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TOTEM

TOTEM recorre el fascinante viaje de la especie humana, desde su original estado anfibio hasta el deseo final de volar. Los personajes evolucionan en el escenario evocando una tortuga gigante, el símbolo del origen de muchas civilizaciones antiguas.

Inspirado en muchos mitos fundacionales, TOTEM ilustra, a través de un lenguaje visual y acrobático, el progreso evolutivo de las especies.

Entre la ciencia y la leyenda, TOTEM explora los lazos que unen al hombre con otras especies, sus sueños y su infinito potencial.

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TOTEM - Creadores

  • Guy Laliberté

    Fundador y Guía Creativo

    Guy Laliberté nació en la ciudad de Québec en 1959. Es un acordeonista, caminante sobre zancos comefuegos y fundó el primer circo de renombre internacional de Québec con el apoyo de un pequeño grupo de cómplices. Como osado visionario, Guy Laliberté reconoció y cultivó los talentos de los artistas callejeros de la Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul y creó el Cirque du Soleil en 1984.

    Guy Laliberté fue el pionero en concertar la unión de culturas y disciplinas acrobáticas que es es el sello del Cirque du Soleil. Desde 1984, ha guiado a los equipos creativos en la creación de cada espectáculo y ha contribuido a elevar las artes circenses a la categoría de grandes disciplinas artísticas.

    El Cirque du Soleil se ha convertido en una organización internacional, tanto en términos de su conformación como en el rango de sus actividades e influencia. En la actualidad, Guy Laliberté dirige una organización con actividades en los cinco continentes.

    En octubre de 2007, Guy Laliberté se embarcó en un segundo compromiso de por vida y creó la Fundación ONE DROP para combatir la pobreza en todo el mundo al proporcionar acceso sostenible al agua potable.  Este nuevo sueño se originó a partir de la conciencia de que el derecho al agua es vital para la supervivencia de las personas y las comunidades en todo el mundo, además de los valores que han estado en el corazón del Cirque du Soleil desde su concepción:  la convicción de que la vida devuelve lo que se le da y de que aún los gestos más pequeños marcan una diferencia.

    En septiembre de 2009, Guy Laliberté se convirtió en el primer canadiense explorador privado del espacio.  Su misión estuvo dedicada a crear conciencia sobre los problemas de agua que enfrenta la humanidad en el planeta Tierra. Con el tema Moviendo las estrellas y la Tierra por el agua, esta primera misión social poética en el espacio se concentró en llegar a las personas mediante un enfoque artístico: un programa especial de emisión por la web de 120 minutos, que contó con varias presentaciones artísticas realizadas en 14 ciudades de los cinco continentes y que incluyó la Estación Espacial Internacional.

    Premios y distinciones principales
    En 2011, Guy Laliberté fue integrado a la Orden del Canadian Business Hall of Fame. En 2010, se le concedió a Guy su propia estrella en el legendario Paseo de la Fama de Hollywood. El mismo año, el gobierno de Québec honró a Guy al promoverlo desde Chevalier (un distinción que se le había otorgado hacía seis años) a Officier, como miembro de la Ordre de la Pléiade. La Université Laval (Québec) le concedió un doctorado honorario a Guy Laliberté en 2008. El año anterior, Guy Laliberté recibió el premio Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year en los tres niveles: Québec, Canadá e internacional. En 2004, recibió la Orden de Canadá, la máxima distinción del país, de manos del Gobernador General de Canadá.  El mismo año recibió el reconocimiento de la revista Time como una de las 100 personas más influyentes del mundo. En 2003, fue condecorado por el grupo Condé Nast como parte del programa Never Follow, un tributo a los creadores e innovadores. En 2001, fue nombrado Great Montrealer por la Académie des Grands Montréalais. En 1997, Guy Laliberté recibió la Orden Nacional de Québec, la máxima distinción otorgada por el Gobierno de Québec.


    Otros premios y distinciones

    2009
    Premio Lifetime Achievement, otorgado por la Asociación Canadiense de Marketing

    2002
    Integración a el Paseo de la Fama de Canadá

    1998
    Premio Visionary, otorgado por el American Craft Museum (ahora llamado Museo de Arte y Diseño de Nueva York)

    1996
    Premio Vision nouvelle, recibido en la 43ra Gala du Commerce (Québec)

    1988
    Celebridad del Año, Gala Excellence La Presse (Québec)

    1988
    Empresario del Año, revista Les Affaires (Québec)

     

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  • Gilles Ste-Croix

    Guía Artístico

    Cuando Gilles Ste-Croix le dijo por primera vez a sus padres que quería incursionar en el negocio del entretenimiento ellos repicaron; “¡Cualquier cosa menos eso!” Ste-Croix creció en la parte rural de Québec, aunque estaba determinado a no permanecer ahí. Se convirtió en un hippie y en un nómada, viviendo en comunas y haciendo el peregrinaje obligatorio de los 60´s a la costa oeste, donde asistió a algunas clases de actuación.

    Ste-Croix trató de conformarse con un trabajo en cierta oficina de arquitectura por un tiempo, pero siempre supo que no estaba hecho para una carrera en el mundo tradicional de los negocios. Al mismo tiempo, su búsqueda por una vocación no vaga o sin tino, ya que afirma que desde la adolescencia tuvo una fuerte inclinación tanto al éxito como al entretenimiento. Sin embargo, su entrada al mundo del espectáculo llego de manera tan inesperada como impredecible.

    Al final de los 70´s Gilles Ste-Croix vivía en una comunidad en Victoriaville, Québec, recogiendo manzanas para ganar algún dinero. Un día meditó que su trabajo sería mucho más fácil si pudiera adherir una escalera a sus propios pies. Así concibió su primer par de zancos. Un amigo mencionó que el Teatro Bread and Puppet, en el cercano Vermont, usaba andarines en zancos como parte esencial de varias de sus actuaciones. Ste-Croix acudió a ver el espectáculo y se dio cuenta que sus habilidades para andar en zancos podrían tener demanda en el mundo del entretenimiento.

    En 1980, Gilles Ste.Croix y una banda de artistas callejeros fundaron la Echassiers de la Bahía de Sanit Paul y organizaron un festival llamado la Fiesta de la Bahia de Saint Paul, que eventualmente conduciría al a fundación de Cirque du Soleil con Guy Laliberté en 1984.

    En 1984 y 1985 Gilles Ste-Croix diseño y ejecutó varios actos en zancos para Cirque du Soleil y en 1988 se convirtió en su director artístico e inició la búsqueda de talento que se extendió a todos los puntos del globo. El fue el Director de Creación para todas las producciones del 1990 al 200: Nouvelle Experience, Saltimbanco, Alegría, Mystere, Quidam, La Nouba, “O” y Dralion.

    En 1992 dirigió Fascinacion el primer show de Cirque presentado en arenas en Japón. También dirigió el reconocido cena-show Pompa, Pato y Circunstancia, en Alemania en 1997.
    En el año 2000, continúo actuando como un consultor creativo para Cirque du Soleil mientras decidió hacer realidad uno de sus más grandes sueños: Impulsado por su pasión por los caballos, fundó su propia compañía para producir, en el 2003 el show Cheval-Theatre, con 30 duplas de caballos y artistas-acróbatas y que recorrió 10 ciudades de Norte América.

    En diciembre del 2002 Gilles Ste-Croix regresó a Cirque du Soleil como Vicepresidente de Creación y nuevos proyectos. En 2006 fue nombrado Vicepresidente Senior de contenido creativo y nuevos proyectos. Actualmente su atención está concentrada en su rol como Guía Creativo a lado de Guy Laliberté.

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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

    Diseñador de Sonido

    Durante más de 25 años, Jacques Boucher ha creado ambientes de sonido para diversas producciones en Québec y más allá. Jacques también trabajó como técnico de sonido para distintos artistas de Québec, incluyendo a Richard Séguin, Laurence Jalbert, Diane Dufresne y Bruno Pelletier. Desarrolló experiencia en diseño de sonido para musicales como Drácula (2006) y eventos a gran escala; entre ellos, el mega espectáculo 2000 voix chantent le monde, presentado en la ciudad de Québec en 2000, con más de 2,300 cantantes en escena. En 2008, a Jacques le pidieron que manejara el sonido de casi todos los eventos presentados como parte de las celebraciones de los 400 años de la ciudad de Québec. Como diseñador de sonido y jefe de sonido, diseñó el sonido para la representación de Symphonie des mille de Gustav Mahler en la Orquesta sinfónica de Québec, The Image Mill de Robert Lepage, para la cual diseñó un impresionante sistema de sonido con un alcance de 1.2 km, y el espectáculo especial presentado por Cirque du Soleil. Jacques también trabaja como diseñador de sonido y jefe de sonido de algunos eventos especiales de Cirque du Soleil . Después de TOTEM, formará parte de su segundo espectáculo con Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Pierre Masse

    Diseñador de equipos y aparejos acrobáticos

    Las carrera de Pierre Masse abarca casi todos los géneros de las artes escénicas. Participó en grandes producciones de la Opera de Montreal, de los Grands Ballets Canadiens y de Céline Dion, y en una producción de Les Misérables. Trabaja en el Cirque du Soleil desde 1996 y participó en la creación de Quidam, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ y CRISS ANGEL Believe. Con su participación en Michael Jackson ONE, Pierre Masse trabaja por tercera vez en un espectáculo del Cirque du Soleil como diseñador de equipos y aparejos acrobáticos, después de TOTEM y 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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