as diverse as hip hop and Bollywood came very naturally and organically. We researched Hindu dance, American Indian dance, African dance, coupled with theories of animism and totemism.”