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.
Acrobatic Performance Designer
Virtuoso acrobat Daniel Cola comes from the world of trampoline, a discipline that was perceived as more of a sport than a circus art at the start of his career. A member of the French national trampoline team from 1978 to 1984, he became World Champion in 1982. His career took him to Sea World in Florida where he tried circus arts for the first time.
On his return to France he heard that Cirque du Soleil was looking for a trampoline act for the show Mystère – and he was selected. His experience with Cirque allowed him to discover other circus disciplines, including the Teeterboard and the Chinese poles.
When Daniel Cola joined Cirque du Soleil in 1993 it brought to fruition an early ambition of his to combine his two first loves: acrobatics and performance. “Even at the age of 16 my goal was to create shows based on the trampoline,” he recalls.
Daniel left Mystère to take a more theatrical and less acrobatic role in Alegría, and toured Europe and Asia with that show for two years. In 1998 he created a trampoline act and became a coach for the Cirque production La Nouba in Florida. He stayed with the show as the Artistic Coordinator until 2004.
In 2005 Daniel was appointed Acrobatics Performance Designer for The Beatles LOVE, at the Mirage. He followed that in 2007 by coaching the performers for the Super Bowl pre-game show. And later the same year he designed the acrobatic performances for Cirque's seasonal show Wintuk at Madison Square Garden.
"Larger than life: those are the watchwords that inspired our acrobatic approach to Viva ELVIS," says Daniel Cola. “You could define some of the pieces of acrobatic equipment as part of the set, given their size.”
Daniel Cola was born in 1962 in Asnières, France.