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Michael Jackson ONE

Michael Jackson ONE ist eine szenische Hommage an das kreative Genie des King of Pop. Inspiriert von Michael Jacksons Musik begeben sich vier Außenseiter auf ein Abenteuer, das ihr Leben verändern wird. Am Ende ihrer Reise werden sie selbst die ganze Anmut, Unerschrockenheit, Lebensfreude und Liebe, die Michael Jackson vorgelebt hat, verkörpern.


Ortsansässige Show im Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

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Michael Jackson ONE - Kreativteam

  • Jamie King

    Writer and Director

    Jamie King is the leading concert director in the world of pop music today and Michael Jackson ONE is King's second show with Cirque du Soleil, having served as writer & director of the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. In 2011, Variety published a special tribute celebrating King's career as "Billion Dollar Show Director" highlighting the nineteen pop music tours he has choreographed and directed and his overall impact on the global music industry. Variety previously named King as one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, having created some of the highest grossing concert tours of all time. In 2012, King was executive producer and star of the hit Latin talent reality series (and Las Vegas live show) Q'Viva! The Chosen in partnership with Jennifer Lopez, Mark Anthony and Simon Fuller. For the past sixteen years, King has worked as Madonna's creative director, overseeing her 2012 Superbowl Halftime Show and serving as creative producer of the MDNA world tour. King previously directed Madonna's Sticky & Sweet, Confessions, Re-Invention and Drowned World tours and directed her hit music video Sorry. Other King directed tours include Rihanna (Loud; Last Girl On Earth), Britney Spears (Femme Fatal; Circus; Oops I Did It Again), Celine Dion (Taking Chances), Ricky Martin (Black and White; La Vida Loca), Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics; Stripped), Avril Lavigne (Best Damn) and The Return of the Spice Girls. A multiple Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee, and greatly influenced by his early years working for both Prince and Michael Jackson (with whom he toured as one of four dancers on the Dangerous world tour), King has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Asian superstar Rain, Elton John, Diana Ross and even Ellen DeGeneres.

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  • Welby Altidor

    Director of Creation

    Welby is most fascinated with the creative genius of others and the ways to unleash this inner force. He studied theatre and communications before pursuing his interests in various other realms such as philosophy, political science, literature and public relations. He played a key role in a prominent Canadian casting agency prior to joining Cirque du Soleil’s casting department in the late 1990s, where he had a hand in recruiting more than a thousand artists for various Cirque du Soleil shows. Welby then took on the Director of Strategic Relations, Arts, Circus and Sports role in which he was called upon to develop strategic partnerships in more than a dozen countries, including an important alliance with the International Gymnastics Federation. Welby also led a number of large-scale creative projects as a director of creation in the Images, Events and Lifestyle division. Michael Jackson ONE marks Welby Altidor’s first mandate as Director of Creation for a Cirque du Soleil show.

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  • Carla Kama

    Associate Show Director

    Over the last twenty years, Carla has worked in all facets of the entertainment industry as a performer as well as a choreographer, director and producer. Carla was the sixth member of the original “Fly Girls” on the Emmy-winning television series In Living Color. She was also a founding member and associate choreographer for The Pussycat Dolls. Carla worked with Jamie King, as supervising choreographer for Britney Spears Circus World Tour, and as associate show director for Q’Viva Live featuring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Rihanna Loud World Tour and The Last Girl On Earth World Tour, as well as The Spice Girls The Return of The Spice Girls World Tour, Avril Lavigne Best Damn Tour World Tour, and Korean pop star, RAIN Rain’s Coming World Tour. Carla has showcased her choreography and musical staging talents in projects for Prince, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Jane’s Addiction, Carmen Electra, Kid Rock, & ZZ Top. Her choreography can be seen in the sexy burlesque scenes in HBO’s Carnivale, Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease and The Young & the Restless. Carla’s choreography credits also include the musical staging and sizzling dance work in Las Vegas Mandalay Bay's STORM. She has also worked in the musical theater world, choreographing the European touring productions of Grease and HAIR 'The Musical'. Michael Jackson ONE is Carla’s second collaboration with Cirque du Soleil after Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.

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  • Kevin Antunes

    Musical Director

    Kevin Antunes is a musical designer, musical director, keyboardist and digital audio programmer. His most recent tour was working directly for Madonna on her record breaking  MDNA world tour. Kevin was the Musical Designer and performed on stage with Madonna at the 2012 SuperBowl Halftime show. This is his second tour with Madonna with the first being the Sticky & Sweet World Tour – the top selling solo artist tour of all time. Kevin produced the stereo and surround sound audio mix for the live stadium concert from Argentina released on DVD in 2010. He also worked directly with Rihanna as her Musical Designer for her 2011 Loud World Tour with a 2013 scheduled DVD release date. This culminated in a 2012 Grammy Award performance featuring Rihanna and Coldplay. Kevin has also worked with Justin Timberlake for the since 1998 starting with *NSYNC, which then transitioned into Justin's solo career. The stereo and surround sound audio of Justin’s HBO Live Concert Broadcast of his FutureSex/LoveSounds (which was released on DVD) was also mixed by Kevin. Throughout his career Kevin has performed with Janet Jackson, Timbaland, Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, Christina Aguilera, Lady Antebellum, P Diddy, Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, and the New Kids on the Block, among others. Kevin has performed on many major television events and music award shows including The Grammy Awards, The Academy Awards, three Super Bowl Halftime shows, HBO & Showtime Original Live Concerts, Hope for Haiti Now benefit concert, Canadian SARS benefit concert, Amnesty International, Rock-n-Rio, MTV Awards, The Brit Awards, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and Saturday Night LiveMichael Jackson ONE is Kevin’s second collaboration with Cirque du Soleil after Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.

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  • Francois Séguin

    Set and Props Designer

    François Séguin pursued an impressive career in theatre and opera before gaining international recognition in the world of cinema. He has worked with Quebec companies such as Théâtre du Rideau-Vert, Nouvelle Compagnie Théâtrale, Grands Ballets Canadiens and Théâtre de Quat’Sous. During his prolific career, François worked in Canada and abroad. Through his longtime collaboration with François Girard, he designed the sets of the contemporary oratorio Lost Objects, presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as a double-bill staging of The Seven Deadly Sins and Kurt Weil’s The Lindberg Flight, presented in Lyon, Edinburgh and Wellington (New Zealand). He made his debut in the realm of cinema as a set designer during the early 1980s. His most notable film credits include Silk (2008 Jutra award for Best Art Direction) and The Red Violin (1998), both directed by Girard. He has worked on other feature films including L’âge des ténèbres (2008), Les invasions barbares (2003), Afterglow (1997), Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), Love and Human Remains (1993), Léolo (1992), Being At Home with Claude (1992), and Jésus de Montréal (1989). After ZED, Michael Jackson ONE marks François Séguin’s second collaboration with Cirque du Soleil as Set Designer.

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  • Zaldy Goco


    Zaldy gehört wegen seiner innovativen Kollektionen zur ersten Garde der New Yorker Designerszene. Seit 2001 kleidet er zahlreiche Showbiz-Ikonen wie Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J Blige, Will I. Am, Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Parker Posey, Gabourey Sidebe und Mick Jagger in individuell angefertigte Kreationen, die die Persönlichkeit des Trägers oder der Trägerin unterstreichen. Im Jahr 2009 wurde Zaldy zum Hauptdesigner für Michael Jacksons This Is It-Konzertserie sowie für die erste Tournee von Lady Gaga in Nordamerika, Monster Ball, ernannt. Er steckte auch hinter Gwen Stefanis Label L.A.M.B. Während seiner fast vierjährigen Zusammenarbeit mit Stefani setzte er seine Arbeit an seinem eigenen, nach ihm benannten Label fort. Dies ist seine erste Zusammenarbeit mit dem Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon

    Show Writers and Directors, Multimedia Directors

    The duo formed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon masterfully integrates theatre, film, dance, poetry, visual arts, music and sound to create unique theatrical worlds. On the heels of his initial experiments with music and multimedia that have earned him international recognition, designer and performer Michel Lemieux teamed up with visual artist Victor Pilon during the early 1980s. Together, they formed Lemieux Pilon 4D Art, a creative company that designs unique shows in which the senses and emotions are heightened through the use of new technologies. La Belle et la Bête, NORMAN (a tribute to Canadian film-maker Norman McLaren), Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Anima (inspired by the words of anthropologist Desmond Morris), Orfeo (based on the myth of Orpheus), Pôle, Grand Hôtel des Étrangers, and Voix de passage are some of the works on which Lemieux and Pilon have built their stellar reputation. In collaboration with Montreal and Quebec opera companies, they created the opera Starmania. The duo also collaborates regularly on exhibitions, special events and permanent multimedia productions. They created Continuum, a production based on the music of Philip Glass, the first multimedia show presented at the Rio Tinto planetarium in Montreal. The creations of Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon have been acclaimed in Canada, the United States, Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia. TORUK – The First Flight marks their fourth collaboration on a Cirque du Soleil show, after DELIRIUM, Midnight Sun, which commemorated respectively the 20th and 25th anniversaries of Cirque du Soleil and the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Michael Jackson ONE.

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  • Travis Payne


    Der zweimal für einen Emmy nominierte Choreograf, Regisseur und Produzent Travis Payne ist ein renommierter Innovator im Bereich Leinwand, Bühne und Gesang. Payne wurde in Atlanta geboren und wuchs dort auf. Ihm sind einige visuelle und musikalische Momente zuzuschreiben, die die Popkultur der Gegenwart nachhaltig geprägt haben und eigens für internationale Showbiz-Ikonen wie Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Shakira, Usher, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger, die Pussycat Dolls und Madonna konzipiert bzw. von ihnen dargeboten wurden. Payne arbeitete über einen Zeitraum von mehr als 15 Jahren immer wieder mit Michael Jackson, insbesondere in den späteren Jahren seiner Karriere, zusammen. 2009 war er bei den Vorbereitungen für die ausverkauften Michael Jackson-Shows in London für die Co-Choreografie zuständig. Bei dem mit Preisen überhäuften Dokumentarfilm über diese Proben, Michael Jackson’sThis Is It, fungierte er als Co-Produzent. Payne begann seine Karriere als Tänzer bei Janet Jacksons Welttournee Rhythm Nation 1814. Nicht lange danach choreografierte er für Jackson und En Vogue sowie für Madonna, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Abdul, Faith Hill und Ricky Martin. Abgesehen von den Emmy-Nominierungen erhielt Payne zweimal den Music Video Producers Association Award für herausragende Leistung in Choreografie, einen Obie Award sowie viermal den MTV Video Music Award für die beste Choreografie. Dies ist seine erste Zusammenarbeit mit dem Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Rich and Tone Talauega


    Rich und Tone Talauega gehören in der heutigen Film-, Musik-, Fernseh- und Werbebranche zu den begehrtesten Kreativchefs, Choreografen, Produzenten und Regisseuren. Entdeckt wurden sie als Teenager von Michael Jacksons Choreograf, als sie in einer Diskothek im kalifornischen Oakland improvisierte Tanzeinlagen darboten. Nur wenige Monate nach ihrem Umzug nach Los Angeles begleiteten Rich und Tone sowohl Diana Ross als auch Michael Jackson auf ihren Tourneen. Im Lauf der Jahre arbeiteten sie immer wieder mit Michael Jackson an verschiedenen Projekten und wurden mit der Choreografie des Kurzfilms für den Song „Hollywood Tonight“ betraut, der dem postum veröffentlichten Album Michael entstammt. Rich und Tone sind erwiesenermaßen Choreografen von Weltklasseniveau. Für ihre Leistung wurden sie für mehrere MTV Awards sowie für einen Emmy für Beste Choreografie nominiert. Sie sind für ihre breit gefächerten Fähigkeiten und ihren unvergleichlichen Stil bekannt. Zu ihren Kunden gehört alles, was Rang und Namen hat, darunter Madonna, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani und Christina Aguilera. Darüber hinaus waren sie für die Choreografie bei mehreren Spielfilmen verantwortlich, wie Step Up 3D, StreetDance Together und Dance! Jeder Traum beginnt mit dem ersten Schritt. Als Produzenten des von der Kritik gefeierten Dokumentarfilms Rize stellten sie die Tanzform Krumping vor. Mit ihrer inzwischen etablierten Produktionsfirma sind sie aktiv auf der Suche nach neuen Projekten und innovativen Ideen. Rich und Tone arbeiten zum ersten Mal an einer Produktion des Cirque du Soleil mit.

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  • Parris Goebel


    New Zealand 21 year-old choreographer Parris Goebel dances in the all female crew – ReQuest and is the creator of Polyswagg (combining sassy woman fire with aggressive inner strength). In 2009, ReQuest were crowned the World Varsity Hip Hop Champions in Las Vegas and also the Battleground Supremacy Varsity Champions in Australia. In 2010, ReQuest returned and dominated the competition to become the number one Adult crew in the world and be the first crew to win back to back gold medals and in both divisions. At the 2011 World Hip Hop Championships her 4 crews dominated over 37 countries with 3 Golds and 1 Silver and then in 2012 they won 2 Golds and 1 Silver. ReQuest have performed on American Idol and Dancing With The Stars and were crowned the 2012 Body Rock Champions. ReQuest were the first crew outside North America to make it on MTV Americas Best Dance Crew Season 6. In 2012, Parris worked on the videos and shows of superstar Jennifer Lopez and Jolin Tsai, the foremost female singer in Taiwan.

    Parris was a 2008 show cast member in Monsters of Hip Hop and is now a member of the Faculty that teaches all through the USA. She was awarded the 2012 World of Dance Female Choreographer of the year in the USA. She has taught throughout the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and all throughout New Zealand. She is the director of her own studio – The Palace Dance Studio in Auckland where she also teaches. Michael Jackson ONE marks her first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui


    Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has worked for theaters, opera and dance companies, ranging from the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Sadler's Wells in London, the Grand Theatre of Geneva to Les Ballets C. de la B. His choreographies have earned him a series of prizes including a Benois de la Danse, two Laurence Olivier Awards and two National Dance Awards. In 2008 and 2011 Tanz magazine proclaimed him 'Choreographer of the Year'. In 2010, he founded his own company. For Eastman he created Play with Shantala Shivalingappa and Babel(words) with Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley. In 2011 he set up TeZukA, a piece for 15 dancers and musicians inspired by the Japanese manga author Osamu Tezuka. In 2012 he created Puz/zle with the Corsican men’s choir A Filetta, Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage and Japanese musician Kazunari Abe. That same year he helmed the choreography for Anna Karenina, Joe Wright’s movie. Michael Jackson ONE is his first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Ivan « Flipz » Velez


    At the age of 7 Ivan "Flipz" Velez began perfecting/imitating all the moves from Michael Jackson's Billy Jean, Thriller and Beat It videos. After meeting an inspirational figure and best friend in the world of dance, Ivan could now combine his dance skills with his proficiency as a tumbler and decided to become a professional dancer. He went on to perform at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Ivan then moved to New York and started touring the world in a Jam On The Groove spin-off called Break: The Urban Funk Spectacular. Upon his return he started auditioning commercially and was cast by Tina Landon in his first national commercial. He then moved to Los Angeles where he was cast by Jamie King to perform alongside Madonna and Oprah. Flipz has also appeared in all 3 seasons of LXD. His other film credits include The Dream Team, Step Up 3D, Bring it on 3 & 4, Stomp The Yard, You Got Served, Idle Wild, B-Girl, Honey and Honey 2. Flipz is Co-Founder of Skill Methodz Dance crew and President and CEO of Flipz Entertainment. Michael Jackson ONE is Ivan's first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Olivier Simola


    After studying at the Conservatoire national de région (CNR) in Grenoble and at the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon, Olivier Simola acquired his first professional experience working with numerous choreographers including Andy Degroat, Jean-François Duroure, Joël Borges et Christophe Salengro. In 1995, he joined the dance company DCA founded by Philippe Decouflé. He first worked on the creation of Decodex before becoming one of the mainstays of the company, leaving his mark on many other DCA creations. Dancer and video-maker Olivier Simola then began to work closely with Philippe Decouflé. By fusing his two principal areas of expertise – dance and video – he contributes to shaping the singular worlds of choreographers such as Benjamin Millepied and Michael Baryshnikov. For Cirque du Soleil, Olivier designed the projections for the company’s performance at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. After his work as Projection Designer on IRIS – A Journey Through the World of Cinema, Michael Jackson ONE is his second collaboration to a Cirque du Soleil show.

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  • Germain Guillemot

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    A graduate from Centre national des arts du cirque in Châlon, France, Germain Guillemot started his career with the French troupe Cirque Archaos and toured with the company for two years. With other circus fellows he created the French circus company Les Arts Sauts where he worked both as a creator and performer for 15 years. Germain joined Cirque du Soleil in 2007 as a coach for the flying trapeze act on ZED and then became Acrobatic Training Manager for Viva ELVIS. TORUK – The First Flight is Germain Guillemot’s fourth collaboration with Cirque du Soleil as Acrobatic Designer after Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Michael Jackson ONE and KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities.

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  • Rob Bollinger

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    Rob Bollinger was a competitive trampolinist at the age of 9 and partnered with his father on the invention of the double mini trampoline as his family owned a trampoline club in Illinois, where he grew up. He studied Business at Indiana University on a scholarship as a competitive springboard diver. He won two Big Ten and two NCAA national diving championships and qualified for the 1980 and 1984 Olympics trials. He did not make the team on either occasion, and at first turned away from the world of competitive sports. After a brief period working in aeronautics and insurance, Rob found the pull of acrobatics too strong to resist, so he went to work in diving shows in theme parks, which led him around the world. On his return to the United States he put his talents as a diver and trampolinist to work in film and television as a professional stunt man, notably for Universal Studios. Rob joined Cirque du Soleil in 1993 during the creation of the first resident show Mystère as a coach and artist in the show’s original house troupe. In 1997 he joined "O", first as a coach, then as artistic coordinator and eventually he was appointed the production’s artistic director. He also added the artistic direction of Mystère to his responsibilities. Michael Jackson ONE is Rob’s third show as Acrobatic Designer after ZAIA and Amaluna.

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  • Ben Potvin

    Acrobatic Choreographer

    A former national competitive gymnast, Ottawa-born Ben Potvin joined Cirque du Soleil as an artist during the creation of “O” in 1997. He performed on this show for six years and acted as coach-performer for the production’s aerial hoops act. In 2004, he joined Dragone as an artist, coach-performer, dance captain, talent scout and act designer. Ben also designed acts for the show Voyage (Tokyo, Japan) and coordinated events at Utmost Entertainment Production. In 2009, he came back to Cirque du Soleil as a head coach on the show Viva ELVIS and later took on the acrobatic development role during the creation of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour and Amaluna. Michael Jackson ONE marks Ben’s first assignment as Acrobatic Choreographer, a mandate in which he will leverage his vision and experience in both the acrobatic and artistic realms.

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  • Andrea Ziegler

    Acrobatic Choreographer

    A graduate from Ryerson University's Theater School in Canada, Andrea has performed as a dancer, singer or character for over 20 years for several renowned companies including La La La Human Steps, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (The Nutcracker), Livent (The Phantom of the Opera), Dragone (A New Day with Céline Dion) and Cirque du Soleil.  At Cirque, she performed in the shows MystèreQuidam and in numerous special events around the world. Andrea also held the position of Dance Master on Viva ELVIS in Las Vegas. Michael Jackson ONE is her first show as acrobatic choreographer for Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Raymond St-Jean

    Projection Designer

    Raymond St-Jean is a film director and multimedia designer. After studying communications at the Université du Québec à Montréal, he began his career directing music videos and short films. Since then, Raymond has directed dramas (Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft, Léa), documentaries (L’oiseau de nuit, Ghost Town, Le Mozart Noir, six installments in the Chamber Music Collection) as well as screen adaptations of various theatre plays and choreographies (Les trous du ciel, Cabaret Neiges Noires, Peepshow). His films have aired on television in Canada and abroad and were featured in a number of festivals. Peepshow won ARTV’s “Tremplin pour le monde” award at the 2009 edition of the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art. In 2006, Ghost Town picked up three awards at the Yorkton Film Festival, including the prestigious Golden Sheaf Award of Excellence. Le Mozart Noir won the 2003 Rockie Award at the Banff World Television Festival. Together with Jimmy Lakatos, Raymond created in 2012 the multimedia installation The World of Michel Tremblay, presented at the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City. For Cirque du Soleil, Raymond St-Jean designed the video projections for ZAIA, Zarkana and Michael Jackson ONE.

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  • Jimmy Lakatos

    Projections Designers

    Hailing from the visual arts world, Jimmy Lakatos has followed an atypical career path that has led him to what he calls “video set design” – his specialty. In Montreal, he pioneered the use of video in shows and public places. A longtime collaborator of directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, Jimmy is one of the cofounders of Artificiel, a Montreal-based multidisciplinary digital creation group whose works have been seen at festivals and in museums throughout Europe, Latin America and North America. He has also designed multimedia installations for museum exhibits as well as video projections for a number of shows, televised galas and commemorative events. Several companies from the North American cultural scene have called upon his services as a multimedia designer. Michael Jackson ONE marks Jimmy’s fourth collaboration on a Cirque du Soleil show after ZAIA, the closing celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City in 2008, and DELIRIUM.

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  • David Finn

    Lighting Designer

    David Finn's professional career began at age 16, working for puppeteer Burr Tillstrom and his beloved characters Kukla & Ollie.  His breakthrough in lighting came with Sir Peter Wright's acclaimed Nutcracker for the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990. David went on to design for Twyla Tharp & Dancers and, from 1993-2000, was resident designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project.  He has worked for the Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, Ballet of Monte Carlo, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Lyon Opera Ballet, and with such choreographers as Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, José Limón, Karole Armitage, Dana Reitz, Peter Wright, James Kudelka, Helgi Tomasson, and Sasha Waltz. His opera career began in 1997 with Otello (Brussels) and has, since, included works at The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Salzburg Festival, Paris Opera, Royal Opera, Het Musiektheater (Amsterdam), New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera and Canadian Opera, where he designed the Ring Cycle in 2006. Film work includes lighting for Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. In 1999, he directed the documentary, The Green Monster, for POV on PBS. In architecture, David collaborated with renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron on a case-study glass house in Napa Valley, California and designed the lighting for the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane, Australia. Recent awards include the 2011 Yomiuri Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (The Hunting Gun, Tokyo) and the 2012 Knight of Illumination Award (Royal Ballet, UK). Before Michael Jackson ONE, David's first design for Cirque du Soleil was ZED

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  • Jonathan Deans


    Jonathan Deans, einer der begehrtesten Tongestalter in der Welt des Musicals, ist der Mann, der für die Klangumgebung von Viva ELVIS verantwortlich ist. Jonathan hat die Klanglandschaften von Saltimbanco, Mystère, <<O>>, La Nouba, Zumanity, KÀ, Corteo, The Beatles LOVE, KOOZA, Wintuk, CRISS ANGEL Believe und vor kurzem von OVO geschaffen und findet den kreativen und teamorientierten Ansatz, der beim Cirque verfolgt wird, äußerst anregend.

    Schon früh begeisterte sich Jonathan für Elektronik. Mit 15 stieg er als Schauspieler in die Royal Shakespeare Company ein, wo sein großes Interesse an Sound nach und nach mit den Elementen des Theaters verschmolz. Zuerst arbeitete er eine Weile als Toningenieur in der Musikbranche, und zwar in den Morgan Studios, wo er Kontakt zu Künstlern wie Cat Stevens, Paul Simon und Rick Wakeman hatte. Einige Jahre später führte ihn sein Weg zurück in die Theaterwelt. Anfangs war er im Royal Opera House tätig, dann im Covent Garden und später mischte er den Sound für das Musical A Chorus Line. Er landete einen Erfolg nach dem anderen. Als Toningenieur hat er den Sound für über ein Dutzend Produktionen gemischt, zu denen Evita, Cats, Bugsy Malone und The Sound of Music zählen.

    Der Erfolg, den Jonathan Deans als Toningenieur beim Mischen von Sound erzielte, führte dazu, dass er für das Musical Marilyn als Tongestalter engagiert wurde. Danach arbeitete er an weiteren West End-Shows wie Time, Les Misérables, Mutiny und Jean Seberg, denen die Broadway-Shows Ragtime, Fosse, King David, Damn Yankees, Taboo, Brooklyn, Lestat, Pirate Queen und Young Frankenstein folgten.

    Für Jonathan Deans sind die normalen Theater und das Grand Chapiteau des Cirque in Sachen Tongestaltung zwei recht unterschiedliche Welten. „Es herrschen andere technische Anforderungen, im Hinblick auf die Beschaffenheit und Schichtung von Musik und Sound gibt es aber keine Unterschiede“, erklärt er. „Meine Aufgabe besteht darin, für jede einzelne Produktion eine ganz eigene Atmosphäre zu schaffen. Und unabhängig davon, wo die Show aufgeführt wird, muss das Publikum akustisch wahrnehmen, dass man in eine neue Welt vordringt.“

    „Elvis spielt in der Show zwar nicht mit, aber all unsere Handlungen haben einen Bezug zu ihm. Es ist daher von großer Bedeutung, dass mit dem Soundsystem etwas geschaffen wird, das sich akustisch genauso stark auswirkt wie es bei visuellen Effekten der Fall ist. Und es muss natürlich Elvis würdig sein“, sagt Jonathan Deans. „Das für Viva ELVIS erbaute Theater ist riesig und wird daher seiner Legende gerecht. Um einen Klang hervorzurufen, der dieser Herausforderung entspricht, haben wir Subwoofer in den Boden eingebaut. Dadurch können wir die niedrige Resonanzfrequenz des Betonbaus selbst nutzen, um Unterschallvibrationen hinzuzufügen, durch die sich der Zuschauerraum infolge der live dargebotenen Musik buchstäblich bewegt. Daneben entstehen natürlich auch Klangeffekte.“

    Jonathan Deans wurde in England geboren und lebt im Großraum New York.

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  • Pierre Masse

    Rigging and acrobatic equipment designer

    Pierre Masse’s career spans just about every genre of the performing arts. He was involved in major productions with the Opéra de Montréal, the Grands Ballets Canadiens and Céline Dion as well as a production of Les Misérables.

    He has collaborated with Cirque du Soleil since 1996, and took part in the creation of Quidam, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ and CRISS ANGEL Believe. TORUK – The First Flight is Pierre Masse’s fifth Cirque du Soleil show as Acrobatic Rigging and Equipment Designer following TOTEM, IRIS – A Journey Through the World of Cinema, Michael Jackson ONE and JOYÀ.

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  • Nathalie Gagné


    Die Maskenbildnerin Nathalie Gagné ist seit ihren Jugendjahren von Make-up und vor allem davon begeistert, wie sehr es Schauspielern Ausdruck verleiht. Sie studierte am Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, einem Québecer College, Theaterproduktion und war anschließend einer der ersten Absolventen der Montrealer Filiale der berühmten Pariser Make-up-Schule École Christian Chauveau.

    Bevor sich Nathalie dem Cirque du Soleil anschloss, arbeitete sie in Theatern sowie bei Film und Fernsehen. Zweimal wurde sie für einen Gémeau nominiert, durch den in allen Kategorien das beste Make-up ausgezeichnet wurde. Diese Ehre wird von der Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television erteilt.

    Da die Cirque-Artisten ihr Make-up selbst auftragen, bezieht sie Nathalie in den ursprünglichen Entwurf ihres Bühnenaussehens mit ein. „Im Gegensatz zu Schauspielern sind Akrobaten nicht daran gewöhnt, sich mit ihren eigenen Gesichtsausdrücken auseinanderzusetzen“, erklärt sie. „Eines meiner Ziele besteht darin, sie genau dazu zu veranlassen. Ich möchte ihnen dabei behilflich sein, in sich zu finden, was ich als ‚Kräftelinien‘ bezeichne. Mithilfe dieser Linien können sie ihre Rolle besser ausbauen.“

    „Make-up spiegelt die Seele einer Person wider. Zudem wirkt es wie ein Zauberstab, mit dem sich sämtliche Hemmungen in Luft auflösen lassen“, sagt Nathalie, die für den Cirque seit 1995 über 1.000 Make-up-Designs entworfen hat und dabei die Konzepte, die letztendlich zum Einsatz kamen, aus über 5.000 Skizzen ausgewählt hat.

    Nathalie ist auch dafür verantwortlich, dass die von ihr entworfenen Make-up-Designs richtig angewendet werden. Da die Artisten ihr Make-up selbst auftragen, werden im Rahmen der allgemeinen Ausbildung von Cirque du Soleil-Artisten inzwischen auch Workshops für Schminktechniken angeboten. Nathalie zeigt den Artisten zuerst, wie sie ihr Make-up auftragen, und verfasst anschließend für jeden einzelnen von ihnen eine schrittweise Anleitung.

    Nathalie Gagné führte bei den Shows Mystère, Alegría und Saltimbanco neue Make-up-Konzepte ein, was zu einer Zusammenarbeit mit dem Intendanten Franco Dragone und der Kostümdesignerin Dominique Lemieux führte. Nachdem sie bereits für Quidam, <<O>>, La Nouba, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ, Corteo, DELIRIUM, LOVE, ZAIA und CRISS ANGEL Believe gearbeitet hat, ist Viva ELVIS nun die 15. Cirque du Soleil-Show, an der Nathalie beteiligt ist.

    „Bei Viva ELVIS sind wir durch die Kostüme von Stefano Canulli in die Welt der 50er und 70er Jahre zurückgekehrt“, erklärt Nathalie Gagné. „Die Glanzpunkte des Make-up sind Kajal und falsche Wimpern in allen Variationen, von Rehaugen bis Puppenaugen. Den herkömmlichen schwarzen Kajalstift habe ich mit schillernden Farben ergänzt, um die Spannung der Epoche heraufzubeschwören und die Augen im Licht glänzen zu lassen. Die Kunst abnehmbarer Make-ups, die wir bei ZAIA und CRISS ANGEL Believe eingeführt haben, wurde von mir weiterentwickelt. Bei Viva ELVIS bildet diese Technik die Grundlage verschiedener Gesichtsteile, denen wir andere Materialien hinzufügen können, z. B. extravagante falsche Wimpern, Spitze, Schmuck, Kristall und sogar Latexprothesen. Dadurch kann ein Gesicht – und damit eine Figur – rasch und komplett ausgetauscht werden, in nur wenigen Sekunden und ohne Klebstoff.“

    Nathalie Gagné wurde 1963 in Trois-Pistoles geboren (Québecer Region Lower St. Lawrence).

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  • Brian Drader


    Brian Drader is Director of Playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada. An accomplished actor, writer, dramaturge, and artistic administrator, his plays have been produced across Canada, the United States and Europe. Awards for his writing include the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award, the Philadelphia Brick Playhouse New Play Award, the National Screen Institute Drama Prize, and the Lambda Literary Award for Drama (USA). His plays have also been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year, and the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Playwriting Award (New York). In addition to theatre, Brian's diverse writing portfolio includes film, radio, fiction, multimedia and commercial engagements. He has also appeared as an actor in more than 70 professional productions in theatres across Canada. Michael Jackson ONE is the first collaboration of Brian Drader with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Manon Beaudoin

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    Manon Beaudoin has written, directed and performed throughout Canada and other parts of the world. She was a core member of the acclaimed wordless play The Overcoat (CanStage), a hit in festivals around the globe and Co-Creator of Flying Blind (Axis/Belfry/Arts Club Theatres in Canada and Legs on the Wall, Australia.) She helped create 8 shows for Vancouver’s enduring cult hit Leaky Heaven Circus as well as founding her own all-woman Cirque Poule. Her plays The Queen of Hearts and The Bloody Clean-Up or the Lamentable Tale of Marie Antoinette have been produced in Canada. She now teaches movement at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. This is Manon’s first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Henry Fong


    A specialist in concept design, production illustration, costume illustration and art direction, Henry Fong has worked in cinema, television and video game development. After studying illustration and photography, he took up classical animation and design, and went on to study classical painting. In film and television, Henry’s credits as concept artist, concept designer include projects such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2013), Pacific Rim (2013), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), and Immortals (2011). Concept artist and art director on Hong Kong feature film White Vengeance (2011), he was key costume illustrator for Warm Bodies (2013) and the TV miniseries The Phantom (2009). He also served as visual development artist and storyboard artist on the IMAX feature Journey to Mecca (2009). In 2008, he was character designer and costume illustrator for Death Race, and was concept designer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. In the video game world, Henry Fong’s name is associated with the adventure game Bot Colony and Artificial Mind and Movement’s Iron Man as well as a number of Ubisoft titles including Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six: Lockdown, Star Wars: Lethal Alliance and Far Cry Instincts. In the music realm, Henry was responsible for the art direction and package design of Billy Talent’s albums 666 (Warner Music) and Billy Talent II (Atlantic Records). He was also the illustrator for See Spot Run’s Gonna Getcha album in 2007. Henry Fong has picked up a number of awards including the 2004 Ben Wicks Award for best illustration, the 1998 Gwynyth Young Memorial Award for best layout design, the 1997 Nelvana Scholarship Award for best layout design, and the 1991 Barbara Camm Visual Arts Award for best illustration. Prior to his work on Michael Jackson ONE, Henry lent his talents to the Cirque du Soleil's Special Events Division.

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