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Zarkana

Zarkana (ザルカナ)は、見るからに壮大で、息を呑むほどに素晴らしい、Cirque du Soleil の新しいアクロバティックなパフォーマンスです。極限を超えた人間の身体能力から繰り広げられる世界をご覧いただけます。

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Zarkana - クリエーター

  • Francois Girard

    Writer and Director

    One of Quebec's most respected creators, François Girard navigates easily from one medium to another and has, over the years, acquired an enviable international status. A music lover, he has carved out a unique reputation for writing and directing works imbued with great musicality in productions in which music plays a major role.

    His professional career began on the Montreal art video circuit in the 1980s, and he first attracted the attention of critics and the public when he directed a television adaptation of the theatrical show Le Dortoir by the Quebec dance/theatre/multimedia troupe Carbone 14, for which he won a score of awards, including an International Emmy. His other television credits include Peter Gabriel’s Secret World, for which he won a Grammy Award, and The Sound of the Carceri, one of the six episodes of Yo Yo Ma Inspired by Bach.

    François cemented his reputation as a film director with his 1993 feature-length biopic Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. His third feature, The Red Violin (1998) was a huge success, winning eight Genies in Canada (including Best Picture and Best Director) nine Jutras in Quebec and an Academy Award for Best Original Soundtrack. His most recent feature is Silk (2007), adapted from the novel by Alessandro Baricco.

    He made his debut as an opera director at the Canadian Opera Company with Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Oedipus Rex by Jean Cocteau, which went on to win eight Dora Mavor Moore Awards in Canada. He also directed Alessandro Baricco’s play Novecento, Kafka's The Trial, the oratorio Lost Objects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the opera Siegfried and the double bill The Lindbergh Flight and The Seven Deadly Sins, in Lyon, Edinburgh and Wellington.

    In 2010, François directed Le Fusil de chasse (adapted from the novel The Hunting Gun by Yasushi Inoue) which premiered in Montreal, and the opera Emilie du Chatelet at l’Opéra de Lyon.

    Zarkana is François Girard's second engagement as Writer and Director with Cirque du Soleil, following the Tokyo-based show ZED.

    François Girard was born in Saint-Félicien, Quebec.

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  • Line Tremblay

    Director of Creation

    Line Tremblay first fell in love with Cirque du Soleil in 1984, drawn by its freewheeling spirit, a spirit she says has never gone away. “For me, circus is the most complete art form. It addresses the audience on the visual, the emotional and the physical level all at the same time. I always knew I was destined for a life in this milieu.”

    Before joining Cirque du Soleil, Line developed a passion for working in the world of film and television, notably as an Assistant Director at Radio-Canada, where she worked closely with designers and creators. In 1992, she joined Franco Dragone, assisting him in the creation and direction of the Cirque du Soleil shows Mystère, Alegría, Quidam, “O” and La Nouba. Her talents were also put to work as Artistic Director of Quidam. Her rich association with Franco helped her to master the mechanics of stage direction and show creation.

    A newcomer to the equestrian field, Line worked with Gilles Ste-Croix assisting in the creation of the 2000 show Cheval Théâtre. She left Cirque du Soleil to work with Franco Dragone on the creation of the Celine Dion show A New Day, and returned to Cirque in 2003 to work on Corteo as the first woman in Cirque’s history to occupy the position of Director of Creation. In 2008, she took on the position of Director of Creation once again with ZED, working with director François Girard for the first time.

    “With Zarkana, we wanted to create a decidedly acrobatic show in which circus arts would take center stage,” says Line Tremblay. “The choice of disciplines, the staging, the set design, projections and choreography all contribute to a major transformation of one of the biggest performance spaces in the world."

    Line Tremblay was born in Hull, Quebec.

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  • Stéphane Roy

    Set and Props Designer

    A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Stéphane Roy has worked as both a set designer and artistic director on over 100 productions in Montreal and abroad. While mainly active in theatre and dance, he has also worked in film, television, advertising and variety shows.

    Over the years Stéphane’s career has led to close working relationships with a number of directors and arts companies: He created the sets for several plays presented at Espace Go and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montreal and since 1990 he has designed sets for dance productions by such internationally-acclaimed dance troupes as La La La Human Steps and O Vertigo.

    Given that professional background, plus an architect father, a mother active in theatre and a unique social and artistic approach to performance space, it was perhaps inevitable that Stéphane would gravitate toward Cirque du Soleil, a relationship that began with the creation of Dralion, and continued with Varekai, Zumanity, KOOZA and now, Zarkana.

    Since 2011, Stéphane has been one of three artists in residence appointed by the Montreal Nature Museums group to create organic links between the city’s four natural science museums. He also designed The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terra Cotta Army exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

    His achievements have earned him many awards and honors, including being named Revelation of the Year, All Categories Combined, by the Association Québécoise des Critiques de Théâtre in 1989. In 1992, the same association honored him with the award for best set design. His talent has also been recognized by the Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Académie Québécoise du Théâtre.

    "In the lyrical, fantastic world of Zarkana, the setting, an abandoned decrepit theatre, is a character in its own right,” says Stéphane Roy. “The walls breathe, move and sing. In terms of aesthetics, we are at the beginning of the last century, between 1910 and 1930, midway between Gaudí, Klimt and Art Nouveau. The organic shapes are a nod to the master French glassmaker and jeweler René Lalique."

    Stéphane Roy lives in Montreal.

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  • Alan Hranitelj

    Costume Designer

    Alan Hranitelj attended the School for the Visual Arts in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia, and has been living in Slovenia since1985, when he went to Ljubljana to  design the makeup for a production of the play Baptism Under Triglav.

    He did briefly design haute couture collections in Milan in the early 1990s, but quickly returned to the world of theatre in Slovenia where he designed makeup and costumes for stage and film productions. He regards his work as the antithesis of fashion, defining himself simply as a costume designer. Yet his designs are works of art in their own right, pieces of sculpture even.

    Between1987 and 2010, Alan designed the costumes for about 200 projects, notably for solo and group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana (1991), the Municipal Gallery, Ljubljana (1991-1995) and the European Cultural Capital 96 event in Copenhagen (1996). In 2000 his work was featured in a movement-theatre performance and fashion show at the Millennium Dome, London. He has designed the costumes for many classical and modern theatre and opera productions directed by such prominent Slovenian directors as Vito Taufer, Mateja Koležnik, Diego de Brea, Matjaž Berger and Meta Hočevar.

    Alan’s work method is to interact closely with actors, singers and performers. He doesn’t just present them with a fait accompli and tell them, “this is your costume.” He prefers to take the time to find out who they are, what they like, what makes them comfortable, what makes them tick, then apply all that information to their costumes.

    One of the toughest challenges Alan faced on Zarkana (his first association with Cirque du Soleil) was to mesh the predominance of white in the color palette of some costumes with the darker tones of the show. “It’s a paradox, for sure,” he says, “but it’s also been stimulating and rewarding to come up with an approach that reconciles two such seemingly contradictory elements.”

    “Details make a costume come to life and give it added depth,” he says. “That can be very important to the person wearing it, because it helps animate their performance. Something as apparentlinsignificant as a pocket might give an artist an entire repertoire of small gestures that help to define his or her character – even if it isn’t obvious to the audience.”

    Alan Hranitelj was born in Zagreb, Croatia, but now lives and creates in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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  • Nick Littlemore

    Composer and Musical Director

    Nick Littlemore is a prolific Australian musician, songwriter and producer, perhaps best known as front man of the acclaimed Sydney-based electronic act PNAU, and one half of the electro-pop duo Empire of the Sun. He is also a member of the art-rock band Teenager.

    Nick attended the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, graduating with a degree in Digital Media. The musical influences he cites cover a very broad spectrum that includes Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Lindsay Buckingham, Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen and Elvis Presley.

    As a producer Nick has worked with Sir Elton John, Groove Armada, Ellie Goulding, Robbie Williams, Flora Purim and many others. Nick has also produced and arranged (with his partner in PNAU, Peter Mayes) all-new versions of classic Elton John songs for an album to be released in 2012. He won his first Australian Record Industry Association Award in 1999 for Best Dance Release with PNAU, and four more ARIAS in 2009 for Empire of the Sun's album Walking on a Dream.

    When Cirque du Soleil approached him for this first collaboration, he could easily have chosen to continue touring the world playing to bigger and bigger audiences with his band, but there was something about the prospect and challenge of creating the music for Zarkana that proved to be a bigger draw.

    He describes his approach to writing as controlled chaos. “It just happens and I try and embrace whatever is happening with harmony and beauty and some kind of atmosphere,” he explains. “Often when I write a tune I'll create the environment first – the atmosphere and the outer edges, if you like. It’s like making a sky. Once that environment has been created, you can allow a storm or any other natural event to come into it.”

    “I wanted the music for Zarkana to reflect the ecstasy of existence,” he says. “The sheer joy of being, and the exquisite mechanism of shivers.”

    Nick Littlemore was born in Sydney, Australia.

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  • デボラ・ブラウン(Debra Brown)

    Choreographer

    デボラ・ブラウンは、アクロバットとダンスの要素を融合させた独特の振付で世界的に知られています。Cirque du Soleil には 1987 年に「We Reinvent the Circus」の振付師として入団し、その後、「Nouvelle Expérience」、「Saltimbanco」、「Alegría」、「Mystère」、「Quidam」、「“O”」、「La Nouba」、「Corteo」のショーで振付を担当し、「Zumanity」、「ZED」、「Zarkana」でも 1 幕の振付を担当しました。また、1990 年にフランスのパリで開催された「Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain」、ニューヨークのメトロポリタン・オペラで上演さえたジョン・コリリアーノ作曲によるオペラ「The Ghosts of Versailles」、リリック・オペラ・オブ・シカゴ主催のワグナーの「Ring Cycle」など、幅広い分野のアーティストやグループと共に仕事をしてきました。1994 年には、カナダのトロントで幕を開けたトランポリンを使った 50 分間のバレエ「Apogée」の制作を手掛け、ロサンゼルスとサンフランシスコの両都市でエリザベス・テイラーとマジック・ジョンソン主催によるエイズ関連の慈善イベント「Passport ’96」でも上演されました。1995 年、彼女はニューヨークで上演されたルチアーノ・パヴァロッティ出演のメトロポリタン・オペラの作品「La Fille du Régiment(連隊の娘)」の仕事を手掛けました。また、エアロスミスの「Jaded」ビデオや 2001 年のアメリカン・ミュージック・アワードでのエネルギッシュなパフォーマンスのほか、マドンナの「Drowned」ワールド・ツアーでも振付を担当しました。さらに、シャキーラ、ワイクリフ・ジョン、セリーヌ・ディオン、マドンナなどの一流アーティストによる音楽活動にも携わってきました。彼女の映画での仕事には、「Catwoman」、「Van Helsing」、「Barney’s Great Adventure」などがあります。1997年 にロサンゼルスで開かれた「第14回 Bob Fosse Awards」では、デボラ・ブラウンの振付やダンスへの並外れた貢献をたたえた Innovative Choreography Award を受賞しました。さらに 2002 年には、アカデミー賞で披露するために創作された Cirque du Soleil の作品の振付で、エミー賞を受賞しました。

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  • Alain Lortie

    Lighting Designer

    Alain Lortie has always produced shows. Self-taught, and constantly developing on both the technical and the artistic fronts, he has worked in almost every métier of show business, from manager to technical director, through operations, touring, and production management.

    In 1992, he decided to focus his career exclusively on lighting design. "The lighting designer is brought in at the end of the race," he explains. “And it’s the urgency of the final sprint that I find very stimulating.”

    Alain’s unique, distinctive approach to color and, above all, his great sensitivity to the work of other artists have brought him together with many big names in song, music, dance and theatre. More than 25 years ago, he began working with multi-talented Quebec artists such as Michel Lemieux, Marie Chouinard and Édouard Lock, and has since collaborated on many variety, opera and music shows both in Quebec and Europe. He is probably best known in Canadian and French circles for his dazzling work on the internationally acclaimed musical hit Notre-Dame de Paris, based upon Victor Hugo’s timeless classic about the Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

    He has since designed the lighting for several Shanghai Circus World productions in Asia and has worked with many of Quebec’s leading theatre directors, including Robert Lepage, Victor Pilon, Gilles Maheu and François Girard on a multitude of stage dramas, including The Tempest directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montreal in 2005, a production that was also presented in New York.

    Prior to Zarkana, his third engagement with Cirque du Soleil, Alain created the lighting design for Soleil de Minuit and DELIRIUM.

    "The music for Zarkana has provided me with a wonderful catalyst," says Alain. “It is definitely one of the driving forces of the show, and it inspired the lighting I've designed both for individual scenes and for the overall ambience of the show."

    Alain Lortie was born in Montreal, Québec.

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  • Raymond St-Jean

    Projection Designer

    Raymond St-Jean is a film director and multimedia designer. After studying communications at the Université du Québec à Montréal, he began his career directing music videos and short films. Since then, Raymond has directed dramas (Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft, Léa), documentaries (L’oiseau de nuit, Ghost Town, Le Mozart Noir, six installments in the Chamber Music Collection) as well as screen adaptations of various theatre plays and choreographies (Les trous du ciel, Cabaret Neiges Noires, Peepshow). His films have aired on television in Canada and abroad and were featured in a number of festivals. Peepshow won ARTV’s “Tremplin pour le monde” award at the 2009 edition of the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art. In 2006, Ghost Town picked up three awards at the Yorkton Film Festival, including the prestigious Golden Sheaf Award of Excellence. Le Mozart Noir won the 2003 Rockie Award at the Banff World Television Festival. Together with Jimmy Lakatos, Raymond created in 2012 the multimedia installation The World of Michel Tremblay, presented at the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City. For Cirque du Soleil, Raymond St-Jean designed the video projections for ZAIA, Zarkana and Michael Jackson ONE.

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  • Steven Dubuc

    Sound Designer

    Steven Dubuc was still in college when he went to work as a system engineer for a Montreal sound company called Audio Concept in 1980. In 1982 he undertook his first cross-Canada rock’n’roll tour as a sound engineer with the Powder Blues Band, hitting 57 venues from coast to coast in 60 days.

    With no formal training as a sound engineer, Steve went on to work for the Moscow Circus as Head of Touring Sound between1987 and 1989. In 1990 he was the Production Soundman for the Canadian national tour of Les Miserables. He returned to Montreal in 1992 to take up duties as Head of Sound at the Montreal Forum and got his first assignment from Cirque du Soleil in 1994, as Technical Director for Alegría. He later became Technical Director (Production & Touring) of the North American tour of Quidam.

    Steven’s work took him away from Cirque in 1997 to become Project Manager (Audio) for Disneyfest Asia and to work on World Cup soccer installations in France. That led, among other assignments, to the position of Project Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games international broadcast center. He also managed the power systems for Celine Dion’s 1999 world tour and worked for the F1 World Championship, providing technical expertise and support for all European races.

      He returned to Cirque du Soleil in late 2000 and was named Technical Director for Zumanity in 2002, before moving on to KÀ as Project Supervisor (Audio) in 2003. He returned to Montreal in 2004 to become Technical Director for special projects. And then it was back to Vegas as Theatre Technical Director of The Beatles LOVE in 2005.   In 2006 he was named Sound Designer of the Cirque production ZAIA, which opened in Macau, China in 2008. While there, he embarked on the earliest stages of development of Zarkana.   In 2009 Steven worked as Senior Theatre Consultant on the Cirque show Viva ELVIS in Las Vegas, and in 2010 he created the sound design for the outdoor programming of the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, as well as the audio system redesign for Quidam’s transfer into arena venues.

     

    Steven Dubuc describes Zarkana as a “highly textured” show. His role is to integrate the sound with the lighting, the video effects, the costumes, the music and band cues triggered by the movements of performers – and at the same time to meet the challenging demands of the theatre.

    “When we work in existing theatres we can’t knock down walls or hang speakers just anywhere,” he says. “On the other hand, we are able to take advantage of all the sound equipment that is already in place, and that’s a huge help in large spaces with many levels and balconies.”

    Steven Dubuc was born in Beloeil, Quebec.

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  • Florence Pot

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    A gymnast at the age of six, Florence Pot completed her university degree in physical education in France and went on to specialize in sports psychology. She decided to move to Montreal in 1991 primarily to continue her academic career.

    She studied for her master's degree in sports psychology at the University of Montreal while working as a coach at the club Gymnix de Montréal. She returned to France two years later to choreograph performances for the French Gymnastics Federation.

    Motivated by a lack of professional challenges in France and a strong desire to work at Cirque du Soleil, Florence came back to Canada in 1997 to renew her network of contacts with the company and to choreograph performances by Canadian competitive gymnasts.

    In 2001, she accepted a position scouting acrobatic talent for Cirque's casting department and in 2003 she became the company’s Head Scout. In 2006 she accepted the invitation to become Acrobatic Performance Designer on ZED (Cirque's resident show in Tokyo) because she wanted to get closer to the creation process and be part of it from start to finish. She reprised the same role on TOTEM and Zarkana.

    "What interests me most is the emotion that emerges from the performance of an artist on stage,” says Florence. “The acrobatic framework of Zarkana was born in a world that was firmly rooted in the circus, where virtuosity cohabits with madness. We were inspired by traditional circus sideshows to highlight the crazy and decadent side of Zark’s world.”

    Florence Pot was born in Rouen, France.

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  • Danny Zen

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Danny Zen first arrived at Cirque du Soleil in 1990 to work as a welder in the company's workshops. That same year he went on the first European tour of Le Cirque Réinventé, then moved on to Nouvelle Expérience on which he worked as a welder, assembler, mechanic and head usher. In 1992 he toured with Saltimbanco as a tent technician.

    Since 1993 Danny has worked in the continuing development of the Creative Studio at Cirque du Soleil. His innovations as head rigger and technical expert are largely responsible for establishing Cirque's demanding standards in training all its riggers, and maintaining the safety of the performers and technicians at all times.

    Danny has worked at the National Circus School in Montreal and has, over the years, contributed to the design of most of the aerial acrobatic equipment used in the Cirque du Soleil shows Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, Dralion, Varekai, "O", La Nouba and. He was also Head Rigger for Quidam in 1996. In 2008, he designed the rigging and equipment for the acrobatics show at the Quebec City 400th anniversary celebrations.

    Zarkana is Danny Zen’s third engagement as Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer for a Cirque du Soleil show, following Corteo and KOOZA.

    “The acrobatic equipment on Zarkana was designed to blend in with the 1930s-inspired décor of the show,” he says. “The action of the show is set in the same period. I'm fascinated by the curves and organic shapes of that era and I've been inspired by the French Art Nouveau master glassmaker and jeweler Lalique and the Spanish architect and engineer Calatrava."

    Danny Zen was born in Saint-Luc, Québec.

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  • Eleni Uranis

    Makeup Designer

    Eleni Uranis joined Cirque du Soleil in 1989 as Assistant to Costume Designer Dominique Lemieux. She then worked on various shows, where she was responsible for materials research, fittings and artistic quality control. She then designed costumes for the show Pomp Duck and Circumstance, performed in Hamburg (Germany) from 1997 to 1999. In 2002, she worked alongside world-renowned designer Thierry Mugler to design the costumes for Zumanity. In 2004, Eleni Uranis’ career took a sharp turn when she joined the Cirque du Soleil make-up workshop, where she would see her ideas brought to life by the artists of Dralion. Between 2004 and 2006, Eleni Uranis assisted Make-up Designer Nathalie Gagné with several shows and, in 2005, she designed the make-up for Reflections in Blue, the show Cirque produced for the opening ceremonies of the XI FINA World Aquatic Championships. With Amaluna, Eleni is designing the make-up for her sixth Cirque du Soleil production after Dralion, Wintuk, ZED, Banana Shpeel and Zarkana.

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