Cirque du SoleilTodo comenzó en Baie-Saint-Paul, un pequeño pueblo cerca de Quebec (Canadá). Allí, a comienzos de la década de los ochenta, un grupo de personajes llenos de color deambulaban por las calles subidos en zancas, haciendo malabares, bailando, lanzando fuego por la boca y tocando música. Se trataba de Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (los zancudos de Baie-Saint-Paul), un grupo de teatro callejero fundado por Gilles Ste-Croix. Los habitantes del pueblo quedaron impresionados por los jóvenes artistas y, entre ellos, se encontraba Guy Laliberté, que posteriormente fundaría y se convertiría en director general del Cirque du Soleil.
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.