Michael Jackson ONE
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.