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Zumanity 是太陽劇團感官表現節目的一個側面,以性感嫵媚的方式扭曲反映現實,極具煽動性和趣味性,禁止以電子方式進行傳播! 由於這套成人主題作品為您呈現的性感特技表演和出格玩笑讓人血脈膨脹,所有禁忌至於門外,隨心所欲放鬆自己。 Zumanity 有時表演滑稽歌舞,有時表演助興節目,總之是一個永遠難忘的徹夜狂歡。 Zumanity 專為 18 嵗以上成年人士創作。 僅在拉斯維加斯紐約-紐約酒店上演。

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Zumanity - 創作人

  • Guy Laliberté

    創始人

    Guy Laliberté 於 1959 年誕生於魁北克市。身兼手風琴師、高蹺和吞火特技表演者身分的他,在一小群同好的支持下,創立了魁北克首支享譽國際的馬戲劇團。Guy Laliberté 憑藉著大膽的遠見,肯定並培養在 Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul 中嶄露頭角之街頭藝人的才華,隨後於 1984 年創立了 Cirque du Soleili (太陽劇團)。

    Guy Laliberté 首創結合文化、藝術美學與特技訓練的演出手法,也成為太陽劇團的正字商標。早自 1984 年開始,他便引導著創意團隊打造出一齣齣劇碼,同時投注己力將馬戲藝術推向更高水準的藝術殿堂。

    太陽劇團如今在其組成規模、活動和影響力範圍上,已經晉身國際組織之林。Guy Laliberté 目前領導的已是個活躍於五大洲的組織。

    2007 年 10 月,Guy Laliberté 開始投身其第二項終生事業 ONE DROP 基金會,致力於透過永續的方式取得安全無虞的飲用水,藉此改善世界各地的貧窮問題。這個嶄新的夢想源自對取得水源的權利乃全球社群和個人生存之所繫的體認,也是從太陽劇團創始之初便確立的核心價值:堅信受人點滴當亟思回饋,微小之舉可成重大之事。

    2009 年 9 月,Guy Laliberté 成為加拿大首位私人太空遊客。他希望藉由此舉讓世人注意到人類在地球上面臨的飲水問題。第一次的太空「詩意社會使命」(Poetic Social Mission),以地空連線,關懷水資源 (Moving Stars and Earth for Water) 為主題,目的在於透過藝術的手法感動人心,在特別製播的 120 分鐘 Webcast 節目中,呈現了在五大洲 14 個城市以及國際太空站中展開的多項藝術表演。

    重大獎項與榮譽肯定
    2012 年,Guy Laliberté 晉身美國博彩協會(American Gaming Association) 的博彩名人堂 (Gaming Hall of Fame)。2011 年進入加拿大商業名人堂 (Canadian Business Hall of Fame) 之列。2010 年,Guy Laliberté 獲得在傳奇的好萊塢星光大道 (Hollywood Walk of Fame) 上留下專屬星型勳章的殊榮。同年,魁北克政府為表揚其貢獻,更將六年前授予的騎士 (Chevalier) 勳章拔擢成為軍官 (Officier) 勳章,使其成為 Ordre de la Pléiade 的受勳者之一。2008 年,魁北克 Laval 大學 (Université Laval) 授予 Guy Laliberté 榮譽博士學位。前一年,Guy Laliberté 獲得安永 (Ernst & Young) 年度企業家大獎肯定,其獲獎層級涵蓋三大層級:魁北克、加拿大和國際。2004 年,他獲得加拿大總理頒發的加拿大最高榮譽加拿大勳章 (Order of Canada), 同年更獲得時代雜誌 (Time Magazine) 票選為全球百大影響力人士。2003 年,他獲選為 Condé Nast 集團的領先者計畫 (Never Follow Program) 之一,該計畫宗旨在於表彰傑出創造者和創新人士。2001 年,榮獲大蒙特婁學院 (Académie des Grands Montréalais) 提名為傑出蒙特婁公民 (Great Montrealer)。1997 年,Guy Laliberté 接受魁北克政府頒發的最高榮譽魁北克勳章 (Ordre National du Québec)。


    其他獎項與榮譽肯定

    2009
    加拿大行銷協會 (Canadian Marketing Association) 終生成就獎

    2002
    進入加拿大星光大道

    1998
    美國工藝博物館 (American Craft Museum,現為紐約藝術與設計博物館 (Museum of Arts and Design)) 遠見成就獎 (Visionary Award)

    1996
    於第 43 屆商業大會 (魁北克) 中獲頒創新視野 (Vision nouvelle) 獎

    1988
    魁北克傑出媒體大會 (Gala Excellence La Presse) 年度風雲人物

    1988
    Les Affaires 雜誌 (魁北克) 年度企業家

     

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  • Dominic Champagne

    作者兼導演

    A multitalented and prolific playwright, director and Artistic Director of his own theatre company, Dominic Champagne has been a forceful presence on the Quebec cultural scene since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1987.

    In 1992, Champagne created waves among the public and his peers with his show Cabaret Neiges Noires, written in collaboration with his fellow artists at Théâtre il va sans dire. Inspired by Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, the play was highly innovative in both its message and its medium. The script was at once cynical, poetic, dark and funny, while the festive and unrestrained staging brought together acting, song and music. Champagne's gamble paid off: he succeeded in taking a critical look at the era and in bringing new audiences into the theatre. The show has been performed more than 100 times since it was first created.

    Champagne adapted and directed Don Quichotte (Cervantes' Don Quixote) for a 1998 stage production that attracted record crowds to Montreal's Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, and in 2000 he set new attendance records with his staging of L'Odyssée (The Odyssey, by Homer). His other creations for the theatre include La Caverne, L'Asile, Lolita, La Cité Interdite and La Répétition.

    He has also worked in television as a writer for the series Les Grands Procès, and was involved in the creation and direction of many variety shows including Le Plaisir Croît Avec l'Usage, the opening ceremonies of the Jeux de la Francophonie, Tous Unis Contre le SIDA, Les Spectacles de la Fête Nationale and La Soirée des Masques.

    His more than 100 accomplishments for the stage, television and circus have earned him a host of awards and honors, including the Prix de la Critique for the text of La Répétition, two Gémeau awards for best direction for L'Odyssée and Don Quichotte, the Gémeau for best dramatic writing for Aurore and the Masque du Public for his adaptation of L'Odyssée.

    Champagne's work in theatre and television led to an invitation from Cirque du Soleil to direct Varekai in 2002. Champagne's next assignment for Cirque was to co-direct ZUMANITY with René Richard Cyr. Writing and directing LOVE has been both rewarding and enormously challenging for Champagne. "It was a privilege and a great honor to be asked to do this," he says.

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  • René Richard Cyr

    Writer and Director

    René Richard Cyr is one of the most versatile and prolific creators on the Quebec cultural scene. For 20 years, this acting graduate from Canada 's National Theatre School has pursued simultaneous careers as an actor, director, writer and producer in theatre, television, film and music. He has participated in over one hundred productions—both on stage and behind the scenes—with notable success in all fields.

    This is Cyr's first creative alliance with Cirque du Soleil, where he is working in tandem with long-time collaborator Dominic Champagne on the writing and directing of Zumanity. In the past, the two have repeatedly teamed up to design the huge outdoor event celebrating La Fête Nationale, Quebec 's national holiday. They are also credited with the creation and artistic direction of Le plaisir croît avec l'usage, a TV program broadcast on Télé-Québec and hosted by Cyr. The program has won two Gémeaux (an award for excellence in Canadian French-language television production) for best variety show. The ongoing success of this dynamic duo stems from a natural affinity between two good friends—who also happen to be creative masters.

    A man of many talents, Cyr is as eclectic as he is productive. As a theatre director, he frequently spotlights new works while staging memorable versions of well-known classics. He has also (among other things) directed numerous comedies, variety shows and theatre galas, and has even lent his lustre to musical theatre.

    "I've put rock 'n ' roll into my theatre productions and theatre into my rock shows. But one recurring theme marks my artistic choices: the desire to give a voice to new talent," says the director. Since 1998, Cyr has been artistic director and managing co-director of Montreal 's Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, an institution committed to producing Quebec drama.

    The variety of awards showered upon this virtuoso testifies to the quality of his work in diverse cultural milieus. In 1985, 1986 and 1991, Cyr was honoured by the Quebec music industry association (ADISQ) for three different shows—one of them a Céline Dion production which netted him the "Director of the Year" award. In the 1990s, he twice won the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde's best direction award, while two more prizes (one awarded in Quebec , the other in Italy ) recognized his excellent acting in Michel Tremblay's Hosanna. The Quebec arm of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television also nominated Cyr for a Gémeau in two different categories: best direction on a short film debut, and best host of a televised series.

    More recently, his accomplished directing of the play The Man of La Mancha, by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, and Mitch Leigh, earned him two prestigious awards from the public and his peers at the 2003 Gala of the Académie québécoise du théâtre.

    René Richard Cyr was born in Montreal in 1958.

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  • Andrew Watson

    Director of Creation

    After ten years of working on stage as an acrobat, Andrew Watson now works behind the scenes, as Director of Creation for Cirque du Soleil's new production, Zumanity. Previously, he played this role with Varekai, which premiered in the spring of 2002. This show marked a pivotal moment in the artistic career of a man who is no stranger to risk.

    In 1984, the year Cirque du Soleil was founded, he enrolled as a general artist in the Gerry Cottle Circus in London. He was 24 at the time and didn't have the gymnastic training of most acrobats. But that didn't stop him: he became a trapeze artist. In 1986, his duo performance at the Festival du Cirque de Demain, in Paris, earned him job offers from several well-known European circuses. He went on tour with the German circus troupe Roncalli, attracted by its blend of theatre and traditional circus elements.

    His Cirque de Demain performance was also noticed by Guy Caron, at the time artistic director of a youthful Cirque du Soleil. In 1987, drawn by Cirque's creativity and audacity, Andrew Watson joined the team of We Reinvent the Circus, the show that was to be the Quebec circus troupe's first major North American tour. Throughout his career as a Cirque du Soleil acrobat, Andrew Watson won several honours and awards, including the Clown d'argent at the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo, in 1990. He left the ring in 1990, and subsequently held the positions of director of casting and artist training, artistic coordinator and artistic director. From 1994 to 1999, he was involved mainly in the shows Saltimbanco, Alegría and Quidam.

    In 1999, he decided to go back to London to live and work. Joining the New Millennium Experience Company, he designed the aerial acts and trained the acrobatic artists for the New Millennium Dome Central Show, presented in London as part of the year-2000 festivities. In 2001, he came back to Montreal with his family in order to oversee the creation of Varekai.

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  • Thierry Mugler

    Creator and Costume Designer

    Thierry Mugler is a French artist who is very well-reputed in the world of fashion and haute couture. He was a professional dancer starting at age 14 at the Opéra du Rhin, and the surpassing of the body and the love of performance are recurring themes in all his work: an accent is placed on the shoulders, women's bodies are flattered, and men's bodies are regarded with the same rigour.

    If clothing has been an integral part of Thierry Mugler's life, it was to take it to the next level: over almost thirty years, this born director has created a hundred or so spectacular shows attended by up to 13,000 people, including events at the Zénith, the Budo Kan and the Cirque d'Hiver. The international success of Thierry Mugler perfumes, launched in 1992, serves only to confirm his incredible talent.

    Thierry Mugler is also the author of short films, advertising films, photos and music videos. Thierry Mugler's collaboration with the Cirque du Soleil team for Zumanity caused a sensation in the worlds of fashion and show business!

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  • Stéphane Roy

    Set Designer

    A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Stéphane Roy has worked as both a set designer and artistic director on over 100 productions in Montreal and abroad. While mainly active in theatre and dance, he has also worked in film, television, advertising and variety shows.

    Over the years Stéphane’s career has led to close working relationships with a number of directors and arts companies: He created the sets for several plays presented at Espace Go and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montreal and since 1990 he has designed sets for dance productions by such internationally-acclaimed dance troupes as La La La Human Steps and O Vertigo.

    Given that professional background, plus an architect father, a mother active in theatre and a unique social and artistic approach to performance space, it was perhaps inevitable that Stéphane would gravitate toward Cirque du Soleil, a relationship that began with the creation of Dralion, and continued with Varekai, Zumanity, KOOZA and now, Zarkana.

    Since 2011, Stéphane has been one of three artists in residence appointed by the Montreal Nature Museums group to create organic links between the city’s four natural science museums. He also designed The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terra Cotta Army exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

    His achievements have earned him many awards and honors, including being named Revelation of the Year, All Categories Combined, by the Association Québécoise des Critiques de Théâtre in 1989. In 1992, the same association honored him with the award for best set design. His talent has also been recognized by the Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Académie Québécoise du Théâtre.

    "In the lyrical, fantastic world of Zarkana, the setting, an abandoned decrepit theatre, is a character in its own right,” says Stéphane Roy. “The walls breathe, move and sing. In terms of aesthetics, we are at the beginning of the last century, between 1910 and 1930, midway between Gaudí, Klimt and Art Nouveau. The organic shapes are a nod to the master French glassmaker and jeweler René Lalique."

    Stéphane Roy lives in Montreal.

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  • Simon Carpentier

    Composer and Musical Director

    Composer Simon Carpentier, best known for his film and TV scores, has worked on one Cirque du Soleil show (Zumanity) prior to his compositions for Wintuk. He took his first piano lessons at the age of seven and began his professional career in Quebec City, where his personal recording studio was next door to a rehearsal studio used by musicians working in all genres.

    Simon first made his mark writing music for commercials and picked up more than 20 Quebec and international awards between 1989 and 1997. In 1989, he received a Mobius Award, an international prize handed out in Chicago for the music used in cinema advertising.

    His name appears in the credits of a dozen or so films, including Ladies Room, starring John Malkovich, and he has worked on numerous TV shows for a variety of networks, including TV5. In 2000 he composed the score for the 72-episode teen drama series Big Wolf On Campus which has been broadcast in 150 countries.

    In 1999, Simon recorded Amerindian singer Genevieve McKenzie’s album Shanipiap at the Sept-Îles reserve in Quebec. And in 2004, his spellbinding music was a major factor in the success of Italian quick-change genius Arturo Brachetti’s one-man show. His artistic curiosity and versatility recently led him to reinterpret the music of S. Alfonso dei Liguori and combine it with the words of Claude Péloquin, one of Quebec’s greatest poets. He has also created a series of albums of music for babies that have sold in more than 30 countries.

    Simon Carpentier drew upon several sources to compose the music of Wintuk. "I went back and listened to the music of family films and immersed myself in the world of a young boy. I also explored musical genres associated with New York – urban rhythms, jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and Latin music in particular. In the final analysis, I want the score of Wintuk, which keeps coming back as a leitmotiv, to stay with each member of the audience for a long, long time."

    Simon Carpentier was born in 1965 in Quebec.

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  • Debra Brown

    Choreographer

    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, Zarkana, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour and Amaluna. 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.

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  • Marguerite Derricks

    Choreographer

    Three-time Emmy award-winner Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks is one of the most sought-after choreographers in the entertainment industry. Her work has been featured in countless films, television shows, commercials, music videos and stage productions.

    Marguerite began her dance training in Buffalo, New York at the age of five. When she was 16 she was awarded a scholarship from the New York City Ballet and went on to dance with the National Ballet of Canada and the Philadelphia Ballet.

    In 1983, she moved to Los Angeles to work as a lead dancer on the TV series Fame and soon afterward became assistant choreographer to Debbie Allen and Otis Sallid.

    Television and Marguerite Derricks proved to be a good fit and it's a solid partnership that continues to grow. She received her first Emmy Award in 1997 for her work on 3rd Rock From the Sun and her outstanding choreography has been showcased on such shows as the MTV Movie Awards, the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards, the 50th Primetime Emmy Awards, the 2003 NAACP Image Awards, Will & Grace and That 70's Show. She also created the choreography for 22 episodes of Cedric the Entertainer Presents.

    Music videos gave Marguerite a high-profile outlet in which to spread her creative wings. "I started working as a choreographer in the 1980s when music videos were taking off. I did about 100 videos. It was my training ground," she says of her work with such artists as Quincy Jones, Céline Dion, Taylor Dane, Little Richard, Tone Loc, Donna Summer, Barry White, Sheila E. and Deborah Harry.

    Marguerite's choreography for feature films includes all three Austin Powers movies with Mike Myers, Batman & Robin (starring George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell and Uma Thurman), Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, 10 Things I Hate About You, Striptease, with Demi Moore, Ivan Reitman's Junior, and Never Been Kissed which starred Drew Barrymore.

    Her most recent film work is on display in American Wedding, Charlie's Angels II, 13 Going On 30, Starsky & Hutch, Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy, Looney Tunes Back in Action with Brendan Fraser and Cat in the Hat with Mike Myers.

    Marguerite says her work in film was a good preparation for the cabaret style of the Cirque du Soleil show ZUMANITY. "In film, I work as if I'm creating for the stage," she notes. "Directors tend to shoot my work in that Fred Astaire, head-to-toe style—and they do it all in one take instead of chopping it up."

    In addition to her three consecutive Emmy awards, Marguerite has received three MTV Movie awards and three American Choreography awards.

    Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks was born in Buffalo, New York.

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  • Luc Lafortune

    Lighting Designer

    In directing the lighting for the show KÀ, Luc Lafortune is contributing to his twelfth creation with Cirque du Soleil. He has been associated with Cirque du Soleil since its beginnings in 1984. That year, he was hired as a lighting technician backstage. The following year, he was at the lighting control booth for the young troupe's eight-month tour. In 1986, he became the lighting designer. Since then, his lighting creations have toured the world.

    At Cirque du Soleil, his creator's resumé includes the shows We Reinvent the Circus, Fascination, Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco, Mystère, Alegría, Quidam, "O", La Nouba, Dralion, Varekai and Zumanity. He was also co-director of photography for the video recording of the show Quidam.

    In 2002, he worked with director Robert Lepage to design the lighting for British singer Peter Gabriel's world tour, Growing Up. Many other internationally successful artists and groups have called upon his talents. Since 1996, he has worked with, among others, No Doubt, The Eagles, Gipsy Kings and Swiss circus Salto Natale.

    Luc Lafortune studied theatre production at Concordia University in Montreal . He was originally interested in set design. "One day, during rehearsal, I discovered the ability of light to redefine a space, to make a strong contribution to the image and spirit of a show," he says. The experience inspired a passion that still permeates his work today.

    The excellence of his work has garnered him many awards. In 1992, his lighting design for the show Saltimbanco earned him a Drama-Logue Theater Award, given by critics from the California-based theatre magazine of that name. In 1994, he was chosen as designer of the year by the magazine Lighting Dimensions International (LDI). In 1997, the Martin Professionals show The Atomic Lounge, for which Luc Lafortune was artistic director, won the LDI for best light show. In 1998, he took an Entertainment Design Award for his lighting design for the show "O".

    Luc Lafortune is regularly invited as a speaker to share his knowledge and thoughts with students and professionals all over the world.

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  • Jonathan Deans

    音效設計

    Jonathan Deans 是世上最受歡迎的現場娛樂音效設計師之一。年輕時,他加入皇家莎士比亞劇團 (Royal Shakespeare Company) 擔任演員,但他對音效也有相當大的興趣,因此漸漸深入探索劇場。數年後,在音樂產業擔任音效工程師,在 Morgan Studios 與藝人 Cat Stevens、Paul Simon 與 Rick Wakeman 合作一段時間後,他又循著倫敦柯芬園的皇家歌劇院 (Royal Opera House) 回到劇場,之後為音樂劇「A Chorus Line」混製音效。接二連三的成功來敲門,而他也成為許多倫敦西區劇場演出的混音工程師。Jonathan 擔任混音工程師的傑出表現,為他爭取到在音樂劇「Marilyn」擔任混音師的工作。之後,他更在多齣劇場作品中擔任音效設計的工作,如「Time」、「Les Misérables」、「Mutiny」、「Jean Seberg」等,族繁不及備載。十多年後,他轉往美國發展,為主題樂園、體育場和巨蛋設計系統與演出,也參與百老匯作品,如「Ragtime」、「Fosse」、「King David」、「Damn Yankees」、「Taboo」、「Brooklyn」、「Lestat」、「Pirate Queen」、「Young Frankenstein」、「La Cage Aux Folles」、「Spiderman」、與「Priscilla Queen of the Desert」。「Michael Jackson ONE」是 Jonathan 自 1992 年「Saltimbanco」以來,第 14 度為太陽劇團設計音效系統與音訊環境。

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  • Cahal McCrystal

    Clown Act Creator

    Since 1996, Cahal McCrystal has devoted himself full time to creating and directing shows for various European theatre companies. He's one of the few British directors to focus almost exclusively on clown comedies. The clown acts he has created for Zumanity mark his second association with Cirque du Soleil: in 2002, he was part of the creative team that worked on Varekai.

    Cahal's plays, written for major British theatre companies such as Spymonkey, Peepolykus, and The Boosh comedy duo, have touched audiences worldwide and kept them rolling in the aisles.

    In 2000, his play Stiff, staged for Spymonkey, won the Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was also named best act at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The Mighty Boosh, launched at the 1998 Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnered the Perrier Award for Best New Comedy. Although critics have compared his characters to those of Mel Brooks, Monty Python and the Marx Brothers, Cahal's true goal is to create clowns with their own distinct personalities.

    "My job is to bring out the clown in actors and this clown emerges when you play up their personal foibles. This requires a great deal of humility and generosity on the part of the actors. But it's also highly gratifying. We admire people for their successes, but we love them for their weaknesses. That's why we adore clowns—they show us their very human and silly sides!"

    Before becoming a full-time director, this graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama had a prolific 15-year acting career in theatre, film, television and radio. In the late '80s, Swiss writer, director and actor Philippe Byland invited Cahal to join his company. It was also in London that Cahal met his future mentor Philippe Gaulier, the dean of French theatre, who cast him in At the End of the Tunnel. One day, he would attend a show that truly blew him away—Cirque du Soleil's We Reinvent the Circus.

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  • Natacha Merritt

    Projection Designer

    The publication of Digital Diaries in 2000 marked the beginning of Natacha Merritt's spectacular rise in the world of photography. Her projections, both intimate and larger-than-life, represent her first contribution to the visual component of a Cirque du Soleil show. Working in an environment she spontaneously dubs a "creative paradise," she brings to Zumanity her unique perspective on the human body and its manifestations.

    Pursuing her childhood dream to become a lawyer, Natacha was studying law at the Sorbonne in Paris, when, after only three months, she abandoned her studies in favour of a new passion: erotic photography.

    Armed with a digital camera, Natacha has created a series of portraits and self-portraits documenting her sexual encounters—alone or with lovers—and has published her digital records on the Internet. The digital format allows her to immortalize her most personal moments and reveal her most intimate sexual self with refreshing ingenuousness. Her work received notice through her website and, in particular, attracted the attention of Taschen, publishers of Digital Diaries.

    Since the appearance of this landmark oeuvre, Natacha has devoted herself to digital video, leaving her unique signature on a number of ads as well as three documentaries for Warner Brothers. She is currently working on the screenplay for a feature-length film.

    Natacha Merritt was born in San Francisco in 1977.

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  • Nathalie Gagné

    化妝設計師

    化妝設計師 Nathalie Gagné 從小已對化妝著迷,她深信化妝對演員的影嚮。Nathalie 於 加拿大魁北克省的 Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe 攻讀戲劇製作,其後更成為著名巴黎化妝學 校 École Christian Chauveau 蒙特利爾分校的首屆畢業生。

    Nathalie 在加入太陽劇團之前,曾於不同劇團、電影及電視機構工作。她曾兩度獲 得 Gémeau 獎項(所有類別)的最佳化妝提名。這項榮譽是由加拿大電影及電視學院 (Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television)所頒授。

    Nathalie 說:「化妝是靈魂的反映,它猶如魔杖一樣,能揮走一切被掩蓋的東西。」由 1995 起,Nathalie 為太陽劇團設計超過200多款不同類型的化妝,而最終設計都是由 2,000 多個草圖中揀選出來。

    由於太陽劇團的表演者均需要自行化妝,Nathalie會邀請他們一同參與台上的化妝創 作。Nathalie 說:「由於雜技表演者有別於一般演員,他們不習慣進一步了解自己的臉 孔,我的其中一個目標就是教曉他們了解臉孔,幫助雜技表演者尋找他們臉上的『引力 紋理』(lines of force)以建立他們的個人特質。」

    Nathalie 同時亦負責確保所有化妝都富有她的特色與及完整性。由於表演者都需要自行 化妝,因此化妝技巧工作坊成為太陽劇團為表演者提供的基本訓練的一環。Nathalie會 先教會表演者如何自行化妝,然後為他們寫下各個步驟。

    Nathalie 於《神秘境界》(Mystère)、《飛躍之旅》(Alegría)及《藝界人生》(Saltimbanco)運用了全新的化妝概念,更促使了她與導演 Franco Dragone 及服裝設計師 Dominique Lemieux 的合作。繼 Nathalie 曾參與的《奇幻之旅》(Quidam)、《“O”》、《夢幻嘉年華》(La Nouba)、《Varekai》、《人類動物園》(ZUMANITY)、《KÀ》、《歡宴人生》(Corteo)、《虛擬幻境》(DELIRIUM)和《LOVE》,《ZAIA》將成為她與太陽劇團的第十個製作。

    Nathalie 說:「我透過多姿多彩的化妝設計刻畫了《ZAIA 》不同角色的人性特徵。同時,我亦希望塑造出相似的相貌以突顯不同族群。由於部份表演者擔領多個角色及需要迅速變換扮相,為他們變換妝容實在是一個挑戰。因此,我運用了許多自然色調的面譜 讓表演者更容易為不同的表演改變妝容。」

    Nathalie 於 1963 年生於魁北克省的 Trois-Pistoles。

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  • Jaque Paquin

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    There’s no formal training for a profession like Jaque Paquin’s. “To do it, you have to do it,” he says. Jaque studied art history (specializing in film) and electronics in school, and began his career in the arts working as a lighting technician at the age of 14. The following year, he opened a disco.

    He went on to work as a stage technician in theatre, a set painter in film, a grip in television and, finally, as a carpenter, team leader and project head in a set construction workshop for theatre and variety shows. "I've worked in nearly all of the trades plied by the people who build and operate my equipment," he says. “So I make an effort to facilitate the work of the technicians and the artists.”

    Jaque joined Cirque du Soleil in 1990 as head of the construction workshop, where he created aerial environments for such shows as Saltimbanco, Dralion, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ and “O”. From 1991 to 1996, he was Technical Director for the North American tour of Saltimbanco, and he was the show’s Technical Director when it toured Europe and Japan. In 1995 and 1996, he was director of all installations for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the FrancoFolies de Montréal.

    His imagination, artistic flair, and technical skill conjured up the fantastic boat in "O" – a piece of acrobatic equipment that brings together three techniques never before combined in the history of circus arts: the parallel bars, the Korean cradle and the flying trapeze.

    Whether working on the rigging for a show or as head of research and development for Cirque du Soleil's acrobatic equipment, Jaque is constantly on the lookout for ways to give a new look to a wide variety of circus arts. However, he says, “There’s never any compromise for safety. If an artistic vision can be achieved only by lowering the safety standards, then that element of the show will be dropped.”

    For CRISS ANGEL Believe™, Jaque Paquin has designed the equipment used in the illusions as well as the rigging for all of the scenic equipment (sound, lighting and set decorations). "We’ve developed unprecedented techniques, especially for the magic numbers," he says. “I like to say that this show contains some of my best inventions that I will never be able to talk about."

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  • Normand Blais

    Prop Designer

    Over the past 15 years, Normand Blais has carved out a niche for himself in the Quebec theatre world by inventing and gaining recognition for a new role on creative teams—that of prop designer. He is also the first to hold this position at Cirque du Soleil.

    On Zumanity, Normand is in charge of designing hand props for the artists, in addition to furniture and objects for the stage created by set designer Stéphane Roy.

    Normand has participated in the production of over one hundred plays since completing his studies in Theatre Production at Cégep de St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1987. From the outset, he made a veritable speciality out of his ability to unearth objects resonant with meaning, as well as his legendary attention to detail. In Montreal, Normand is "prop designer in residence" for contemporary theatre troupe La Compagnie Jean Duceppe, but that doesn't prevent him from sharing his talents with most of the city's other theatre companies.

    Many renowned Quebecois directors have called on Normand to help breathe life into productions that include both classics and original works. His ingenious and pertinent finds contributed to the success of the musical The Man of La Mancha, directed by René Richard Cyr, which in 2002 was awarded the Prix du public and the Prix de la meilleure production en région by the Académie québécoise du théâtre. In the same year, Normand also designed props for Italian quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti, internationally acclaimed by critics and the public alike.

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