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Zumanity - クリエーター

  • 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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  • ドミニク・シャンパーニュ(Dominic Champagne)

    脚本およびディレクター

    A multitalented and prolific playwright, director and Artistic Director of his own theatre company, Dominic Champagne has been a forceful presence on the Quebec cultural scene since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1987.

    In 1992, Champagne created waves among the public and his peers with his show Cabaret Neiges Noires, written in collaboration with his fellow artists at Théâtre il va sans dire. Inspired by Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, the play was highly innovative in both its message and its medium. The script was at once cynical, poetic, dark and funny, while the festive and unrestrained staging brought together acting, song and music. Champagne's gamble paid off: he succeeded in taking a critical look at the era and in bringing new audiences into the theatre. The show has been performed more than 100 times since it was first created.

    Champagne adapted and directed Don Quichotte (Cervantes' Don Quixote) for a 1998 stage production that attracted record crowds to Montreal's Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, and in 2000 he set new attendance records with his staging of L'Odyssée (The Odyssey, by Homer). His other creations for the theatre include La Caverne, L'Asile, Lolita, La Cité Interdite and La Répétition.

    He has also worked in television as a writer for the series Les Grands Procès, and was involved in the creation and direction of many variety shows including Le Plaisir Croît Avec l'Usage, the opening ceremonies of the Jeux de la Francophonie, Tous Unis Contre le SIDA, Les Spectacles de la Fête Nationale and La Soirée des Masques.

    His more than 100 accomplishments for the stage, television and circus have earned him a host of awards and honors, including the Prix de la Critique for the text of La Répétition, two Gémeau awards for best direction for L'Odyssée and Don Quichotte, the Gémeau for best dramatic writing for Aurore and the Masque du Public for his adaptation of L'Odyssée.

    Champagne's work in theatre and television led to an invitation from Cirque du Soleil to direct Varekai in 2002. Champagne's next assignment for Cirque was to co-direct ZUMANITY with René Richard Cyr. Writing and directing LOVE has been both rewarding and enormously challenging for Champagne. "It was a privilege and a great honor to be asked to do this," he says.

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  • René Richard Cyr

    Writer and Director

    René Richard Cyr is one of the most versatile and prolific creators on the Quebec cultural scene. For 20 years, this acting graduate from Canada 's National Theatre School has pursued simultaneous careers as an actor, director, writer and producer in theatre, television, film and music. He has participated in over one hundred productions—both on stage and behind the scenes—with notable success in all fields.

    This is Cyr's first creative alliance with Cirque du Soleil, where he is working in tandem with long-time collaborator Dominic Champagne on the writing and directing of Zumanity. In the past, the two have repeatedly teamed up to design the huge outdoor event celebrating La Fête Nationale, Quebec 's national holiday. They are also credited with the creation and artistic direction of Le plaisir croît avec l'usage, a TV program broadcast on Télé-Québec and hosted by Cyr. The program has won two Gémeaux (an award for excellence in Canadian French-language television production) for best variety show. The ongoing success of this dynamic duo stems from a natural affinity between two good friends—who also happen to be creative masters.

    A man of many talents, Cyr is as eclectic as he is productive. As a theatre director, he frequently spotlights new works while staging memorable versions of well-known classics. He has also (among other things) directed numerous comedies, variety shows and theatre galas, and has even lent his lustre to musical theatre.

    "I've put rock 'n ' roll into my theatre productions and theatre into my rock shows. But one recurring theme marks my artistic choices: the desire to give a voice to new talent," says the director. Since 1998, Cyr has been artistic director and managing co-director of Montreal 's Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, an institution committed to producing Quebec drama.

    The variety of awards showered upon this virtuoso testifies to the quality of his work in diverse cultural milieus. In 1985, 1986 and 1991, Cyr was honoured by the Quebec music industry association (ADISQ) for three different shows—one of them a Céline Dion production which netted him the "Director of the Year" award. In the 1990s, he twice won the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde's best direction award, while two more prizes (one awarded in Quebec , the other in Italy ) recognized his excellent acting in Michel Tremblay's Hosanna. The Quebec arm of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television also nominated Cyr for a Gémeau in two different categories: best direction on a short film debut, and best host of a televised series.

    More recently, his accomplished directing of the play The Man of La Mancha, by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, and Mitch Leigh, earned him two prestigious awards from the public and his peers at the 2003 Gala of the Académie québécoise du théâtre.

    René Richard Cyr was born in Montreal in 1958.

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  • Andrew Watson

    Director of Creation

    After ten years of working on stage as an acrobat, Andrew Watson now works behind the scenes, as Director of Creation for Cirque du Soleil's new production, Zumanity. Previously, he played this role with Varekai, which premiered in the spring of 2002. This show marked a pivotal moment in the artistic career of a man who is no stranger to risk.

    In 1984, the year Cirque du Soleil was founded, he enrolled as a general artist in the Gerry Cottle Circus in London. He was 24 at the time and didn't have the gymnastic training of most acrobats. But that didn't stop him: he became a trapeze artist. In 1986, his duo performance at the Festival du Cirque de Demain, in Paris, earned him job offers from several well-known European circuses. He went on tour with the German circus troupe Roncalli, attracted by its blend of theatre and traditional circus elements.

    His Cirque de Demain performance was also noticed by Guy Caron, at the time artistic director of a youthful Cirque du Soleil. In 1987, drawn by Cirque's creativity and audacity, Andrew Watson joined the team of We Reinvent the Circus, the show that was to be the Quebec circus troupe's first major North American tour. Throughout his career as a Cirque du Soleil acrobat, Andrew Watson won several honours and awards, including the Clown d'argent at the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo, in 1990. He left the ring in 1990, and subsequently held the positions of director of casting and artist training, artistic coordinator and artistic director. From 1994 to 1999, he was involved mainly in the shows Saltimbanco, Alegría and Quidam.

    In 1999, he decided to go back to London to live and work. Joining the New Millennium Experience Company, he designed the aerial acts and trained the acrobatic artists for the New Millennium Dome Central Show, presented in London as part of the year-2000 festivities. In 2001, he came back to Montreal with his family in order to oversee the creation of Varekai.

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  • Thierry Mugler

    Creator and Costume Designer

    Thierry Mugler is a French artist who is very well-reputed in the world of fashion and haute couture. He was a professional dancer starting at age 14 at the Opéra du Rhin, and the surpassing of the body and the love of performance are recurring themes in all his work: an accent is placed on the shoulders, women's bodies are flattered, and men's bodies are regarded with the same rigour.

    If clothing has been an integral part of Thierry Mugler's life, it was to take it to the next level: over almost thirty years, this born director has created a hundred or so spectacular shows attended by up to 13,000 people, including events at the Zénith, the Budo Kan and the Cirque d'Hiver. The international success of Thierry Mugler perfumes, launched in 1992, serves only to confirm his incredible talent.

    Thierry Mugler is also the author of short films, advertising films, photos and music videos. Thierry Mugler's collaboration with the Cirque du Soleil team for Zumanity caused a sensation in the worlds of fashion and show business!

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  • Stéphane Roy

    セットデザイナー

    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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  • Simon Carpentier

    Composer and Musical Director

    Composer Simon Carpentier, best known for his film and TV scores, has worked on one Cirque du Soleil show (Zumanity) prior to his compositions for Wintuk. He took his first piano lessons at the age of seven and began his professional career in Quebec City, where his personal recording studio was next door to a rehearsal studio used by musicians working in all genres.

    Simon first made his mark writing music for commercials and picked up more than 20 Quebec and international awards between 1989 and 1997. In 1989, he received a Mobius Award, an international prize handed out in Chicago for the music used in cinema advertising.

    His name appears in the credits of a dozen or so films, including Ladies Room, starring John Malkovich, and he has worked on numerous TV shows for a variety of networks, including TV5. In 2000 he composed the score for the 72-episode teen drama series Big Wolf On Campus which has been broadcast in 150 countries.

    In 1999, Simon recorded Amerindian singer Genevieve McKenzie’s album Shanipiap at the Sept-Îles reserve in Quebec. And in 2004, his spellbinding music was a major factor in the success of Italian quick-change genius Arturo Brachetti’s one-man show. His artistic curiosity and versatility recently led him to reinterpret the music of S. Alfonso dei Liguori and combine it with the words of Claude Péloquin, one of Quebec’s greatest poets. He has also created a series of albums of music for babies that have sold in more than 30 countries.

    Simon Carpentier drew upon several sources to compose the music of Wintuk. "I went back and listened to the music of family films and immersed myself in the world of a young boy. I also explored musical genres associated with New York – urban rhythms, jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and Latin music in particular. In the final analysis, I want the score of Wintuk, which keeps coming back as a leitmotiv, to stay with each member of the audience for a long, long time."

    Simon Carpentier was born in 1965 in Quebec.

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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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  • Marguerite Derricks

    Choreographer

    Three-time Emmy award-winner Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks is one of the most sought-after choreographers in the entertainment industry. Her work has been featured in countless films, television shows, commercials, music videos and stage productions.

    Marguerite began her dance training in Buffalo, New York at the age of five. When she was 16 she was awarded a scholarship from the New York City Ballet and went on to dance with the National Ballet of Canada and the Philadelphia Ballet.

    In 1983, she moved to Los Angeles to work as a lead dancer on the TV series Fame and soon afterward became assistant choreographer to Debbie Allen and Otis Sallid.

    Television and Marguerite Derricks proved to be a good fit and it's a solid partnership that continues to grow. She received her first Emmy Award in 1997 for her work on 3rd Rock From the Sun and her outstanding choreography has been showcased on such shows as the MTV Movie Awards, the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards, the 50th Primetime Emmy Awards, the 2003 NAACP Image Awards, Will & Grace and That 70's Show. She also created the choreography for 22 episodes of Cedric the Entertainer Presents.

    Music videos gave Marguerite a high-profile outlet in which to spread her creative wings. "I started working as a choreographer in the 1980s when music videos were taking off. I did about 100 videos. It was my training ground," she says of her work with such artists as Quincy Jones, Céline Dion, Taylor Dane, Little Richard, Tone Loc, Donna Summer, Barry White, Sheila E. and Deborah Harry.

    Marguerite's choreography for feature films includes all three Austin Powers movies with Mike Myers, Batman & Robin (starring George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell and Uma Thurman), Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, 10 Things I Hate About You, Striptease, with Demi Moore, Ivan Reitman's Junior, and Never Been Kissed which starred Drew Barrymore.

    Her most recent film work is on display in American Wedding, Charlie's Angels II, 13 Going On 30, Starsky & Hutch, Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy, Looney Tunes Back in Action with Brendan Fraser and Cat in the Hat with Mike Myers.

    Marguerite says her work in film was a good preparation for the cabaret style of the Cirque du Soleil show ZUMANITY. "In film, I work as if I'm creating for the stage," she notes. "Directors tend to shoot my work in that Fred Astaire, head-to-toe style—and they do it all in one take instead of chopping it up."

    In addition to her three consecutive Emmy awards, Marguerite has received three MTV Movie awards and three American Choreography awards.

    Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks was born in Buffalo, New York.

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  • Luc Lafortune

    Lighting Designer

    In directing the lighting for the show KÀ, Luc Lafortune is contributing to his twelfth creation with Cirque du Soleil. He has been associated with Cirque du Soleil since its beginnings in 1984. That year, he was hired as a lighting technician backstage. The following year, he was at the lighting control booth for the young troupe's eight-month tour. In 1986, he became the lighting designer. Since then, his lighting creations have toured the world.

    At Cirque du Soleil, his creator's resumé includes the shows We Reinvent the Circus, Fascination, Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco, Mystère, Alegría, Quidam, "O", La Nouba, Dralion, Varekai and Zumanity. He was also co-director of photography for the video recording of the show Quidam.

    In 2002, he worked with director Robert Lepage to design the lighting for British singer Peter Gabriel's world tour, Growing Up. Many other internationally successful artists and groups have called upon his talents. Since 1996, he has worked with, among others, No Doubt, The Eagles, Gipsy Kings and Swiss circus Salto Natale.

    Luc Lafortune studied theatre production at Concordia University in Montreal . He was originally interested in set design. "One day, during rehearsal, I discovered the ability of light to redefine a space, to make a strong contribution to the image and spirit of a show," he says. The experience inspired a passion that still permeates his work today.

    The excellence of his work has garnered him many awards. In 1992, his lighting design for the show Saltimbanco earned him a Drama-Logue Theater Award, given by critics from the California-based theatre magazine of that name. In 1994, he was chosen as designer of the year by the magazine Lighting Dimensions International (LDI). In 1997, the Martin Professionals show The Atomic Lounge, for which Luc Lafortune was artistic director, won the LDI for best light show. In 1998, he took an Entertainment Design Award for his lighting design for the show "O".

    Luc Lafortune is regularly invited as a speaker to share his knowledge and thoughts with students and professionals all over the world.

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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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  • Cahal McCrystal

    Clown Act Creator

    Since 1996, Cahal McCrystal has devoted himself full time to creating and directing shows for various European theatre companies. He's one of the few British directors to focus almost exclusively on clown comedies. The clown acts he has created for Zumanity mark his second association with Cirque du Soleil: in 2002, he was part of the creative team that worked on Varekai.

    Cahal's plays, written for major British theatre companies such as Spymonkey, Peepolykus, and The Boosh comedy duo, have touched audiences worldwide and kept them rolling in the aisles.

    In 2000, his play Stiff, staged for Spymonkey, won the Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was also named best act at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The Mighty Boosh, launched at the 1998 Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnered the Perrier Award for Best New Comedy. Although critics have compared his characters to those of Mel Brooks, Monty Python and the Marx Brothers, Cahal's true goal is to create clowns with their own distinct personalities.

    "My job is to bring out the clown in actors and this clown emerges when you play up their personal foibles. This requires a great deal of humility and generosity on the part of the actors. But it's also highly gratifying. We admire people for their successes, but we love them for their weaknesses. That's why we adore clowns—they show us their very human and silly sides!"

    Before becoming a full-time director, this graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama had a prolific 15-year acting career in theatre, film, television and radio. In the late '80s, Swiss writer, director and actor Philippe Byland invited Cahal to join his company. It was also in London that Cahal met his future mentor Philippe Gaulier, the dean of French theatre, who cast him in At the End of the Tunnel. One day, he would attend a show that truly blew him away—Cirque du Soleil's We Reinvent the Circus.

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  • Natacha Merritt

    Projection Designer

    The publication of Digital Diaries in 2000 marked the beginning of Natacha Merritt's spectacular rise in the world of photography. Her projections, both intimate and larger-than-life, represent her first contribution to the visual component of a Cirque du Soleil show. Working in an environment she spontaneously dubs a "creative paradise," she brings to Zumanity her unique perspective on the human body and its manifestations.

    Pursuing her childhood dream to become a lawyer, Natacha was studying law at the Sorbonne in Paris, when, after only three months, she abandoned her studies in favour of a new passion: erotic photography.

    Armed with a digital camera, Natacha has created a series of portraits and self-portraits documenting her sexual encounters—alone or with lovers—and has published her digital records on the Internet. The digital format allows her to immortalize her most personal moments and reveal her most intimate sexual self with refreshing ingenuousness. Her work received notice through her website and, in particular, attracted the attention of Taschen, publishers of Digital Diaries.

    Since the appearance of this landmark oeuvre, Natacha has devoted herself to digital video, leaving her unique signature on a number of ads as well as three documentaries for Warner Brothers. She is currently working on the screenplay for a feature-length film.

    Natacha Merritt was born in San Francisco in 1977.

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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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  • 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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  • Normand Blais

    Prop Designer

    Over the past 15 years, Normand Blais has carved out a niche for himself in the Quebec theatre world by inventing and gaining recognition for a new role on creative teams—that of prop designer. He is also the first to hold this position at Cirque du Soleil.

    On Zumanity, Normand is in charge of designing hand props for the artists, in addition to furniture and objects for the stage created by set designer Stéphane Roy.

    Normand has participated in the production of over one hundred plays since completing his studies in Theatre Production at Cégep de St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1987. From the outset, he made a veritable speciality out of his ability to unearth objects resonant with meaning, as well as his legendary attention to detail. In Montreal, Normand is "prop designer in residence" for contemporary theatre troupe La Compagnie Jean Duceppe, but that doesn't prevent him from sharing his talents with most of the city's other theatre companies.

    Many renowned Quebecois directors have called on Normand to help breathe life into productions that include both classics and original works. His ingenious and pertinent finds contributed to the success of the musical The Man of La Mancha, directed by René Richard Cyr, which in 2002 was awarded the Prix du public and the Prix de la meilleure production en région by the Académie québécoise du théâtre. In the same year, Normand also designed props for Italian quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti, internationally acclaimed by critics and the public alike.

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