Cirque du Soleil fans will remember the clown group called La Ratatouille, which performed in 1984 and 1985. Michel Dallaire was the soul behind it. He has since put together a number of groups and created many clown shows in Europe, including Pomp Duck and Circumstance, Cirque Gosh in Germany, and Les Hommes Noirs. Recently, he founded a clown school in France. Guy Caron has relied on Michel's talent to put together a group of clowns in the pure "absurd" style, a style very familiar to Michel.