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The Beatles LOVE

LOVE brengt een ode aan de muzikale erfenis van The Beatles. Bij LOVE ga je via scènes met bestaande personen en fantasiepersonages op ontdekkingstocht door de poëtische teksten van de songs. Een internationale cast van 60 artiesten brengt pure, jeugdige energie in de vorm van luchtacrobatiek, extreme sporten en urban, freestyle dans.

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The Beatles LOVE - Ontwerpers

  • Guy Laliberté

    Oprichter en Creative Guide

    Guy Laliberté is in 1959 geboren in Québec. Deze accordeonist, steltloper en vuurvreter heeft met ondersteuning van een kleine groep mensen het allereerste internationaal vermaarde circus van Québec opgericht. Guy Laliberté, een dappere visionair, herkende en gebruikte de talenten van straatartiesten van het Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul en richtte in 1984 Cirque du Soleil op.

    Guy Laliberté was de eerste die de mix van culturen en artistieke en acrobatische disciplines samenbracht, wat ook vandaag de dag nog kenmerkend is voor Cirque du Soleil. Sinds 1984 staat hij aan het hoofd van het creatieve team en helpt hij de medewerkers bij de ontwikkeling van elke show. Daarnaast heeft hij eraan bijgedragen dat circuskunsten tegenwoordig worden gezien als een belangrijke artistieke discipline.

    Cirque du Soleil is een internationale organisatie; zowel wat betreft de stijl en activiteiten als de invloed die het circus uitoefent. Guy Laliberté staat nu aan het hoofd van een organisatie met activiteiten die zich uitstrekken over vijf continenten.

    In oktober 2007 begon Guy Laliberté aan een tweede project: de ONE DROP Foundation, die tot doel heeft om wereldwijd armoede te bestrijden door mensen van schoon water te voorzien.  Deze nieuwe droom komt voort uit het gegeven dat het recht op water van essentieel belang is om te kunnen overleven en uit de normen en waarden die al sinds de oprichting een belangrijke rol spelen bij Cirque du Soleil:  de gedachte dat het leven alles wat iemand geeft ook weer teruggeeft en dat daarbij zelfs het kleinste gebaar een verschil maakt.

    In september 2009 werd Guy Laliberté de eerste Canadese privéruimtevaarder.  Zijn doel was om mensen bewust te maken van de waterproblemen waarmee de aarde en mensheid te maken hebben. Onder het motto Moving Stars and Earth for Water was de eerste poëtisch-sociale missie in de ruimte een feit. De bedoeling was mensen te raken vanuit een artistieke benadering: een speciale, 120 minuten durende webcast met verschillende optredens in veertien steden op vijf continenten, zelfs in het internationale ruimtestation ISS.

    Belangrijkste awards en onderscheidingen
    In 2012 werd Guy Laliberté opgenomen in de Gaming Hall of Fame van de American Gaming Association. In 2011 werd hij opgenomen in de Canadian Business Hall of Fame. In 2010 kreeg Guy zijn eigen ster op de Hollywood Walk of Fame. In hetzelfde jaar werd Guy door de regering van Québec gepromoveerd van ridder (een titel die hij zes jaar eerder kreeg) tot officier in de Ordre de la Pléiade. De Université Laval (Québec) verleende Guy Laliberté in 2008 een eredoctoraat. Het jaar ervoor won Guy Laliberté de Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year-award in drie categorieën: Québec, Canada en Internationaal. In 2004 ontving hij de Order of Canada, de hoogste onderscheiding van het land, van de gouverneur-generaal van Canada. In hetzelfde jaar werd hij door Time Magazine genoemd als een van de 100 meest invloedrijke personen ter wereld. In 2003 werd hij door de Condé Nast-groep geëerd als onderdeel van het Never Follow Program, een eerbetoon aan uitvinders en innovators. In 2001 werd hij door de Académie des Grands Montréalais uitgeroepen tot 'Great Montrealer'. In 1997 ontving Guy Laliberté de Ordre National du Québec, de hoogste onderscheiding die door de regering van Québec wordt uitgereikt.


    Andere awards en onderscheidingen

    2009
    Lifetime Achievement Award, uitgereikt door de Canadian Marketing Association

    2002
    Vereeuwiging in de Canadese Walk of Fame

    1998
    Visionary Award, uitgereikt door het American Craft Museum (nu het Museum of Arts and Design in New York)

    1996
    Vision nouvelle-award, uitgereikt op het 43e Gala du Commerce (Québec)

    1988
    Personality of the Year, Gala Excellence La Presse (Québec)

    1988
    Entrepreneur of the Year, Les Affaires magazine (Québec)

     

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  • Sir George Martin

    Musical Director

    Legendary producer of The Beatles, Academy Award-nominated composer and founder of AIR Studios, Sir George Martin has produced a record-breaking 30 Number One singles in the UK. In his career to date he has received two Ivor Novello Awards and five Grammys. In 1962 he signed The Beatles to EMI and went on to produce all of their records until they disbanded in 1970.

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  • Giles Martin

    Musical Director

    Giles Martin is an award-winning record producer and the son of Sir George Martin. They have been working as a team to create a soundtrack for LOVE that is designed to be both familiar, and at the same time brand new, with a sense of intimacy underscoring the drama and grandeur of the Beatles' compositions.

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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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  • Jean Rabasse

    toneel- en decorontwerper

    Jean Rabasse has worked extensively in cinema, theatre and dance as a set designer and decorator. He has designed the sets for Philippe Decouflé's dance company DCA for more than a decade.

    Jean was nominated for an Academy Award and won the César for his sumptuous, elaborate designs for the 2001 film Vatel. His other film credits include Astérix et Obélix contre César, directed by Claude Zidi, The Dreamers, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen directed by Caro and Jeunet, Norman Jewison's The Statement and Christophe Barratier’s Faubourg 36, for which he received a César nomination.

    In 2009, he designed the sets for the opera L'Amour de loin, in a staging by Daniele Finzi Pasca, presented by the English National Opera in London.

    A versatile artist, Jean Rabasse reinvents the craft of forms. "I make no distinctions between the disciplines in which I work. In movies I always stress theatrical effects, to give the film soul. In the theatre, I use cinematic elements."

    IRIS is the third Cirque du Soleil show (following Corteo and The Beatles LOVE) for which Jean has designed the sets.

    "Instead of a classic representation of cinema referring to specific films, we wanted to capture the essence of cinema, its original emotion," says Jean Rabasse. “The proscenium of IRIS is a nod to the origins of cinema in Coney Island and the world of Jules Verne, and acts as the gateway to our imaginary world."

    Jean Rabasse was born in Tlemcen, Algeria.

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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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  • Jonathan Deans

    Sound Designer

    Jonathan Deans is one of the most sought-after live entertainment sound designers in the world. As a young man, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company as an actor but had also a keen interest in sound and so began to blend with a theatrical context. Several years later, after a spell as a sound engineer in the music industry, notably at Morgan Studios where he brushed shoulders with artists such as Cat Stevens, Paul Simon and Rick Wakeman, he made his way back to the theatre via the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and later went on to mix the sound for the musical A Chorus Line. One success soon followed another, and he became the sound mixing engineer for dozens of London’s West End productions. Jonathan’s success as a mixing sound engineer led to him being hired as sound designer on the musical Marilyn. This was followed by work on other productions as Designer on Time, Les Misérables, Mutiny, Jean Seberg to mention a few. Over a decade later he relocated in America where he has designed systems and productions for theme parks, stadiums, arenas and Broadway productions including Ragtime, Fosse, King David, Damn Yankees, Taboo, Brooklyn, Lestat, Pirate Queen, Young Frankenstein, La Cage Aux Folles, Spiderman, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. With Michael Jackson ONE Jonathan is creating the sound system and the audio environment of his 14th Cirque du Soleil show since Saltimbanco in 1992.

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  • Yves Aucoin

    Lighting Designer

    Lighting Designer Yves Aucoin has racked up an unparalleled list of credits working with musicians and singers. He has worked with Celine Dion on all her shows since 1989.

    He has also created the lighting for the singers Roch Voisine, Garou and Julio Iglesias, and worked as a lighting consultant for Elton John, Gloria Estefan and Le Rêve.

    In musical theatre, Aucoin has worked his own magic on Grease, Romeo and Juliet, Elvis Story, La Cage aux Folles, and has also worked with the stage magic of Alain Choquette. He has lit the gala shows of the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal and designed André-Philippe Gagnon's lighting for his one-man shows in Las Vegas .

    Aucoin has also worked extensively in television on broadcasts that include Garou – Portrait of a Singer, Cent Ans en Chantant, the ADISQ Awards Gala and the Governor General of Canada's Awards Annual Gala. Along the way, Aucoin has received many awards for his work, including the Félix (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy). Branching out into other entertainment arenas, Aucoin has lit skaters in Holiday on Ice and the musicians of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra when they played the Molson Centre in 2000.

    LOVE is the first Cirque du Soleil production Aucoin has worked on. "The show is full of challenges," he says. "The biggest is the fact that it's in the round. A 360-degree stage means that one person's front light is another person's back light, and that all has to be worked out to the high, high standards Cirque has established with all its previous shows. But along with the challenges comes the opportunity for me to do my best work."

    Yves Aucoin was born in 1964 in the Magdalen Islands, Quebec.

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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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  • Dave St-Pierre

    Choreographer

    Choreographer and self-described enfant terrible Dave St-Pierre has been dubbed an enfant terrible by many dance critics, but he is reluctant to accept the label himself . “ It’s weird ,” he says. “B ecause it was a Fred Astaire movie I saw when I was five years old that began my life long love affair with dance .” saw a Fred Astaire movie on television when he was only five years old, and that was enough to spark a lifelong interest in dance.

    He has accumulated an impressive résumé as a dancer, notably with Brouhaha Danse, staying with the company for more than six years.

    Following that , he danced for many Quebec choreographers including Harold Rhéaume, Daniel Léveillé, Jean-Pierre Perrault, Estelle Clareton, Pierre-Paul Savoie and Alain Francoeur throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. He was featured in many other shows, such as Amour, Acide et Noix and La Pudeur des Icebergs by Daniel Léveillé, as well as the musical Notre-Dame de Paris.

    As a choreographer, St-Pierre is best known for his groundbreaking 2004 creation La Pornographie des Âmes, which he performed five times in Montreal with his dance company before more than 2,000 people (an unprecedented feat in contemporary dance) . A nd during the same season they also performed the work in Munich, Berlin, Salzburg, Wolfsburg and Amsterdam has played all over the world to ra ve reviews. The piece won the 2004 prize for best show in Frankfurt and St-Pierre was named Personality of the Year, 2004-5 by Radio-Canada, the Quebec media outlets Mirror , The Gazette , ICI , La Presse and Le Devoir as well as the German magazine BALLETANZ .

    Dave St-Pierre’s work has been featured in several Montreal stage productions, including works directed by Claude Poissant at Espace Go in 2005. Brigitte Poupart approached him to work on her show Cérémonials and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde engaged his services as Movement Director for its production of La Tempête, directed by Victor Pilon and Michel Lemieux. He also appeared in two productions for Cinéquanon Film, including the film l’Enfant de la Musique in which he played the lead character, Mozart.

    LOVE marks the third time Dave has worked for Cirque du Soleil. His first sortie was with ZUMANITY , which is playing at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In 2004 St- Pierre created the choreography for the Cirque mega-show Soleil de Minuit (Midnight Sun) which closed the Montreal International Jazz Festival in front of a crowd n audience of more than 200,000. On For LOVE Dave St-Pierre worked extremely closely with the dancers. “They are the catalyst for a heteroclite and sin gular form of dance,” he says. “Each brings his or her own energy and style to the show . I give them the power to create , so the dance will be truly in their own image, an image that reflects their oneness , their character and their life. My job is to bring out t he best in each of them, to see them in all their strength and their vulnerability. ”

    is sharing choreography duties with Hansel Cereza.. “I cast almost all the dancers myself,” he says. “My objective is to tap into their youth and energy in a completely contemporary context and idiom, rather than to attempt to recreate the style of the sixties.”

    Dave St-Pierre was born in 1974 in St. Jérôme, Quebec.

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  • Hansel Cereza

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    The Spanish actor, choreographer and artistic director Hansel Cereza has traveled the world to bring his unique vision to theatre and dance productions large and small.

    He co-founded the renowned theatre company La Fura dels Baus as a performer and creator. He also worked in special events including a show called “Mediterranean” which he created for the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Olympics in his native Barcelona.

    Cereza left La Fura dels Baus in 1995 and has been working independently since 1996 putting on “Macro Shows” on a similar grand scale for major corporate clients.

    Equally at home in the world of dance, with many choreography credits to his name, Cereza created a flamenco performance to launch the film Muerte en Granada, and directed a production of Vicente Amigo’s “Poet” for the Spanish National Ballet.

    On LOVE Cereza is sharing choreography duties with Dave St-Pierre. He says he approached the challenge of creating choreographies for acrobats and other non-dancers by really getting to know the artists, finding out who they were, learning their fears, discovering what they were capable of and working very closely with them to tailor their movements to take advantage of their strength and physicality.

    Hansel Cereza was born in Barcelona in 1957.

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  • Guy St-Amour

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Guy St-Amour has been involved in the performing arts for more than 30 years. He began his career in 1975 as a technician and has participated in an impressive number of projects in theatre, cinema, television and circus. In 2002, he was selected to contribute his talents to Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Royal Visit to Canada and in 2005 he worked on the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan’s Centennial Celebration of the Arts.

    Guy is one of the Cirque du Soleil pioneers, working in a number of technical direction capacities between 1984 and 1995. He participated in the creation of rigging systems for aerial numbers, special effects, acrobatic equipment and set design elements. He has been interested in audio since 1984, and created the sound design for Nouvelle Expérience in 1989. He also designed, created and supervised the installation of the big tops for Cirque’s European and North American tours between 1989 and 1995. Viva ELVIS is his third Cirque production as a designer. In the early 2000s, he designed the tent and bleachers for Cheval Théâtre, the equestrian show created by Gilles Ste-Croix.

    In 1987 Guy founded his own consulting company which has worked for scores of clients including Expo ‘98 in Portugal (for which he created a teleport simulator), the Montreal Casino, the National Film Board of Canada, the Just For Laughs comedy festival, Opéra de Montréal’s Carmen Sous les Étoiles and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. At the same time he is intensely involved in training the next generation of technicians in Quebec, teaching at the National Theatre School, the École Nationale de Cirque and the Montreal-based circus arts national network En Piste.

    In 2006 Guy created the motorized equipment and special effects for the show Joe Dassin in Montreal and the acrobatic equipment and rigging for the Cirque du Soleil show LOVE in Las Vegas. He followed that with the set and production design for a concert by the singer Chantal Chamandy, staged in Egypt in 2007. He then worked as a safety consultant on a production of The Ring of the Nibelung directed by Robert Lepage at the Metropolitan Opera.

    "The scale of the theatre and the sheer number of set changes calls for more and bigger acrobatic equipment than any other show we’ve done,” says Guy St-Amour. “Whether it’s the giant guitar, a 14-meter aluminum bridge that supports two acrobats, or the Jungle Gym, a parallel bar structure used in the GI Blues number, everything is like Elvis himself: It’s all larger than life."

    Guy St-Amour was born in Montreal in 1959.

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  • Daniel Cola

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    Virtuoso acrobat Daniel Cola comes from the world of trampoline, a discipline that was perceived as more of a sport than a circus art at the start of his career. A member of the French national trampoline team from 1978 to 1984, he became World Champion in 1982. His career took him to Sea World in Florida where he tried circus arts for the first time.

    On his return to France he heard that Cirque du Soleil was looking for a trampoline act for the show Mystère – and he was selected. His experience with Cirque allowed him to discover other circus disciplines, including the Teeterboard and the Chinese poles.

    When Daniel Cola joined Cirque du Soleil in 1993 it brought to fruition an early ambition of his to combine his two first loves: acrobatics and performance. “Even at the age of 16 my goal was to create shows based on the trampoline,” he recalls.

    Daniel left Mystère to take a more theatrical and less acrobatic role in Alegría, and toured Europe and Asia with that show for two years. In 1998 he created a trampoline act and became a coach for the Cirque production La Nouba in Florida. He stayed with the show as the Artistic Coordinator until 2004.

    In 2005 Daniel was appointed Acrobatics Performance Designer for The Beatles LOVE, at the Mirage. He followed that in 2007 by coaching the performers for the Super Bowl pre-game show. And later the same year he designed the acrobatic performances for Cirque's seasonal show Wintuk at Madison Square Garden.

    "Larger than life: those are the watchwords that inspired our acrobatic approach to Viva ELVIS," says Daniel Cola. “You could define some of the pieces of acrobatic equipment as part of the set, given their size.”

    Daniel Cola was born in 1962 in Asnières, France.

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  • Dominic Champagne

    regisseur en schrijver van oorspronkelijke showconcept

    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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  • Gilles Ste-Croix

    Artistiek leider

    Toen Gilles Ste-Croix zijn ouders vertelde dat hij de showbusiness in wilde zeiden ze “Alles behalve dat!”. Ste-Croix groeide op op het platteland van Quebec, maar hij was vastbesloten om daar niet te blijven. Hij werd een hippie en een nomade, leefde in communes en maakte in de jaren zestig de verplichte pelgrimstocht naar de Westkust. Daar leefde hij in communes en volgde een paar dramalessen.

    Ste-Croix probeerde zich wel aan te passen en werkte zelfs een tijdje op een architectenkantoor, maar hij wist diep van binnen dat hij niet gemaakt was voor een gewone carrière in het bedrijfsleven. Tegelijkertijd was zijn zoektocht naar een baan absoluut niet doelloos of vaag. Hij zegt dat hij als tiener al een sterke drang had om te slagen en een evenzo sterke drang om te vermaken. Zijn entree in de showbusiness gebeurde op een zeer ongewone en onvoorspelbare manier.

    Eind jaren zeventig woonde Gilles Ste-Croix in een commune in Victoriaville, Quebec. Hij plukte appels om de kost te verdienen. Op een dag bedacht hij dat het werk een stuk makkelijker zou zijn wanneer hij de ladder aan zijn benen kon vastmaken en zo ontwierp hij zijn eerste stelten.

    Een vriend noemde toevallig het Bread and Puppet Theater in het nabijgelegen Vermont, dat steltlopen als basis gebruikte voor veel van haar voorstellingen. Ste-Croix ging langs bij het gezelschap en realiseerde zich dat zijn appelpluk- vaardigheden wel eens gewild zouden kunnen zijn in de grotere wereld van entertainment.

    In 1980 richtten Gilles Ste-Croix en een groep straatartiesten de Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul op en organiseerden een straattheaterfestival genaamd het Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul. Dit zou uiteindelijk leiden tot de oprichting in 1984 van Cirque du Soleil met Guy Laliberté.

    In 1984 en 1985 bedacht Gilles Ste-Croix vele steltnummers voor Cirque du Soleil en voerde hij ze uit. In 1988 werd hij Artistiek Directeur van Cirque, evenals coördinator voor een talentenjacht die zich verspreide over de vier hoeken van de wereld. Hij was van 1990 tot 2000 Director of Creation [creatief directeur] voor alle Cirque du Soleil producties: Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco, Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, La Nouba, "O", en Dralion. In 1992 regisseerde hij Fascination, de eerste show van Cirque du Soleil die in theaters in Japan werd getoond. In 1997 regisseerde hij ook de baanbrekende diner/cabaretshow Pomp Duck and Circumstance in Duitsland.

    Terwijl hij in 2000 nog steeds als werkte adviseur voor Cirque du Soleil, besloot Gilles Ste-Croix om een van zijn grootste dromen waar te maken: Gedreven door zijn gepassioneerde interesse voor paarden, richtte hij zijn eigen bedrijf op om de voorstelling Cheval-Théâtre uit 2003 te produceren. Hierin schitterden 30 paarden en acrobaten in een tent en ze reisden langs tien steden in Noord Amerika.

    In december 2002 keerde Gilles St-Croix terug naar Cirque du Soleil als Vice-President of Creation, New Project Development [Ontwikkeling Nieuwe Projecten]. In juli 2006 werd hij benoemd tot Senior Vice-President of Creative Content and New Project Development [creatieve inhoud en ontwikkeling nieuwe projecten]. Op dit moment richt Gilles zich op zijn rol als Creative Guide [creatief leider], naast Guy Laliberté.

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  • Nathalie Gagné

    Visagiste

    Visagiste Nathalie Gagné is al sinds haar tienerjaren gefascineerd door make-up en de invloed die make-up heeft op het acteervak. Ze heeft een studie theaterproductie gedaan aan de Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe in Québec, en was daarna een van de eersten die afstudeerde aan de afdeling van de fameuze Parijse visagieopleiding École Christian Chauveau in Montréal.

    Voordat zij aan het werk ging bij Cirque du Soleil, werkte Nathalie bij theater, film en televisie. Ze is twee keer genomineerd voor een Gémeaux-award voor beste make-up over alle categorieën. Deze onderscheiding wordt toegekend door de Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

    De artiesten van Cirque du Soleil moeten hun eigen make-up aanbrengen en daarom betrekt Nathalie hen bij de creatie van het uiterlijk van hun personage. "In tegenstelling tot acteurs zijn acrobaten niet gewend om hun eigen gezicht te bestuderen", licht ze toe. "Een van mijn doelen is ze nu juist dát te laten doen en ze te helpen de - zoals ik ze noem - 'krachtlijnen' in zichzelf te vinden, die de basis bieden waarop hun personage kan worden opgebouwd."

    “Make-up is een weerspiegeling van de ziel van het personage. Het is ook een magische manier om remmingen te laten verdwijnen,” zegt Nathalie, die sinds 1995 meer dan 1000 make-upontwerpen voor Cirque du Soleil heeft gemaakt en voor haar uiteindelijke concepten uit meer dan 5000 schetsen heeft gekozen.

    Nathalie moet er ook voor zorgen dat alle make-upontwerpen met haar signatuur een eenheid vormen. Omdat de artiesten zelf hun make-up moeten aanbrengen, maken workshops in make-uptechnieken nu deel uit van de algemene training die aan artiesten van Cirque du Soleil wordt gegeven. Nathalie leert artiesten eerst hoe ze hun eigen make-up moeten doen en schrijft vervolgens voor iedere artiest een stappenplan voor het aanbrengen van de make-up.

    Nathalie introduceerde nieuwe make-upconcepten voor de shows Mystère, Alegría en Saltimbanco, waarbij ze samenwerkte met regisseur Franco Dragone en kostuumontwerpster Dominique Lemieux. Na haar werk voor onder andere Quidam, “O”, La Nouba, Varekai, ZUMANITY, KÀ, Corteo, DELIRIUM, LOVE, ZAIA en CRISS ANGEL Believe is Viva ELVIS de 15e show van Cirque du Soleil waaraan Nathalie haar creatieve bijdrage levert.

    “In Viva ELVIS duiken we terug in de jaren 50 en 70 met de kostuums van Stefano Canulli", zegt Nathalie Gagné. "Bij de make-up ligt de nadruk op eyeliner en valse wimpers in alle mogelijke variaties, van reeënogen tot poppenogen. Aan de traditionele zwarte eyeliner heb ik iriserende kleuren toegevoegd om de opwinding van die periode op te roepen en om de ogen te laten glinsteren in het licht. Ik heb de kunst van de verwijderbare make-up zoals we die in ZAIA en CRISS ANGEL Believe toepasten nog verder uitgebreid. In Viva ELVIS vormt deze techniek de basis voor verschillende delen van het gezicht waarop we dan andere materialen zoals extravagante valse wimpers, kant, sieraden, kristallen en zelfs latex protheses kunnen aanbrengen. Op die manier kunnen we een gezicht, en daarmee het personage, in een paar seconden compleet veranderen, zonder dat we lijm hoeven te gebruiken."

    Nathalie Gagné is in 1963 geboren in Trois-Pistoles, in de regio Bas-Saint-Laurent, Québec.

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  • Patricia Ruel

    Props Designer

    Patricia Ruel has contributed to the success of a myriad of plays, television shows and special events, both in Quebec and abroad. Her track record includes over 50 productions as Props Designer and a dozen as Set Designer. Patricia has received two Théâtre Denise-Pelletier awards for her sets for Révizor, directed by Reynald Robinson, in 2003, and Edmond Dantès, directed by Robert Bellefeuille, in 2004. In 2011, she received a Gémeau award in the “Best Set Design: all variety categories, magazines, public affairs, sports” category for the end-of-year special Bye Bye 2010, aired on SRC. She has worked with various theatre directors, including Robert Lepage, Dominic Champagne and Fernand Rainville. She has also worked on several projects for Cirque du Soleil, including KÀ, The Beatles LOVE and Viva ELVIS as Props Designer and Wintuk and Banana Shpeel as Set Designer.

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  • Michael Curry

    Puppet Designer

    Puppet Designer Michael Curry works widely in both conceptual and technical development with the foremost entertainment companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions, LA Opera, and Universal Pictures. Michael has been the recipient of many prestigious awards from his peers, including several awards for his puppet and costume work on Broadway, Olympic ceremonies as well as his continuing innovations in the fields of visual effects and puppetry design. He has collaborated with Julie Taymor on many stage and opera productions. Among his numerous awards, he received the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design in recognition of his work for Taymor on The Lion King. Michael’s other credits include an opera directed by Robert Lepage at the Paris Opera, an opera at La Scala, Milan, directed by William Friedkin, and the Broadway production of Spider Man with music by Bono and Edge, directed by Julie Taymor. After KÀ, The Beatles LOVE, Wintuk and CRISS ANGEL Believe, Michael Curry collaborates with Cirque du Soleil for the fifth time with Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.

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