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OVO

OVO es una inmersión en un colorido ecosistema repleto de vida en el que los insectos trabajan, comen, reptan, revolotean, juegan, luchan y buscan el amor en un constante remolino de energía y movimiento. El hábitat de los insectos es un mundo de biodiversidad y belleza repleto de acciones ruidosas y momentos de silenciosa emoción.

Cuando un huevo aparece misteriosamente en su mundo, los insectos se inquietan pero, al mismo tiempo, sienten una intensa curiosidad: se trata de un icono que representa el misterio y el ciclo de la vida.

Todos se prendan de este insecto patoso y extraño que ha irrumpido en su vibrante comunidad y sobre todo una mariquita, en quien también se fija el singular forastero.

OVO rebosa contrastes. El oculto y secreto mundo que se encuentra bajo nuestros pies se deja ver como delicado y apasionado, ruidoso y tranquilo, apacible y caótico. Y cuando sale el sol, el agitado ciclo de la vida del insecto empieza de nuevo.

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OVO - 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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  • 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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  • Deborah Colker

    Writer, Director and Choreographer

    As a child in her native Brazil, Deborah Colker grew up in a creative environment. Her father was a violinist and conductor and she started piano lessons at the age of eight. “Though I was quite good at it, playing with an orchestra at 14, I soon realized I needed to express my emotions physically as well, through sports for instance,” she says. “I was very passionate and intense and contemporary dance gave me the chance to fit together physical and intellectual emotion.”

    Deborah became a member of Uruguayan choreographer Graciela Figueroa’s Coringa company in 1980. In 1984, she began creating choreographies and directing piece movements for musicals, shows, TV programs, movies and samba schools.

    Wanting to create a choreographic language of her own, Deborah founded her company, Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker in 1994, and created many highly acclaimed full-length dance pieces for it, including Vulcão, Velox, Mix, Rota, Casa and 4 Por 4.

    In Brazil alone Deborah’s individual works have attracted large and loyal audiences. "My work is like Brazil," she says, "the mix of colors, the dynamics and rhythms, the happiness and possibility of a long way of discovery. It's an honor to me that my background is this beautiful, creative, and musical country."

    Deborah’s award-winning work quickly caught the attention of the entire dance world. In 2002, she was invited by Komische Oper in Berlin to choreograph a full program, Casa (a piece originally created for Deborah’s own company in 1999) and Ela. In 2006, she went on to create Maracanã for the Culture Factory of Kampnagel in Hamburg. Deborah became the first Brazilian artist to win the Laurence Olivier Award, one of the most important cultural prizes in the UK, in the “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” category for her choreography MIX in 2001.

    Working with Cirque du Soleil called for a departure from Deborah’s customary way of working. She is used to developing concepts as an integral part of the rehearsal process, but for Cirque 2009 she had to come up with the concepts a year and a half before rehearsals began.

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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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  • Gringo Cardia

    Set and Props Designer

    Gringo Cardia, who started out as a gymnast, has earned an enviable reputation as one of the most sought-after designers in the world of performing arts and video in Brazil.

    In his career as a designer, Gringo has successfully integrated the three disciplines he has worked in: architecture, graphic design and theatrical staging. He has also made his mark as a director in film and video as well as a producer in the world of theatre, opera and fashion.

    In 1989, he founded a circus troupe in Brazil before joining forces with Deborah Colker, the director of OVO in 1994. Together, they invented a visual language that owes a great deal to set design. "When I design a set I like to think big, to push the limits,” he says. “I don’t think of scenery as a support for a production. It’s more than mere decoration. It has to be an integral part of the concept of the show to be used and manipulated by the dancers and the actors.”

    This approach has clearly worked. Gringo has designed the sets for over 100 theatrical productions and more than 150 music shows. His 70-plus music videos have won him numerous awards including the MTV Video Award for Best Brazilian Video in 1990. He has also designed hundreds of album covers for the most prominent Brazilian musicians, including Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gilberto Gil. His work has been recognized with more than 20 awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Mix, presented by Deborah Colker’s dance company.

    In 2000, Gringo and actress Marisa Orth founded a nonprofit organization named Spectaculu which trains students from underprivileged areas in theatre technical arts. More than 2,000 young people have gone on from Spectaculu to careers in entertainment (www.spectaculu.org.br).

    Gringo Cardia designed and curated the exhibition Amazonia Brazil, which has been touring the world since 2004, and in 2006 he directed the film No Arms for Amnesty International. Among his recent architectural commissions was the design of the Museum of Telecommunications in Rio de Janeiro and the new Minas Gerais Memorial in Belo Horizonte.

    Gringo Cardia regards the design of a Cirque du Soleil set as more like architecture than theatre. "A Cirque show has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years rather than a few months,” he points out. “Cirque emphasizes research and development and constantly pushes the creative limits of technology – and that is a perfect fit with my own approach."

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  • Liz Vandal

    Costume Designer

    Liz began her career as a fashion designer in 1988. Her style was inspired by futuristic superheroes and medieval armour. She used materials such as vinyl, plastic and polyurethane to bring her fantastic creations to life.

    In 1990 Liz began working closely with Édouard Lock, founder of the Montreal dance company La La Human Steps. She designed the costumes for his shows Infante c'est destroy (1991), 2 (1995), Exaucé/Salt (1999), Amelia (2002), André Auria (2002) for the Opéra de Paris and Amjad (2007).

    Other choreographers and dance companies turn to Liz regularly because of her ability to combine costumes and body movement. Among others she has worked for la Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Margie Gillis, Bill Coleman, José Navas, O Vertigo, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Washington Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Mannheim Theater and Stuttgart Ballet (Germany).

    Since founding her own company Vandal Costumes in 1992 with her partner Yveline Bonjean, Liz has created and innovated costumes in the fields of fashion, theatre, opera, music and film. The Backstreet Boys hired her to design the costumes for their Black 'n Blue tour and her work appeared in the films The Lathe of Heaven directed by Philip Haas and La Turbulence des fluides directed by Manon Briand, both released in 2002.

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  • Fred Gérard

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    In 1984, after some eye-opening encounters at Zingaro Circus (France), Fred left a career drilling for oil to tap into circus arts. Among the first to graduate from the National Centre for Circus Arts in Châlons-sur-Marne (France) as a flying trapeze porter, Fred was approached to become a trapeze artist in the Cirque du Soleil show Nouvelle Expérience. Forced to leave the stage following an injury, he became assistant to the show’s director and artistic director. He went on to assume the role of Tour Artistic Coordinator. After a short stint in Europe, he returned to Cirque du Soleil, taking his first steps in acrobatic equipment design for the shows Alegría and Mystère. Working as Head Rigger and training circus technicians at Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters in Montreal, he then took up these duties on several touring shows between 1997 and 2006. With the help of his circus friends, Fred co-founded the Nickel Chrome group in Martigues in the South of France. As a member of this organization, which supports circus projects, he acts as Tent Master/Head Rigger, Artistic Director, Designer or Trainer for circus projects and companies all over the world. Working with Nickel Chrome and Théâtre Europe, he was also involved in the creation and development of the Janvier dans les Étoiles festival in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France. This is the second time Fred Gérard has worked on a Cirque du Soleil show as Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer, after OVO.

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  • Berna Ceppas

    Composer and Musical Director

    After only one year of formal education in music Berna Ceppas left school and became involved in various bands as a guitarist before branching out with synthesizers, samplers and computers. At the age of 25 he went back to school to study graphic design, but it quickly became clear to him that music was where he really belonged, as a performer and a composer/arranger.

    In 1994, Berna began working with Deborah Colker, the director of Cirque 2009, and wrote music for all her dance company’s shows. “We developed a kind of symbiosis,” he says. “We’re not just business partners, we’re friends. We know each other very well and we’ve established a way of working together.”

    Working from his own studio in Rio with countless numbers of leading musicians from Brazil and Japan, Berna is a sought-after producer on the mainstream Brazilian recording scene. He is also prominent as a producer of some of the best Brazilian indie pop-rock bands.

    Berna has worked extensively in the film industry since 2000, writing scores for many movies, notably O Passageiro (The Passenger) and Niemeyer A Vida é um Sopro (Niemeyer - Life is a Breath of Air). His work for the Globo television network includes Brasil Legal and Muvuca, and his score for the Discovery Channel series Blast Off was broadcast around the world.

    In 2002, he formed A Orquestra Imperial, a band that became immensely popular, revitalizing the contemporary music scene in Rio de Janeiro and further afield. The band has launched its international career with shows in various European and American cities including Paris, Chicago and London.

    “I don’t really have a signature sound,” says Berna. “For a while I was known for sampling but that was rather limiting. These days my music reflects the needs of each production.” Berna sees himself as a kind of chameleon, constantly adapting to his creative surroundings. “I am always me, but the challenges I set myself are intimately interwoven with those of the other members of the creative team as we converge toward a common goal.”

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  • Eric Champoux

    Lighting Designer

    A painter since the age of 16, Éric Champoux has always taken a keen interest in light.

    Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1997, Éric has designed the lighting for more than 60 theatre productions in Quebec and Europe. He has worked with such Quebec directors as André Brassard, Gilles Champagne, Alice Ronfard, René Richard Cyr, Claude Poissant and Yves Desgagnés.

    For the last dozen or so years, Éric has worked particularly closely with Wajdi Mouawad, lighting his productions of Rêves, Les Troyens, Le Mouton et la Baleine, The Three Sisters, Incendies, Fôrets, and, most recently, Seuls.

    Éric designed the lighting for Alice Ronfard’s 2006 production Désordre Public at Théâtre Espace Go, where he also lit La Promesse de l'aube and Les hommes aiment-ils le sexe, vraiment, autant qu'ils le disent? created by a collective of writers and directors.

    In his mission to bring the art of the real – and the unreal – to the audience, Éric is constantly seeking to improve his mastery of painting with the medium of light.

    "I paint light onto bodies and objects,” he says. “I create a luminous image on stage exactly the same way I paint, layer by layer, revealing the characters on a canvas of colour. Both results are based on the same approach."

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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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  • Philippe Aubertin

    Acrobatic performance Designer

    Inspired by the enthusiasm surrounding the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Philippe Aubertin got started in gymnastics at the age of five. At 18 he was invited to join the national junior team but decided to withdraw from competition because of the physical demands that it imposes. Instead, he became coach at the Gymnastics Centre of Montreal, a position he held until 1999. During his tenure, he was certified by the Canadian Association of Coaches.

    At the same time, Philippe pursued a university education in athletic training, but the appeal of Cirque du Soleil offered him new horizons.

    Cirque's Director of Acrobatic Performance and Coaching, Boris Verkhovsky, hired him in 1999 to train artists at the company’s international headquarters in Montreal.

    Philippe joined La Nouba in Florida as a coach, then took up duties in Japan as head coach on the touring show Saltimbanco. In 2004, he returned to Montreal as Cirque' s head coach before joining Corteo on the road for two years.

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  • Julie Bégin

    Makeup Designer

    Julie Bégin's fascination with the transforming power of makeup began as a child. From an early age she experimented on faces and by the time she was 18, she'd left her science studies behind and embarked on her nomadic makeup journey.

    Julie got her first job on a dare. A friend persuaded her to apply for a makeup position while visiting Toronto. Despite the fact that she had no formal training, her talent shone through and she found herself working in a field that proved to be a perfect fit.

    In 1998, after spending more then eight years refining her trade in Europe and Asia, Julie moved to New York to further her career and pursue her interest in arts. She soon attracted the attention of celebrated makeup artist Dick Page and rapidly became a top player on his team working in New York, Milan and Paris.

    The top names in the fashion and entertainment industries quickly began to seek Julie out: Fashion designers like John Galliano, Marc Jacobs and Helmut Lang called on her. She worked with such prominent photographers as Ellen Von Unwerth and Mick Rock on editorial and advertising shoots, and world-renowed singers and celebrities, including Céline Dion and Alanis Morisette.

    Julie's methods are wide-ranging and imaginative. From effortless natural looks to dramatic styles, even when creativity's limits are pushed to the extreme, her main focus in fashion is always to reveal the beauty of a face. "The challenge of designing makeup for a Cirque du Soleil show is to go beyond beauty to reveal character," she says. Every face is a new inspiration, and when it all works you're actually revealing more than the person, you're able to catch a glimpse of their soul."

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