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.
The publication of Digital Diaries in 2000 marked the beginning of Natacha Merritt's spectacular rise in the world of photography. Her projections, both intimate and larger-than-life, represent her first contribution to the visual component of a Cirque du Soleil show. Working in an environment she spontaneously dubs a "creative paradise," she brings to Zumanity her unique perspective on the human body and its manifestations.
Pursuing her childhood dream to become a lawyer, Natacha was studying law at the Sorbonne in Paris, when, after only three months, she abandoned her studies in favour of a new passion: erotic photography.
Armed with a digital camera, Natacha has created a series of portraits and self-portraits documenting her sexual encounters—alone or with lovers—and has published her digital records on the Internet. The digital format allows her to immortalize her most personal moments and reveal her most intimate sexual self with refreshing ingenuousness. Her work received notice through her website and, in particular, attracted the attention of Taschen, publishers of Digital Diaries.
Since the appearance of this landmark oeuvre, Natacha has devoted herself to digital video, leaving her unique signature on a number of ads as well as three documentaries for Warner Brothers. She is currently working on the screenplay for a feature-length film.
Natacha Merritt was born in San Francisco in 1977.