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CRISS ANGEL Believe

クリス・エンジェルとCirque du Soleilのコラボレーションにより実現したイリュージョンショー、CRISS ANGEL Believe(クリス・エンジェル ビリーブ)は、Luxor Hotel & Casinoを拠点に公演中です。 先日、Magician of the Century(世紀のマジシャン)を受賞したクリス・エンジェルが、豊富な持ちネタのマジックを披露すると、観客は畏怖の念を抱くと同時に、感動の渦に巻き込まれます。 90分間のショーでは、ハリー・フーディーニが何十年も前にやった出し物やクリス・エンジェルの最新の創作イリュージョンなど、これまでの公演で最もすばらしいイリュージョンがいくつか含まれています。

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  • ギー・ラリベルテ

    創設者

    ギー・ラリベルテは 1959 年にケベックシティで生まれました。アコーディオン奏者、竹馬乗り、火食い芸人、そしてギーは、少人数のグループのサポートも得て、ケベック最初の国際的名声を得たサーカス集団を結成しました。大胆な夢想家、ギー・ラリベルテは、ベ・サン・ポールの Fête foraine (ラ・フェト・フォレーヌ)から優秀な人材を発掘して才能を育て、1984 年に Cirque du Soleil を結成しました。

    ギー・ラリベルテは、文化、芸術、アクロバットを融合して調和させた最初の人物です。この調和こそ、Cirque du Soleil の象徴です。1984 年以降、彼はすべてのショーでクリエイティブチームを率い、サーカスアートを偉大な芸術分野のレベルにまで引き上げることに貢献してきました。

    Cirque du Soleil は、活動と影響の範囲の大きさにおいても、国際的組織に成長しました。現在ギー・ラリベルテは、5 大陸で活動を続ける組織のトップの座にあります。

    2007 年 10 月、ギー・ラリベルテは ONE DROP FOUNDATION を組織し、彼の人生の次のステップに踏み出しました。この組織は、安全な水を継続的に供給することによって、世界中の貧困と闘うことを目的としています。この新たな夢は、水を得る権利は世界中の個人と共同体の生命の維持に不可欠であるという認識、そして創立当初から Cirque du Soleil の理念の核となっていた価値観が発端となっています。その価値とは、生命は自分が与えた分だけこちらに与えてくれ、たとえ小さな活動でもいずれ効果を発揮する、という信念です。

    ギー・ラリベルテは 2009 年 9 月に民間人としてカナダで初めて宇宙旅行を行いました。彼の使命は、地球上の人類が直面している水の問題に対する関心を高めることでした。「Moving Stars and Earth for Water」というテーマのもと、この宇宙始まって以来最初の Poetic Social Mission(詩的な社会活動)は芸術的なアプローチで人々の心を動かすことを目的としていました。そのアプローチとは、さまざまな芸術的パフォーマンスによる 120 分間の Web キャスト特別プログラムを、5 大陸の 14 都市と国際宇宙ステーションで公開するというものです。

    主な受賞歴と特記事項
    2012 年、ギー・ラリベルテは American Gaming Association の「Gaming Hall of Fame」を受賞しました。2011 年には、カナダのビジネス功労賞「Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame」を受賞しました。2010 年に、ハリウッド・ウォーク・オブ・フェームにギー・ラリベルテの星のプレートが設置されました。同年、ケベック州政府により、6 年前に授与された名誉賞「シュヴァリエ」よりさらに上級の「オフィシエ」が、「Ordre de la Pléiade」のメンバーとして授与されました。2008 年にギー・ラリベルテはラヴァル大学(ケベック州)より名誉博士号を授与されました。その前年には、Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 賞を、ケベック州、カナダ、国際の全 3 レベルで受賞しました。2004 年には、カナダ総督より、カナダ最高の栄誉であるカナダ勲章を授与されました。 同年、タイム誌により、「世界で最も影響力のある 100 人」のひとりに選出されました。2003 年には、Condé Nast グループにより、クリエイターとイノベーターを対象とする Never Follow Program で栄誉を称えられました。2001 年、彼はグレーター・モントリオール・アカデミーにより、偉大なるモントリオール市民の称号を与えられました。1997 年には、ケベック州政府最高の栄誉であるケベック勲章を授与されました。


    その他の受賞歴と特記事項

    2009
    Canadian Marketing Associationによる、ライフタイム・アチーブメント賞を受賞

    2002
    カナダのウォーク・オブ・フェームに名前が彫られる

    1998
    アメリカン・クラフト博物館(現在はニューヨークのアート・アンド・デザイン博物館)によるヴィジョナリー・アワードを受賞

    1996
    第 43 回 Gala du Commerce(ケベック)にてVision nouvelle賞を受賞

    1988
    Gala Excellence La Presse(ケベック)のパーソナリティ・オブ・ザ・イヤーを受賞

    1988
    Les Affaires 誌(ケベック)の Entrepreneur of the Year 賞を受賞

     

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  • ジル・サンクロワ

    アーティスティック ガイド

    ジル・サンクロワがショー・ビジネスの世界に進みたいと両親に初めて打ち明けたとき、両親は「それだけはやめなさい」と反対しました。サンクロワはケベックの田舎町で育ちましたが、いつか必ず町を出ていこうと決めていました。その後、彼はヒッピーとなり、コミューンを転々とする放浪生活を送���ながら、1960 年代のヒッピーの聖地、アメリカ西海岸に行き着きました。そこでは、コミューンで暮らし、演劇講座をいくつか聴講しました。

    サンクロワは世間に合わせて、しばらくの間は設計事務所で働きましたが、自分は型にはまったビジネス・キャリアには向いていないと心の中でわかっていました。一方で、その天職探しにおいては、明確な目標がありました。10 代の頃からずっと、成功したいという思いが強く、人を楽しませたいという思いも同様に強かったと彼は語ります。しかし、そんな彼に、極めて珍しく、思いもよらない形でショー・ビジネス界入りのチャンスが訪れます。

    1970 年代後半、ジル・サンクロワがケベック州ヴィクトリアヴィルのコミューンに住み、りんご摘みの仕事をしているときのことでした。ある日、脚にはしごを付けられれば、仕事がずっと楽になるのにと考えた彼は、竹馬第 1 号を考案します。

    近くのバーモントにあるブレッド・アンド・パペット劇場では、多くのパフォーマンスで竹馬を使っていると友人からたまたま聞き、サンクロワは一座を見に行ってみました。そこで、自分のりんご摘みのスキルが広いエンターテインメントの世界で役立つかもしれないと気付きました。

    1980 年、ジル・サンクロワと大道芸人の一団は、Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul(ベ・サン・ポールの竹馬乗り)を結成し、Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul(ベ・サン・ポール・フェスティバル)という大道芸フェスティバルを開催しました。これを前身とし、彼は 1984 年にギー・ラリベルテと共に Cirque du Soleil を設立します。

    1984 年と 1985 年に、ジル・サンクロワは Cirque du Soleil のために竹馬を使用した多くのパフォーマンスを発案して行いました。1988 年、Cirque のアーティスティック・ディレクターに就任すると同時に、世界のすみずみまで人材探しを行いました。1990 年から 2000 年には、Cirque du Soleil の全作品の創作ディレクターを務め、Nouvelle Expérience、Saltimbanco、Alegría、Mystère、Quidam、La Nouba、"O"、Dralion を世に送り出しました。1992 年には、Cirque du Soleil の日本初公演作である Fascination の演出を担当しました。また、ドイツで上演され、1997 年のディナー/キャバレー・ショーの火付け役となった Pomp Duck and Circumstance も手掛けました。

    2000 年、Cirque du Soleil の顧問を続ける傍ら、ジル・サンクロワは最大の夢の 1 つを叶えようと決意しました。馬への情熱に突き動かされた彼は自身の劇団を設立し、2003 年に Cheval-Théâtre を制作しました。これは、テントの下で行われる 30 頭の馬と 30 名のアクロバット・アーティストによるパフォーマンスを目玉とするショーで、北米 10 都市で上演されました。

    2002 年 12 月からは、新規プロジェクト開発部門の創作担当副社長として Cirque du Soleil に復帰しています。2006 年 7 月、ジル・サンクロワはクリエイティブ・コンテンツ担当上級副社長に任命されました。

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  • Criss Angel

    Star, Writer and Director

    Criss Angel has single-handedly brought about a major resurgence of magic in popular culture. Today, Criss is recognized as one of the most provocative artists in the world. He first became interested in the art at the age of seven. As an adolescent he studied mysticism, music, martial arts and dance and two of his biggest influences were Aldo Richiardi and especially Harry Houdini.

    Criss emphasizes the importance of establishing an intimate relationship with the audience. "Houdini was a pioneer in a lot of ways," he says. "When he performed his straitjacket escape in front of enormous crowds, people identified with him. They felt that if he could escape from a straitjacket maybe they too could escape from their constraints and achieve their dreams. Like Houdini, I like to create moments of wonder. Magic is an art that should provoke and touch people."

    In 1994 Criss made his prime-time television debut in the ABC special Secrets. In 1998 Criss Angel: World of Illusion headlined Madison Square Garden's annual Halloween spectacle. The sold-out 12-day run attracted an audience of over 80,000. His next major project, 600 performances of his critically acclaimed Criss Angel Mindfreak brought a new kind of entertainment to Broadway.

    In October 2002 the television special Criss Angel Mindfreak debuted on ABC Family channel, in which Criss submerged himself – chained and shackled – in a 220-gallon water torture cell. His third one-hour television special, Supernatural, aired on the Sci Fi Channel.

    The undisputed master of street magic, Criss Angel is currently the star and creator of the A&E Network series Criss Angel Mindfreak which premiered in 2005. The illusions have included walking on water, levitating above the Luxor Hotel, floating between two buildings, making a Lamborghini vanish and cutting himself in half in full view of an audience. Mindfreak is the most successful magic show in television history. With it Criss has performed more hours of primetime magic than anyone in history. Criss has received numerous awards and is the first five-time recipient of the coveted Magician of the Year Award (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008). Criss has also recently been named "Magician of The Decade" by the International Magicians Society.

    "With CRISS ANGEL Believe, the live show experience will be unlike anything that anybody's ever seen before," says Criss. "It's an experience that truly represents the magic of emotion that members of the audience can connect with and reflect on in their own lives. The images on stage will ignite responses that cause people to reflect – and I think that's the truest form of magic. This show brings to life beyond my wildest dreams an original concept that I created over 15 years ago."

    Criss Angel was born in Long Island, New York.

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  • Serge Denoncourt

    Director

    Serge Denoncourt is known as a true man of the theatre with more than 80 productions to his credit, but he was planning to study medicine when he decided at the age of 18 to audition for the theatre program at a Montreal college called CEGEP Lionel-Groulx. He was accepted, and when he graduated in 1983 he started his career as an actor. In 1987 he demonstrated his inventiveness as a director for the first time, with the play Grand et Petit, by Botho Strauss.

    Cofounder of the Théâtre de l'Opsis in 1984, he has explored the great classics: Molière, Corneille, Gorky and the modern repertoire – Botho Strauss, Bertolt Brecht, Howard Barker – with equal interest. In the Chekhov cycle produced with Opsis in 1999, he added bits and pieces of the actors’ conversations and musings during rehearsals to the Russian author’s text of The Seagull to create the highly acclaimed Je suis une mouette (non, ce n'est pas ça), an original play that carried on a dialogue with itself and with today’s theatre.

    He breathed new life into the Théâtre du Trident in Quebec City as the company’s Artistic Director from 1994 to 1997. He directed several Quebec plays, notably Les Feluettes (2002) by Michel Marc Bouchard, which he remounted at the Espace GO 15 years after its creation.

    Serge Denoncourt is steeped in theatre tradition and known for the visual beauty of his shows, which are typically marked by heightened imagery, vivid use of color and a deep examination of subtext. A versatile artist, Serge also stages operas and even delves into the world of variety shows: He directed the Italian quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti’s show, developed the artistic and visual concept of a show by the Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti and in 2003 re-mounted the Quebec musical Pied de Poule that he first directed in 1991. The same year he was the acting coach for three episodes of the Cirque du Soleil TV series Solstrom.

    With CRISS ANGEL Believe Serge has sought to return a sense of nobility to magic. “I don’t like magic shows in general,” he says. “They lack emotion and any sense of a storyline. I took on CRISS ANGEL Believe from the position of one who doesn’t like those kinds of shows because they treat magic as an end in itself. My aim here is to take magic – and Cirque du Soleil – in a completely different direction.”

    Serge Denoncourt was born in Shawinigan, Quebec in 1962.

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  • Pierre Phaneuf

    Director of Creation

    Pierre Phaneuf seemed destined for a business career before hearing the call of communications and theatre while attending college. He began studying communications at the University of Ottawa, but switched to the theatre department a month later. Impatient to evolve in the milieu of professional theatre, he left university after two years to work as an actor, production manager, stage manager and assistant to the director for companies in Ottawa and northern Ontario. During an assignment at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, he had a decisive encounter: he connected with the director André Brassard and decided to settle in Montreal.

    In 1986, Pierre Phaneuf earned his degree in production of the National Theatre School (NTS), which marked the beginning of a long love affair with the theatre. As a production manager or director, he worked with major companies such as the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and the Théâtre de Quat'Sous, in Montreal. In 1990, Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, offered Pierre the position of deputy director general, which he accepted. But two years later, keen to broaden his experience, he kept up with the world of theater and took in a great deal of theatre, dance and opera in Montreal and abroad. In 1994, he became the production manager of the Opéra de Montréal, and the following year, he assumed the leadership of the production program of the National Theatre School, a role he held for six years, working alongside such prominent figures in the world of Quebec theatre as André Brassard, Monique Mercure and Elizabeth Bourget.

    Pierre Phaneuf rejoined Cirque du Soleil in 2000, this time as tour director of Quidam, Varekai and Saltimbanco. Wanting to settle in Montreal, he accepted the position of senior director of tour operations, and then assistant vice president, performance quality In January 2008, he was appointed vice president, creation at Cirque du Soleil.

    "At Cirque du Soleil, the director of creation seeks to maintain and protect the creative spirit," says Pierre Phaneuf, “to preserve the creative process, which is organic and non-static. The degree of freedom we offer creators is enormous. We must accompany them to unknown territories, frame their approach and ‘set fires’ in controlled circumstances so they can excel.”

    CRISS ANGEL Believe is Pierre Phaneuf’s first Cirque du Soleil assignment as director of creation. "At Cirque, we are never far from our original goal to push our borders. This is also the case with CRISS ANGEL Believe. Criss Angel has a very sharp sense of adventure and risk. LUXOR marks Cirque’s first foray into the field of magic. Like the circus, magic is a source of wonder, amazement and the unexpected. We must put aside reason and surrender completely to the intensity of emotion."

    Pierre Phaneuf was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1960.

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  • Christiane Barette

    Associate Director of Creation

    Everything in Christiane Barette’s background predisposed her to a career in the arts. Born into a family that placed a premium on artistic expression, culture and the interaction of ideas, she became – at a very early age – interested in classical music, reading and theatre, and spent a lot of time exploring museums and art galleries.

    After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in translation from the Université de Montréal, Christiane studied political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal and then pursued her interest in the history of art and Italian culture.

    Christiane Barette was attracted to the circus aspects of street performance and joined the National Circus School in Montreal, where she worked as director of marketing and communications for seven years. She then moved to Holland, where she made her living researching artists on behalf of private companies.

    When Christiane came back to Montreal, Guy Caron, the director of creation for Cirque du Soleil invited her to become his assistant. She first worked on research pertaining to the creation of the show KÀ, directed by Robert Lepage. She remained as assistant to the director of creation until the delivery of KÀ in February 2005.

    Back in Montreal following the premiere of KÀ, Christiane assisted Guy Caron and Fernand Rainville, co-directors of the Cirque-produced show for the opening ceremonies of the MONTREAL 2005 - XI FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. She then undertook research on other themes for potential shows including the project scheduled to open in Dubai in 2010.

    CRISS ANGEL Believe is Christiane Barette’s first Cirque du Soleil production as director of creation. “Creation is the driving force at Cirque,” says Christiane. “The role of the director of creation is to demystify the process, which is highly complex, to simplify it and bring it down to a human scale. The goal: to let the creators create. With CRISS ANGEL Believe we want to change the way people think of magic and present it as an art form. The show is a surreal journey into the subconscious of a character with magical powers who sets out on an out-of-this-world rollercoaster ride.”

    Christiane Barette was born in Montreal.

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  • Ray Winkler

    Set Designer

    Ray Winkler started out as a carpenter and qualified as a furniture craftsman before turning to his family’s tradition and studying for five years to obtain a master’s degree in architecture (from University College, London). He became interested in set design while doing postgraduate studies in California , drawn by its ephemeral nature as opposed to the durability and permanence of conventional buildings.

    He has been working as an entertainment architect/designer at The Mark Fisher Studio since 1997. “It was supposed to be a six-week stint,” he says. “But I'm still here!” In that time, Ray has designed sets for countless live TV shows, including MTV Icons, the MTV Movie Awards, the EMAs in Edinburgh , Rome , Lisbon and Copenhagen , the BRITS in London and the NFL Super Bowl in Detroit .

    He has also worked on tours for U2 and the Rolling Stones, and designed shows for Johnny Hallyday at the Eiffel Tower and the Olympia Theatre in Paris , and multimedia spectacles for Jean-Michel Jarre at the Great Pyramids in Giza and the Acropolis. His recent work includes the Robbie Williams Close Encounters arena and stadium tour, the worldwide design of the nine ‘Live Earth’ stages and the Take That arena tour. He recently completed a multimedia outdoor show for Universal Studios Japan, which opened in Osaka in spring 2008.

    He is also the production designer for the 2012 London Olympic Handover Ceremony at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    “Architecture involves the relationship between structure, space and people, all of which come to fruition with Cirque du Soleil, because it brings together many different disciplines to create a show. The challenge with CRISS ANGEL Believe is: How do you make magic truly magical in the context of a theatre? There’s been a very interesting learning curve on my part in understanding the basic techniques and requirements for magic, and discovering just how much effort it takes for Criss Angel to do things seemingly effortlessly.”

    Ray Winkler was born in 1967 in Jakarta , Indonesia.

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  • Mérédith Caron

    Conceptrice des costumes

    Au Québec comme à l’étranger, Mérédith Caron a imprimé sa marque au théâtre, au cinéma,  à l'opéra et au cirque. Avec plus de 175 collaborations à son actif, Mérédith est l’une des figures de proue du domaine de la création de costumes au Canada. Elle a travaillé auprès de metteurs en scène émérites, dont Pierre Bernard, Serge Denoncourt, Robert Lepage, Martine Beaulne, René Richard Cyr, André Brassard, Daniele Finzi Pasca et Richard Monette au prestigieux Stratford Festival, en Ontario. Au fil de ses collaborations, Mérédith Caron accumule les prix et les distinctions au Québec, dont un Gémeau, sept Gascon-Roux et deux Masques. Depuis près de 20 ans, elle enseigne l’histoire de l’art et la conception de costumes à l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada à Montréal. En 1988, elle collabore pour la première fois avec le Cirque du Soleil en dessinant des costumes dans le cadre d’un projet en développement. Après CRISS ANGEL Believe, Mérédith participe pour la troisième fois à un projet du Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Éric Serra

    Composer, Musical Director and Arranger

    Eric Serra began to play the guitar when he was five years old. He went on to master the drums, bass, percussions and keyboards, and formed his own band at the age of 15. A year later he became a professional musician playing with such prominent artists as Didier Lockwood, Youssou N’Dour, Mory Kanté and Jacques Higelin.

    The turning point in Eric’s career came at the beginning of the 1980s when he met French film director Luc Besson, who asked him to compose the score for his first short film titled L'Avant Dernier (1981) and later, his first feature film The Last Combat (1983). Since then, he has written the music for every Besson film (Subway, The Big Blue, La Femme Nikita, Atlantis, Léon aka The Professional, The Fifth Element etc.).

    From 1980 to 1988, Eric was musical director and bass guitarist for French singer rock star Jacques Higelin and released a pop music album entitled RXRA – whose title sounds like the artist's name when pronounced as initial letters in French.

    In addition to his film work with Luc Besson, Eric has composed the music for Kamikaze (1986) directed by Didier Grousset, Rollerball (2001) by John McTiernan, Jet Lag (2002) by Danièle Thompson and Paul Hunter’s Bulletproof Monk (2003). Between 2003 and 2005, he worked on several collective projects, producing and co-composing the soundtracks for L’Art délicat de la séduction directed by Richard Berry and Wasabi directed by Gérard Krawczyk. Also, together with Phil Collins, Eric produced the French versions of Walt Disney’s Tarzan songs.

    CRISS ANGEL Believe has a distinctive look, tone and mood, and Eric Serra says his music has been written and arranged to blend with the visuals and with the personality of Criss Angel. “It’s very varied,” he adds. “There’s a lot going on and it’s all very rich. There are rock moments that reflect the Criss Angel we’re all familiar with, but other parts of the show are very classical, even symphonic in tone, and there are some ethnic, tribal passages too. The fact that the show is a kind of dream means we are inside his spirit and that gives me great freedom and an extremely broad palette.”

    Eric Serra was born in 1959 near Paris.

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  • Jeanette Farmer

    Lighting Designer

    Jeanette Farmer is a native Las Vegan. She first developed her strong interest in theatrical lighting and set design when she was still in high school. She went on to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas under a theatre design scholarship program while also attending Clark County Community College taking classes in welding, industrial electricity, electronics and computer drafting.

    After a few years of set and lighting design and stagecraft work on The Las Vegas Strip, Jeanette became one of lighting designer Andrew Bridge’s assistants on the groundbreaking production of “Siegfried and Roy at the Mirage.”

    It was through that engagement that Jeanette was introduced to a then little-known touring company that needed help setting up their show in a tent behind the Mirage. That show was Cirque du Soleil’s Nouvelle Experience and it was Jeanette’s first opportunity to work with acclaimed lighting designer Luc Lafortune. “I met all these crazy French Canadian artists and amazing creators and fell in love!” she says. “I knew I'd found my home.”

    Jeanette has dedicated the last several years to Cirque du Soleil honing her skills as an electrical consultant, lighting director and master electrician as she contributed to every one of Cirque's growing repertoire of permanent shows in Las Vegas: She consulted on the electrical and building infrastructure and lighting for Mystère, “O”, Zumanity, KÀ and LOVE.

    Throughout her career Jeanette has volunteered in the education of young theatre technicians through her work with the Thespian Society, the Educational Theatre Association, the Lighting Dimensions Conference Advisory Board, served as a Subject Matter Expert for ESTA’s ETCP certification test and acted as a sponsor for Cirque du Soleil’s college internship program.

    “I've been challenged with the lighting design for CRISS ANGEL Believe to create something that has an old world feel,” she says. “We’ll be using all the latest modern technology to evoke a bygone era. We will challenge your senses by revealing through lighting that there is nothing up our sleeve and then take away your comfort by presenting the impossible.”

    Jeanette Farmer was born in 1964 in Las Vegas.

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  • Wade Robson

    Choreographer

    Wade Robson is just 25 and he’s already accumulated 20 years of experience under his belt as a major creative force. Recognized worldwide as an artist of truly exceptional genius and brilliance, Wade has choreographed and directed music videos, commercials, award shows and world tours for recording artists. He created, produced and starred in MTV’s hit series The Wade Robson Project and has written, choreographed and directed commercials for his own line of footwear, as well as award-winning short films.

    Born in Australia, Wade made his professional début as a dancer at the age of five. He and his family then moved to America when he was nine to pursue his career in the entertainment business. Before he turned ten he had danced and acted in Michael Jackson videos, multiple commercials, films and TV shows.

    At the age of 12, Wade began teaching dance at the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, CA. This led to his first professional choreography job for MCA recording artists Immature. He began to create a dance style that was all his own, accompanied by his own original music.

    When Wade was only16 he was asked to choreograph Britney Spears’ 1999 world tour and to write, direct, remix the music, direct the video segments and co-design the sets for her appearances on the Billboard Awards, both the American and European MTV Video Music Awards and her Dream Within a Dream world tour and HBO special . These assignments led to the same job description with NSYNC. He went on to write and produce music for such recording artists as Britney Spears, NSYNC, Justin Guarini, Dream, The Backstreet Boys, James Ingram and Carly Simon, and he has also choreographed for Usher, Mya and Pink.

    Wade won an Emmy in 2007 for his groundbreaking work on Fox’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

    CRISS ANGEL Believe is the first Cirque du Soleil show Wade has worked on. “A lot of the style, the emotion behind the movement, is really primal and raw,” he says. “The dance is character and story driven and that is my most favorite place to create from.”

    Wade Robson was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1982.

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  • Francis Laporte

    Images and Projections Designer

    Video Projections Designer Francis Laporte belongs to the new generation of creators who integrate digital video production and projection technology with more traditional live show forms. Since finishing university in 1992, he has worked on some 20 projects integrating video with the performing arts and theatre. One of his landmark professional assignments was the video design for a stage adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey directed by Dominic Champagne. He also does performances and installations, both alone and with other artists.

    As a projections designer, Francis Laporte can make good use of his diverse training. After studying communications and drama in college, he entered the theatre program at the Université du Québec, specializing in directing and stage design. His interest in images led him to video and multimedia production. “In drama, I looked at shows from the director’s point of view, whereas in video my approach was more theatrical. As a video designer for live shows, I’m finally working on bringing these media together,” he says.

    Francis Laporte also creates images for prestigious television broadcasts, such as the opening ceremonies of the Jeux de la Francophonie and the awards ceremony La Soirée des Jutra. In 2003-2004 he developed the visual concept for Eros Ramazzotti’s show (directed by Serge Denoncourt) and created the set design and visual concept for a performance of the Fantastic Symphony by Berlioz at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He has also taken on the stage design for live concerts, including Quebec singer-cellist Jorane and singer-songwriter Stefie Shock.

    In 1999, Francis Laporte created the multimedia overture for Dralion. But Varekai was the first Cirque du Soleil show to fully incorporate this new artistic language. He further extended his approach in LOVE, Wintuk and now in CRISS ANGEL Believe. “At Cirque du Soleil, we have the great good fortune of working in a context where everything isn’t seen in terms of constraints; instead there’s a shared determination to see how far we can push the limits,” he notes.

    "Visually, my role is to give the dimension of perspective and depth to the world of CRISS ANGEL Believe," says Francis Laporte. “The projections help to give the various environments a ‘Gothic/Victorian' flavor by blending the mysterious with the grandiose, the bizarre and the sublime. The core intention of the projections is to play with the perceptions, creating a kind of playful dialogue between the real and the virtual."

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  • Jaque Paquin

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    There’s no formal training for a profession like Jaque Paquin’s. “To do it, you have to do it,” he says. Jaque studied art history (specializing in film) and electronics in school, and began his career in the arts working as a lighting technician at the age of 14. The following year, he opened a disco.

    He went on to work as a stage technician in theatre, a set painter in film, a grip in television and, finally, as a carpenter, team leader and project head in a set construction workshop for theatre and variety shows. "I've worked in nearly all of the trades plied by the people who build and operate my equipment," he says. “So I make an effort to facilitate the work of the technicians and the artists.”

    Jaque joined Cirque du Soleil in 1990 as head of the construction workshop, where he created aerial environments for such shows as Saltimbanco, Dralion, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ and “O”. From 1991 to 1996, he was Technical Director for the North American tour of Saltimbanco, and he was the show’s Technical Director when it toured Europe and Japan. In 1995 and 1996, he was director of all installations for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the FrancoFolies de Montréal.

    His imagination, artistic flair, and technical skill conjured up the fantastic boat in "O" – a piece of acrobatic equipment that brings together three techniques never before combined in the history of circus arts: the parallel bars, the Korean cradle and the flying trapeze.

    Whether working on the rigging for a show or as head of research and development for Cirque du Soleil's acrobatic equipment, Jaque is constantly on the lookout for ways to give a new look to a wide variety of circus arts. However, he says, “There’s never any compromise for safety. If an artistic vision can be achieved only by lowering the safety standards, then that element of the show will be dropped.”

    For CRISS ANGEL Believe™, Jaque Paquin has designed the equipment used in the illusions as well as the rigging for all of the scenic equipment (sound, lighting and set decorations). "We’ve developed unprecedented techniques, especially for the magic numbers," he says. “I like to say that this show contains some of my best inventions that I will never be able to talk about."

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  • ジョナサン・ディーンズ(Jonathan Deans)

    サウンド・デザイナー

    ミュージカルの世界で最も人気の高いサウンド・デザイナーの 1 人と言われるジョナサン・ディーンズは、Viva ELVIS(ビバ・エルビス)の音環境を担当した人物です。Saltimbanco(サルティンバンコ)、Mystère(ミステール)、“O”(オー)、La Nouba(ラ・ヌーバ)、ZUMANITY(ズーマニティ)、KÀ(カー)、Corteo(コルテオ)、The Beatles LOVE(ザ・ビートルズ・ラブ)、KOOZA(クーザ)、Wintuk(ウィントゥック)、CRISS ANGEL Believe(クリス・エンジェル ビリーブ)、そして最新作の OVO(オヴォ)でサウンドスケープをクリエイトしてきたことを通して、Cirque で制作中の作品やチームワークによるクリエイティブなアプローチがかなり刺激的であることを認めています。

    彼は幼い頃、エレクトロニクスに夢中でした。15 歳のときに俳優としてロイヤルシェークスピア劇団に入団し、そこでサウンドへの強い関心が演劇的な要素に溶け込むきっかけとなりました。数年後、音楽業界でサウンド・エンジニアの肩書きを持つようになり、特に Morgan Studios でキャット・スティーブンス、ポール・サイモン、リック・ウェイクマンなどのアーティストと肩を並べて仕事をしたのち、彼はロイヤル・オペラハウス(コベントガーデン)で再び演劇の仕事を手がけるようになり、その後、ミュージカルの「コーラスライン」ではサウンドミキシングを担当しました。彼は次から次へと成功を収め、サウンド・ミキシング・エンジニアとして、「エビータ」、「キャッツ」、「ダウンタウン物語」、「サウンド・オブ・ミュージック」をはじめとする数多くの作品を手がけるようになりました。

    ミキシング・サウンド・エンジニアとしての成功により、彼はミュージカル「マリリン」のサウンド・デザイナーとして雇われることになりました。その後、「タイム」、「レ・ミゼラブル」、「カリブの反乱」、「ジーン・セバーグ」などのウェストエンドのショーを手がけたのち、ブロードウェイで、「ラグタイム」、「フォッシー」、「ダビデ王」、「くたばれ!ヤンキース」、「タブー」、「ブルックリン」、「吸血鬼レスタト」、「パイレート・クィーン」、「ヤング・フランケンシュタイン」の制作に携わりました。

    ジョナサン・ディーンズにとって、Cirque の常設ショーとビッグトップは、それぞれサウンドデザインの面ではまったくの別世界です。「それらはそれぞれに技術的な要求が異なりますが、音楽とサウンドのテクスチャーとレイヤーに関する限りは、いずれも同じです」と彼は言います。「自分の仕事はすべての作品にユニークな環境を創り上げることです。そして、それがどんな環境であっても、作り出される音響によって、観客が別世界に足を踏み入れていることを実感できるようにする必要があると考えます」。

    「ショーには本物のエルビスは登場しませんが、ショーの要素はすべてエルビスに結びついています。そのため、サウンド・システムで視覚と同じ音響効果を生み出すことは大変に重要で、それらはすべてエルビスの名に値するものでなければならないと思います」。「Viva ELVIS の劇場は、彼の偉大な伝説にふさわしく巨大なものです。その課題に対応できるサウンドを作り出すために、床部分にサブウーファーを埋め込み、コンクリート構造自体が持つ低周波の共鳴音を利用して、低周波の音振動を加えることができるようになりました。これはサウンド効果を生み出すだけでなく、文字通り、生演奏に合わせて観客席を動かすものです」。

    ジョナサン・ディーンズは英国で生まれ、現在はニューヨークに在住しています。

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  • アンドレ・シマール(André Simard)

    アクロバットパフォーマンス・デザイナー

    アンドレ・シマールは 1987 年以来、Cirque du Soleil の仕事に携わってきました。その最初の年、彼は Nouvelle Expérience(ヌーベル・エクスペリエンス)のショーのために空中ブランコの演目を制作し、それは空中を高く飛ぶエリアルムーブメントにおける真の大変革の火付け役となりました。彼の指導のもと、地上と空の間を動くアーティストによって、アクロバット的な離れ業が演じられました。そこが劇場であれビッグトップであれ、バレエのような流動的な表現によって、成功を収めました。1989 年から 2000 年にかけて、Cirque du Soleil、国立サーカス学校、そして彼自身が主催するアーティスト集団のカンパニー Studio de création les gens d'R のために創作した 13 の演目は、世界中の最高のサーカスアーティストが参加したフェスティバルで数々の賞を受賞しました。

    彼が 1995 年にエリアルシルクアクロバットの分野を確立したおかげで、新しい形のサーカスアートが生まれました。また、技術的変革や振付の新しい手法は、アクロバット装置デザイナーのジャック・パカンとのコラボレーションに端を発した "O"(オー)のボートのシーンでした。それだけでなく、彼は Cirque が世界中で上演するショーの空中演技のほとんどをデザインしました。

    アンドレ・シマールは 30 年以上にわたり、美術、一流スポーツ、サーカスという彼の 3 つの専門分野の 調和を保つことを成功させてきました。1970 年代初めのモントリオール美術学校に在学中に、彼は体操のカナダ代表チームのメンバーに選ばれました。さらに、1972 年にドイツのミュンヘンで開催されたオリンピック夏季大会への出場に向けた準備の合間を縫って、国立サーカス学校の前身であるモントリオールの Centre Immaculée-Conception で、クラウンや大道芸人たちの指導にあたりました。彼自身の言葉を借りれば、彼は「舞台芸術の持つ刺激的なパワーを利用して、常に生体力学の法則を運動トレーニングとして取り入れようとしています」とのことです。このようなアプローチは、国立サーカス学校だけでなく、いずれもフランスにあるシャロン・シュル・マルヌ国立サーカス芸術センターやロニー・スー・ボワ国立サーカス学校での指導にも注がれました。

    1995 年、彼はモントリオールに Studio de création les gens d'R を設立し、この芸術的試みによって、エリアルムーブメントによる感情表現にもっと高いレベルを求める機会が十分に与えられました。2001 年、このスタジオのメンバーによるワールドプレミアパフォーマンス「Échos」(エコー)がイタリアのベネチアで開催されました。このショーは、ベネチア市で開催されるビエンナーレ芸術祭の主催者から依頼されました。

    「CRISS ANGEL Believe(クリス・エンジェル ビリーブ)のショーで、私は修道僧のキャラクターたちが衣装の中に隠したロープを使って回転するという方法を思いつきました」と彼は述べています。「さらに、竹馬乗りによるダンスの演目にもアクロバット的な要素を取り入れ、カヤラというキャラクターのためにアクロバットの電動式メカニズムを考え出しました。アーティストは花から現れてフープの演技を行うときに、花びらをしっかりとつかみます。この花びらは、実際には透明な軟質塩化ビニール製のチューブでできており、衣装の中に埋め込まれています」。

    アンドレ・シマールは 1945 年にカナダのモントリオールで生まれました。

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  • ミシェル・キュリー(Michael Curry)

    小道具/舞台デザイナー

    パペット・デザイナーのミシェル・キュリーは、メトロポリタン・オペラ、ロンドンのロイヤル・ナショナル・シアター、Disney Theatrical Productions、LA オペラ、ユニバーサル・ピクチャーズなど、一流の娯楽会社とコンセプトおよび技術開発の両面において幅広く協力しています。彼はブロードウェイ、オリンピックの開会式/閉会式、特撮やパペット・デザインの分野での継続的な革新でパペットや衣装作品の賞を受賞したのをはじめ、数多くの名誉ある賞を受賞してきました。また、多くの舞台やオペラ作品でジュリー・テイモアとのコラボレーションを経験しています。彼が受賞した膨大な数の賞には、テイモアとの「The Lion King」での作品が高く評価されて受賞した1998 年のドラマ・デスク・アワードの最優秀パペット・デザイン賞も含まれます。また、その他の功績としては、パリのオペラ座でロベール・ルパージュが監督を務めたオペラ、ミラノのスカラ座でウィリアム・フリードキンが監督を務めたオペラ、ボノやエッジが音楽を担当し、ジュリー・テイモアが監督を務めたブロードウェイ作品の「Spider Man」などもあります。ミシェル・キュリーと Cirque du Soleil とのコラボレーションは、「KÀ」、「The Beatles LOVE」、「Wintuk」「CRISS ANGEL Believe」に続いて今回で 5 回目になります。

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  • Nathalie Gagné

    Makeup Designer

    Makeup Designer Nathalie Gagné has been fascinated by makeup and its influence on the actor’s craft since her teens. She studied theatre production at Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, a community college in Quebec, then went on to become one of the first graduates of the Montreal subsidiary of the famed Paris-based makeup school École Christian Chauveau.

    Before joining Cirque du Soleil, Gagné worked in theatre, film and television. She was twice nominated for a Gémeau award for best makeup, all categories combined. The honor is conferred by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

    “Makeup is a reflection of the character’s soul. It’s also a magic wand that sweeps away inhibitions,” says Gagné, who since 1995 has crafted more than 200 separate makeup designs for Cirque. Her final concepts were culled from over 2,000 sketches.

    Since Cirque performers have to apply their own makeup, Nathalie Gagné involves them in the actual creation of their onstage look. “Unlike actors, acrobats aren’t used to studying their own faces,” she says. “One of my goals is to get them to do just that, and help them find within themselves what I call ‘lines of force’ that will serve to build their characters.”

    Nathalie Gagné is also responsible for ensuring the integrity of all makeup designs that bear her signature. Since the performers apply their own makeup, workshops in makeup techniques are now part of the general training provided to Cirque du Soleil artists. Gagné first teaches performers how to do their own makeup, and then writes a step-by-step application guide for each of them.

    Nathalie introduced new makeup concepts to the shows Mystère, Alegría and Saltimbanco, which led her to work with director Franco Dragone and costume designer Dominique Lemieux. Following her work on Quidam, “O”, La Nouba, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ, Corteo, Delirium, LOVE, ZAIA and CRISS ANGEL Believe™ is Nathalie Gagné’s eleventh contribution to the creation of a Cirque du Soleil show.

    "To establish the rich, ripe characters in CRISS ANGEL Believe™, we worked the way we do in film, – designers and artists building together – to invent each of the personalities,” says Nathalie. By using costumes and projections as components of the makeup, we are looking to create a crazy but perfectly credible universe. We wanted to turn the improbable into the plausible. "

    Nathalie Gagné was born in 1963 in Trois-Pistoles, in the Lower St. Lawrence region of Quebec.

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