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Zarkana

Zarkana van Cirque du Soleil is een visueel verbluffend, modern acrobatisch spektakel in een wereld waar fysiek vermogen en het buitengewone samenkomen.

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Zarkana - Ontwerpers

  • Francois Girard

    Writer and Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

    François Girard was born in Saint-Félicien, Quebec.

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  • Line Tremblay

    Director of Creation

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

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

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

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

    Line Tremblay was born in Hull, Quebec.

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  • Stéphane Roy

    Set and Props Designer

    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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  • Alan Hranitelj

    Costume Designer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Nick Littlemore

    Composer and Musical Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nick Littlemore was born in Sydney, Australia.

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  • Debra Brown

    Choreographer

    Debra Brown is world renowned for her unique choreographies blending acrobatics and dance. She joined Cirque du Soleil in 1987 as a choreographer for We Reinvent the Circus and went on to choreograph the shows Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco, Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, “O”, La Nouba, Corteo, one act in Zumanity, ZED, Zarkana, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour and Amaluna. She has also worked with artists and groups from a wide variety of disciplines including the 1990 Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain (Paris), the John Corigliano’s opera The Ghosts of Versailles, presented at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Wagner’s Ring Cycle, put on by the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 1994, Debra created and produced Apogée, a 50-minute trampoline-based ballet which premiered in Toronto and was also presented in both Los Angeles and San Francisco at “Passport ’96,” an AIDS benefit hosted by Elizabeth Taylor and Magic Johnson. In 1995, she worked with Luciano Pavarotti on the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Fille du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) in New York. Debra also choreographed Aerosmith’s Jaded video and energetic performance for the American Music Awards in 2001, as well as Madonna’s Drowned world tour. Debra has worked with major musical acts such as Shakira, Wyclef Jean, Céline Dion and Madonna. Her film work includes Catwoman, Van Helsing and Barney’s Great Adventure. She received the Innovative Choreography Award in honour of her exceptional contribution to choreography and dance at the 14th Bob Fosse Awards in Los Angeles in 1997. In 2002, she received an Emmy Award for her choreography of an act created by Cirque du Soleil for the Academy Awards.

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  • Alain Lortie

    Lighting Designer

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Alain Lortie was born in Montreal, Québec.

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  • Raymond St-Jean

    Projection Designer

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

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  • Steven Dubuc

    Sound Designer

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    Steven Dubuc was born in Beloeil, Quebec.

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  • Florence Pot

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

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

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

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

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

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

    Florence Pot was born in Rouen, France.

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  • Danny Zen

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Danny Zen 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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