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OVO

OVO é um movimento impetuoso em um ecossistema colorido que prolifera vida, em que os insetos trabalham, comem, rastejam-se, agitam-se, brincam, brigam e procuram o amor em um alvoroço ininterrupto de energia e movimento. O lar dos insetos é um mundo de beleza e biodiversidade, repleto de ações barulhentas e momentos de emoção silenciosa.

Quando um ovo misterioso aparece no meio dos insetos, eles ficam amedrontados e muito curiosos quanto a este objeto icônico que representa o enigma e os ciclos de suas vidas.

Um inseto desajeitado e estranho chega à sua comunidade alvoroçada e uma fabulosa joaninha atrai o seu olhar. Pronto! É amor à primeira vista: e o sentimento é mútuo.

OVO é repleto de contrastes. O mundo oculto e secreto sob os nossos pés é revelado como sendo um mundo delicado e tórrido, barulhento e silencioso, tranquilo e caótico. E, quando nasce o sol de um novo dia, o ciclo vibrante da vida dos insetos começa mais uma vez.

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OVO - 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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  • Deborah Colker

    Writer, Director and Choreographer

    As a child in her native Brazil, Deborah Colker grew up in a creative environment. Her father was a violinist and conductor and she started piano lessons at the age of eight. “Though I was quite good at it, playing with an orchestra at 14, I soon realized I needed to express my emotions physically as well, through sports for instance,” she says. “I was very passionate and intense and contemporary dance gave me the chance to fit together physical and intellectual emotion.”

    Deborah became a member of Uruguayan choreographer Graciela Figueroa’s Coringa company in 1980. In 1984, she began creating choreographies and directing piece movements for musicals, shows, TV programs, movies and samba schools.

    Wanting to create a choreographic language of her own, Deborah founded her company, Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker in 1994, and created many highly acclaimed full-length dance pieces for it, including Vulcão, Velox, Mix, Rota, Casa and 4 Por 4.

    In Brazil alone Deborah’s individual works have attracted large and loyal audiences. "My work is like Brazil," she says, "the mix of colors, the dynamics and rhythms, the happiness and possibility of a long way of discovery. It's an honor to me that my background is this beautiful, creative, and musical country."

    Deborah’s award-winning work quickly caught the attention of the entire dance world. In 2002, she was invited by Komische Oper in Berlin to choreograph a full program, Casa (a piece originally created for Deborah’s own company in 1999) and Ela. In 2006, she went on to create Maracanã for the Culture Factory of Kampnagel in Hamburg. Deborah became the first Brazilian artist to win the Laurence Olivier Award, one of the most important cultural prizes in the UK, in the “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” category for her choreography MIX in 2001.

    Working with Cirque du Soleil called for a departure from Deborah’s customary way of working. She is used to developing concepts as an integral part of the rehearsal process, but for Cirque 2009 she had to come up with the concepts a year and a half before rehearsals began.

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  • Chantal Tremblay

    Director of Creation

    At the end of the 1980s, while living in New York pursuing a career in dance, Chantal Tremblay decides to join Cirque du Soleil after having seen one the company’s shows. Chantal started out as a dancer on a Cirque project and then became choreographer Debra Brown’s assistant on the creation of Mystère. Before Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour Chantal has worked on many Cirque projects including the shows Alegría, La Nouba and Mystère for which she once was the Artistic Director. Later on her solid credentials helped her land the position of Director of Creation on both The Beatles LOVE and OVO.

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  • Gringo Cardia

    Set and Props Designer

    Gringo Cardia, who started out as a gymnast, has earned an enviable reputation as one of the most sought-after designers in the world of performing arts and video in Brazil.

    In his career as a designer, Gringo has successfully integrated the three disciplines he has worked in: architecture, graphic design and theatrical staging. He has also made his mark as a director in film and video as well as a producer in the world of theatre, opera and fashion.

    In 1989, he founded a circus troupe in Brazil before joining forces with Deborah Colker, the director of OVO in 1994. Together, they invented a visual language that owes a great deal to set design. "When I design a set I like to think big, to push the limits,” he says. “I don’t think of scenery as a support for a production. It’s more than mere decoration. It has to be an integral part of the concept of the show to be used and manipulated by the dancers and the actors.”

    This approach has clearly worked. Gringo has designed the sets for over 100 theatrical productions and more than 150 music shows. His 70-plus music videos have won him numerous awards including the MTV Video Award for Best Brazilian Video in 1990. He has also designed hundreds of album covers for the most prominent Brazilian musicians, including Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gilberto Gil. His work has been recognized with more than 20 awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Mix, presented by Deborah Colker’s dance company.

    In 2000, Gringo and actress Marisa Orth founded a nonprofit organization named Spectaculu which trains students from underprivileged areas in theatre technical arts. More than 2,000 young people have gone on from Spectaculu to careers in entertainment (www.spectaculu.org.br).

    Gringo Cardia designed and curated the exhibition Amazonia Brazil, which has been touring the world since 2004, and in 2006 he directed the film No Arms for Amnesty International. Among his recent architectural commissions was the design of the Museum of Telecommunications in Rio de Janeiro and the new Minas Gerais Memorial in Belo Horizonte.

    Gringo Cardia regards the design of a Cirque du Soleil set as more like architecture than theatre. "A Cirque show has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years rather than a few months,” he points out. “Cirque emphasizes research and development and constantly pushes the creative limits of technology – and that is a perfect fit with my own approach."

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  • Liz Vandal

    Costume Designer

    Liz began her career as a fashion designer in 1988. Her style was inspired by futuristic superheroes and medieval armour. She used materials such as vinyl, plastic and polyurethane to bring her fantastic creations to life.

    In 1990 Liz began working closely with Édouard Lock, founder of the Montreal dance company La La Human Steps. She designed the costumes for his shows Infante c'est destroy (1991), 2 (1995), Exaucé/Salt (1999), Amelia (2002), André Auria (2002) for the Opéra de Paris and Amjad (2007).

    Other choreographers and dance companies turn to Liz regularly because of her ability to combine costumes and body movement. Among others she has worked for la Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Margie Gillis, Bill Coleman, José Navas, O Vertigo, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Washington Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Mannheim Theater and Stuttgart Ballet (Germany).

    Since founding her own company Vandal Costumes in 1992 with her partner Yveline Bonjean, Liz has created and innovated costumes in the fields of fashion, theatre, opera, music and film. The Backstreet Boys hired her to design the costumes for their Black 'n Blue tour and her work appeared in the films The Lathe of Heaven directed by Philip Haas and La Turbulence des fluides directed by Manon Briand, both released in 2002.

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  • Fred Gérard

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    In 1984, after some eye-opening encounters at Zingaro Circus (France), Fred left a career drilling for oil to tap into circus arts. Among the first to graduate from the National Centre for Circus Arts in Châlons-sur-Marne (France) as a flying trapeze porter, Fred was approached to become a trapeze artist in the Cirque du Soleil show Nouvelle Expérience. Forced to leave the stage following an injury, he became assistant to the show’s director and artistic director. He went on to assume the role of Tour Artistic Coordinator. After a short stint in Europe, he returned to Cirque du Soleil, taking his first steps in acrobatic equipment design for the shows Alegría and Mystère. Working as Head Rigger and training circus technicians at Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters in Montreal, he then took up these duties on several touring shows between 1997 and 2006. With the help of his circus friends, Fred co-founded the Nickel Chrome group in Martigues in the South of France. As a member of this organization, which supports circus projects, he acts as Tent Master/Head Rigger, Artistic Director, Designer or Trainer for circus projects and companies all over the world. Working with Nickel Chrome and Théâtre Europe, he was also involved in the creation and development of the Janvier dans les Étoiles festival in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France. This is the second time Fred Gérard has worked on a Cirque du Soleil show as Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer, after OVO.

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  • Berna Ceppas

    Composer and Musical Director

    After only one year of formal education in music Berna Ceppas left school and became involved in various bands as a guitarist before branching out with synthesizers, samplers and computers. At the age of 25 he went back to school to study graphic design, but it quickly became clear to him that music was where he really belonged, as a performer and a composer/arranger.

    In 1994, Berna began working with Deborah Colker, the director of Cirque 2009, and wrote music for all her dance company’s shows. “We developed a kind of symbiosis,” he says. “We’re not just business partners, we’re friends. We know each other very well and we’ve established a way of working together.”

    Working from his own studio in Rio with countless numbers of leading musicians from Brazil and Japan, Berna is a sought-after producer on the mainstream Brazilian recording scene. He is also prominent as a producer of some of the best Brazilian indie pop-rock bands.

    Berna has worked extensively in the film industry since 2000, writing scores for many movies, notably O Passageiro (The Passenger) and Niemeyer A Vida é um Sopro (Niemeyer - Life is a Breath of Air). His work for the Globo television network includes Brasil Legal and Muvuca, and his score for the Discovery Channel series Blast Off was broadcast around the world.

    In 2002, he formed A Orquestra Imperial, a band that became immensely popular, revitalizing the contemporary music scene in Rio de Janeiro and further afield. The band has launched its international career with shows in various European and American cities including Paris, Chicago and London.

    “I don’t really have a signature sound,” says Berna. “For a while I was known for sampling but that was rather limiting. These days my music reflects the needs of each production.” Berna sees himself as a kind of chameleon, constantly adapting to his creative surroundings. “I am always me, but the challenges I set myself are intimately interwoven with those of the other members of the creative team as we converge toward a common goal.”

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  • Eric Champoux

    Lighting Designer

    A painter since the age of 16, Éric Champoux has always taken a keen interest in light.

    Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1997, Éric has designed the lighting for more than 60 theatre productions in Quebec and Europe. He has worked with such Quebec directors as André Brassard, Gilles Champagne, Alice Ronfard, René Richard Cyr, Claude Poissant and Yves Desgagnés.

    For the last dozen or so years, Éric has worked particularly closely with Wajdi Mouawad, lighting his productions of Rêves, Les Troyens, Le Mouton et la Baleine, The Three Sisters, Incendies, Fôrets, and, most recently, Seuls.

    Éric designed the lighting for Alice Ronfard’s 2006 production Désordre Public at Théâtre Espace Go, where he also lit La Promesse de l'aube and Les hommes aiment-ils le sexe, vraiment, autant qu'ils le disent? created by a collective of writers and directors.

    In his mission to bring the art of the real – and the unreal – to the audience, Éric is constantly seeking to improve his mastery of painting with the medium of light.

    "I paint light onto bodies and objects,” he says. “I create a luminous image on stage exactly the same way I paint, layer by layer, revealing the characters on a canvas of colour. Both results are based on the same approach."

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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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  • Philippe Aubertin

    Acrobatic performance Designer

    Inspired by the enthusiasm surrounding the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Philippe Aubertin got started in gymnastics at the age of five. At 18 he was invited to join the national junior team but decided to withdraw from competition because of the physical demands that it imposes. Instead, he became coach at the Gymnastics Centre of Montreal, a position he held until 1999. During his tenure, he was certified by the Canadian Association of Coaches.

    At the same time, Philippe pursued a university education in athletic training, but the appeal of Cirque du Soleil offered him new horizons.

    Cirque's Director of Acrobatic Performance and Coaching, Boris Verkhovsky, hired him in 1999 to train artists at the company’s international headquarters in Montreal.

    Philippe joined La Nouba in Florida as a coach, then took up duties in Japan as head coach on the touring show Saltimbanco. In 2004, he returned to Montreal as Cirque' s head coach before joining Corteo on the road for two years.

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  • Julie Bégin

    Makeup Designer

    Julie Bégin's fascination with the transforming power of makeup began as a child. From an early age she experimented on faces and by the time she was 18, she'd left her science studies behind and embarked on her nomadic makeup journey.

    Julie got her first job on a dare. A friend persuaded her to apply for a makeup position while visiting Toronto. Despite the fact that she had no formal training, her talent shone through and she found herself working in a field that proved to be a perfect fit.

    In 1998, after spending more then eight years refining her trade in Europe and Asia, Julie moved to New York to further her career and pursue her interest in arts. She soon attracted the attention of celebrated makeup artist Dick Page and rapidly became a top player on his team working in New York, Milan and Paris.

    The top names in the fashion and entertainment industries quickly began to seek Julie out: Fashion designers like John Galliano, Marc Jacobs and Helmut Lang called on her. She worked with such prominent photographers as Ellen Von Unwerth and Mick Rock on editorial and advertising shoots, and world-renowed singers and celebrities, including Céline Dion and Alanis Morisette.

    Julie's methods are wide-ranging and imaginative. From effortless natural looks to dramatic styles, even when creativity's limits are pushed to the extreme, her main focus in fashion is always to reveal the beauty of a face. "The challenge of designing makeup for a Cirque du Soleil show is to go beyond beauty to reveal character," she says. Every face is a new inspiration, and when it all works you're actually revealing more than the person, you're able to catch a glimpse of their soul."

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