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The Beatles LOVE

LOVE es la última producción del Cirque du Soleil que homenajea el legado musical de The Beatles. Inspirado en la poesía de las letras, LOVE explora el contenido de las canciones en una serie de decorados habitados por personajes reales e imaginarios. El reparto de 60 artistas internacionales, canaliza la energía genuina de la juventud resaltada por actuaciones aéreas, deportes extremos y danza urbana de estilo libre.

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Espectáculo permanente en The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV

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The Beatles LOVE - 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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  • Sir George Martin

    Musical Director

    Legendary producer of The Beatles, Academy Award-nominated composer and founder of AIR Studios, Sir George Martin has produced a record-breaking 30 Number One singles in the UK. In his career to date he has received two Ivor Novello Awards and five Grammys. In 1962 he signed The Beatles to EMI and went on to produce all of their records until they disbanded in 1970.

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  • Giles Martin

    Musical Director

    Giles Martin is an award-winning record producer and the son of Sir George Martin. They have been working as a team to create a soundtrack for LOVE that is designed to be both familiar, and at the same time brand new, with a sense of intimacy underscoring the drama and grandeur of the Beatles' compositions.

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  • Chantal Tremblay

    Director of Creation

    At the end of the 1980s, while living in New York pursuing a career in dance, Chantal Tremblay decides to join Cirque du Soleil after having seen one the company’s shows. Chantal started out as a dancer on a Cirque project and then became choreographer Debra Brown’s assistant on the creation of Mystère. Before Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour Chantal has worked on many Cirque projects including the shows Alegría, La Nouba and Mystère for which she once was the Artistic Director. Later on her solid credentials helped her land the position of Director of Creation on both The Beatles LOVE and OVO.

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  • Jean Rabasse

    Diseñador de escenografía y teatro

    Jean Rabasse has worked extensively in cinema, theatre and dance as a set designer and decorator. He has designed the sets for Philippe Decouflé's dance company DCA for more than a decade.

    Jean was nominated for an Academy Award and won the César for his sumptuous, elaborate designs for the 2001 film Vatel. His other film credits include Astérix et Obélix contre César, directed by Claude Zidi, The Dreamers, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen directed by Caro and Jeunet, Norman Jewison's The Statement and Christophe Barratier’s Faubourg 36, for which he received a César nomination.

    In 2009, he designed the sets for the opera L'Amour de loin, in a staging by Daniele Finzi Pasca, presented by the English National Opera in London.

    A versatile artist, Jean Rabasse reinvents the craft of forms. "I make no distinctions between the disciplines in which I work. In movies I always stress theatrical effects, to give the film soul. In the theatre, I use cinematic elements."

    IRIS is the third Cirque du Soleil show (following Corteo and The Beatles LOVE) for which Jean has designed the sets.

    "Instead of a classic representation of cinema referring to specific films, we wanted to capture the essence of cinema, its original emotion," says Jean Rabasse. “The proscenium of IRIS is a nod to the origins of cinema in Coney Island and the world of Jules Verne, and acts as the gateway to our imaginary world."

    Jean Rabasse was born in Tlemcen, Algeria.

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  • Philippe Guillotel

    Costume Designer

    Philippe Guillotel began designing and making costumes when he was just eight. As soon as he could, he studied design, cutting and sewing at various schools in Paris. After a decade in the world of fashion he discovered dance, and through it, his true calling: costume allied to movement.

    Since 1985, Philippe has worked for many high profile French movie and theatre directors. He has had a long working relationship with the renowned French choreographer Philippe Decouflé for whom he designed the astonishing costumes seen in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. He also worked with Decouflé on the opening ceremonies of the 50th Cannes film festival in 1997 and Tricodex, a multimedia work for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon, in 2003. Between 2001 and 2005, his designs were featured in four ballets, including La Belle, staged by the Ballets de Monte Carlo.

    Philippe designed the exuberant costumes for the 2002 feature film Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra, for which he received a César award, and prior to that, the films Doggy Bag and À la Mode. In 2007 he designed the costumes for choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s production of Gounod’s Faust in Wiesbaden. He has been equally active in the world of live shows, designing the costumes for the musical Starmania in 1995 for Canadian composer and director Lewis Furey, and videos for a number of artists such as Julien Clerc and Alain Souchon.

    With his costumes for IRIS, Philippe is working on his second Cirque du Soleil production, following The Beatles LOVE. "Cirque du Soleil has the biggest costume shop in the world,” he says. “Its scope gives designers permission to allow their imaginations a much freer rein than anywhere else."

    "I explored several distinct themes with the IRIS costumes: capturing and transmitting images, sound and light," he says. “I also wanted to reflect the evolution of color in film from black and white to the saturated colors of Dick Tracy, passing through colorization and Technicolor. I would like the costumes in IRIS to trigger what each spectator imagines when someone says the word ‘cinema.’"

    Philippe Guillotel was born in Paris.

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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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  • Yves Aucoin

    Lighting Designer

    Lighting Designer Yves Aucoin has racked up an unparalleled list of credits working with musicians and singers. He has worked with Celine Dion on all her shows since 1989.

    He has also created the lighting for the singers Roch Voisine, Garou and Julio Iglesias, and worked as a lighting consultant for Elton John, Gloria Estefan and Le Rêve.

    In musical theatre, Aucoin has worked his own magic on Grease, Romeo and Juliet, Elvis Story, La Cage aux Folles, and has also worked with the stage magic of Alain Choquette. He has lit the gala shows of the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal and designed André-Philippe Gagnon's lighting for his one-man shows in Las Vegas .

    Aucoin has also worked extensively in television on broadcasts that include Garou – Portrait of a Singer, Cent Ans en Chantant, the ADISQ Awards Gala and the Governor General of Canada's Awards Annual Gala. Along the way, Aucoin has received many awards for his work, including the Félix (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy). Branching out into other entertainment arenas, Aucoin has lit skaters in Holiday on Ice and the musicians of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra when they played the Molson Centre in 2000.

    LOVE is the first Cirque du Soleil production Aucoin has worked on. "The show is full of challenges," he says. "The biggest is the fact that it's in the round. A 360-degree stage means that one person's front light is another person's back light, and that all has to be worked out to the high, high standards Cirque has established with all its previous shows. But along with the challenges comes the opportunity for me to do my best work."

    Yves Aucoin was born in 1964 in the Magdalen Islands, Quebec.

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  • Francis Laporte

    Diseñador de proyecciones

    Francis Laporte pertenece a la nueva generación de creadores que integran la producción de vídeo digital y la tecnología de la proyección con formas más tradicionales de los espectáculos en directo. Desde que se graduó en 1992, ha participado en más de 15 proyectos que integraban el vídeo con las artes de la representación y, en particular, con el teatro. Una de sus colaboraciones más emblemáticas fue el diseño de vídeo para la adaptación teatral de La Odisea de Homero dirigida por Dominic Champagne.

    Francis Laporte se siente privilegiado por haber participado en la creación de Varekai. “En Cirque du Soleil, tenemos la gran suerte de trabajar en un contexto en el que no se ve todo en función de las limitaciones; por el contrario, existe una voluntad compartida de ver hasta dónde se pueden transgredir los límites”, dice.

    En 2003-2004, desarrolla el concepto visual para el concierto de Eros Ramazzotti. Después de este trabajo, crea la escenografía y el concepto visual de la ‘Symphonie fantastique de Berlioz’, en el Disney Concert Hall de Los Angeles. En 2006, formó parte del equipo creativo de LOVE, con la música de los Beatles y, más recientemente, del equipo de CRISS ANGEL Believe.

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  • 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.

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  • Hansel Cereza

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    The Spanish actor, choreographer and artistic director Hansel Cereza has traveled the world to bring his unique vision to theatre and dance productions large and small.

    He co-founded the renowned theatre company La Fura dels Baus as a performer and creator. He also worked in special events including a show called “Mediterranean” which he created for the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Olympics in his native Barcelona.

    Cereza left La Fura dels Baus in 1995 and has been working independently since 1996 putting on “Macro Shows” on a similar grand scale for major corporate clients.

    Equally at home in the world of dance, with many choreography credits to his name, Cereza created a flamenco performance to launch the film Muerte en Granada, and directed a production of Vicente Amigo’s “Poet” for the Spanish National Ballet.

    On LOVE Cereza is sharing choreography duties with Dave St-Pierre. He says he approached the challenge of creating choreographies for acrobats and other non-dancers by really getting to know the artists, finding out who they were, learning their fears, discovering what they were capable of and working very closely with them to tailor their movements to take advantage of their strength and physicality.

    Hansel Cereza was born in Barcelona in 1957.

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  • Guy St-Amour

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Guy St-Amour has been involved in the performing arts for more than 30 years. He began his career in 1975 as a technician and has participated in an impressive number of projects in theatre, cinema, television and circus. In 2002, he was selected to contribute his talents to Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Royal Visit to Canada and in 2005 he worked on the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan’s Centennial Celebration of the Arts.

    Guy is one of the Cirque du Soleil pioneers, working in a number of technical direction capacities between 1984 and 1995. He participated in the creation of rigging systems for aerial numbers, special effects, acrobatic equipment and set design elements. He has been interested in audio since 1984, and created the sound design for Nouvelle Expérience in 1989. He also designed, created and supervised the installation of the big tops for Cirque’s European and North American tours between 1989 and 1995. Viva ELVIS is his third Cirque production as a designer. In the early 2000s, he designed the tent and bleachers for Cheval Théâtre, the equestrian show created by Gilles Ste-Croix.

    In 1987 Guy founded his own consulting company which has worked for scores of clients including Expo ‘98 in Portugal (for which he created a teleport simulator), the Montreal Casino, the National Film Board of Canada, the Just For Laughs comedy festival, Opéra de Montréal’s Carmen Sous les Étoiles and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. At the same time he is intensely involved in training the next generation of technicians in Quebec, teaching at the National Theatre School, the École Nationale de Cirque and the Montreal-based circus arts national network En Piste.

    In 2006 Guy created the motorized equipment and special effects for the show Joe Dassin in Montreal and the acrobatic equipment and rigging for the Cirque du Soleil show LOVE in Las Vegas. He followed that with the set and production design for a concert by the singer Chantal Chamandy, staged in Egypt in 2007. He then worked as a safety consultant on a production of The Ring of the Nibelung directed by Robert Lepage at the Metropolitan Opera.

    "The scale of the theatre and the sheer number of set changes calls for more and bigger acrobatic equipment than any other show we’ve done,” says Guy St-Amour. “Whether it’s the giant guitar, a 14-meter aluminum bridge that supports two acrobats, or the Jungle Gym, a parallel bar structure used in the GI Blues number, everything is like Elvis himself: It’s all larger than life."

    Guy St-Amour was born in Montreal in 1959.

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  • Daniel Cola

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    Virtuoso acrobat Daniel Cola comes from the world of trampoline, a discipline that was perceived as more of a sport than a circus art at the start of his career. A member of the French national trampoline team from 1978 to 1984, he became World Champion in 1982. His career took him to Sea World in Florida where he tried circus arts for the first time.

    On his return to France he heard that Cirque du Soleil was looking for a trampoline act for the show Mystère – and he was selected. His experience with Cirque allowed him to discover other circus disciplines, including the Teeterboard and the Chinese poles.

    When Daniel Cola joined Cirque du Soleil in 1993 it brought to fruition an early ambition of his to combine his two first loves: acrobatics and performance. “Even at the age of 16 my goal was to create shows based on the trampoline,” he recalls.

    Daniel left Mystère to take a more theatrical and less acrobatic role in Alegría, and toured Europe and Asia with that show for two years. In 1998 he created a trampoline act and became a coach for the Cirque production La Nouba in Florida. He stayed with the show as the Artistic Coordinator until 2004.

    In 2005 Daniel was appointed Acrobatics Performance Designer for The Beatles LOVE, at the Mirage. He followed that in 2007 by coaching the performers for the Super Bowl pre-game show. And later the same year he designed the acrobatic performances for Cirque's seasonal show Wintuk at Madison Square Garden.

    "Larger than life: those are the watchwords that inspired our acrobatic approach to Viva ELVIS," says Daniel Cola. “You could define some of the pieces of acrobatic equipment as part of the set, given their size.”

    Daniel Cola was born in 1962 in Asnières, France.

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  • Dominic Champagne

    Director y escritor del concepto del espectáculo original

    Nacido en 1963 en Quebec, Dominic Champagne, artista prolífico y de múltiples talentos, ha sido una enérgica presencia en la escena cultural de Quebec desde que salió de la Escuela Nacional de Teatro de Canadá en 1987. Con más de 100 éxitos para teatro y televisión, ha sido galardonado con una gran cantidad de premios y reconocimientos.

    Para Dominic, el circo significa un retorno a sus orígenes. A los 20 años, sin dinero y solo en Grecia, se unió al circo y se convirtió… ¡en un chico del circo! ¿Qué aprendió de la experiencia? “El circo es un lugar donde la fraternidad es posible y donde el choque de culturas es una fuente excepcional de creatividad. El entorno multiétnico de Cirque du Soleil es inspirador. Alimenta mi universo creativo.”

    Este universo se nutre también de figuras como Samuel Beckett, Charlie Chaplin, Gandhi y Martin Luther King.

    “Nací el año del discurso de ‘Tengo un sueño’. Pertenezco a la generación que experimentó el final de la fiesta conocida como la década de los 60 y las dificultades que aparecieron a la mañana siguiente. Soy un producto de sueños y desilusiones. Como artista, quiero mostrar la belleza que se encuentra en la miseria cuando alguien intenta escapar de su situación.” Nieto de un juez y un soldador, Champagne procura conmover a sus dos abuelos en cada proyecto que lleva a cabo.

    En 1992, Champagne creó controversia entre el público y sus colegas con su espectáculo Cabaret neiges noires, escrito en colaboración con sus compañeros artistas del Théâtre il va sans dire. Inspirado por el famoso discurso de Martin Luther King, la obra era muy innovadora tanto por su mensaje como por sus medios. El guión es a la vez cínico, poético, oscuro y divertido, mientras que la puesta en escena, festiva y desenfrenada, reúne actuación, canciones y música. La apuesta de Dominic Champagne mereció la pena: logró adoptar una mirada crítica respecto a esa era y que un público nuevo acudiera al teatro. El espectáculo se ha representado más de 100 veces desde su creación.

    En 1998, Champagne trabajó en la adaptación teatral y la dirección del Don Quijote de Cervantes, que atrajo a una cantidad récord de personas al Théâtre du Nouveau Monde de Montreal. En 2000, volvió a superar la hazaña con el montaje de La Odisea de Homero. La obra estableció nuevos récords de asistencia y sorprendió nada menos que a Andrew Watson, director de creación de Varekai: “Estoy convencido de que cualquier espectador, hable el idioma que hable, puede comprender el viaje de Ulises. Dominic no necesita palabras para contar una historia.”

    Fue el trabajo de Champagne en teatro y televisión el que dio lugar a una invitación de Cirque du Soleil para escribir y dirigir Varekai en 2002. La siguiente asignación de Champagne para el Cirque fue codirigir Zumanity (2003) con René Richard Cyr. Su colaboración más reciente con Cirque ha sido escribir y dirigir LOVE, espectáculo que se estrenó en junio de 2006 en el Mirage Hotel de Las Vegas.

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  • Gilles Ste-Croix

    Artistic Guide

    When Gilles Ste-Croix first told his parents he wanted to go into show business they said “Anything but that!” Ste-Croix grew up in rural Quebec, but he was determined not to stay there. He became a hippie and a nomad, living in communes and making the obligatory ‘60s pilgrimage to the West Coast where he lived in communes and audited some drama classes.

    Ste-Croix did try to conform, even working in an architect’s office for a while, but he knew in his heart that he wasn’t cut out for a conventional business career. At the same time, his search for a vocation was not in any way aimless or vague. He says that from his teens he always had a strong drive to succeed and an equally strong desire to entertain. However his entrée into show business came about in a most unusual and unpredictable way.

    In the late 1970s Gilles Ste-Croix was living in a commune in Victoriaville, Quebec, picking apples to make money. One day he mused that the job would be a whole lot easier if he could attach the ladder to his legs—and devised his first set of stilts.

    A friend happened to mention the Bread and Puppet Theater in nearby Vermont, which used stilt-walking as the basis of many of its performances. Ste-Croix went to see the company and realized that his apple-picking skills might actually be in demand in the wider world of entertainment.

    In 1980, Gilles Ste-Croix and a band of street artists founded the Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul and organized a street performance festival called the Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul, which would eventually lead to the founding of Cirque du Soleil with Guy Laliberté in 1984.

    In 1984 and 1985, Gilles Ste-Croix designed and performed many stilt acts for Cirque du Soleil. In 1988, he became Cirque's Artistic Director, as well as coordinating a talent search that extended to the four corners of the globe.  He was Director of Creation for all of Cirque du Soleil's productions from 1990 to 2000: Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco, Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, La Nouba, "O", and Dralion.  In 1992, he directed Fascination, the first Cirque du Soleil show presented in arenas in Japan. He also directed the groundbreaking 1997 dinner/cabaret show Pomp Duck and Circumstance in Germany.

    In 2000, while continuing to act as a consultant for Cirque du Soleil, Gilles Ste-Croix decided to realize one of his greatest dreams: Driven by his passionate interest in horses, he founded his own company to produce the 2003 show Cheval-Théâtre, which featured 30 horses and as many artist-acrobats under canvas and toured ten cities in North America.

    Since December 2002, Gilles St-Croix returned to Cirque du Soleil as Vice-President of Creation, New Project Development. In July 2006 he was nominated Senior Vice-President of Creative Content.

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  • Nathalie Gagné

    Diseñadora de maquillaje

    El maquillaje y su influencia en el trabajo de los actores han fascinado a Nathalie Gagné desde su adolescencia. Nathalie estudió producción teatral en Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, una escuela universitaria municipal de Quebec, y posteriormente sería una de las primeras licenciadas de la filial de Montreal de la famosa escuela de maquillaje parisina École Christian Chauveau.

    Antes de incorporarse al Cirque du Soleil, Gagné trabajó para el teatro, el cine y la televisión. Nathalie ha sido candidata en dos ocasiones a los premios Gémeau por el mejor maquillaje en todas sus categorías. Los Gémeau son los premios concedidos por la Academia Canadiense de Cine y Televisión.

    “El maquillaje es una manifestación del alma del personaje, pero también es una varita mágica que puede hacer desaparecer las inhibiciones”, afirma Nathalie, que desde 1995 ha creado más de 200 diseños de maquillaje diferentes para el Cirque du Soleil. Sus conceptos finales son el resultado de un exigente proceso de selección entre más de 2.000 bocetos.

    Dado que los artistas del Cirque du Soleil se maquillan solos, Nathalie hace que participen en la creación de su apariencia escénica. “A diferencia de los actores, los acróbatas no están habituados a estudiar sus rostros”, comenta Nathalie. “Uno de mis objetivos es conseguir que hagan exactamente eso, y ayudarles a encontrar en sí mismos lo que yo llamo las 'líneas de fuerza', que utilizarán para construir sus personajes”.

    Nathalie Gagné es responsable también de asegurarse de la integridad de todos los diseños de maquillaje que llevan su firma. Puesto que los artistas deben maquillarse solos, los talleres de técnicas de maquillaje son parte integral de la formación general que reciben los artistas de Cirque du Soleil. En esos talleres, Gagné enseña a los artistas a aplicarse el maquillaje y después redacta una guía de aplicación paso a paso personalizada para cada uno de ellos.

    Los nuevos conceptos de maquillaje que Nathalie introdujo en los espectáculos Mystère, Alegría y Saltimbanco la llevaron a trabajar con el director Franco Dragone y con el diseñador de vestuario Dominique Lemieux. Tras su colaboración en Quidam, “O”, La Nouba, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ, Corteo, Delirium, LOVE y ZAIA, CRISS ANGEL Believe™ es su undécima contribución a un espectáculo del Cirque du Soleil.

    "Para conseguir la riqueza y la madurez de los personajes de CRISS ANGEL Believe™ trabajamos como en el cine: los diseñadores y los artistas trabajamos juntos en la creación y el desarrollo de cada una de las personalidades”, cuenta Nathalie. "Usar el vestuario y las proyecciones como componentes del maquillaje nos permite crear un universo de locura pero perfectamente verosímil. Queremos conseguir que lo inverosímil resulte plausible ".

    Nathalie Gagné nació en Trois-Pistoles, en la región de Lower St. Lawrence de Quebec, en 1963.

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  • Patricia Ruel

    Props Designer

    Patricia Ruel has contributed to the success of a myriad of plays, television shows and special events, both in Quebec and abroad. Her track record includes over 50 productions as Props Designer and a dozen as Set Designer. Patricia has received two Théâtre Denise-Pelletier awards for her sets for Révizor, directed by Reynald Robinson, in 2003, and Edmond Dantès, directed by Robert Bellefeuille, in 2004. In 2011, she received a Gémeau award in the “Best Set Design: all variety categories, magazines, public affairs, sports” category for the end-of-year special Bye Bye 2010, aired on SRC. She has worked with various theatre directors, including Robert Lepage, Dominic Champagne and Fernand Rainville. She has also worked on several projects for Cirque du Soleil, including KÀ, The Beatles LOVE and Viva ELVIS as Props Designer and Wintuk and Banana Shpeel as Set Designer.

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  • Michael Curry

    Diseñador de marionetas

    Puppet Designer Michael Curry works widely in both conceptual and technical development with the foremost entertainment companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions, LA Opera, and Universal Pictures. Michael has been the recipient of many prestigious awards from his peers, including several awards for his puppet and costume work on Broadway, Olympic ceremonies as well as his continuing innovations in the fields of visual effects and puppetry design. He has collaborated with Julie Taymor on many stage and opera productions. Among his numerous awards, he received the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design in recognition of his work for Taymor on The Lion King. Michael’s other credits include an opera directed by Robert Lepage at the Paris Opera, an opera at La Scala, Milan, directed by William Friedkin, and the Broadway production of Spider Man with music by Bono and Edge, directed by Julie Taymor. After KÀ, The Beatles LOVE, Wintuk and CRISS ANGEL Believe, Michael Curry collaborates with Cirque du Soleil for the fifth time with Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.

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