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Luzia

LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul.

Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people.

The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality.

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Luzia - Creators

  • Daniele Finzi Pasca

    Conception and Director
    Daniele Finzi Pasca lives in three worlds at once: stage directing, circus arts, and the art of clowning. Born into a family steeped in the arts (his great-grandfather, grandfather and father were photographers while his mother was a painter), he started his career as a gymnast and became a circus artist before delving into the world of theater. In 1983, he headed to India where he volunteered to care for terminally ill patients in Calcutta. On his return to Switzerland, he created the company Teatro Sunil in 1986 where he went on to direct close to twenty shows. His impressive career includes Icaro, a monologue imagined for a single spectator. Presented in 15 countries in six different languages over the past 20 years, the show was recognized by the theater critics association of Montevideo as the “Best Foreign Show.” Daniele went on to publish Come Acqua Allo Specchio, a collection of short stories. He also wrote and performed in Aitestás, considered the “Best Foreign Show” by the national theater critics association of Mexico. In the early 2000s, he came back to Quebec where he directed Visitatio, a coproduction of Teatro Sunil and Carbone 14, then directed the shows Nomade (2002), Rain (2003) and Nebbia (2007) for Cirque Éloize. In 2011, he founded Compagnia Finzi Pasca with Julie Hamelin Finzi and the members of Teatro Sunil. Together they created operas and other productions including Donka – A Letter to Chekhov, a coproduction with The Chekhov International Theater Festival and Vidy-Lausanne Theater to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Anton Chekhov. They created La Vérità (2013) and Bianco su Bianco (2014), among others. Daniele also directed the Closing Ceremony of both the Olympic Games in Torino (2006) and the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games (2014). Daniele picked up several awards over the years including the 2012 Hans Reinhart Ring – the highest distinction in Swiss theater – in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the performing arts. He was chosen to create and direct the next edition of the Wingrowers’ Festival of Vevey, Switzerland, in 2019, an event held every 25 years that attracts hundreds of thousands people. After Corteo, LUZIA is Daniele Finzi Pasca’s second collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.
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  • Brigitte Poupart

    Associate Director

    Brigitte Poupart is a multidisciplinary artist trained at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal. Since 1990 she has appeared in more than 30 theatre plays with institutional as well as more marginal theatrical groups. Her roles led her on international tours in Australia, the United States, Europe and Africa. Brigitte was a founding member of the musical group Secrétaires Percutantes. In 1991 she cofounded the company Transthéâtre, which she directs and through which she produces her own creations: Le Défilé des canards dorés (Théâtre La Licorne, 1998), W.C. (Espace Go 1999 and tour across Quebec in 2000), Babel (Espace Go 2002), L'Édifice (Festival de théâtre de rue de Shawinigan, 2003), Cérémonials (Espace Go, 2004), L'autoroute (Festival d'été de Québec, 2006), les Cabarets insupportables at the Lion d'Or, Un jour ou l'autre (Espace Go, 2008), What's Next in 2010 (duo with Dave St-Pierre) shown at the Festival TransAmériques as well as La démesure d'une 32 A, presented at Espace Go in 2012 and Table Rase at Espace Libre in 2015.

    Brigitte Poupart held the role of Sabrina in Dave St-Pierre’s Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde during the production’s European tour (Spain, Germany, France and Belgium). For five years she played on the Radio-Canada television sitcom Catherine, broadcast on Radio-Canada, a performance that earned her a nomination for a Gémeaux award. She played in the television series O’ and had a recurring role in the series Mémoires vives. Her film credits include a role in Philippe Falardeau’s M. Lazhar. Teaming up with Hélène Pedneault, Brigitte was the cowriter and co-artistic director of the Semaine de théâtre politique at Espace Go in 2005. She played in the Zapartistes’ review-of-the-year shows in 2005 and 2014. For five years she directed the Festival international de la chanson de Granby for which she also served as artistic director. Brigitte has established a reputation for creating and directing large-scale musical performances including for groups and artists such as Misteur Valaire, Beast, Alexandre Désilets, Betty Bonifassi, Samian, Lisa Leblanc, Louis-Jean Cormier, Vincent Vallières, Karim Ouillette, Plaster, Yann Perreau, Patrick Watson, and The Barr Brothers. At the Adisq Gala, she was nominated for an award for Yann Perreau’s Un serpent sous les fleurs, Misteur Valaire’s Golden Bombay, and Louis-Jean Cormier’s Le treizième étage. She lent her skills as a writer, artistic director and director for the Adisq and the Jutra galas, both broadcast on Radio-Canada. She was nominated for a Gémeaux award as Best Director at the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Adisq Gala. She also served as director and artistic director on the Quebec Day show on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City in 2014 and 2015. Brigitte Poupart’s first feature, the documentary Over My Dead Body, closed the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois and was featured at the MOMA in New York City, HotDocs in Toronto, Raindance Festival in London, Antenna Festival in Sydney as well as in Hamburg, Munich, Tel Aviv, Singapore, Helsinki and Copenhagen. This film earned her the Jutra award for Best Documentary and the “Grand prix à la création” of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

    Brigitte Poupart is currently working on a fictional film and two new theatrical productions. She will also play in Robin Aubert’s next feature, Les affamés. LUZIA is her first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Patricia Ruel

    Director of Creation
    Over the past 15 years, set and props designer Patricia Ruel has contributed to the success of a myriad of stage and television productions both in Quebec and abroad. She has worked with various theatre directors, including Dominic Champagne, Fernand Rainville and Robert Lepage. She designed the props for two operas, 1984 (2005) and The Rake’s Progress (2007), both directed by the latter. In the television world, Patricia served as Artistic Director on many productions in Quebec such as the end-of-the-year TV special Bye Bye (2010, 2011 and 2013), for which she received a Gémeau award on each occasion – a triple success recognized by an Immortel award. Since 2012, Patricia has been involved in numerous large-scale projects in the United States (the Fun performance at the Grammy Awards in 2013 by Moment Factory; The Nutcracker with the Nevada Ballet in 2013-2014), in France (Les Caprices de Marianne at the Reims Opera in 2014), in Chile and Peru (Circo Jumbo in 2013-2014), and in Quebec (Foresta Lumina by Moment Factory in 2014-2015), among others. Les Caprices de Marianne received the Claude-Rostand Critics Award in 2015. LUZIA marks Patricia Ruel’s seventh collaboration with Cirque du Soleil following her work on , The Beatles LOVE, Viva ELVIS and Amaluna as Props Designer, and WINTUK and Banana Shpeel as Set Designer.

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  • Julie Hamelin Finzi

    Playwright

    Julie Hamelin Finzi has over 20 years of experience in the realms of contemporary circus and the performing arts. For Cirque Éloize, a company she co-founded, Julie produced and took part in the creation of seven shows, as well as handling international development. In 2001, she met Daniele Finzi Pasca, which marked the start of a fruitful and artistic collaboration. In 2009, they founded Inlevitas, a company that produced a range of artistic projects such as acrobatic theatre works, films and operas, including Love from Afar (London in 2009, Antwerp in 2010, and Toronto in 2012). In 2011, Inlevitas and Teatro Sunil merged to become Compagnia Finzi Pasca. This fusion spawned a number of operas: Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, produced by the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg under the musical direction of Maestro Valery Gergiev (St. Petersburg, 2011); Ruggero Leocavallo’s opera Pagliacci, produced by Teatro San Carlo under the musical direction of Maestro Donato Renzetti and presented at the Mariinsky in 2012; as well as Verdi’s Requiem, again under the direction of Maestro Renzetti and presented at the Mariisnky the same year. Julie Hamelin acted as Co-creator, Co-director and Creative Director of La Verità, in addition to handling international distribution. She served as Assistant to the Director for the Torino 2006 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and Co-Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. She is currently working on her first film, Piazza San Michele, written by Daniele Finzi Pasca. LUZIA marks Julie Hamelin’s first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Eugenio Caballero

    Set and Props Designer

    Eugenio Caballero studied the history of art and cinema in Firenze, Italy. He began his career as a production designer for commercials and music videos. In the film world, he started as Lead Assistant Designer on Baz Luhrmann’s film Romeo and Juliet (1996). Eugenio Caballero comes to Cirque du Soleil with more than twenty productions as set designer for several films including Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Rudo y Cursi (2008), Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control (2009) and The Impossible (2012). His work earned him several awards and distinctions such as Ariel Awards (Mexico), MTV Awards, an Oscar, the Art Directors Guild Awards (USA) and many other prestigious accolades. He received his first Ariel Award in 2004 for the art direction on Zurdo, from director Carlos Salces. In 2007, he was awarded an Oscar for the design of the movie Pan's Labyrinth (2006), directed by Guillermo del Toro. For that same movie, Eugenio Caballero received other honors such as Ariel Awards, the Art Directors Guild Award and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, in addition to nominations for the Goya Awards (Spain), Satellite (United States) and BAFTA (England). In 2014, he collaborated with Daniele Finzi Pasca on the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Sochi. LUZIA marks Eugenio Caballero’s first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil as Set Designer.


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  • Giovanna Buzzi

    Costume Designer

    Giovanna Buzzi began her career as a costume designer at the Laboratorio Teatrale of Prato (Italy) under Luca Ronconi. She then worked at Umberto Tirelli’s Sartoria Teatrale and she later became principal assistant of opera director, costume and set designer Pier Luigi Pizzi. Giovanna Buzzi has created costumes for some of the most important opera theatres in Italy such as La Scala, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Comunale di Firenze and La Fenice di Venezia. Early in her collaboration with Luca Ronconi, in 1986, she designed the costumes for La Serva Amorosa and The Tale of Tsar Saltan presented at La Scala. She later created costumes for other productions also presented at the mythic Italian theatre including Elektra, Il Viaggio a Reims and, most recently, Simon Boccanegra, starring Plácido Domingo under Daniel Barenboim. For the Rossini Opera Festival, she contributed her talent on Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Moïse et Pharaon directed by Graham Vick. For Teatro San Carlo, she worked with Federico Tiezzi on the productions Il Mondo della Luna, Die Walküre, Parsifal and Die Lustige Witwe. Giovanna crossed paths with Daniele Finzi Pasca and collaborated with him on a number of projects including the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Turin (2006), for which she created more than two thousand costumes, as well as the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Olympic and the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games (2014). Giovanna Buzzi also imagined the costumes for the Opening Ceremony of the 2009 Mediterranean Games held in Pescara, Italy. LUZIA is her first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Simon Carpentier

    Composer and Musical Director
    Canadian composer Simon Carpentier writes music for live shows, albums, film, television series, theatre, and events. 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. His music earned him a Chicago-based Mobius Award for excellence in cinema advertising. Simon’s name appears in the credits of numerous films and TV shows for a variety of networks including TV5, Fox, and CBC. He composed the score for the 72-episode teen drama series Big Wolf On Campus broadcast in 150 countries. His music was a major factor in the success of Italian quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti’s one-man show presented in London, Paris, Poland, Italy, and Spain. The rhythmic and emotional strength of his music was heard during the two-hour Moving Stars and Earth for Water show as part of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté’s 2009 Poetic Social Mission aboard the International Space Station. The show was broadcast in 14 cities simultaneously around the world and involved celebrities such as Peter Gabriel, Shakira, U2, Julie Payette, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Prior to LUZIA, Simon Carpentier wrote music for Cirque du Soleil shows Zumanity, WINTUK, and Banana Shpeel.

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  • Edesia Moreno Barata

    Acrobatic Choreographer

    Originally from Barcelona, Edesia Moreno Barata has been living in Quebec since 2007. At a very young age, she demonstrated talent for movement that led her to become a high-level athlete with the Spanish National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. In 1998, she joined Cirque du Soleil as an artist on the show Saltimbanco and toured for six years before taking part in the creation of the show Corteo in 2004. In 2007, Edesia came to the Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters in Montreal to join the creative team that put together the company’s first-ever Big Top show presented in arenas, Saltimbanco. Since then she was involved in half a dozen Cirque du Soleil productions in various capacities including as artistic coach, artistic coordinator, acrobatic coach, assistant stage director, assistant choreographer and acrobatic choreographer. Before LUZIA, she also contributed choreographies on KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities directed by Michel Laprise.

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  • Debra Brown

    Acrobatic 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, ZarkanaMichael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour and Amaluna before contributing her talents on LUZIA. 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 that premiered in Toronto and was also presented in Los Angeles and San Francisco for 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 performance for the American Music Awards in 2001, as well as Madonna’s Drowned world tour. She has worked with major musical acts such as Shakira, Wyclef Jean and Céline Dion. 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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  • Silvia Gertrúdix González

    Acrobatic Choreographer

    Spanish-born Silvia Gertrúdix González has been living in Montreal since 2005. She took up rhythmic gymnastics at the age of six and was a member of the Spanish national team until 1994. She became national champion all the while competing at the international level. After her career as a gymnast, she shifted to dance, exploring a myriad of styles including contemporary, jazz and classical. In 1998, Sylvia joined Cirque du Soleil as an artist and toured for four years on the show Saltimbanco. In 2002, she moved to Vancouver (British Columbia) to coach the gymnastics club founded by former Olympic champion Lori Fung. She then founded Suspendu, a company that fuses dance, acrobatics and the manipulation of objects with circus acts. In 2005, Sylvia came back to Cirque du Soleil as an artist on Corteo. From 2005 to 2007, she collaborated with the Montreal-based company Les 7 doigts de la main, and since 2007 she has been a coach at the Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters in Montreal. In 2013, Sylvia completed her doctorate in Hispanic Literature and Theater. Her thesis project focused on the stage adaptation of the novel Tirano Banderas (1926) by Spanish writer Ramón María el Valle-Inclan, a multidisciplinary project that combines verbal language, body language, music and painting with objects and projections. LUZIA marks Silvia Gertrúdix González’ first show as Acrobatic Choreographer for Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Max Humphries

    Puppets Designer

    Max Humphries is a puppeteer and theatre maker. His work takes inspiration from the Bunraku puppet school of Japan, the automata of the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe and the drama theory of Edward Gordon Craig. Known for his experimental mechanisms and novel puppet forms, he has contributed his work for many artistic companies in the United Kingdom (including the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, the Royal Court Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, the Little Angel Theatre, Green Ginger Theatre, Pickled Image, Headlong Theatre and Little Bulb Theatre) and abroad (Théâtre du Châtelet in France, Nordland Visual Theatre in Norway) among others. Max Humphries is working with Cirque du Soleil for the first time with LUZIA.
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  • Martin Labrecque

    Lighting Designer

    Martin Labrecque’s professional credits include more than 170 productions in all. He contributed to the success of several shows on the Quebec scene and has picked up several awards and nominations for his lighting design. Martin created the lighting for two critically acclaimed circus shows produced by Cirque Éloize, Rain and Nomade, as well as Cirque du Soleil shows Corteo, KOOZA, Viva ELVIS, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour and KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities. He has also created the lighting environment for the Opening Ceremony of the Toronto 2015 PanAm Games. In 2009, Martin designed the lighting for Le Sang des promesses from author and director Wajdi Mouawad, which was presented in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. He also worked on the show Paradis perdu, directed by Dominic Champagne and presented in Montreal, as well as the show Belles-Soeurs (2011) directed by René Richard Cyr. With LUZIA, Martin Labrecque collaborates for the sixth time on a Cirque du Soleil show.

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  • Johnny Ranger

    Projection Designer

    Johnny Ranger is a video and design artist. He divides his time between his own interdisciplinary creations, which integrate unusual or multi-screen projections, and collaborative projects as New Media Director with choreographers, directors, media art centres and design studios. His work has been featured at the Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletronica (Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), the Ars Futura Festival (Barcelona), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Montreal Biennale, the Transitio Mx Festival (Mexico), the B3 Biennial of Moving Images (Frankfurt) and the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris). Johnny collaborates on a regular basis with the Société des arts technologiques (SAT). In the past few years, he has focused on creating works that feature 360-degree projections. He was Artistic Director at Moment Factory from 2004 to 2008. Recently, Johnny Ranger created the video projections for the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Pan American Games, an event imagined by Cirque du Soleil and presented at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

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  • Jacques Boucher

    Sound Designer

    For over 25 years, Jacques Boucher has been creating sound environments for a number of productions from Quebec and beyond. He also worked as a sound technician for various Quebec artists, including Richard Séguin, Laurence Jalbert, Diane Dufresne and Bruno Pelletier. He went on to develop an expertise in sound design for musicals such as Dracula (2006) and large-scale events, including the mega-show 2000 voix chantent le monde, presented in Quebec City in 2000, featuring over 2,300 singers on stage. In 2008, Jacques was asked to handle the sound for almost every event presented as part of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. As Sound Designer and Head of Sound, he designed sound for the Quebec Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the Symphony of a Thousand by Gustav Mahler, The Image Mill by Robert Lepage, for which he designed the impressive sound system spanning 1.2 km, and the show created specially for the event by Cirque du Soleil. Jacques also serves as Sound Designer and Head of Sound on various Cirque du Soleil special events. Following TOTEM, Amaluna, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, JOYÀ and TORUK – The First Flight, LUZIA is his sixth collaboration on a Cirque du Soleil show.

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  • Philippe Aubertin

    Acrobatic performance Designer

    Following the steps of his older brother, Philippe Aubertin got started in gymnastics at the age of five. He then 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 opened new horizons. Philippe joined La Nouba in 2000 in Florida as a coach, then took up duties as Head Coach on the Japan tour of Saltimbanco. In 2004, he returned to Cirque du Soleil’s International Headquarters as Head Coach before joining Corteo on the road for two years in the same capacity. Philippe is also behind the acrobatic performance design of the third and fifth chapters of Les Chemins invisibles (2012 and 2013), a free outdoor show presented during the summer in Quebec City, as well as a few other Cirque du Soleil special events. After OVO, JOYÀ and ALLAVITA!, Philippe Aubertin collaborates for the sixth time on a Cirque du Soleil production as Acrobatic Performance Designer with LUZIA.

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  • Danny Zen

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Danny Zen first arrived at Cirque du Soleil in 1990 to work as a welder in the company's workshops. That same year he went on the first European tour of Le Cirque Réinventé, then moved on to Nouvelle Expérience on which he worked as a welder, assembler, mechanic and head usher. In 1992 he toured with Saltimbanco as a tent technician. Danny has worked at the National Circus School in Montreal and has, over the years, contributed to the design of most of the aerial acrobatic equipment used in the Cirque du Soleil shows Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, Dralion, Varekai, "O", La Nouba and . He was also Head Rigger for Quidam in 1996. In 2008, he designed the rigging and equipment for the acrobatics show at the Quebec City 400th anniversary celebrations. KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities is Danny Zen’s fourth engagement as Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer for a Cirque du Soleil show, following Corteo, KOOZA and Zarkana.

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  • Maryse Gosselin

    Make-up Designer

    Maryse Gosselin has been a make-up designer in theatre and the circus arts for more than 8 years. In the theatre world, Maryse created make-up designs for several theatrical productions in Montreal directed by Hugo Bélanger: Le Tour du monde en 80 jours, presented at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (2015), Münchhausen – les machineries de l’imaginaire, presented at Théâtre Denise Pelletier  (2011) as well as Pinocchio, presented at Places des arts (2012). She worked with Quebec director Fernand Rainville on the play Tu te souviendras de moi, written by François Archambault and presented at Théâtre La Licorne (2014) in Montreal. A Cirque du Soleil contributor since 2003, she worked with the costume, props and make-up teams on the creation of a dozen productions. LUZIA is Maryse Gosselin’s first participation in a Cirque du Soleil show as Make-up Designer.

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