Cirque du SoleilTodo comenzó en Baie-Saint-Paul, un pequeño pueblo cerca de Quebec (Canadá). Allí, a comienzos de la década de los ochenta, un grupo de personajes llenos de color deambulaban por las calles subidos en zancas, haciendo malabares, bailando, lanzando fuego por la boca y tocando música. Se trataba de Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (los zancudos de Baie-Saint-Paul), un grupo de teatro callejero fundado por Gilles Ste-Croix. Los habitantes del pueblo quedaron impresionados por los jóvenes artistas y, entre ellos, se encontraba Guy Laliberté, que posteriormente fundaría y se convertiría en director general del Cirque du Soleil.
A member of the dance company DCA founded by Philippe Decouflé, Christophe Waksmann has worked closely with the French director as a dancer, camera operator, director, film editor and image designer. This is the first time he has participated in the creation of a Cirque du Soleil show.
Christophe’s approach combines art and technology, paving the way for a new category of artist: “dancer/cameraman.” A computer expert from a young age, he spent eight years at the Centre chorégraphique Les Planches in Grenoble, where he developed his multiple talents. After expanding his versatility with the Skalen company and Christiane Blaise’s company, Christophe completed his video training at the Université Grenoble-III in the late 1980s.
Christophe Waksmann has more than twenty show recordings to his credit, notably for Gilles Verièpe’s company, the Équilibres company and the collective AOC. He has danced in several DCA productions as well as supporting Philippe Decouflé with his video experiments.
"I try to take into account all of the many constraints inherent in live performance," says Christophe. “The axes of projection must never impede the view of the audience or the artists, for example. In IRIS, video is one of the narrative processes that allow the director to tell a story."
Christophe Waksmann was born in Grenoble, France.