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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 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

Dave St-Pierre

Choreographer

Choreographer and self-described enfant terrible Dave St-Pierre has been dubbed an enfant terrible by many dance critics, but he is reluctant to accept the label himself . “ It’s weird ,” he says. “B ecause it was a Fred Astaire movie I saw when I was five years old that began my life long love affair with dance .” saw a Fred Astaire movie on television when he was only five years old, and that was enough to spark a lifelong interest in dance.

He has accumulated an impressive résumé as a dancer, notably with Brouhaha Danse, staying with the company for more than six years.

Following that , he danced for many Quebec choreographers including Harold Rhéaume, Daniel Léveillé, Jean-Pierre Perrault, Estelle Clareton, Pierre-Paul Savoie and Alain Francoeur throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. He was featured in many other shows, such as Amour, Acide et Noix and La Pudeur des Icebergs by Daniel Léveillé, as well as the musical Notre-Dame de Paris.

As a choreographer, St-Pierre is best known for his groundbreaking 2004 creation La Pornographie des Âmes, which he performed five times in Montreal with his dance company before more than 2,000 people (an unprecedented feat in contemporary dance) . A nd during the same season they also performed the work in Munich, Berlin, Salzburg, Wolfsburg and Amsterdam has played all over the world to ra ve reviews. The piece won the 2004 prize for best show in Frankfurt and St-Pierre was named Personality of the Year, 2004-5 by Radio-Canada, the Quebec media outlets Mirror , The Gazette , ICI , La Presse and Le Devoir as well as the German magazine BALLETANZ .

Dave St-Pierre’s work has been featured in several Montreal stage productions, including works directed by Claude Poissant at Espace Go in 2005. Brigitte Poupart approached him to work on her show Cérémonials and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde engaged his services as Movement Director for its production of La Tempête, directed by Victor Pilon and Michel Lemieux. He also appeared in two productions for Cinéquanon Film, including the film l’Enfant de la Musique in which he played the lead character, Mozart.

LOVE marks the third time Dave has worked for Cirque du Soleil. His first sortie was with ZUMANITY , which is playing at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In 2004 St- Pierre created the choreography for the Cirque mega-show Soleil de Minuit (Midnight Sun) which closed the Montreal International Jazz Festival in front of a crowd n audience of more than 200,000. On For LOVE Dave St-Pierre worked extremely closely with the dancers. “They are the catalyst for a heteroclite and sin gular form of dance,” he says. “Each brings his or her own energy and style to the show . I give them the power to create , so the dance will be truly in their own image, an image that reflects their oneness , their character and their life. My job is to bring out t he best in each of them, to see them in all their strength and their vulnerability. ”

is sharing choreography duties with Hansel Cereza.. “I cast almost all the dancers myself,” he says. “My objective is to tap into their youth and energy in a completely contemporary context and idiom, rather than to attempt to recreate the style of the sixties.”

Dave St-Pierre was born in 1974 in St. Jérôme, Quebec.