A team of 10 diverse choreographers, some of whom worked alongside Michael Jackson, will contribute their distinctive talents and understanding of Michael’s unique creative choreography to the new Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour in collaboration with the show’s Writer and Director Jamie King. The world premiere of this unique tribute to Michael Jackson’s musical legacy will take place in Montreal on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Bell Centre and the show will then travel throughout North America and the rest of the world.
These high-profile choreographers all have an impressive list of credits to their name and have, in addition to the work some did with Michael, they have all worked with many other international stars in the music industry.
The team of choreographers is comprised of (see bios below):
Rich and Tone Talauega
Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo
Cloud and Tamara Levinson
“The creative force of 10 cutting-edge choreographers brings complexity and depth as we work together with the performers to bring Michael Jackson’s music to life,” explains Chantal Tremblay, Director of Creation of Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour.
With the addition of the 10 choreographers, the creative team of Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour is the largest ever for a Cirque du Soleil production.
The other creators include :
Guy Laliberté – Creative Guide
Gilles Ste-Croix – Creative Guide
Chantal Tremblay – Director of Creation
Jamie King – Writer and Director
Carla Kama – Associate Show Director
Kevin Antunes – Musical Designer
Greg Phillinganes – Music Director
Mark Fisher – Set Designer
Michael Curry – Props and Scenic Designer
Zaldy Goco – Costume Designer
Germain Guillemot – Acrobatic Performance Designer
Scott Osgood – Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer
Olivier Goulet – Projection Designer
Martin Labrecque – Lighting Designer
François Desjardins – Sound Designer
Florence Cornet – Makeup Designer
About the show
A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.
The Immortal World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree—a wellspring of creativity that illuminates for the audience Michael’s thoughtful inner world, offering new paths to express his love for music, dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.
The underpinnings of The Immortal World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity.
For tour cities and ticket information, please go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson.
Media Contacts :
Maxime Charbonneau - Cirque du Soleil
Chantal Côté - Cirque du Soleil
MICHAEL JACKSON – THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR
Twice Emmy-nominated choreographer, director, and producer Travis Payne is an acknowledged innovator of screen, stage, and song. Born and raised in Atlanta, Payne’s work encompasses some of the most influential visual and musical moments of contemporary pop culture, created for and performed by global entertainment icons from Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Shakira, and Usher to Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger, and Madonna. Payne was a collaborator on and off for more than 15 years with the late Michael Jackson. He served as the co-choreographer with Michael as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London in July 2009 and was the associate producer on the award winning film, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, documenting those rehearsals. Payne began his career as a dancer on Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour and was soon choreographing for Jackson and En Vogue as well as Madonna, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Abdul, Faith Hill, and Ricky Martin. In addition to his Emmy Awards, Payne is a two-time recipient of the Music Video Producers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, an Obie Award winner, and a four-time winner of the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography. This is his first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.
Rich and Tone Talauega
Rich + Tone Talauega are two of the most sought after creative directors, choreographers, producers, and directors in today’s film, music, TV and commercial industries. As teenagers, Rich + Tone were discovered by Michael Jackson's choreographer while free-styling at a club in Oakland, California. Within months of moving to Los Angeles, Rich + Tone toured with both Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. They continued to work with Michael over the years on various projects and were the choreographers chosen to work on the short film for “Hollywood Tonight” from the posthumous Michael Jackson album, Michael. Rich + Tone have proven themselves as world class choreographers, having multiple MTV Award nominations, as well as an Emmy nomination for Best Choreography. The two are renowned for their diversified abilities and unique style. Their elite echelon of clients includes Madonna, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, and Christina Aguilera to name a few. They have also choreographed for multiple motion pictures, which include Step Up 3D, StreetDance Together, Take the Lead. As Producers they brought light to the dance form Krumping in the critically-acclaimed documentary Rize. Now with an established production company they are actively taking on new projects and broadening their horizons. Rich + Tone will be part of a Cirque du Soleil production for the first time.
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 and Zarkana. 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.
Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo
Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo have contributed their choreography and directing talents to every genre of the entertainment industry. They have been featured choreographers for multiple seasons on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, for which they received an Emmy nomination. They were the Supervising Choreographers of America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV for multiple seasons and directed the live US tour. Their work can also be seen on American Idol, the FOX show Mobbed, as well as the feature film Cobu. Other credits include Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics Tour, Céline Dion’s Taking Chances Tour, as well as the 2009 Emmy Awards and the season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. They have also worked with such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Carrie Underwood. The Dumos travel the globe as master teacher for the dance conventions, Monsters of Hip Hop, Shock and Coastal Dance Rage, teaching and inspiring the next generation of dancers. They are contributing choreographers for Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis and have been invited back for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.
Jamal Sims has an impressive list of credits as artistic director and choreographer in many areas including film, television, music videos, tours and live shows. He has worked with Britney Spears (Circus tour), Madonna (Sticky and Sweet tour), the Spice Girls and Céline Dion, among others. In film and television, Jamal has collaborated on productions that include Step Up, Step Up 2 the Streets and Step Up 3D, Dancing with the Stars (Miley Cyrus), Dancing with the Stars – Macy’s Stars of Dance, Hannah Montana, Get Smart, Hairspray, Footloose (2011 release) and the 82nd and 83rd Annual Academy Awards. He has also directed and choreographed one episode of the Web series LXD and has contributed his talent to music videos for Austin Brown, John Travolta, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and many more. Jamal is working on a Cirque du Soleil show for the first time.
Daniel “Cloud” Campos
Internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, actor, and director Daniel “Cloud“ Campos is one of the industry’s top artists. A master of the art of movement, Daniel’s ability to transcend space and time with his effortless prowess has made his work both captivating and unique. A Florida native, Daniel began his early dance career as member of the Al Fuentes High Voltage Extreme Acrobatic Dance Team. Recognized for his work with Madonna (The Re-Invention Tour, Confessions Tour, Live 8 and Live Earth), Daniel has worked with several high profile artists such as Shakira, Mariah Carey, Paulina Rubio, Jennifer Lopez, and Chris Brown. He has numerous film and television credits including Step Up 3D directed by John Chu, Grace starring Debbie Allen, Bolden! starring Jackie Earl Haley and Anthony Mackie, and The Muppets starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams. Commercial and print credits include works for several national campaigns. He is also a member of the world famous dance crew Skills Methodz. As a director, Daniel has made his mark as a rising talent. He has directed and co-directed several short films including the award-winning short Heaven Awaits (2005 Filmerica Challenge: Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Audio, Best Editing, Best Horror Film, and the 2005 Grand Prize). Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will be Daniel’s first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tamara Levinson is one of the highest-ranked American rhythmic gymnasts in history. Although her competitive career was relatively short, she influenced a generation of up-and-coming U.S. performers. Levinson then transferred her dance skills to the New York theatre scene, where she has performed in many different shows including the popular off-Broadway productions Fuerzabruta and De La Guarda. She has also danced for several famous hip-hop musicians. Her credits include Madonna (Drowned, Confessions and Re-Invention world tours), Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne. She was recently inducted into the USA GYMNASTICS hall of fame. Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will be her first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.
Two-time Emmy Award nominee Mandy Moore is a world-class director, choreographer and dancer best known for her ground-breaking work on the global television hit So You Think You Can Dance. Mandy's contemporary and jazz choreography has been performed on television, in film and on concert and theater stages around the world. Her long list of credits include: Did You Hear About The Morgans with Hugh Grant, Austin Powers with Mike Meyers, American Idol, The Drew Carey Show, Malcolm in the Middle, That '70s Show, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance (where she also appears as a Guest Judge), Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, Céline Dion’s Taking Chances concert tour and the Los Angeles Ballet’s innovative New Wave LA program. Mandy also directed and choreographed a crowd-pleasing theater production of The Wedding Singer and she continues to teach in Los Angeles at Edge Performing Arts Center and internationally for the JUMP dance convention, private studios and independent performers. Mandy Moore is choreographing for Cirque du Soleil for the first time.