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Volta

VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible. It celebrates freedom as a movement. 

WAZ, a popular gameshow host, has lost touch with his inner self in the pursuit of fame, pulling others in the trap of instant glory. But as doubt sets in, WAZ is enlightened by childhood memories as he encounters “free spirits” who open doors to his inner soul he has long kept shut. On his high-voltage search for meaning, will WAZ find the courage to relinquish his fame, reconnect with his true self, and shine bright? 

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Volta - Creators

  • Bastien Alexandre

    Writer and Director

    Bastien Alexandre was born in Montreal in 1977. His love of film, illustration, comic books and storytelling drew him to studies in graphic design and cinema. He started work as a concept illustrator, storyboard artist and concept artist, lending his creativity to various entertainment and advertising enterprises. In 2001, he began a collaboration of many years with Cirque du Soleil as a concept artist. He worked on a diverse range of concepts for events, lounges, costumes, films, architectural works, video games and multi-media projects. He notably worked on the storyboards for the permanent Las Vegas show Zumanity and designed environments on the 2012 film Worlds Away. Since 2008, he pursued his love of storytelling by moving to stage directing. He expanded his interests and experiences designing, writing and directing a number of large-scale events, notably the 2009 Luminato summer festival in Toronto, the 2013 Andorra Scalada show and the 2015 Opening Ceremonies of the 17th Pan-American Games in Toronto. He directed his first short-film at the end of 2016.

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  • Jean Guibert

    Creation Director
    Jean Guibert joined Cirque du Soleil’s branding team ten years ago, which he later went on to oversee for several years, developing advertising campaigns to promote the Cirque du Soleil brand, new shows and branding partnerships worldwide. Through this experience, he gained an intimate knowledge of the audience and its expectations. Among other projects, he helmed a large-scale project designed to help Cirque du Soleil, its creative teams and employees gain a deeper understanding of the brand essence and guide creative decisions. In 2012, always on the lookout for new artistic directions and deeply attracted to innovation, Jean joined the creative team led by Jean-François Bouchard where he developed a number of original concepts for shows and experiences. More recently, he was co-creator and director of creation of the opening ceremony of the 17th Pan-American Games in Toronto – an original, two-and-a-half-hour show produced by 45 Degrees and presented at the Rogers Centre to 45,000 spectators and more than 300 million viewers worldwide.
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  • Jaque Paquin

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Self-taught, Jaque Paquin started his collaboration with Cirque du Soleil in 1990 as head of the construction workshop. In 1991, he was technical director for the creation of Saltimbanco and during the tours in Japan and Europe. Afterwards, he contributed to the remodelling of the touring show Nouvelle Expérience at The Mirage casino in Las Vegas. In 1995, he was director of all installations for the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the FrancoFolies de Montréal. Jaque returned to Cirque du Soleil for the creation of “O” as acrobatic equipment and rigging designer, then moved on to create the aerial environments for such shows as Dralion, Varekai, Zumanity, and . His imagination, artistic flair and technical skill came together in the creation of 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. After a detour on Broadway to create Spiderman with Julie Taymor and two shows in China with Franco Dragone, Jaque Paquin resumed his collaboration with Cirque du Soleil for the creation of VOLTA.

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  • M83

    Composer and Musical Director

    M83 is the musical vehicle for the French musician Anthony Gonzalez.  To date Anthony has released eight albums that combine genres in a nostalgic and provocative way from shoegaze and ambient to synth-pop and ’90s alt-rock. The Grammy nominated album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2011) cemented M83’s mainstream breakout, driven by the global hit single Midnight City. The song debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #15 and went on to become a big radio hit that received platinum certification. The album earned a rare 9.1 rating from Pitchfork who also made the hit single its top song of 2011. Early albums include M83 (2001), Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Lost Ghosts (2003), Before the Dawn Heals Us (2005), Digital Shades Vol.1 (2007) and Saturdays=Youth (2008). Anthony became in high demand as a soundtrack composer for hire with scores for Tom Cruise sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion (2013) and his brother Yann’s directorial debut You and the Night (2014). New original M83 tracks also received prominent placement in the soundtracks to the hit film series Divergent. His most recent album Junk was released in April 2016 and was followed by an 8-month world tour.

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  • Bruce Rodgers

    Set Designer

    Bruce Rodgers, founder and president of Tribe, Inc., and a 28-year veteran of the entertainment design industry is highly recognized and respected for his talents as a production designer, art director, concept designer and creative consultant. His design influence has defined the visual language of popular entertainment today. He is credited with design innovation for music tours, concerts, televised events, and national political conventions. Bruce and Tribe, Inc.’s recent design and art direction credits include:  the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show starring Lady Gaga (Tribe’s 11th consecutive Super Bowl Halftime Show), the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Garth Brooks at Yankee Stadium, Kanye West and JayZ’ Watch the Throne World Tour, Madonna’s Drowned World Tour, the Apple Music Festival in London, the Opening Ceremonies of the 17th Pan-American Games in Toronto, HBO’s 2014 Concert For Valor in Washington, , and the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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  • Julie Perron

    Choreographer
    Julie Perron holds a high school diploma in classical dance, a college diploma in theatre and a bachelor’s degree in interpretation (dance) from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She travelled the world as a professional dancer, performing in the show Cavalia, the opera Starmania as well as the Quebec, French and Italian versions of Notre-Dame de Paris, to name a few. She danced in the creations of renowned companies and choreographers such as Dave St-Pierre (for more than 10 years) and Carbone 14. She also performed in a number of projects for both the stage and television. Julie launched her choreography career as an assistant choreographer for productions such as the Starmania opera (directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon), Omaterra, Le Défi des champions as well as the Cirque du Soleil shows DELIRIUM, Viva ELVIS and Wintuk. Over the years, Julie choreographed a number of creations, projects, videos, films and television shows. In 2008, she joined Cirque du Soleil’s special events division as a choreographer and acrobatic choreographer. In 2014, she was given the role of choreographer and dance project manager for the Opening Ceremonies of the 17th Pan-American Games in Toronto, which gathered 626 artists on stage. VOLTA is Julie Perron’s first participation to a Cirque du Soleil show as Choreographer.
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  • Zaldy

    Costume Designer

    Zaldy is the renowned fashion designer and Emmy Award nominated costume designer who for over a decade has straddled the twin genres of fashion and costume design to create timeless, beautifully crafted clothing. He launched his namesake collection in 2002 and has since imagined stage looks for many of the most celebrated performers of our time: Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears among them. From 2004 to 2007, Zaldy was the head designer of Gwen Stefani’s highly successful L.A.M.B. collection which fused streetwear with elements of the singer’s glam-punk look. VOLTA is Zaldy’s third collaboration with Cirque du Soleil after Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour and Michael Jackson ONE.

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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, KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities and LUZIA He has also created the lighting environment for the Opening Ceremonies of the 17th Pan-American Games in Toronto. In 2009, Martin designed the lighting for Le Sang des promesses written and directed by Wajdi Mouawad, which was presented in the courtyard of the Palais des apes 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 VOLTA, Martin Labrecque collaborates for the seventh time on a Cirque du Soleil show.
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  • Jean-Michel Caron

    Sound Designer

    Jean-Michel Caron has spent the past 20 years in the realm of sound and KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities is his first engagement as Sound Designer of a Cirque du Soleil show. Jean-Michel has been creating soundscapes for the past five years, including for a number of Cirque du Soleil special events. He took part in several productions by new media and entertainment studio Moment Factory including Ode à la vie, a multimedia show projected on the façade of the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona) in 2012. He also worked on various exhibition and theatre projects in Quebec. At Cirque du Soleil, Jean-Michel was involved in a number of creations as Project Manager and Head of Sound. He was also Assistant Sound Designer on the shows OVO and Zarkana, an experience he repeated on TOTEM and Amaluna alongside Jacques Boucher. Since 2012, Jean-Michel Caron teaches sound at Collège d’Alma, in Quebec.

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  • Thibaut Duverneix

    Video Content and Interactive Designer
    Thibaut Duverneix graduated with honours from a fine arts program in France. He also earned a diploma in Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice from Concordia. His advertising and personal work have won various international prizes. In 2012, he was named one of the New York Art Directors Club’s ’Young Guns’ among the best creatives under 30 in the world. In 2013, he launched his own studio, Gentilhomme, in order to retain complete control of his projects that strike the imagination of the public. Thibaut created or produced world class work with client such as Moment Factory and Cirque du Soleil. He has also been collaborating with National Film Board of Canada since the creation of the interactive studio with projects like Sacrée Montagne, Code Barre, Echos, Journal of Insomnia and Haïkus. By bringing together his experience in music, photography, computer programming, animation and film, Thibaut’s practice is truly cross-disciplinary and multi-platform. He directed and supervised films, shows and interactive installations for Nine Inch Nails, Madonna, Elton John, Usher, Ubisoft, Mattel, Tiesto, Qualcomm, Cirque du Soleil, Place des arts, Microsoft, the Emporium District in Bangkok, and Singapore Airport.
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  • Anne-Séguin Poirier

    Props Designer
    For the past 17 years, Anne-Séguin Poirier has worked as a set, costume and prop designer for theatre, circus and the visual arts. She has worked with Quebec multimedia creators and directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon on the Cirque du Soleil show DELIRIUM, Starmania, La Belle et la bête, Icare and Continuum. Recently, Anne-Séguin was the art director for the film shoots surrounding the Cité Mémoire project as part of Montreal’s 350th anniversary celebrations. A long-time collaborator of Cirque Eloize, the 7 Fingers circus collective and magician Luc Langevin, she participated in a number of Cirque du Soleil productions including DELIRIUM, IRIS, the Oscar ceremonies, the Opening Ceremonies of the 17th Pan-American Games in Toronto, and PARAMOUR. VOLTA marks Anne-Séguin Poirier’s fourth collaboration on a Cirque du Soleil show as Props Designer.
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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. KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities is Rob’s third show as Acrobatic Performance Designer after ZAIA, Amaluna and Michael Jackson ONE.

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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 achieved certification with 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. In 2000 Philippe joined La Nouba 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 two 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. Following OVO, JOYÀ, ALLAVITA! and LUZIA, VOLTA marks the fifth time Philippe Aubertin collaborates on a Cirque du Soleil production as Acrobatic Performance Designer.

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  • Jaque Paquin

    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

    Self-taught, Jaque Paquin started his collaboration with Cirque du Soleil in 1990 as head of the construction workshop. In 1991, he was technical director for the creation of Saltimbanco and during the tours in Japan and Europe. Afterwards, he contributed to the remodelling of the touring show Nouvelle Expérience at The Mirage casino in Las Vegas. In 1995, he was director of all installations for the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the FrancoFolies de Montréal. Jaque returned to Cirque du Soleil for the creation of “O” as acrobatic equipment and rigging designer, then moved on to create the aerial environments for such shows as Dralion, Varekai, Zumanity, and . His imagination, artistic flair and technical skill came together in the creation of 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. After a detour on Broadway to create Spiderman with Julie Taymor and two shows in China with Franco Dragone, Jaque Paquin resumed his collaboration with Cirque du Soleil for the creation of VOLTA.

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  • Manon Beaudoin

    Characters’ Guide

    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 eight shows for Vancouver’s enduring cult hit Leaky Heaven Circus as well as founding her own all-women 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 also worked as an acting coach for the Opening Ceremonies of the 17th Pan-American Games in Toronto as well as the show Futuroscope produced by 45 DEGREES (Cirque du Soleil). After Michael Jackson ONE, VOLTA is Manon Beaudoin’s second collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

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