Nathalie J. Simard
Nathalie J. Simard has been practicing the art of makeup for over 20 years. She studied visual arts and took several theatre and makeup workshops, but is largely self-taught, having learned her craft on the streets of Quebec City. There, she explored the many facets of makeup in depth and developed a distinctive style that is all her own, using the body and face of her subjects as her canvas.
An innovator since the 1980s, Nathalie became well known for transforming children and adults alike with her distinctive designs at festivals and outdoor events throughout Quebec. Constantly on the lookout for new sources of inspiration, she then took her talents to other stages across Canada, Asia, Europe and the United States.
Her creations have been seen by tens of thousands of people in several major events such as the International Children's Festivals network across Canada and the International Buskers Festivals held in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Nathalie has worked on theatre productions for Marie Dumais and photography projects with David Cannon. She also worked with characters for the EOS Circus in Quebec City, and created hundreds of makeup designs for the Quebec City Festival d’été and Winter Carnival. For ten years she has designed characters for productions by the Quebec creator Olivier Dufour, including his show Le Chemin qui marche (one of the main events of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations), and Festival Montréal en lumière.
Early in 2000, Nathalie founded Kromatik, a company that specializes in makeup for street art. Working with a team of artists as dedicated as herself, she developed a technique of makeup and animation that set new standards in the field. Combining speed, creativity and originality, she can produce a collective work in minutes.
TOTEM marks Nathalie’s first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. "The show deals with humanity in all its diversity and richness," she says. “I used the patterns and iconography of a vast array of different cultures to create the different characters. I am just as inspired by all the artists, their energy and their performance to create characters that are a really good fit."
Nathalie J. Simard was born in Quebec in 1967.