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KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes.

In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

What if by engaging our imagination and opening our minds we could unlock the door to a world of wonders?

 

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KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities - Ontwerpers

  • Michel Laprise

    Writer and Director

    Michel Laprise worked in theater for nine years as an actor, director and artistic director before joining Cirque du Soleil in 2000. Even before he was out of theatre school, Michel had started his own creation company, Théâtre Pluriel, which spawned the innovative productions Fenêtre sur Qui?, Tonalités and Masculin-Féminin that have garnered both popular and critical acclaim. He also went on international tours with the Théâtre des Deux-Mondes as well as with the duo formed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. At Cirque du Soleil, Michel spent five years as a talent scout before taking on, in 2006, the role of Special Events Designer. In that capacity, he directed the act with Quebec diva Diane Dufresne during the Opening Ceremonies of the Montreal 2006 Outgames; the large-scale performance event created for the launch of the Fiat Bravo in Italy (2007); the Cirque du Soleil performance event celebrating Quebec City’s 400th anniversary (2008); the launch of Microsoft’s Kinect console at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, broadcast on MTV; the opening show at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Russia in 2009; and the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 FIBA International Basketball Federation World Championships in Istanbul. In 2012, Michel collaborated with pop star Madonna, providing artistic direction for her performance at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show; he later went on to direct her MDNA tour. In 2013, he directed the musical Robin des Bois – Ne renoncez jamais, to be presented in France, Belgium and Switzerland. A graduate of the National Theatre School in Montreal, Michel Laprise studied at London’s Royal Academy and at the Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia (Italy) as an Acfas grant holder. KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities is Michel Laprise’s first engagement as Director of a Cirque du Soleil touring show.

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  • Chantal Tremblay

    Director of Creation

    At the end of the 1980s, while living in New York pursuing a career in dance, Chantal Tremblay decides to join Cirque du Soleil after having seen one the company’s shows. Chantal started out as a dancer on a Cirque project and then became choreographer Debra Brown’s assistant on the creation of Mystère. Before Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour Chantal has worked on many Cirque projects including the shows Alegría, La Nouba and Mystère for which she once was the Artistic Director. Later on her solid credentials helped her land the position of Director of Creation on both The Beatles LOVE and OVO.

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  • Stéphane Roy

    Set and Props Designer

    Stéphane Roy heeft gestudeerd aan de National Theatre School van Canada en heeft als decorontwerper en artistiek directeur aan meer dan 100 producties gewerkt, zowel in Montréal als in het buitenland. Hij werkt vooral in de theater- en danswereld, maar heeft ook ervaring opgedaan in de film-, televisie-, reclame- en variétéwereld.

    In de loop der jaren heeft hij nauw samengewerkt met een aantal regisseurs en kunstgenootschappen: Hij heeft de decors ontwerpen voor verschillende toneelstukken die zijn opgevoerd in Espace Go en in het Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montréal. Sinds 1990 ontwerpt hij ook decors voor dansproducties, zoals de internationaal erkende dansgezelschappen La La La Human Steps en O Vertigo.

    Gezien zijn professionele achtergrond in combinatie met een architect als vader, een moeder die veel deed in het theater en een unieke, sociale en artistieke benadering van voorstellingsruimten, was het eigenlijk niet te vermijden dat Stéphane in contact zou komen met Cirque du Soleil. Deze samenwerking begon met de realisatie van Dralion. Daarna volgden Varekai, Zumanity, KOOZA en nu dus Zarkana.

    Sinds 2011 is Stéphane werkzaam als een van de drie kunstenaars in residentie die door de Montreal Nature Museums-groep zijn aangesteld om een link te vormen tussen de vier natuurwetenschappelijke museums in de stad. Hij heeft ook de tentoonstelling The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terra Cotta Army ontworpen voor het Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

    Zijn prestaties zijn vele malen bekroond. Zo werd hij in 1989 door de Association Québécoise des Critiques de Théâtre uitgeroepen tot Revelation of the Year, All Categories Combined. In 1992 werd hij door dezelfde organisatie beloond met de prijs voor het beste decorontwerp. Zijn talent is ook erkend door de Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal, de Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television en de Académie Québécoise du Théâtre.

    "In de lyrische, fantastische wereld van Zarkana is de oude, vervallen schouwburg waarin alles zich afspeelt een karakter op zichzelf"", zegt Stéphane Roy. ""De wanden ademen, bewegen en zingen. Wat de esthetische kant betreft bevinden we ons aan het begin van de vorige eeuw, ergens tussen 1910 en 1930, pal tussen Gaudí, Klimt en de art nouveau. De natuurlijke vormen zijn een knipoog naar de Franse meester glasmaker en juwelier René Lalique."

    Stéphane Roy woont in Montréal.

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  • Philippe Guillotel

    Costume Designer

    Philippe Guillotel began designing and making costumes when he was just eight. As soon as he could, he studied design, cutting and sewing at various schools in Paris. After a decade in the world of fashion he discovered dance, and through it, his true calling: costume allied to movement.

    Since 1985, Philippe has worked for many high profile French movie and theatre directors. He has had a long working relationship with the renowned French choreographer Philippe Decouflé for whom he designed the astonishing costumes seen in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. He also worked with Decouflé on the opening ceremonies of the 50th Cannes film festival in 1997 and Tricodex, a multimedia work for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon, in 2003. Between 2001 and 2005, his designs were featured in four ballets, including La Belle, staged by the Ballets de Monte Carlo.

    Philippe designed the exuberant costumes for the 2002 feature film Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra, for which he received a César award, and prior to that, the films Doggy Bag and À la Mode. In 2007 he designed the costumes for choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s production of Gounod’s Faust in Wiesbaden. He has been equally active in the world of live shows, designing the costumes for the musical Starmania in 1995 for Canadian composer and director Lewis Furey, and videos for a number of artists such as Julien Clerc and Alain Souchon.

    With his costumes for IRIS, Philippe is working on his second Cirque du Soleil production, following The Beatles LOVE. "Cirque du Soleil has the biggest costume shop in the world,” he says. “Its scope gives designers permission to allow their imaginations a much freer rein than anywhere else."

    "I explored several distinct themes with the IRIS costumes: capturing and transmitting images, sound and light," he says. “I also wanted to reflect the evolution of color in film from black and white to the saturated colors of Dick Tracy, passing through colorization and Technicolor. I would like the costumes in IRIS to trigger what each spectator imagines when someone says the word ‘cinema.’"

    Philippe Guillotel was born in Paris.

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  • Raphaël Beau

    Composer and Musical Director

    After studying the piano and writing at Conservatoire national de région de Toulouse, Raphaël Beau deepened his knowledge of musical language at the Conservatoire national de région de Paris with Jean-François Zygel. At the same time, he undertook musicology studies at Université de la Sorbonne in Paris and became a certified music teacher (holder of the agrégation). From 2000 to 2004, Raphaël goes on a European tour with the band Spook and the Guay and performs in several festival in France including Les Vieilles charrues, Le Printemps de Bourges, Le Fête de l’humanité. The tour also took him to the Zigets Festival in Budapest and the BAM Festival in Barcelona, among others. In 2008, he turned toward composing for orchestra and wrote the music for Georges Feydeau’s musical L’Âge d’or staged by Yves Pignot. In 2009, he composed the original music for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest motion picture Micmacs, a director with whom he collaborated again in 2010 on a commercial. In 2010, he composed the music for “Grants,” an Australian advertisement for Commonwealth bank made by Jeunet. A year later, he composed the soundtrack for Defective Detective, a short American animation film written by Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis – winners of the 38th Student Academy awards – picking up an award at the Burbank International Film Festival. With KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities, Raphaël Beau writes his first score for a Cirque du Soleil show.

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  • Bob & Bill

    Composers and Musical Directors

    Componisten en arrangeurs Guy Dubuc en Marc Lessard (ook wel bekend als Bob & Bill) zijn bekend om hun vermogen de scheidslijnen tussen genres en stijlen te laten vervagen. In 2003 componeerden zij de muziek voor Splinter Cell (Pandora Tomorrow), een succesvolle videogame van Ubisoft. Tevens hebben ze verschillende albums geproduceerd, waaronder Bahiatronica van Monica Freire, Pink Floyd Redux, een verzameling geremixte nummers van de Britse cultband, en het album met de soundtrack voor de Cirque du Soleil-show KOOZA. In 2004 verzorgden Bob & Bill de muzikale arrangementen voor de Cirque du Soleil-show Midnight Sun, als onderdeel van de 25ste verjaardag van het Montreal International Jazz Festival en de 20ste verjaardag van Cirque du Soleil. De twee partners, die al drie keer werden genomineerd voor een Quebec music industry ADISQ-award, schreven ook de muziek voor verschillende films en televisieseries, en componeerden de muziek voor de door Robert Lepage geregisseerde productie van Pageant de Canotgraphie. In 2008 lanceerde het duo hun eerste album, Crime Report, waarin elektronische en natuurlijke geluiden worden gecombineerd. Bob & Bill werkten vele malen samen met Cirque du Soleil om de muzikale arrangementen voor verschillende speciale evenementen te creëren. Sinds 2009 zijn ze ook als componisten actief voor Cirque du Soleil. Ze hebben de muziek gecomponeerd voor TOTEM (2010), geregisseerd door Robert Lepage en Amaluna (2012), geregisseerd door Diane Paulus. Bob & Bill schreven ook de muziek voor de derde en vijfde hoofdstukken van Les Chemins Invisibles (2011 en 2013), een gratis show in de open lucht die in de zomer in Quebec City werd gepresenteerd. KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is hun vijfde show als componisten voor Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Yaman Okur

    Choreographer

    It was in his early teenage years that Yaman Okur discovered his love for dance. After only a year of refining his talent as a student of contemporary dance, ballet, and jazz at the Académie Internationale de Danse (France), he was invited to join the French crew of “Trafic de Style”  before becoming an integral dancer of “Wanted Posse” in Paris in 1999. Only a few years later in 2001, Yaman took home the remarkable title of BBoy World Champion at the International Battle of the Year in Germany. Yaman, though anchored in hip-hop, further perfected his own style over the years, which resulted in his first place win in the Experimental category of Juste Debout’s 2007 competition in France. His acute sense of music and unparalleled body control have led him to win numerous battles and competitions. He finished third at the 2010 TV series La France a un incroyable talent. His choreographic abilities and work have been recognized both nationally and internationally, reflected in works created for his own dance crew, Pro Phenomen to work for Madonna (Sticky and Sweet and MDNA tours). Yaman Okur takes part in the creation of a Cirque du Soleil show for the first time with KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities.

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  • Ben Potvin

    Acrobatic Choreographer

    A former national competitive gymnast, Ottawa-born Ben Potvin joined Cirque du Soleil as an artist during the creation of “O” in 1997. He performed on this show for six years and acted as coach-performer for the production’s aerial hoops act. In 2004, he joined Dragone as an artist, coach-performer, dance captain, talent scout and act designer. Ben also designed acts for the show Voyage (Tokyo, Japan) and coordinated events at Utmost Entertainment Production. In 2009, he came back to Cirque du Soleil as a head coach on the show Viva ELVIS and later took on the acrobatic development role during the creation of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour and Amaluna. Michael Jackson ONE marks Ben’s first assignment as Acrobatic Choreographer, a mandate in which he will leverage his vision and experience in both the acrobatic and artistic realms.

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  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

    Choreographer

    Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has worked for theaters, opera and dance companies, ranging from the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Sadler's Wells in London, the Grand Theatre of Geneva to Les Ballets C. de la B. His choreographies have earned him a series of prizes including a Benois de la Danse, two Laurence Olivier Awards and two National Dance Awards. In 2008 and 2011 Tanz magazine proclaimed him 'Choreographer of the Year'. In 2010, he founded his own company. For Eastman he created Play with Shantala Shivalingappa and Babel(words) with Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley. In 2011 he set up TeZukA, a piece for 15 dancers and musicians inspired by the Japanese manga author Osamu Tezuka. In 2012 he created Puz/zle with the Corsican men’s choir A Filetta, Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage and Japanese musician Kazunari Abe. That same year he helmed the choreography for Anna Karenina, Joe Wright’s movie. Michael Jackson ONE is his first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Susan Gaudreau

    Choreographer

    Susan Gaudreau has worked as a dancer and choreographer for over 20 years in a variety of styles that include contemporary dance, jazz, ethnic, tap and classical ballet. She has worked with a number of Montreal dance companies such as Rubberband Dance, FLAK, Cas Publique and La La La Human Steps, among others. From 1989 to 2008, she was principal dancer, dance captain and assistant to the artistic director at Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, for which she choreographed Rhythm #5 (2000) and ZAP (1996). Throughout her career, Susan took part in a number of projects as a freelance artist. She danced in YES (2001), created by Debra Brown and René Bazinet, collaborated on television specials and variety shows, and was involved in a series of special events for Cirque du Soleil in Canada and abroad. Susan Gaudreau lent her talents as artistic coach to Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE and was assistant to the choreographer on Amaluna, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL and Zarkana. KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities is her first engagement on a Cirque du Soleil show as choreographer.

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  • Andrea Ziegler

    Acrobatic Choreographer

    A graduate from Ryerson University's Theater School in Canada, Andrea has performed as a dancer, singer or character for over 20 years for several renowned companies including La La La Human Steps, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (The Nutcracker), Livent (The Phantom of the Opera), Dragone (A New Day with Céline Dion) and Cirque du Soleil.  At Cirque, she performed in the shows MystèreQuidam and in numerous special events around the world. Andrea also held the position of Dance Master on Viva ELVIS in Las Vegas. Michael Jackson ONE is her first show as acrobatic choreographer for Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Jacques Boucher

    Concepteur sonore

    Jacques Boucher creëert al meer dan 25 jaar geluidsomgevingen voor een scala aan producties uit Québec en de wijde omgeving. Jacques werkte tevens als geluidstechnicus voor verschillende artiesten uit Québec, waaronder Richard Séguin, Laurence Jalbert, Diane Dufresne en Bruno Pelletier. Daarnaast specialiseerde hij zich in geluidsontwikkeling voor musicals zoals Dracula (2006) en grootschalige evenementen, waaronder de megashow 2000 voix chantent le monde, die in 2000 in Québec-Stad werd gepresenteerd en waarbij meer dan 2300 zangers op het podium stonden. In 2008 werd Jacques gevraagd om het geluid te regelen voor bijna alle evenementen die als onderdeel van de viering van de 400ste verjaardag van Québec-Stad werden gepresenteerd. Als geluidsontwerper en hoofd geluid ontwierp hij het geluid voor de uitvoering van Symphonie des mille van Gustav Mahler door het Quebec Symphony Orchestra, The Image Mill van Robert Lepage, waarvoor hij een indrukwekkend geluidssysteem van 1,2 km ontwikkelde, en de speciale show van Cirque du Soleil. Jacques werkte tevens als geluidsontwerper en hoofd geluid voor enkele speciale evenementen van Cirque du Soleil. Na TOTEM werkt hij mee aan zijn tweede Cirque du Soleil-show.

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  • Martin Labrecque

    Lighting Designer

    Martin Labrecque’s professional credits include more than 140 theatrical productions, as well as circus shows. Martin contributed to the critical success of several Quebec shows. He has won many Quebec awards for his lighting design in addition to several nominations. Martin Labrecque created the lighting for two critically acclaimed circus shows produced by Cirque Éloize, Rain and Nomade, as well as Cirque du Soleil shows Corteo, KOOZA, Viva ELVIS and Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour before KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities. In 2009, Martin designed the lighting for an eleven-hour show by Canadian author, director and actor Wajdi Mouawad, which was presented in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. He also worked on the show Paradis Perdu, directed by Dominic Champagne and presented in Montreal and Belles Soeurs (2011) directed by René Richard Cyr.

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  • Rob Bollinger

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    Rob Bollinger was a competitive trampolinist at the age of 9 and partnered with his father on the invention of the double mini trampoline as his family owned a trampoline club in Illinois, where he grew up. He studied Business at Indiana University on a scholarship as a competitive springboard diver. He won two Big Ten and two NCAA national diving championships and qualified for the 1980 and 1984 Olympics trials. He did not make the team on either occasion, and at first turned away from the world of competitive sports. After a brief period working in aeronautics and insurance, Rob found the pull of acrobatics too strong to resist, so he went to work in diving shows in theme parks, which led him around the world. On his return to the United States he put his talents as a diver and trampolinist to work in film and television as a professional stunt man, notably for Universal Studios. Rob joined Cirque du Soleil in 1993 during the creation of the first resident show Mystère as a coach and artist in the show’s original house troupe. In 1997 he joined "O", first as a coach, then as artistic coordinator and eventually he was appointed the production’s artistic director. He also added the artistic direction of Mystère to his responsibilities. Michael Jackson ONE is Rob’s third show as Acrobatic Designer after ZAIA and Amaluna.

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  • Germain Guillemot

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    A graduate from Centre national des arts du cirque in Châlon, France, Germain Guillemot started his career with the French troupe Cirque Archaos and toured with the company for two years. With other circus fellows he created the French circus company Les Arts Sauts where he worked both as a creator and performer for 15 years. Germain joined Cirque du Soleil in 2007 as a coach for the flying trapeze act on ZED and then became Acrobatic Training Manager for Viva ELVIS. Michael Jackson ONE is Germain Guillemot’s second collaboration with Cirque du Soleil as Acrobatic Designer after Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.

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  • Danny Zen

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Danny Zen kwam in 1990 bij Cirque du Soleil werken als lasser in een van de ateliers. In datzelfde jaar ging hij op zijn eerste Europese tournee met Le Cirque Réinventé. Daarna maakte hij de overstap naar Nouvelle Expérience, waar hij als lasser, monteur en hoofdplaatsaanwijzer werkte. In 1992 toerde hij als tenttechnicus rond met Saltimbanco.

    Sinds 1993 werkt Danny aan de voortdurende ontwikkeling van de Creative Studio van Cirque du Soleil. Zijn innovaties als hoofdtechnicus zijn grotendeels verantwoordelijk voor de veeleisende normen van Cirque wat betreft het trainen van alle technici en het te allen tijde garanderen van de veiligheid van artiesten en technici.

    Danny heeft voor de nationale circusschool in Montréal gewerkt en heeft in de loop der jaren een bijdrage geleverd aan het ontwerp van een groot deel van de uitrusting voor luchtacrobatiek die wordt gebruikt in de Cirque du Soleil-voorstellingen Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, Dralion, Varekai, "O", La Nouba en. Bovendien werkte hij in 1996 als hoofdtechnicus voor Quidam. In 2008 ontwierp hij de tuigage en uitrusting voor de acrobatische voorstelling ter ere van het 400-jarig bestaan van de stad Québec.

    Zarkana is na Corteo en KOOZA Danny's derde aanstelling als ontwerper van acrobatiekuitrustingen en tuigage voor een Cirque du Soleil-voorstelling.

    ""De acrobatiekuitrusting voor Zarkana is afgestemd op het op de jaren dertig geïnspireerde decor van de voorstelling"", vertelt hij. ""De voorspelling speelt zich ook af in deze periode. Ik vind de vloeiende en organische vormen van dat tijdperk fascinerend en heb me laten inspireren door de bekende Franse art nouveau glaskunstenaar en juwelier Lalique en door de Spaanse architect en ingenieur Calatrava.""

    Danny Zen is geboren in Saint-Luc in de Canadese provincie 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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