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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

Guillaume Lord

Set and Props Designer and Theater Concept

Guillaume Lord started his college studies in communications but soon switched to design and production, which he studied at Collège Lionel-Groulx from 1990-1993.

With over 15 years of professional experience as a designer, Guillaume has created sets for theatre, dance, circus, variety ( Arturo Brachetti's world tour) and musicals in Canada and abroad.

For the stage, he has created remarkable designs for many Quebec productions including Maureen Hunter 's L'Atlantide/Atlantis (Théâtre de la Manufacture), Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt's Le Libertin (Just For Laughs), Steven Berkoff's Décadence (Théâtre de Quat'Sous)) Le Temps et La Chambre – which won the Masque Award for best set and the Gascon-Roux award – Art, La Grande Magia and Pacamambo, an opera for children.

Besides working with Quebec directors such as Serge Denoncourt, Lorraine Pintal, Claude Poissant and André Brassard, Guillaume has explored the dance scene with choreographers Shann Hounsell (the Czech Republic National Theatre), Ginette Laurin (O’Vertigo) and Jean Grand-Maître for whom he designed the sets for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, Milan's Balletto della Scala, the Stuttgart Opera Ballet, the Munich Opera Ballet, the Norway National Ballet and Alberta Ballet.

He has also worked as art director on feature films and documentaries and designing sets for art exhibitions at the Musée du Québec. His screen credits as assistant art director include: The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire (2002), The Stork Derby (2002) The Royal Scandal (2001) The Sign of Four (2001), and he was the p roduction designer for The Child of Music (1999), Faces of Dance (1996) and Magic Violin (1996).

“The design for ZAIA was inspired by many influences,” says Guillaume. “I see it as a psychological journey into space and it contains references to optical sources as small as eyeglasses and as big as telescopes. Essentially it is the interior of a huge observatory looking out at the night sky – and I used astronomical charts to make sure the position of the stars and planets are accurate.”

Guillaume Lord was born in Montreal in 1971.