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CRISS ANGEL Believe

Criss Angel, em parceria com o Cirque du Soleil, apresenta o CRISS ANGEL Believe, um espectáculo de ilusionismo  no Luxor Hotel & Casino. Recentemente galardoado com o prémio Magician of the Century (Mágico do Século), Criss Angel traz-nos o seu arsenal de proezas mágicas para proporcionar maravilha e fascínio aos espectadores. A produção de 90 minutos inclui alguns dos números de ilusionismo mais surpreendentes alguma vez apresentados em palco, desde os truques ousados de Harry Houdini há décadas atrás às novidades mais recentes criadas directamente por Criss Angel.

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CRISS ANGEL Believe - Criadores

  • Guy Laliberté

    Fundador e guia criativo

    Guy Laliberté nasceu na Cidade do Quebeque em 1959. Este acordeonista, equilibrista sobre andas e cuspidor de fogo fundou o primeiro circo do Quebeque com reconhecimento internacional com o apoio de um pequeno grupo de cúmplices. Um audacioso visionário, Guy Laliberté reconheceu e cultivou os talentos dos artistas de rua da Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul e criou o Cirque du Soleil em 1984.

    Guy Laliberté foi o primeiro a orquestrar o matrimónio das disciplinas culturais, artísticas e acrobáticas - a marca distintiva do Cirque du Soleil. Desde 1984 que guia a equipa criativa na criação de cada espectáculo, tendo contribuído para elevar as artes circenses ao nível das grandes disciplinas artísticas.

    O Cirque du Soleil tornou-se numa organização internacional quer em termos da sua composição quer no que diz respeito ao alcance das suas actividades e influência. Actualmente, Guy Laliberté lidera uma organização com actividades em cinco continentes.

    Em Outubro de 2007, Guy Laliberté assumiu um segundo compromisso vitalício ao criar a Fundação ONE DROP, que se dedica a combater a pobreza em todo o mundo proporcionando o acesso sustentável a água potável.  Este novo sonho teve origem no reconhecimento da água como a chave para a sobrevivência dos indivíduos e das comunidades em todo o mundo e nos valores considerados fundamentais para o Cirque du Soleil desde o seu começo:  a crença que a vida retribui aquilo que damos, e que mesmo o mais pequeno gesto faz toda a diferença.

    Em Setembro de 2009, Guy Laliberté tornou-se no primeiro explorador espacial privado canadiano.  A sua missão dedica-se a sensibilizar as pessoas para os problemas de água que a humanidade enfrenta. Com o tema Moving Stars and Earth for Water, esta primeira missão social poética no espaço pretendia tocar as pessoas através de uma abordagem artística: um programa especial em formato webcast de 120 minutos com vários espectáculos artísticos a decorrer em 14 cidades de cinco continentes, incluindo a Estação Espacial Internacional.

    Principais prémios e distinções
    Em 2012, Guy Laliberté entrou para a Gaming Hall of Fame da Associação Americana de Jogos de Casino. Em 2011, foi aceite na Ordem do Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Em 2010, Guy recebeu a sua própria estrela no lendário Passeio da Fama em Hollywood. No mesmo ano, o governo do Quebeque prestou homenagem a Guy promovendo-o de Chevalier (uma distinção recebida seis anos antes) a Officier, como membro da Ordre de la Pléiade. A Université Laval (Quebeque) atribuiu um doutoramento honorário a Guy Laliberté em 2008. No ano anterior, Guy recebeu o prémio Entrepreneur of the Year da Ernst & Young para todos os três níveis: Quebeque, Canadá e Internacional. Em 2004, recebeu a Order of Canada, a mais elevada distinção do país, das mãos do Governador-geral do Canadá. No mesmo ano, a revista Time reconheceu-o como uma das 100 pessoas mais influentes do mundo. Em 2003, foi homenageado pelo grupo Condé Nast como parte do Never Follow Program, um tributo a criadores e inovadores. Em 2001, foi nomeado Great Montrealer pela Académie des Grands Montréalais. Em 1997, Guy Laliberté recebeu a Ordre National du Québec, a mais elevada distinção atribuída pelo governo do Quebeque.


    Outros prémios e distinções

    2009
    Prémio Lifetime Achievement, atribuído pela Canadian Marketing Association

    2002
    Aceite no Passeio da Fama canadiano

    1998
    Prémio Visionary, atribuído pelo American Craft Museum (actualmente, o Museum of Arts and Design de Nova Iorque)

    1996
    Prémio Vision nouvelle, recebido na 43ª Gala du Commerce (Quebeque)

    1988
    Personalidade do Ano, Gala Excellence La Presse (Quebeque)

    1988
    Empresário do Ano Year, revista Les Affaires (Quebeque)

     

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  • Gilles Ste-Croix

    Vice-presidente sênior - Conteúdo criativo

    Quando Gilles Ste-Croix revelou a seus pais que pretendia ingressar na indústria so entretenimento, eles disseram: "Tudo menos isso!" Criado numa zona rural do Quebeque, Ste-Croix estava determinado a não permanecer lá. Tornou-se hippie e nômade, vivendo em pequenas comunidades e fazendo a peregrinação obrigatória da década de 1960 à Costa Oeste, onde também freqüentou aulas de teatro.

    Ste-Croix tentou se conformar, até mesmo trabalhando no escritório de um arquiteto por algum tempo, mas sentia em seu coração que não havia nascido para seguir uma carreira convencional em uma empresa. Ao mesmo tempo, sua busca pela vocação não era tresloucada ou incerta. Segundo ele, desde a adolescência, sempre teve forte inclinação para o sucesso e um desejo igualmente forte em entreter. No entanto, seu ingresso na indústria do entretenimento ocorreu de forma extremamente incomum e imprevisível.

    No final da década de 1970, Gilles Ste-Croix morava em uma pequena comunidade de Victoriaville, Quebeque, apanhando maçãs para ganhar a vida. Certo dia, ele pensou que seu trabalho seria muito mais fácil se pudesse prender uma escada nas pernas — e criou seu primeiro conjunto de pernas-de- pau.

    Um amigo, por acaso, mencionou que o Bread and Puppet Theater passava pela cidade vizinha de Vermont, e grande parte de seus números baseava-se em andar sobre pernas-de-pau. Ste-Croix foi conhecer a companhia e descobriu que seus talentos como apanhador de maçãs poderiam, na verdade, ter muito mais serventia no mundo do entretenimento.

    Em 1980, Gilles Ste-Croix e um grupo de artistas de rua fundaram a trupe Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul e organizaram um festival de apresentações de rua chamado Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul, que mais tarde levaria à fundação do Cirque du Soleil, com Guy Laliberté, em 1984.

    Em 1984 e 1985, Gilles Ste-Croix criou e atuou em muitos números com pernas-de-pau para o Cirque du Soleil. Em 1988, tornou-se Diretor Artístico do Cirque, além de coordenar o recrutamento de talentos, que se espalhou pelos quatro cantos do planeta. Ele foi Diretor de Criação em todas as produções do Cirque du Soleil de 1990 a 2000: Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco, Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, La Nouba, "O" e Dralion. Em 1992, dirigiu Fascination, o primeiro espetáculo do Cirque du Soleil apresentado em arenas no Japão. Ele dirigiu também o inovador espetáculo de 1997 em forma de cabaré/jantar musical, Pomp Duck and Circumstance, na Alemanha.

    Em 2000, paralelamente às suas funções como consultor do Cirque du Soleil, Gilles Ste-Croix decidiu realizar um de seus maiores sonhos: Motivado por seu ardente interesse em cavalos, ele fundou sua própria companhia para produzir, em 2003, o espetáculo Cheval-Théâtre, apresentando 30 cavalos e um número equivalente de artistas acrobatas sob a lona, excursionando por dez cidades na América do Norte.

    Em dezembro de 2002, Gilles St-Croix retornou ao Cirque du Soleil e, desde então, é vice-presidente de criação e de desenvolvimento de novos projetos. Em julho de 2006, ele foi nomeado vice-presidente sênior do conteúdo criativo da empresa.

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  • Criss Angel

    Star, Writer and Director

    Criss Angel has single-handedly brought about a major resurgence of magic in popular culture. Today, Criss is recognized as one of the most provocative artists in the world. He first became interested in the art at the age of seven. As an adolescent he studied mysticism, music, martial arts and dance and two of his biggest influences were Aldo Richiardi and especially Harry Houdini.

    Criss emphasizes the importance of establishing an intimate relationship with the audience. "Houdini was a pioneer in a lot of ways," he says. "When he performed his straitjacket escape in front of enormous crowds, people identified with him. They felt that if he could escape from a straitjacket maybe they too could escape from their constraints and achieve their dreams. Like Houdini, I like to create moments of wonder. Magic is an art that should provoke and touch people."

    In 1994 Criss made his prime-time television debut in the ABC special Secrets. In 1998 Criss Angel: World of Illusion headlined Madison Square Garden's annual Halloween spectacle. The sold-out 12-day run attracted an audience of over 80,000. His next major project, 600 performances of his critically acclaimed Criss Angel Mindfreak brought a new kind of entertainment to Broadway.

    In October 2002 the television special Criss Angel Mindfreak debuted on ABC Family channel, in which Criss submerged himself – chained and shackled – in a 220-gallon water torture cell. His third one-hour television special, Supernatural, aired on the Sci Fi Channel.

    The undisputed master of street magic, Criss Angel is currently the star and creator of the A&E Network series Criss Angel Mindfreak which premiered in 2005. The illusions have included walking on water, levitating above the Luxor Hotel, floating between two buildings, making a Lamborghini vanish and cutting himself in half in full view of an audience. Mindfreak is the most successful magic show in television history. With it Criss has performed more hours of primetime magic than anyone in history. Criss has received numerous awards and is the first five-time recipient of the coveted Magician of the Year Award (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008). Criss has also recently been named "Magician of The Decade" by the International Magicians Society.

    "With CRISS ANGEL Believe, the live show experience will be unlike anything that anybody's ever seen before," says Criss. "It's an experience that truly represents the magic of emotion that members of the audience can connect with and reflect on in their own lives. The images on stage will ignite responses that cause people to reflect – and I think that's the truest form of magic. This show brings to life beyond my wildest dreams an original concept that I created over 15 years ago."

    Criss Angel was born in Long Island, New York.

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  • Serge Denoncourt

    Director

    Serge Denoncourt is known as a true man of the theatre with more than 80 productions to his credit, but he was planning to study medicine when he decided at the age of 18 to audition for the theatre program at a Montreal college called CEGEP Lionel-Groulx. He was accepted, and when he graduated in 1983 he started his career as an actor. In 1987 he demonstrated his inventiveness as a director for the first time, with the play Grand et Petit, by Botho Strauss.

    Cofounder of the Théâtre de l'Opsis in 1984, he has explored the great classics: Molière, Corneille, Gorky and the modern repertoire – Botho Strauss, Bertolt Brecht, Howard Barker – with equal interest. In the Chekhov cycle produced with Opsis in 1999, he added bits and pieces of the actors’ conversations and musings during rehearsals to the Russian author’s text of The Seagull to create the highly acclaimed Je suis une mouette (non, ce n'est pas ça), an original play that carried on a dialogue with itself and with today’s theatre.

    He breathed new life into the Théâtre du Trident in Quebec City as the company’s Artistic Director from 1994 to 1997. He directed several Quebec plays, notably Les Feluettes (2002) by Michel Marc Bouchard, which he remounted at the Espace GO 15 years after its creation.

    Serge Denoncourt is steeped in theatre tradition and known for the visual beauty of his shows, which are typically marked by heightened imagery, vivid use of color and a deep examination of subtext. A versatile artist, Serge also stages operas and even delves into the world of variety shows: He directed the Italian quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti’s show, developed the artistic and visual concept of a show by the Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti and in 2003 re-mounted the Quebec musical Pied de Poule that he first directed in 1991. The same year he was the acting coach for three episodes of the Cirque du Soleil TV series Solstrom.

    With CRISS ANGEL Believe Serge has sought to return a sense of nobility to magic. “I don’t like magic shows in general,” he says. “They lack emotion and any sense of a storyline. I took on CRISS ANGEL Believe from the position of one who doesn’t like those kinds of shows because they treat magic as an end in itself. My aim here is to take magic – and Cirque du Soleil – in a completely different direction.”

    Serge Denoncourt was born in Shawinigan, Quebec in 1962.

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  • Pierre Phaneuf

    Director of Creation

    Pierre Phaneuf seemed destined for a business career before hearing the call of communications and theatre while attending college. He began studying communications at the University of Ottawa, but switched to the theatre department a month later. Impatient to evolve in the milieu of professional theatre, he left university after two years to work as an actor, production manager, stage manager and assistant to the director for companies in Ottawa and northern Ontario. During an assignment at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, he had a decisive encounter: he connected with the director André Brassard and decided to settle in Montreal.

    In 1986, Pierre Phaneuf earned his degree in production of the National Theatre School (NTS), which marked the beginning of a long love affair with the theatre. As a production manager or director, he worked with major companies such as the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and the Théâtre de Quat'Sous, in Montreal. In 1990, Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, offered Pierre the position of deputy director general, which he accepted. But two years later, keen to broaden his experience, he kept up with the world of theater and took in a great deal of theatre, dance and opera in Montreal and abroad. In 1994, he became the production manager of the Opéra de Montréal, and the following year, he assumed the leadership of the production program of the National Theatre School, a role he held for six years, working alongside such prominent figures in the world of Quebec theatre as André Brassard, Monique Mercure and Elizabeth Bourget.

    Pierre Phaneuf rejoined Cirque du Soleil in 2000, this time as tour director of Quidam, Varekai and Saltimbanco. Wanting to settle in Montreal, he accepted the position of senior director of tour operations, and then assistant vice president, performance quality In January 2008, he was appointed vice president, creation at Cirque du Soleil.

    "At Cirque du Soleil, the director of creation seeks to maintain and protect the creative spirit," says Pierre Phaneuf, “to preserve the creative process, which is organic and non-static. The degree of freedom we offer creators is enormous. We must accompany them to unknown territories, frame their approach and ‘set fires’ in controlled circumstances so they can excel.”

    CRISS ANGEL Believe is Pierre Phaneuf’s first Cirque du Soleil assignment as director of creation. "At Cirque, we are never far from our original goal to push our borders. This is also the case with CRISS ANGEL Believe. Criss Angel has a very sharp sense of adventure and risk. LUXOR marks Cirque’s first foray into the field of magic. Like the circus, magic is a source of wonder, amazement and the unexpected. We must put aside reason and surrender completely to the intensity of emotion."

    Pierre Phaneuf was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1960.

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  • Christiane Barette

    Associate Director of Creation

    Everything in Christiane Barette’s background predisposed her to a career in the arts. Born into a family that placed a premium on artistic expression, culture and the interaction of ideas, she became – at a very early age – interested in classical music, reading and theatre, and spent a lot of time exploring museums and art galleries.

    After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in translation from the Université de Montréal, Christiane studied political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal and then pursued her interest in the history of art and Italian culture.

    Christiane Barette was attracted to the circus aspects of street performance and joined the National Circus School in Montreal, where she worked as director of marketing and communications for seven years. She then moved to Holland, where she made her living researching artists on behalf of private companies.

    When Christiane came back to Montreal, Guy Caron, the director of creation for Cirque du Soleil invited her to become his assistant. She first worked on research pertaining to the creation of the show KÀ, directed by Robert Lepage. She remained as assistant to the director of creation until the delivery of KÀ in February 2005.

    Back in Montreal following the premiere of KÀ, Christiane assisted Guy Caron and Fernand Rainville, co-directors of the Cirque-produced show for the opening ceremonies of the MONTREAL 2005 - XI FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. She then undertook research on other themes for potential shows including the project scheduled to open in Dubai in 2010.

    CRISS ANGEL Believe is Christiane Barette’s first Cirque du Soleil production as director of creation. “Creation is the driving force at Cirque,” says Christiane. “The role of the director of creation is to demystify the process, which is highly complex, to simplify it and bring it down to a human scale. The goal: to let the creators create. With CRISS ANGEL Believe we want to change the way people think of magic and present it as an art form. The show is a surreal journey into the subconscious of a character with magical powers who sets out on an out-of-this-world rollercoaster ride.”

    Christiane Barette was born in Montreal.

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  • Ray Winkler

    Set Designer

    Ray Winkler started out as a carpenter and qualified as a furniture craftsman before turning to his family’s tradition and studying for five years to obtain a master’s degree in architecture (from University College, London). He became interested in set design while doing postgraduate studies in California , drawn by its ephemeral nature as opposed to the durability and permanence of conventional buildings.

    He has been working as an entertainment architect/designer at The Mark Fisher Studio since 1997. “It was supposed to be a six-week stint,” he says. “But I'm still here!” In that time, Ray has designed sets for countless live TV shows, including MTV Icons, the MTV Movie Awards, the EMAs in Edinburgh , Rome , Lisbon and Copenhagen , the BRITS in London and the NFL Super Bowl in Detroit .

    He has also worked on tours for U2 and the Rolling Stones, and designed shows for Johnny Hallyday at the Eiffel Tower and the Olympia Theatre in Paris , and multimedia spectacles for Jean-Michel Jarre at the Great Pyramids in Giza and the Acropolis. His recent work includes the Robbie Williams Close Encounters arena and stadium tour, the worldwide design of the nine ‘Live Earth’ stages and the Take That arena tour. He recently completed a multimedia outdoor show for Universal Studios Japan, which opened in Osaka in spring 2008.

    He is also the production designer for the 2012 London Olympic Handover Ceremony at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    “Architecture involves the relationship between structure, space and people, all of which come to fruition with Cirque du Soleil, because it brings together many different disciplines to create a show. The challenge with CRISS ANGEL Believe is: How do you make magic truly magical in the context of a theatre? There’s been a very interesting learning curve on my part in understanding the basic techniques and requirements for magic, and discovering just how much effort it takes for Criss Angel to do things seemingly effortlessly.”

    Ray Winkler was born in 1967 in Jakarta , Indonesia.

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  • Mérédith Caron

    Conceptrice des costumes

    Au Québec comme à l’étranger, Mérédith Caron a imprimé sa marque au théâtre, au cinéma,  à l'opéra et au cirque. Avec plus de 175 collaborations à son actif, Mérédith est l’une des figures de proue du domaine de la création de costumes au Canada. Elle a travaillé auprès de metteurs en scène émérites, dont Pierre Bernard, Serge Denoncourt, Robert Lepage, Martine Beaulne, René Richard Cyr, André Brassard, Daniele Finzi Pasca et Richard Monette au prestigieux Stratford Festival, en Ontario. Au fil de ses collaborations, Mérédith Caron accumule les prix et les distinctions au Québec, dont un Gémeau, sept Gascon-Roux et deux Masques. Depuis près de 20 ans, elle enseigne l’histoire de l’art et la conception de costumes à l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada à Montréal. En 1988, elle collabore pour la première fois avec le Cirque du Soleil en dessinant des costumes dans le cadre d’un projet en développement. Après CRISS ANGEL Believe, Mérédith participe pour la troisième fois à un projet du Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Éric Serra

    Composer, Musical Director and Arranger

    Eric Serra began to play the guitar when he was five years old. He went on to master the drums, bass, percussions and keyboards, and formed his own band at the age of 15. A year later he became a professional musician playing with such prominent artists as Didier Lockwood, Youssou N’Dour, Mory Kanté and Jacques Higelin.

    The turning point in Eric’s career came at the beginning of the 1980s when he met French film director Luc Besson, who asked him to compose the score for his first short film titled L'Avant Dernier (1981) and later, his first feature film The Last Combat (1983). Since then, he has written the music for every Besson film (Subway, The Big Blue, La Femme Nikita, Atlantis, Léon aka The Professional, The Fifth Element etc.).

    From 1980 to 1988, Eric was musical director and bass guitarist for French singer rock star Jacques Higelin and released a pop music album entitled RXRA – whose title sounds like the artist's name when pronounced as initial letters in French.

    In addition to his film work with Luc Besson, Eric has composed the music for Kamikaze (1986) directed by Didier Grousset, Rollerball (2001) by John McTiernan, Jet Lag (2002) by Danièle Thompson and Paul Hunter’s Bulletproof Monk (2003). Between 2003 and 2005, he worked on several collective projects, producing and co-composing the soundtracks for L’Art délicat de la séduction directed by Richard Berry and Wasabi directed by Gérard Krawczyk. Also, together with Phil Collins, Eric produced the French versions of Walt Disney’s Tarzan songs.

    CRISS ANGEL Believe has a distinctive look, tone and mood, and Eric Serra says his music has been written and arranged to blend with the visuals and with the personality of Criss Angel. “It’s very varied,” he adds. “There’s a lot going on and it’s all very rich. There are rock moments that reflect the Criss Angel we’re all familiar with, but other parts of the show are very classical, even symphonic in tone, and there are some ethnic, tribal passages too. The fact that the show is a kind of dream means we are inside his spirit and that gives me great freedom and an extremely broad palette.”

    Eric Serra was born in 1959 near Paris.

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  • Jeanette Farmer

    Lighting Designer

    Jeanette Farmer is a native Las Vegan. She first developed her strong interest in theatrical lighting and set design when she was still in high school. She went on to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas under a theatre design scholarship program while also attending Clark County Community College taking classes in welding, industrial electricity, electronics and computer drafting.

    After a few years of set and lighting design and stagecraft work on The Las Vegas Strip, Jeanette became one of lighting designer Andrew Bridge’s assistants on the groundbreaking production of “Siegfried and Roy at the Mirage.”

    It was through that engagement that Jeanette was introduced to a then little-known touring company that needed help setting up their show in a tent behind the Mirage. That show was Cirque du Soleil’s Nouvelle Experience and it was Jeanette’s first opportunity to work with acclaimed lighting designer Luc Lafortune. “I met all these crazy French Canadian artists and amazing creators and fell in love!” she says. “I knew I'd found my home.”

    Jeanette has dedicated the last several years to Cirque du Soleil honing her skills as an electrical consultant, lighting director and master electrician as she contributed to every one of Cirque's growing repertoire of permanent shows in Las Vegas: She consulted on the electrical and building infrastructure and lighting for Mystère, “O”, Zumanity, KÀ and LOVE.

    Throughout her career Jeanette has volunteered in the education of young theatre technicians through her work with the Thespian Society, the Educational Theatre Association, the Lighting Dimensions Conference Advisory Board, served as a Subject Matter Expert for ESTA’s ETCP certification test and acted as a sponsor for Cirque du Soleil’s college internship program.

    “I've been challenged with the lighting design for CRISS ANGEL Believe to create something that has an old world feel,” she says. “We’ll be using all the latest modern technology to evoke a bygone era. We will challenge your senses by revealing through lighting that there is nothing up our sleeve and then take away your comfort by presenting the impossible.”

    Jeanette Farmer was born in 1964 in Las Vegas.

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  • Wade Robson

    Choreographer

    Wade Robson is just 25 and he’s already accumulated 20 years of experience under his belt as a major creative force. Recognized worldwide as an artist of truly exceptional genius and brilliance, Wade has choreographed and directed music videos, commercials, award shows and world tours for recording artists. He created, produced and starred in MTV’s hit series The Wade Robson Project and has written, choreographed and directed commercials for his own line of footwear, as well as award-winning short films.

    Born in Australia, Wade made his professional début as a dancer at the age of five. He and his family then moved to America when he was nine to pursue his career in the entertainment business. Before he turned ten he had danced and acted in Michael Jackson videos, multiple commercials, films and TV shows.

    At the age of 12, Wade began teaching dance at the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, CA. This led to his first professional choreography job for MCA recording artists Immature. He began to create a dance style that was all his own, accompanied by his own original music.

    When Wade was only16 he was asked to choreograph Britney Spears’ 1999 world tour and to write, direct, remix the music, direct the video segments and co-design the sets for her appearances on the Billboard Awards, both the American and European MTV Video Music Awards and her Dream Within a Dream world tour and HBO special . These assignments led to the same job description with NSYNC. He went on to write and produce music for such recording artists as Britney Spears, NSYNC, Justin Guarini, Dream, The Backstreet Boys, James Ingram and Carly Simon, and he has also choreographed for Usher, Mya and Pink.

    Wade won an Emmy in 2007 for his groundbreaking work on Fox’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

    CRISS ANGEL Believe is the first Cirque du Soleil show Wade has worked on. “A lot of the style, the emotion behind the movement, is really primal and raw,” he says. “The dance is character and story driven and that is my most favorite place to create from.”

    Wade Robson was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1982.

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  • Francis Laporte

    Desenho de Projecções Vídeo

    Francis Laporte pertence à nova geração de criadores que integram a produção vídeo digital e as tecnologias de projecção em formas tradicionais de espectáculo. Desde que terminou os seus estudos em 1992, Francis Laporte já esteve envolvido em mais de 15 projectos, conciliando o vídeo com as artes performativas, particularmente no teatro. Uma das suas mais importantes colaborações foi o desenho de vídeo para a adaptação a teatro de A Odisseia, de Homero, encenada por Dominic Champagne.

    Francis Laporte sente-se privilegiado por ter participado na criação de Varekai. "No Cirque du Soleil temos a sorte de trabalhar num contexto onde tudo é olhado sem constrangimentos; na verdade, há uma determinação partilhada em ultrapassar constantemente as fronteiras alcançadas”, afirma.

    Em 2003-2004, desenvolveu o conceito visual dos espectáculos de Eros Ramazzotti. De seguida, assinou o cenário e o conceito visual de ‘Symphonie fantastique de Berlioz’, no Disney Concert Hall, em Los Angeles. Mais recentemente, fez parte da equipa criativa de LOVE, o recém estreado espectáculo Cirque du Soleil com música dos The Beatles, em Las Vegas, e, por fim, colaborou com a equipa por detrás de CRISS ANGEL Believe.

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  • Jaque Paquin

    Desenho de Rigging

    Em Varekai, Jaque Paquin teve responsabilidade dupla: a concepção de todo o equipamento acrobático utilizado no espectáculo e a adequação e instalação de todos os mecanismos de elevação nos equipamentos cenográficos (som, luz, cenários e equipamento acrobático).

    Jaque Paquin trabalha para o Cirque du Soleil desde 1990. Inicialmente contratado como Chefe da Oficina de Construção, depressa foi responsabilizado pela concepção dos ambiente aéreos de Saltimbanco, “O”, Dralion, Zumanity e KÀ. Também participou na adaptação do espectáculo de digressão Nouvelle Expérience para apresentações no Mirage, em Las Vegas. Entre1991 e 1996, foi Director Técnico e Produtor da digressão norte-americana de Saltimbanco e Director Técnico das digressões deste pela Europa e Japão. Em 1995 e 1996, foi director de operações no Festival Internacional de Jazz de Montreal e no FrancoFolies de Montréal.

    Jaque Paquin iniciou a sua carreira artística como técnico de luz, aos 14 anos de idade. Um ano depois abriu uma discoteca. Foi fazendo biscates como técnico de palco num teatro, pintor de cenários cinematográficos, trabalhou na televisão e, finalmente, como carpinteiro, líder de equipa e chefe de projecto num workshop de construção de cenários para teatro e espectáculos de variedade. Estudou História de Arte, com especialização em cinema, e electrónica. “Trabalhei em quase todas as áreas em que aqueles que constroem e operam os meus equipamentos trabalham. Deste modo, posso fazer o esforço de facilitar o trabalho dos técnicos e artistas.”, explica.

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  • Jonathan Deans

    Designer de som

    Jonathan Deans, um dos mais requisitados designers de som no mundo do teatro musical, é o responsável pelo ambiente sonoro de Viva ELVIS. Foi responsável pelos arranjos sonoros de Saltimbanco, Mystère, “O”, La Nouba, ZUMANITY, KÀ, Corteo, The Beatles LOVE, KOOZA, Wintuk, CRISS ANGEL Believe e, mais recentemente, OVO, Jonathan considera o trabalho no Cirque e a abordagem criativa em equipe algo bastante estimulantes.

    Jonathan já era fascinado por eletrônica desde muito jovem. Aos 15, entrou para a companhia Royal Shakespeare Company como ator, onde seu interesse pelo som se misturou ao contexto teatral. Muitos anos mais tarde, depois de uma temporada como engenheiro de som na indústria musical, em especial no Morgan Studios onde trabalhou lado a lado com artistas como Cat Stevens, Paul Simon e Rick Wakeman, voltou aos teatros graças ao Royal Opera House, Covent Garden e, posteriormente, para a mixagem de som do musical A Chorus Line. Com muitos sucessos seguidos, se tornou o engenheiro de mixagem de som para dezenas de produções, incluindo Evita, Cats, Bugsy Malone e The Sound of Music.

    As conquistas de Jonathan como engenheiro de mixagem de som fez com que fosse contratado como designer de som no musical Marilyn. A esse feito, seguiram-se outros trabalhos em apresentações do West End, incluindo Time, Les Misérables, Mutiny, Jean Seberg e, em seguida, na Broadway, Ragtime, Fosse, King David, Damn Yankees, Taboo, Brooklyn, Lestat, Pirate Queen e Young Frankenstein.

    Para Jonathan Deans, os teatros permanentes do Cirque e o picadeiro são duas esferas completamente diferentes, quando o assunto é o design de som. "A demanda técnica é diferente, mas no que diz respeito à textura e à camada da música e do som, é a mesma coisa", conta. "Meu trabalho é criar um ambiente único para cada produção. E, seja qual for o ambiente, do ponto de vista acústico, devo me assegurar de que cada pessoa na plateia tenha a sensação de que está entrando em outro mundo.

    "Não temos o Elvis em nosso espetáculo, mas tudo o que fazemos está relacionado a ele, por isso, é muito importante que o sistema de som tenha o mesmo impacto que o sistema visual, que esteja à altura de Elvis", afirma Jonathan Deans. "O teatro para Viva ELVIS foi construído em grande escala, para se equiparar ao legado do rei. Para desenvolver um sistema de som que estivesse à altura dos desafios, enterramos subwoofers no solo para que pudéssemos utilizar a ressonância de baixa frequência da própria estrutura de concreto, de modo a incluir vibrações sonoras subsônicas que movimentariam literalmente o auditório em resposta às apresentações de música ao vivo, além de criar efeitos sonoros."

    Jonathan Deans nasceu na Inglaterra e reside na região de Nova York.

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  • André Simard

    Criador da representação acrobática

    André Simard tem trabalhado com o Cirque du Soleil desde 1987, ano em que criou um número de trapézio para o espectáculo I, originando uma verdadeira revolução na arte do movimento aéreo. Desde então, Simard tem assinado a maioria dos números aéreos para os onze espectáculos que o Cirque du Soleil tem em cena por todo o mundo.

    Há mais de 30 anos que André Simard tem tido sucesso no equilíbrio das três áreas que domina: as belas-artes, o desporto e o circo. No início da década de 70 pertencia à equipa nacional de ginástica do Canadá ao mesmo tempo que estudava no Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Montreal. Ainda, ao mesmo tempo que se preparava para participar nos Jogos Olímpicos de Munique, em 1972, tinha a responsabilidade de preparer palhaços e outros entertainers no Centre Immaculée-Conception, em Montreal, uma filial da Escola Nacional de Circo, em Montreal. Nas suas próprias palavras, afirma “estar em constante busca da fusão das regras da biomecânica , aplicadas ao treino atlético, com o poder evocativo próprio das artes perfomativas”. Esta era a abordagem que utilizava nas suas lições na Escola Nacional de Circo, bem como no Centro Nacional de Arte Circense, em Châlons-sur-Marne, e Na Escola Nacional de Circo de Rosny-sous-Bois, ambas em França.

    Em 1995 fundou o Studio de Création Les Gens d’R, em Montreal, um esforço artístico que lhe deu a possibilidade de desenvolver a expressão emocional nos movimentos aéreos. Em 2001, esta companhia estreou pela primeira vez, com o espectáculo Échos, em Veneza. Este espectáculo contou com o apoio da organização do famoso Festival Bienal de Artes daquela cidade.

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  • Michael Curry

    Props and Scenic 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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  • Nathalie Gagné

    Maquilhagem

    Desde 1995 Nathalie Gagne já desenhou mais de 250 maquilhagens para os espectáculos Cirque du Soleil (Quidam, ‘O’, La Nouba, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ, Corteo, para o espectáculo de arena em digressão, DELIRIUM, e, mais recentemente, para ZAIA e CRISS ANGEL Believe ).

    De uma forma incrível, Gagné consegue envolver os artistas na criação da sua “cara” de palco. “Ao contrário dos actores, os acrobatas não estão habituados a estudar a sua face. Um dos meus objectivos é conseguir que o façam, ajudando-os a encontrar por si próprios aquilo que denomino de “linhas de força”, as linhas essenciais para a construção dos seus personagens.”

    Nathalie Gagné é também responsável pela garantia da integridade do desenho de toda a maquilhagem que assinou. Uma vez que são os próprios artistas a aplicar a maquilhagem, foram criados workshops de técnicas de maquilhagem e estes são parte do treino básico de todos os artistas Cirque du Soleil. Em primeiro lugar, Gagné ensina os performers a aplicar a maquilhagem e, depois, entrega-lhes um manual passo-a-passo personalizado que servirá de guia a cada um.

    Antes de se juntar ao Cirque du Soleil, Nathalie Gagné trabalhou em teatro, cinema e televisão. Foi duas vezes nomeada para o Prémio Gémeaux pela melhor maquilhagem, em todas as categorias combinadas, uma honra atribuída pela Academia Canadiana de Cinema e Televisão. Desde adolescente que Nathalie Gagné é uma apaixonada pela maquilhagem e pela influência desta no trabalho final do actor. “A maquilhagem é um reflexo da alma do personagem”, afirma, “e é também a varinha mágica que apaga quaisquer inibições”. Nathalie Gagné estudou produção teatral na Cégep Saint-Hyacinthe, uma escola pública no Quebeque, após o que se tornou uma das primeiras licenciadas na École Christian-Chauveau (Montreal), uma filial da famosa escola de maquilhagem parisiense.

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