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TOTEM

TOTEM emprende un asombroso viaje al origen del ser humano, desde la fase anfibia hasta su último intento de alzar el vuelo. Los personajes evolucionan en un escenario que nos recuerda a una gran tortuga, símbolo del origen para muchas civilizaciones de la antigüedad.

Inspirado en distintos mitos sobre la génesis de la especia humana, TOTEM ilustra la evolución del hombre a través de un lenguaje visual y acrobático.

En algún lugar entre la mitología y la ciencia, TOTEM explora los lazos que vinculan al hombre y a otras especies, sus sueños y sus posibilidades infinitas.

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TOTEM - 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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  • Robert Lepage

    Writer and Director

    The multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage is equally talented as a theatre director, playwright, actor and film director. Lauded by critics the world over, his modern and unusual work transcends all boundaries between disciplines.

    In 1975, Lepage entered the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec and, following a study period in France, he took part in several productions in which he combined the roles of actor, writer and director. In 1985, he created The Dragons' Trilogy, a show that earned him international recognition. He followed this with Vinci (1986), Polygraph (1987), Tectonic Plates (1988), Needles and Opium (1991). With A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1992, he became the first North American to direct a Shakespeare play at the Royal National Theatre in London.

    From 1989 to 1993 Lepage was Artistic Director of the Théâtre français at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In 1994 he founded his own company Ex Machina and directed The Seven Streams of the River Ota (1994), Le Songe d’une nuit d’été (1995) and a solo production, Elsinore (1995).

    Also in 1994, Robert Lepage made his début in the world of cinema. He wrote and directed his first feature film, Le Confessional, which was screened the following year at the Cannes Festival Directors’ Fortnight. He went on to direct Polygraph in 1996, Nô in 1997, Possible Worlds in 2000 (his first feature film written in English), and finally, in 2003, a film adaptation of his play The Far Side of the Moon.

    La Caserne, a multidisciplinary production centre in Quebec City, opened in 1997 under Robert Lepage’s leadership. There, he created and produced Geometry of Miracles (1998), Zulu Time (1999), The Far Side of The Moon (2000), a new version of The Dragons’ Trilogy with a new cast (2003) and The Busker’s Opera (2004). This was followed by The Andersen Project (2005), Lipsynch (2007), The Blue Dragon (2008) and Eonnagata (2009).

    Lepage made a grand entrance in the opera world when he staged the successful double bill of Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung (1993). He followed this with La Damnation de Faust presented for the first time in the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, Japan (1999), 1984 in London (2005), The Rake’s Progress in Brussels (2007) and The Nightingale and Other Short Fables in Toronto (2009).

    Robert Lepage created and directed Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Tour (1993) and his Growing Up Tour (2002). As part of the festivities surrounding the 400th anniversary of Quebec City in 2008, he created Le Moulin à imagesTM – the largest architectural projection ever produced – on the walls of the Bunge, a massive grain silo. In 2009 he and his Ex Machina team created Aurora Borealis, a permanent light show for the structure, inspired by the colours of the northern lights.

    Winner of many prestigious awards, in 2009 Lepage received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his outstanding contribution to Canada’s cultural life throughout his career.

    TOTEM is Robert Lepage’s second Cirque du Soleil show following KÀ (2004). "Inspired by the foundation narratives of the first peoples, TOTEM explores the birth and evolution of the world, the relentless curiosity of human beings and their constant desire to excel,” he says. “The word totem suggests that human beings carry in their bodies the full potential of all living species, even the Thunderbird’s desire to fly to the top of the totem.”

    Robert Lepage was born in Quebec City in 1957.

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  • Neilson Vignola

    Director of Creation

    Neilson Vignola graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1980. He began his professional career working in various capacities at many leading Quebec theatre companies, including the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and the Compagnie Jean Duceppe.

    It was with a 1981 production of The Tales of Hoffman that Neilson took his first steps into the world of opera as a stage manager. He received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Quebec and left for Europe in 1985, where he spent a year observing the work of several opera directors. In 1986 he assisted the director Richard Dembo on another production of The Tales of Hoffman, and Robert Altman on his production of The Rake’s Progress. In 1989 he worked on a production of Aida staged in Tokyo and Toronto. From 1990 to 1993 he was director of production at the Opéra de Montréal. In 1996 he worked on a production of Turandot mounted at the Montreal Olympic Stadium and in 1997 he directed La Cenerentola at McGill University.

    His longtime collaboration with TOTEM‘s director Robert Lepage, working as his assistant, began with a production of The Damnation of Faust, which was staged in Japan (1999), Paris (2001) and New York (2008). This was followed by a production of 1984 (the world premiere of which was mounted in London in 2005) and The Rake’s Progress, which played in Brussels and Lyon in 2007.

    Throughout his career, Neilson has also worked on festivals, musicals, dance productions and tours. Between 1987 and 1997, La La La Human Step, the Quebec singer Diane Dufresne, Le Théâtre Populaire du Québec, Le Festival International de Nouvelle Danse and other companies, engaged him as stage manager, production director, technical director or assistant stage director.

    Neilson has worked steadily at Cirque du Soleil since his first assignment in 1998 as technical director and then interim tour director of Saltimbanco. Following an assignment directing the development of new touring show infrastructure in 2002, he joined KÀ as director Robert Lepage’s assistant and production stage manager, and in 2005 he filled the same positions on DELIRIUM with Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon – which led to his first appointment as director of creation on ZAIA in 2007, followed by TOTEM.

    “For me, the ultimate satisfaction is to deliver a show that will conquer and provoke emotions in the audience,” says Neilson. “Our approach to TOTEM was to create a Big Top show in which not only human beings, but humanity itself would be at the very heart of our purpose.”

    Neilson Vignola was born in Forestville, Quebec in 1956.

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  • Carl Fillion

    Set and Props Designer

    Carl Fillion has a degree in set design from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec, where he taught technical drawing from 1992 to 2002. His training also included studies in architectural design and structure.

    Carl has worked with many prominent companies and directors around the world and has a long list of theatre, multimedia and opera credits to his name, including sets for La Celestina staged by Fernando de Rojas's Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, The Burial at Thebes at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and the opera Simon Boccanegra at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

    TOTEM is Carl Fillion’s first design for a Cirque du Soleil production, and he set himself the challenge of making all its forms organic, full of curves and irregular shapes, to reflect the forms found in nature – while serving the technically demanding needs of the show’s performances.

    Carl’s long association with director Robert Lepage began in 1994 with the groundbreaking show Les 7 branches de la rivière Ota, and he has continued to create set designs for more than a dozen major theatre and opera production mounted by Lepage’s company since that first collaboration.

    “TOTEM is about evolution, so it was appropriate that the sets went through their own evolution,” says Carl. “I don’t have single one-size-fits-all approach that I apply to every production. It depends on the genre – theatre, opera, and now, circus – and it also very much depends on who the director is. But I do always like to work with space, constantly transforming it and filling it with movement.”

    Carl Fillion was born in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, in 1966.

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  • Kym Barrett

    Costume Designer

    Kym Barrett, who has created some of the most influential clothing seen in recent years, had a nomadic childhood, living for a while on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean before attending a boarding school in her native Australia.

    She went on to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, where her association with Baz Luhrmann led her to the United States and Mexico to work on his 1996 film Romeo + Juliet.

    The costumes she created for Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in that film attracted a great deal of attention and led to her meeting the Wachowski brothers, who hired her in 1999 to design the costumes for The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – costumes that inspired fashion designers, other costume designers and consumers around the world.

    Her other film credits include Three Kings (1999), starring George Clooney, the Hughes twins’ From Hell (2001), starring Johnny Depp, and the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer (2008).

    For her work on screen, Kym was nominated in 2001 by the Costume Designers Guild of America's Best Costume Award for The Matrix, and won the guild’s award for Best Commercial Costume Design in 2002. The same year she was nominated for a best costume design Golden Satellite Award for her work on From Hell and in 2007 she was nominated for excellence in costume design for the fantasy film Eragon.

    For TOTEM, Kym’s designs reflect many facets of the creation and evolution of life and the development of civilizations on earth. Her work also encompasses the cycle of the seasons.

    “Although TOTEM is quite fantastical, there’s also a sense of reality,” says Kym. “The costumes were inspired in part by documentary film. I wanted them to have a kind of documentary patina, even though we were inventing our own reality.”

    Kym Barrett was born in Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Bob & Bill

    Compositores

    Los compositores y arreglistas Guy Dubuc y Marc Lessard (también conocidos como Bob & Bill) son famosos por su capacidad de desdibujar las líneas entre géneros y estilos. En 2003, compusieron la música de Splinter Cell (Pandora Tomorrow), un videojuego éxito de ventas de Ubisoft. También han producido varios álbumes, incluyendo Bahiatronica de Mónica Freire y Pink Floyd Redux, una colección de canciones mezcladas de la banda británica, así como la banda de sonido del espectáculo KOOZA de Cirque du Soleil. En 2004, Bob & Bill proporcionaron la dirección y los arreglos musicales para el espectáculo Midnight Sun de Cirque du Soleil, como parte de las celebraciones de los 25 años del Festival internacional de jazz de Montreal y el aniversario de los 20 años de Cirque du Soleil. Tres veces nominados al premio ADISQ de la industria musical de Québec, los dos compañeros de trabajo también crearon la música de varias películas y series de televisión, y compusieron la música para la producción del director Robert Lepage, Pageant de Canotgraphie. En 2008, el dúo lanzó su primer álbum, Crime Report, una obra que fusiona sonidos electrónicos y orgánicos. Bob & Bill trabajaron muchas veces con el Cirque du Soleil para crear los arreglos musicales de distintos eventos especiales. Desde el año 2009, también han trabajado como compositores para el Cirque du Soleil. Compusieron la música para los espectáculos TOTEM (2010), dirigido por Robert Lepage y Amaluna (2012), dirigido por Diane Paulus. Bob & Bill también escribieron la música para el tercer y quinto capítulos de Les Chemins Invisibles (2011 y 2013), un espectáculo gratuito en exteriores que se presentó en la ciudad de Quebec en verano. KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities será el quinto espectáculo del Cirque du Soleil para el que compondrán.

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  • Jeff Hall

    Coreógrafo

    Known for blending his spectacular athleticism with his artistic eclecticism, Jeff Hall has inventively brought humor, dialogue and physical performance together on stage. He was Canadian Freestyle Frisbee Champion in 1989 and 1990, and the sport led him to the performing arts when he took a dance class to improve his Frisbee technique while at University. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University (Montreal) and a Matriculation in Classical Music at McGill.

    Jeff has performed with many independent choreographers. He created the groundbreaking Duodenum with Pierre-Paul Savoie and eventually found his way to the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, where he performed in the productions JOE and Piazza. He toured extensively with the Montreal company Carbone 14 from 1990-1995, performing in both the show and the film Café des Aveugles, and the show Le Dortoir as well as its award-winning film adaptation by François Girard.

    As co-Artistic Director of PPS Danse from 1992-1998 Jeff co-created Bagne, as well as the multimedia production Pôles, working with visual artists Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. This work has been presented in important venues across Canada and around the world and he and Pierre-Paul Savoie received the prestigious 1996 Jacqueline Lemieux Award for its choreography.

    Jeff was reunited with Carbone 14 as a performer in the 2001 creation Silences et Cris by Gilles Maheu. He then became Gilles’ assistant in La Bibliothèque, Carbone 14’s 2002 creation. That same year he assisted director Robert Lepage working on the remounting of Trilogie des Dragons, and Marie Brassard on her La Noirceur, both presented at the Festival Théâtre des Amériques in 2003. Since then he has completed a film directing program at l’Institut National de l'Image et du Son (INIS).

    Jeff started his relationship with Cirque du Soleil in 2005 as an artistic coach for The Beatles LOVE. His next major Cirque assignment was as acrobatic choreographer for ZAIA.

    In 2009, Jeff choreographed and danced in the film Falling, directed by Philip Spozer and Marlene Miller and choreographed Du Haut des Airs presented in 2010 by Cirque de Demain (France).

    “In each and every number in TOTEM there is an evolutionary factor, which is the thread that runs through the show,” he says. “Our decision to illustrate that thread through dance styles as diverse as hip hop and Bollywood came very naturally and organically. We researched Hindu dance, American Indian dance, African dance, coupled with theories of animism and totemism.”

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  • Étienne Boucher

    Lighting Designer

    Since leaving the National Theatre School of Canada in 1999, Étienne Boucher has been much in demand for his lighting designs as much for theatre and dance as for musicals and opera. He has participated in nearly a hundred productions,

    "I like to fill the whole space between the projector and the artist with light,” says Étienne. “It allows me to colour the air, which in turn lets me pick out the details of the set design and sculpt the artists."

    Etienne’s precise, chiselled designs – at times expressionistic, at times poetic – form pictures of light that fuel the narrative of the productions he works on. Concerned with the meaning of both colour and light, he is regarded in his milieu more as an illuminator than a lighting designer.

    He has regularly worked in partnership with directors such as René Richard Cyr, Brigitte Haentjens and Martin Faucher, and since 2004 he has worked closely with TOTEM director Robert Lepage at the latter’s company, Ex Machina. Their association began with La Celestina (Spain), and continued with Lipsynch (on international tour), The Rake's Progress (presented in co-production in Brussels, Lyon, San Francisco, London, Madrid and Milan) and Le Rossignol et autres fables (Toronto and the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2010).

    Over the years, Étienne Boucher has won many accolades, garnering several award nominations at the Soirée des Masques (Quebec), winning two Masques in 2007 for lighting productions of Du vent entre les dents and La Dame aux camélias.

    "In TOTEM, I wanted to play with the colours of the projections on the marsh to create a third dimension by extending those effects onto the stage," says Étienne Boucher. "The light I have created for this show is a reflection borrowed from nature. My greens and blues were inspired by ice, and the reds and yellows were definitely inspired by fire. "

    Étienne Boucher was born in Montreal in 1972.

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  • Pedro Pires

    Image Content Designer

    Pedro Pires grew up in Quebec City, where he soon discovered his ability to reproduce and animate characters and monsters. These experiments allowed him to develop his own techniques of molding and special effects.

    In 1990, at age 21, he entered Laval University to study Fine Arts. Following that, he received a Special Make-Up Effects Certificate from the renowned New York artist Dick Smith and completed a Computer Graphic Design Certificate at the Centre NAD - National Animation and Design Centre in Montreal.

    His film debut was in 1995 with The Sound of the Carceri, a documentary by director François Girard, in which he recreated the fictitious prisons of Piranesi around the cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 3D. This work won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects and a Gemini Award for Best Visual Effects in 1998. He worked with François Girard again on the artistic direction of the visual effects in the film The Red Violin.

    In 2001, he took on the visual conception for the film Possible Worlds, which marked the beginning of a long artistic collaboration with the playwright, director and film-maker Robert Lepage.

    In 2007, he set up his own film production company, Pedro Pires Inc., dedicated to the creation of original content using digital technology. In 2008 his company produced the short film Danse Macabre, a multidisciplinary collaboration with AnneBruce Falconer and Robert Lepage, where he acts simultaneously as scriptwriter, director, photographer and editor. This film has been screened at many festivals since 2009 and has to date won 27 international prizes.

    TOTEM marks his first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

    “In TOTEM, the screen for the projections is a kind of virtual marsh at the rear of the stage,” notes Pedro Pires. “All the images are drawn from nature, even when they seem quite abstract. They evolve through the show in a long mix or a morph to create an ever-changing tableau that interacts with the artists and lives in harmony with the stage lighting.”

    Pedro Pires was born into a Portuguese family in Nantes, France, in 1969.

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  • Jacques Boucher

    Concepteur sonore

    Depuis plus de vingt-cinq ans, Jacques Boucher conçoit les environnements sonores pour une multitude de productions du Québec et d’ailleurs. Sonorisateur pour différents artistes québécois dont Richard Séguin, Laurence Jalbert, Diane Dufresne et Bruno Pelletier, l’expertise de Jacques Boucher a été mise au service de comédies musicales telles que Dracula (2006) et de grands événements, dont le méga spectacle 2000 voix chantent le monde, présenté à Québec en 2000, avec plus de 2 300 choristes sur scène. En 2008, Jacques est invité à mettre la main à la presque totalité des événements de la Société du 400e anniversaire de la ville de Québec en tant que concepteur et chef sonorisateur : il participe à la Symphonie des mille de Gustav Mahler avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, au spectacle Le Moulin à images de Robert Lepage, dont il conçoit l’imposant système de diffusion sonore s’étalant sur 1,2 km et  à l’événement-spectacle présenté par le Cirque du Soleil. Jacques Boucher travaille également à titre de concepteur sonore et de chef sonorisateur pour des événements spéciaux du Cirque du Soleil. Après TOTEM, il collaborera pour une deuxième fois à un spectacle du Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Pierre Masse

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Pierre Masse’s career spans just about every genre of the performing arts. He was involved in major productions with the Opéra de Montréal, the Grands Ballets Canadiens and Céline Dion as well as a production of Les Misérables. He has collaborated with Cirque du Soleil since 1996, and took part in the creation of Quidam, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ and CRISS ANGEL Believe. Michael Jackson ONE is Pierre Masse’s third Cirque du Soleil show as Acrobatic Rigging and Equipment Designer following TOTEM and IRIS – A Journey Through the World of Cinema.

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  • Florence Pot

    Diseñadora de actuación acrobática

    Florence Pot se dedica a la gimnasia desde que tenía seis años. Tras terminar sus estudios universitarios de Educación Física en Francia, decidió especializarse en Psicología Deportiva y se mudó a Montreal en 1991 con el fin de continuar su carrera académica.

    Mientras estudiaba un máster en Psicología Deportiva en la Universidad de Montreal, trabajó como entrenadora para el club Gymnix de Montreal. Dos años más tarde, regresó a Francia como coreógrafa de la Federación Francesa de Gimnasia.

    Sin embargo, ante la falta de desafíos profesionales en Francia y su deseo de trabajar para Cirque du Soleil, Florence regresó a Canadá en 1997 con el fin de renovar su red de contactos con la compañía y preparar coreografías para gimnastas competitivos canadienses.

    En 2001, aceptó un puesto de buscatalentos en Cirque y empezó a buscar acróbatas para el departamento de casting, hasta llegar a convertirse en la buscatalentos jefe en 2003. En 2006, motivada por su deseo de participar más estrechamente en el proceso creativo y vivirlo de principio a fin, aceptó la invitación para convertirse en la diseñadora de actuación acrobática de ZED, el espectáculo permanente de Cirque en Tokio. Posteriormente, desempeñó el mismo papel en TOTEM y Zarkana.

    "Lo que más me interesa es la emoción que desprenden los intérpretes cuando actúan sobre el escenario", afirma Florence. "Las acrobacias de Zarkana brotan de un universo con fuertes raíces circenses, donde el virtuosismo y la locura se dan la mano. Por eso nos inspiramos en las atracciones de los circos de antaño, para poner de relieve el lado más demencial y decadente del mundo de Zark".

    Florence nació en Rouen (Francia).

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  • Nathalie J. Simard

    Makeup Designer

    Nathalie J. Simard has been practicing the art of makeup for over 20 years. She studied visual arts and took several theatre and makeup workshops, but is largely self-taught, having learned her craft on the streets of Quebec City. There, she explored the many facets of makeup in depth and developed a distinctive style that is all her own, using the body and face of her subjects as her canvas.

    An innovator since the 1980s, Nathalie became well known for transforming children and adults alike with her distinctive designs at festivals and outdoor events throughout Quebec. Constantly on the lookout for new sources of inspiration, she then took her talents to other stages across Canada, Asia, Europe and the United States.

    Her creations have been seen by tens of thousands of people in several major events such as the International Children's Festivals network across Canada and the International Buskers Festivals held in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

    Nathalie has worked on theatre productions for Marie Dumais and photography projects with David Cannon. She also worked with characters for the EOS Circus in Quebec City, and created hundreds of makeup designs for the Quebec City Festival d’été and Winter Carnival. For ten years she has designed characters for productions by the Quebec creator Olivier Dufour, including his show Le Chemin qui marche (one of the main events of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations), and Festival Montréal en lumière.

    Early in 2000, Nathalie founded Kromatik, a company that specializes in makeup for street art. Working with a team of artists as dedicated as herself, she developed a technique of makeup and animation that set new standards in the field. Combining speed, creativity and originality, she can produce a collective work in minutes.

    TOTEM marks Nathalie’s first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. "The show deals with humanity in all its diversity and richness," she says. “I used the patterns and iconography of a vast array of different cultures to create the different characters. I am just as inspired by all the artists, their energy and their performance to create characters that are a really good fit."

    Nathalie J. Simard was born in Quebec in 1967.

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