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.
Lighting Designer Yves Aucoin has racked up an unparalleled list of credits working with musicians and singers. He has worked with Celine Dion on all her shows since 1989.
He has also created the lighting for the singers Roch Voisine, Garou and Julio Iglesias, and worked as a lighting consultant for Elton John, Gloria Estefan and Le Rêve.
In musical theatre, Aucoin has worked his own magic on Grease, Romeo and Juliet, Elvis Story, La Cage aux Folles, and has also worked with the stage magic of Alain Choquette. He has lit the gala shows of the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal and designed André-Philippe Gagnon's lighting for his one-man shows in Las Vegas .
Aucoin has also worked extensively in television on broadcasts that include Garou – Portrait of a Singer, Cent Ans en Chantant, the ADISQ Awards Gala and the Governor General of Canada's Awards Annual Gala. Along the way, Aucoin has received many awards for his work, including the Félix (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy). Branching out into other entertainment arenas, Aucoin has lit skaters in Holiday on Ice and the musicians of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra when they played the Molson Centre in 2000.
LOVE is the first Cirque du Soleil production Aucoin has worked on. "The show is full of challenges," he says. "The biggest is the fact that it's in the round. A 360-degree stage means that one person's front light is another person's back light, and that all has to be worked out to the high, high standards Cirque has established with all its previous shows. But along with the challenges comes the opportunity for me to do my best work."
Yves Aucoin was born in 1964 in the Magdalen Islands, Quebec.