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.
Associate Director of Creation
After studying crafts at the l’Ecole des Trois Soleils in Lyon, France, Pascale Henrot turned to dance under the influence of choreographers Claude Decaillot and Michel Hallet-Eghayan.
From 1978 to 1987 she worked in Lyon with choreographer Régine Chopinot, then in Paris with Daniel Larrieu’s company Astrakan and Andrew De Groat’s company Red Notes. After dancing with Philippe Decouflé, she became his choreographic assistant and started working as a producer and director with his company DCA, a role she undertook in all his creations from Codex (1986) to Shazam (1997). She also worked as a director and company administrator in the creation of commercials and other short films by Philippe.
Pascale produced a show called Triton et les petites tritures as one of the events associated with the FIFA World Cup held in France in 1998, and after leaving DCA, she worked with artistic directors Andre Heller and Philippe Decouflé on the preparations for the opening ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Berlin.
From 2000 to 2007, Pascale was co-director of the "Paris quartier d’été" festival, working on programming and administration. In 2007 she produced events for the inauguration of Life at Saint-Nazaire, a new space for interdisciplinary and emerging forms. Since the summer of 2008, she has directed the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris, which has three multidisciplinary spaces dedicated to all forms of contemporary performing arts.
As Associate Director of Creation of IRIS, Pascale Henrot is the link between the director, his ideas and the show’s other creators. Working at Philippe Decouflé’s side, her role is to ensure that his intentions and vision materialize on stage. "In IRIS, the acrobatics are absolutely integral to the entire structure of the show – a production that presents a poetic, playful and inventive take on film," she says.