Serge Roy has been part of the Cirque du Soleil family since before the organization officially came into being.
Serge grew up in a highly musical showbiz family – his father was a saxophonist working the thriving cabaret circuit in Quebec. Serge inherited a great enthusiasm and a remarkable talent for music and occasionally sang professionally as a child. He fell into pop music almost by accident and recorded a hit single, but by the time it was released he was already looking for a different direction, a career that would be more artistically satisfying and personally fulfilling.
He studied theater and played drums for a couple of years but it was only when he travelled to the artistic community of Baie St. Paul that everything really clicked. It was a time and a place of tremendous creative ferment. Gilles Ste-Croix and Guy Laliberté were putting together the shows that would eventually lead to the foundation of Cirque du Soleil – and Serge knew immediately that this was where he belonged.
Following a stint as stage manager for the 1984 and 1985 show Le Cirque du Soleil, he left the company for several years to work on other projects. In 1989, he came back to Cirque to take on the job of North American Tour Manager for the show Nouvelle Expérience, and continued as Tour Manager for Saltimbanco in 1992 and 1993.
He then pursued other projects for a period of more than two years. But the appeal of Cirque drew Serge back once again in 1995 to become Artistic Coordinator for the show Alegría, during its runs in North America and Tokyo. Later the same year he joined the Saltimbanco troupe for its European Tour, also as Artistic Coordinator. Also in 1995, Serge became the Artistic Director of Quidam.
Two years later, he left Europe for Las Vegas to work as Artistic Coordinator for the show Mystère, presented at Treasure Island. Soon afterwards he accepted the position of Artistic Director for Dralion during its creation and first touring years in North America. In January 2003 he left Quidam to return to his ‘first love' Saltimbanco as Artistic Director.
KOOZA showcases two major circus traditions: clowns and acrobatic performance. “They are very different,” says Serge Roy. “But it’s a marriage that goes back centuries. They come from the same world, the world of circus. This show as a whole brings us closer to the simplicity and humanity of an earlier circus – and closer to the audience. Very convivial. It reminds you of street performance. It’s a mixture of acrobatics and clowning that is really rooted in circus and in the origins of Cirque du Soleil.”
Serge Roy was born in Montréal, in 1957.