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KOOZA

KOOZA cuenta la historia de Innocent, un solitario melancólico que busca su lugar en el mundo.

KOOZA vuelve a los orígenes del Cirque du Soleil: Reúne dos tradiciones circenses: las actuaciones acrobáticas y el arte de los payasos. El espectáculo pone de manifiesto la exigencia física de cada número, todo su esplendor y su fragilidad, a través de una colorida mezcla en la que se destaca el humor más bufonesco.

En su viaje, Innocent entra en contacto con una miríada de personajes cómicos con el rey, Trickster, el carterista y el detestable turista con su malvado perro.

Entre la fuerza y la fragilidad, la risa y la carcajada, la confusión y el equilibrio, KOOZA explora temas de temor, identidad, reconocimiento y poder. El espectáculo se desarrolla en un universo visual apasionante y exótico lleno de sorpresas, emociones, escalofríos, audacia y participación total.

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KOOZA - Creadores

  • Guy Laliberté

    Fundador y Guía Creativo

    Guy Laliberté, acordeonista, zancudo y tragafuegos nacido en Quebec en 1959, fundó, con el apoyo de una pequeña "troupe" de cómplices, el primer circo de renombre internacional de Quebec. La atrevida visión de Guy Laliberté le permitió reconocer y cultivar el talento de los artistas callejeros de la Fête Foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul y crear con ellos Cirque du Soleil en 1984.

    Él fue el primero en orquestar la fusión de culturas y disciplinas artísticas y acrobáticas que definen a Cirque du Soleil. Desde 1984, Laliberté ha guiado a los equipos creativos de Cirque du Soleil en la creación de los espectáculos y ha contribuido a elevar las artes circenses a la categoría de grandes disciplinas artísticas.

    Cirque du Soleil se ha convertido en una organización de ámbito internacional, no solo por su composición, sino también por el alcance de sus actividades y su influencia. Guy Laliberté lidera en la actualidad una organización que opera en los cinco continentes.

    En octubre de 2007, Guy adquirió un nuevo compromiso vital mediante la creación de la fundación ONE DROP para combatir la pobreza proporcionando acceso a agua potable a comunidades de todo el mundo.  Este nuevo sueño surge de su convencimiento de que el derecho al agua es esencial para la supervivencia de pueblos y personas de todo el mundo y se enraíza en los valores que sustentan Cirque du Soleil desde su creación:  la creencia de que la vida te devuelve lo que tú das y de que hasta el gesto más pequeño es importante.

    En septiembre 2009, Guy Laliberté se convirtió en el primer turista espacial de nacionalidad canadiense.  Dedicó este viaje a concienciar al público sobre los problemas de suministro de agua que amenazan a la humanidad. Con el tema Removiendo cielo y tierra para conseguir agua, esta primera Misión social poética en el espacio tenía como propósito llegar al corazón de la gente con un enfoque artístico: un programa transmitido por Internet especial de 120 minutos con diversas actuaciones artísticas en 14 ciudades de cinco continentes y también en la Estación espacial internacional.

    Premios y distinciones
    En 2012, Guy Laliberté entró en la Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. En 2010, Guy recibió su propia estrella en el legendario Paseo de la fama de Hollywood. Ese mismo año, el gobierno de Quebec honró a Guy al ascenderle de Chevalier (una distinción que le otorgaron seis años antes) a Officier como miembro de la Ordre de la Pléiade. La Université Laval de Quebec otorgó a Guy Laliberté un doctorado Honoris Causa en 2008. El año precedente, Guy Laliberté había recibido el premio Ernst & Young al mejor empresario del año en las tres categorías siguientes: Quebec, Canadá e internacional. En 2004, el gobernador general de Canadá le concedió la Orden de Canadá, la más alta distinción del país. Ese mismo año, la revista Time lo incluyó entre las 100 personas más influyentes del mundo. En 2003, el grupo Condé Nast le otorgó su reconocimiento en el marco del programa Never Follow, que premia a los creadores e innovadores más destacados. En 2001, la Académie des Grands Montréalais lo incluyó en su nómina de "grandes montrealeses". En 1997, Guy Laliberté recibió la Orden Nacional de Quebec, la más alta distinción concedida por el gobierno de Quebec.


    Otros premios y distinciones

    2009
    Premio a toda una carrera otorgado por la Canadian Marketing Association

    2002
    Se le incorpora al Paseo de la fama de Canadá

    1998
    Premio al visionario otorgado por el American Craft Museum (llamado ahora Museum of Arts and Design de Nueva York)

    1996
    Vision nouvelle recibido en la 43ª Gala du Commerce (Quebec)

    1988
    Personaje del año, Gala Excellence La Presse (Quebec)

    1988
    Empresario del año, revista Les Affaires (Quebec)

     

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  • David Shiner

    Guionista y director

    David Shiner loves to make people laugh but he takes the art of clowning seriously. "In essence the clown is a character who helps us keep in touch with the sacred part of ourselves," he explains. "It's a difficult part to play. At the core of the character is longing and the wish to find meaning in life."

    David Shiner, who is best known as a clown, started out as a street mime in Paris and his career really took off in 1984 when was discovered at the renowned circus festival Cirque de Demain. He went on to perform with a succession of well-known companies including the German troupe Circus Roncalli and the Swiss National company Circus Knie. Between circus engagements he toured with Cirque du Soleil veteran René Bazinet performing the two-man show they created.

    David's first formal association with Cirque du Soleil came in 1990, when he performed in Nouvelle Expérience, touring for 19 months throughout Canada and the USA and playing for another year in Las Vegas. Thanks to such antics as stepping through, on and over much of the audience and his classic improv-based staging of a mock silent-movie melodrama with four members of the audience, he is probably the best-remembered of Cirque's clowns. The production was filmed for HBO in 1991 and his other television performances include numerous appearances on The Tonight Show.

    David made his feature film debut in 1992, playing the part of a clown in Lorenzo's Oil, and the following year he played straight man to Bill Irwin in Sam Shepard's Silent Tongue. He and Irwin then created the two-man, wordless show Fool Moon, featuring music by the Red Clay Ramblers, who had also performed in Silent Tongue. This evening of 'inspired lunacy' ran from 1992 to 1999, including three separate runs on Broadway. Fool Moon won a special Tony Award for Live Theatrical Presentation in 1999, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and an Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award.

    In 2000 David originated the role of the Cat in the Hat, the host and guide of the Broadway stage musical Seussical. With the support of a grant from the Pugh Foundation he went on to develop a show at Seattle's ACT Theatre and later adapted part of that show for his one-man production David Shiner in the Round,

    "KOOZA is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad," says David. "The tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn't take itself too seriously, but it's very much about ideas, too. As it evolves we are exploring concepts such as fear, identity, recognition and power."

    David was born in 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Serge Roy

    Directora de creación

    Serge Roy has been part of the Cirque du Soleil family since before the organization officially came into being.

    Serge grew up in a highly musical showbiz family – his father was a saxophonist working the thriving cabaret circuit in Quebec. Serge inherited a great enthusiasm and a remarkable talent for music and occasionally sang professionally as a child. He fell into pop music almost by accident and recorded a hit single, but by the time it was released he was already looking for a different direction, a career that would be more artistically satisfying and personally fulfilling.

    He studied theater and played drums for a couple of years but it was only when he travelled to the artistic community of Baie St. Paul that everything really clicked. It was a time and a place of tremendous creative ferment. Gilles Ste-Croix and Guy Laliberté were putting together the shows that would eventually lead to the foundation of Cirque du Soleil – and Serge knew immediately that this was where he belonged.

    Following a stint as stage manager for the 1984 and 1985 show Le Cirque du Soleil, he left the company for several years to work on other projects. In 1989, he came back to Cirque to take on the job of North American Tour Manager for the show Nouvelle Expérience, and continued as Tour Manager for Saltimbanco in 1992 and 1993.

    He then pursued other projects for a period of more than two years. But the appeal of Cirque drew Serge back once again in 1995 to become Artistic Coordinator for the show Alegría, during its runs in North America and Tokyo. Later the same year he joined the Saltimbanco troupe for its European Tour, also as Artistic Coordinator. Also in 1995, Serge became the Artistic Director of Quidam.

    Two years later, he left Europe for Las Vegas to work as Artistic Coordinator for the show Mystère, presented at Treasure Island. Soon afterwards he accepted the position of Artistic Director for Dralion during its creation and first touring years in North America. In January 2003 he left Quidam to return to his ‘first love' Saltimbanco as Artistic Director.

    KOOZA showcases two major circus traditions: clowns and acrobatic performance. “They are very different,” says Serge Roy. “But it’s a marriage that goes back centuries. They come from the same world, the world of circus. This show as a whole brings us closer to the simplicity and humanity of an earlier circus – and closer to the audience. Very convivial. It reminds you of street performance. It’s a mixture of acrobatics and clowning that is really rooted in circus and in the origins of Cirque du Soleil.”

    Serge Roy was born in Montréal, in 1957.

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  • Stéphane Roy

    Escenógrafo

    Stéphane Roy estudió en la Escuela Nacional de Teatro de Canadá y ha trabajado como diseñador artístico o de escenografía en más de cien producciones, tanto en Montreal como en el extranjero. Aunque su trayectoria se centra en el teatro y la danza, también ha trabajado en cine, televisión, publicidad y espectáculos de variedades.

    A lo largo de su carrera, Stéphane ha establecido estrechas colaboraciones con diversos directores y colectivos artísticos: por ejemplo, creó la escenografía de varias obras representadas en Espace Go y en el Théâtre du Nouveau Monde de Montreal, y a partir de 1990 colaboró como diseñador de escenografía con varias compañías de danza de renombre internacional, como La La La Human Steps y O Vertigo, en distintas producciones.

    Con semejante trayectoria profesional, un padre arquitecto, una madre involucrada en el mundo del teatro y un innovador enfoque social y artístico de los espacios de representación, el camino de Stéphane estaba predestinado a cruzarse con el de Cirque du Soleil. Su colaboración comenzó con la creación de Dralion y continuó con Varekai, Zumanity, KOOZA y, ahora, con Zarkana.

    En 2011, Stéphane se convirtió en uno de los tres artistas nombrados permanentemente por el grupo de Montreal Nature Museums (Museos Naturaleza de Montreal) para crear vínculos orgánicos entre los cuatro museos de historia natural de la ciudad. También diseñó la exposición El emperador guerrero y el ejército de terracota de China del Museo de Bellas Artes de Montreal.

    Sus logros profesionales le han hecho merecedor de numerosos premios y galardones. Entre otros honores, fue nombrado Artista revelación del año, en todas las categorías, por la Association Québécoise des Critiques de Théâtre en 1989. En 1992, esa misma asociación le otorgó el galardón al mejor diseño escenográfico. Otros organismos que han reconocido su talento son el Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal, la Academia de Cine y Televisión de Canadá y la Académie Québécoise du Théâtre.

    "En un mundo lírico y fantástico como el de Zarkana, el escenario (en este caso, un teatro destartalado y abandonado) es un personaje por derecho propio. Las paredes cantan, se mueven y respiran", afirma Stéphane Roy. "Hemos buscado una estética inspirada en los albores del siglo pasado, entre 1910 y 1930, a medio camino entre Gaudí, Klimt y el art nouveau. Las siluetas orgánicas son un guiño al maestro orfebre y vidriero francés René Lalique".

    Stéphane Roy vive en Montreal.

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  • Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt

    Diseñadora de vestuario

    For the past 20 years Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt has designed costumes for a large number of theatre, dance, opera and film productions. Her work, which combines the two diciplines she has specialized in – set design as well as costume design – has been seen around the world.

    Since 1989 she has worked particularly closely with world-renowned writer, actor and director Robert Lepage, creating the costumes for many of his productions, including Les Sept Branches de la Rivière Ota, La Géométrie des Miracles, La Face Cachée de la Lune, Peter Gabriel's Growing Up tour, La Trilogie des Dragons and KÀ, for Cirque du Soleil.

    Through the years Marie-Chantale has won many major Canadian awards for her work, including two Masques de la Conception des Costumes, in 1995 and 2005. She has also received many award nominations – notably from the Genies and the Jutras for her work with Robert Lepage on the feature film Nô.

    "Even if KOOZA isn't specifically a clown show, a number of the characters are played by clowns," notes Marie-Chantale. "I needed to avoid clichés and caricature so I concentrated more on archetypes of universal and unchanging characters. There is a comic-book aesthetic to the designs, but it's filtered through the naïve point of view of the main character, The Innocent.

    My costumes draw on a wide variety of sources of inspiration: everything from graphic novels, the paintings of Gustav Klimt, Baron Münchhausen, the Mad Max movies, time-travel movies to India and Eastern Europe. This visually naïve, exotic and timeless universe evokes the world of toys, lead soldiers and children's books, with a wink toward Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz."

    Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt was born in Sept-Iles, Quebec in 1967.

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  • Jean-François Côté

    Compositor

    A self-taught keyboard player, composer and prolific electronic musician since the 80s, Jean-François Côté is very active on the LA music scene. He has also worked with many of Quebec's leading singers and trailblazing groups. He is known for mixing existing styles seamlessly with electronic music to invent new forms.

    Jean-François was a promising hockey player as an adolescent, but he discovered his true calling at the age of 16 when he started playing keyboards with rock and soul groups on the Montreal music scene, developing sounds and a style that were uniquely his own. At the same age he got a job as a security guard for the very first Cirque du Soleil show. "At night," he recalls, "I would sneak behind René Dupéré's keyboard to make music and polish my technique."

    Years later Jean-François was playing keyboards for singer Julie Masse and was noticed by Cirque du Soleil composer Benoit Jutras. That encounter led to his first formal association with the company as Musical Director and Conductor for the Cirque shows "O" and Mystère. He also created the sound design for the Taiko drum sequence in the Cirque Imax film Journey of Man.

    Jean-François says Cirque is one of the most stimulating environments in which to work as a composer. "In spite of its size, Cirque has remained true to its primary vocation: the creation of quality shows. The liberty they give to the creators is unequaled."

    To express the human and funny aspects of KOOZA Jean-François Côté says he was inspired by Western pop music, from 70s funk to orchestral music, adding, "I also drew upon traditional Indian music and film scores from the 40s and 50s, a period I'm particularly fond of."

    Jean-François Côté was born in 1968 in Montreal.

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  • Clarence Ford

    Coreógrafo

    Clarence Ford is a prolific dancer, choreographer, teacher and film director from Toronto whose creations have been seen and enjoyed throughout Canada, the US and the rest of the world. He loves to collaborate with other artists and has worked alongside the legendary James Brown and stylized music videos for Robbie Williams and Barenaked Ladies to mention just a few.

    When he was five Clarence dreamed of becoming a pro hockey player. In High School he competed in track and field, breaking the Canadian Interscholastic record for the 100 meters, which attracted many athletic scholarships from the US. At the age of 17 he discovered dance and his career took off when he became a member of Soul Express, a troupe that undertook several cross-Canada tours, appeared on award shows and TV shows including their own special on CBC Television.

    From a stylistic point of view Clarence Ford is an innovator. He was one of the first choreographers in North America to incorporate street and hip hop choreography in Olympic figure skating and synchronized swimming. His work was so sensational that two Olympic skaters won gold medals with his choreography.

    Clarence has choreographed several figure skating specials such as Stars on Ice, and prize-winning routines for international skating stars including Kurt Browning, Scott Hamilton, Victor Kraatz and Shae-Lynn Bourne. He has also worked on Canadian award shows such as the Junos, the Genies and the Geminis.

    His work in film has taken him to Los Angeles, the West Indies and all over Europe, and includes choreography for such major studios as DreamWorks, Universal and Miramax. The feature films he has worked on include The Ladies Man, starring Will Ferrell, Tuxedo with Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Undercover Brother with Eddie Griffin and Billy Dee Williams. He has also choreographed around 40 television commercials, produced, directed and choreographed fashion shows and numerous special events such as the Reebok fashion show for Fashion Television. He has also produced, directed and choreographed concerts for Arrested Development, Soul Decision and Sugar Jones.

    Clarence Ford first worked with Cirque du Soleil in 1997, when Debra Brown invited him to take part in the studio workshops and contribute some of his choreographies for the Cirque show La Nouba. He followed that by joining the general training program at Cirque's International Headquarters in Montreal.

    Clarence says the choreography in KOOZA takes its inspiration from urban pop culture, vaudeville's "Eccentric Dance," jazz and street performance. "For me, it's about this fusion of choreography evolving into its own language," he says. "That provokes emotions, shows power and gives our audiences excitement!" 

    Clarence Ford was born in Toronto in 1956.

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  • Martin Labrecque

    Lighting Designer

    Martin Labrecque’s professional credits include more than 140 theatrical productions, as well as circus shows. Martin contributed to the critical success of several Quebec shows. He has won many Quebec awards for his lighting design in addition to several nominations. Martin Labrecque created the lighting for two critically acclaimed circus shows produced by Cirque Éloize, Rain and Nomade, as well as Cirque du Soleil shows Corteo, KOOZA, Viva ELVIS and Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour before KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities. In 2009, Martin designed the lighting for an eleven-hour show by Canadian author, director and actor Wajdi Mouawad, which was presented in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. He also worked on the show Paradis Perdu, directed by Dominic Champagne and presented in Montreal and Belles Soeurs (2011) directed by René Richard Cyr.

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  • Jonathan Deans

    Diseñador de sonido

    Jonathan Deans, uno de los más solicitados diseñadores de sonido del mundo teatral, es responsable de los entornos sonoros de OVO. Jonathan fue también el creador de los paisajes sonoros de Saltimbanco, Mystère, “O”, La Nouba, ZUMANITY, KÀ, Corteo, LOVE, KOOZA, Wintuk y, más recientemente, CRISS ANGEL Believe. Para Jonathan, el enfoque creativo evolutivo y en equipo del Cirque du Soleil es extraordinariamente estimulante.

    La fascinación que la electrónica ejerce sobre Jonathan viene de antiguo. Con tan solo 15 años, se incorporó como actor a la Royal Shakespeare Company. Fue allí donde su interés por el sonido comenzó a encajar en el contexto teatral. Varios años después, tras un período como ingeniero de sonido en la industria musical, cuya fase más destacable transcurrió en Morgan Studios donde se codeó con artistas como Cat Stevens, Paul Simon y Rick Wakeman, Jonathan retornó al mundo teatral en la Royal Opera House de Covent Garden (Londres) primero y como mezclador de sonido para el musical A Chorus Line después. De éxito en éxito, Jonathan fue acumulando más de doce producciones de primera categoría, como Evita, Cats, Bugsy Malone y The Sound of Music, entre otras, en su currículo como ingeniero de mezclas de sonido.

    Sobre la base de estos éxitos, Jonathan fue contratado como diseñador de sonido para el musical Marilyn. A éste contrato siguieron otras colaboraciones en espectáculos del West End londinense, como Time, Les Misérables, Mutiny o Jean Seberg antes de dar el salto a Broadway y trabajar en Ragtime, Fosse, King David, Damn Yankees, Taboo, Brooklyn, Lestat, Pirate Queen y Young Frankenstein.

    Para Jonathan Deans, los teatros con espectáculos permanentes y la carpa principal del Cirque du Soleil constituyen dos mundos sonoros claramente diferenciados. “Las exigencias técnicas de cada uno de ellos son muy distintas, si bien es cierto que, en lo que a la superposición de la música y el sonido se refiere, no hay diferencia”. “Mi labor consiste en crear un entorno único para cada producción, pero, sea cual sea ese entorno, tengo que asegurarme de que, desde una perspectiva sonora, el público sea consciente de que se adentra en un mundo diferente”.

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  • Leon Rothenberg

    Diseñador de sonido

    Leon Rothenberg brings an extensive and varied background in music composition and computer programming to his work as a sound designer. In 1995 he studied North Indian Classical Music at the Sangit Mahabharati School in Mumbai, India while a student at Oberlin College, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree as well as a B.A. in Computer Science. He earned his MFA in Sound Design from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002.

    “I like to think that my way of thinking about sound is very musical. Even as a kid I knew I wanted a career in music and I played many different instruments. But I had also done lots of sound experiments using a reel-to-reel machine, starting when I was about eight years old,” Leon recalls. “In college I started writing music for plays and I realized sound composition and sound design for theatre provided far more opportunities for collaboration, and that was exciting.”

    After completing graduate school Leon worked as a Production Engineer for college and community theatrical productions in Southern California. It wasn’t long before he found himself in demand for larger shows at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, New York and further afield. In 2003 he co-designed the sound for a large multi-building site-specific production of King Lear that was presented in Los Angeles and in France. He has also worked on a number of experimental animation films and taught courses in Creative Listening and Sound Design.

    Leon Rothenberg’s first experience on a Cirque du Soleil show was as the assistant to sound designer Jonathan Deans on KÀ. Their association continued with Corteo, LOVE at the Mirage, and the travelling show Kooza – for which Leon received his first Cirque credit as a sound designer.

    Leon summarizes his approach to Wintuk by observing, “You want to reconcile the auditory experience with the visual experience so that no matter where you sit you get something compelling and interesting.”

    Leon Rothenberg was born in 1974 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Rogé Francoeur

    Diseñador de atrezo

    Rogé Francoeur dreamed of acting as a youngster, but it was behind the scenes rather than on stage that he was to make his mark. His studies in Fine Arts in Quebec and sculpture at York University in Toronto led him to a career creating props for film, theatre and television productions.

    Rogé started in film as a set decorator, model-maker and props designer. He worked on many features, including Emile Radok's Taming of the Demons (1985) which was instrumental in his choice of career. He also applied his three-dimensional point of view to Shadow of the Wolf (1992) directed by Jacques Dorfmann, the 1993 TV movie Zelda directed by Pat O'Connor, and Screamers (1995) directed by Christian Duguay.

    In 1996, Rogé Francoeur worked as a creative assistant, set decorator and model-maker for Cinema Avenue Japan, a major film exhibition in presented in Tokyo. For the past six years he has taught prop design and set painting at a college in Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, and he is currently completing a Master's degree in teaching with a thesis on show creation.

    Rogé's first formal association with Cirque did not come until 1992 when he worked with the costume designer Dominique Lemieux on the creation of Saltimbanco. He went on to work with set designer Michel Crête, creating props for the shows Mystère and Alegría in 1993 and 1994. Since 2003 he has been a consultant on R&D projects for Cirque and has also worked closely with the costume department. He says it was his work on Alegría that really caught the attention of the company, which led to KOOZA – the first time he has worked on a Cirque show as a designer.

    "KOOZA is an exploration of the world of the clown, as imagined by David Shiner," he explains. "The performances of the comic actors are at a very high level and the props must never upstage their characters. My constant preoccupation is to keep things simple, ergonomic and compatible with the set design. My approach to prop design is impressionistic. Props are often only fully revealed when seen from a distance, or under lighting."

    Rogé Francoeur was born in 1963 in Macamic, Quebec.

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  • Danny Zen

    Equipo acrobático y diseñador de instalaciones

    Danny Zen llegó a Cirque du Soleil en 1990 para trabajar como soldador en los talleres de la compañía. Ese mismo año formó parte de la primera gira europea de Le Cirque Réinventé y, a continuación, se pasó a Nouvelle Expérience, donde trabajó como soldador, ensamblador, mecánico y jefe de sala. En 1992, participó en la gira de Saltimbanco como técnico de carpa.

    Desde 1993, Danny lleva a cabo tareas de desarrollo en el estudio creativo de Cirque du Soleil. Sus innovaciones como rigger jefe y experto técnico han contribuido en gran medida a establecer los rigurosos estándares de Cirque a la hora de formar a sus riggers y garantizar la seguridad de los intérpretes y el personal técnico en todo momento.

    Danny ha trabajado en la Escuela Nacional de Circo de Montreal y, a lo largo de varios años, ha participado en la creación de casi todo el material que se utiliza en las acrobacias aéreas de los espectáculos Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, Dralion, Varekai, La Nouba, “O” y KÀ. Además, fue rigger jefe de Quidam en 1996 y, en 2008, creó las instalaciones y el equipamiento para las acrobacias de la celebración del cuatricentenario de la ciudad de Quebec.

    Zarkana es la tercera producción de Cirque du Soleil en la que Danny Zen trabaja como diseñador de instalaciones y equipo acrobático, tras Corteo y KOOZA.

    "El equipo acrobático de Zarkana está diseñado para armonizar con los decorados", afirma. "La ambientación se inspira en la estética de los años 30, que también es el periodo en el que transcurre la historia. Me fascinan las curvas y las formas orgánicas que caracterizan a esa época. Algunas de mis fuentes de inspiración son el estilo art nouveau del maestro orfebre y vidriero francés Lalique, así como la obra del arquitecto e ingeniero español Calatrava".

    Danny Zen nació en Saint-Luc, Quebec (Canadá).

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  • André Simard

    Diseñador de actuación acrobática

    André Simard ha trabajado con Cirque du Soleil desde 1987, cuando creó una actuación de trapecio para Nouvelle Expérience, provocando una verdadera revolución en el movimiento aéreo a gran altura. Desde entonces, Simard ha diseñado la mayoría de los números aéreos de los once espectáculos que representa actualmente el Cirque en todo el mundo.

    Durante más de 30 años, André Simard ha logrado un equilibrio armónico entre sus tres áreas de competencia: las bellas artes, el deporte de élite y el circo. A principios de los 70, fue miembro del equipo nacional de gimnasia de Canadá mientras estudiaba en el Institut des arts graphiques de Montreal. Además, mientras se preparaba para competir en los Juegos Olímpicos de 1972 en Munich, entrenaba a los payasos y a otros artistas en el Centre Immaculée-Conception de Montreal, precursor de la École nationale de cirque de Montreal. Como cuenta él mismo, “intento constantemente fusionar las normas de la biomecánica, que se aplican en la formación atlética, con el poder evocador de las artes escénicas”.

    Este planteamiento ha destacado también en su enseñanza en la École nationale de cirque, así como en el Centre national des arts du cirque de Châlons-sur-Marne y la École nationale de Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois, ambos en Francia.

    En 1995, fundó el Studio de création les gens d’R en Montreal, un esfuerzo artístico que le brinda la oportunidad de impulsar la expresión emocional a través del movimiento aéreo. En 2001, esta compañía ofreció el estreno mundial de Échos en Venecia. El espectáculo fue encargado por los organizadores de la Biennale.

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  • Florence Cornet

    Makeup Designer

    Florence Cornet has been exploring ways to connect with the public through her makeup designs for over twenty-five years. In addition to having worked on numerous theatre, dance, opera and musical productions, her impressive résumé also includes costume, artistic direction and puppetry work, as she has been involved with over 200 productions in the course of her career. Her work has been featured in productions at some of Quebec’s leading venues, including Théâtre Petit à Petit, Théâtre du Trident, Théâtre de la Licorne and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. She teaches make-up techniques in theatre and circus schools and has spent several years working in film and television. She has worked with renowned Quebec directors such as Serge Denoncourt, Dominic Champagne, Claude Poissant, Wajdi Mouawad, Denise Guilbault, Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, as well as Robert Lepage. In 2000, she was nominated for a Gémeaux Award for best make-up for Bernar Hébert’s film Une âme immortelle. After Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Florence Cornet is designing the make-up for her second Cirque du Soleil show following KOOZA.

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