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TOTEM

TOTEM では、人類が両生類の状態だった頃から、飛びたいという究極の欲求までの、驚くべき人類の進化の道筋をたどります。キャラクターたちは、多くの古代文明で起源の象徴となっている巨大な亀を思い起こさせる姿でステージに登場します。

多くの建国の神話に触発され、視覚とアクロバットという言語を用いて、生物の種の進化の物語が展開します。

TOTEM では、サイエンスと伝説の間で、盲目の男を他の種に結びつけるきずな、彼の夢、そして彼の無限の能力を探し求めます。

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TOTEM - クリエーター

  • ギー・ラリベルテ

    創設者

    ギー・ラリベルテは 1959 年にケベックシティで生まれました。アコーディオン奏者、竹馬乗り、火食い芸人、そしてギーは、少人数のグループのサポートも得て、ケベック最初の国際的名声を得たサーカス集団を結成しました。大胆な夢想家、ギー・ラリベルテは、ベ・サン・ポールの Fête foraine (ラ・フェト・フォレーヌ)から優秀な人材を発掘して才能を育て、1984 年に Cirque du Soleil を結成しました。

    ギー・ラリベルテは、文化、芸術、アクロバットを融合して調和させた最初の人物です。この調和こそ、Cirque du Soleil の象徴です。1984 年以降、彼はすべてのショーでクリエイティブチームを率い、サーカスアートを偉大な芸術分野のレベルにまで引き上げることに貢献してきました。

    Cirque du Soleil は、活動と影響の範囲の大きさにおいても、国際的組織に成長しました。現在ギー・ラリベルテは、5 大陸で活動を続ける組織のトップの座にあります。

    2007 年 10 月、ギー・ラリベルテは ONE DROP FOUNDATION を組織し、彼の人生の次のステップに踏み出しました。この組織は、安全な水を継続的に供給することによって、世界中の貧困と闘うことを目的としています。この新たな夢は、水を得る権利は世界中の個人と共同体の生命の維持に不可欠であるという認識、そして創立当初から Cirque du Soleil の理念の核となっていた価値観が発端となっています。その価値とは、生命は自分が与えた分だけこちらに与えてくれ、たとえ小さな活動でもいずれ効果を発揮する、という信念です。

    ギー・ラリベルテは 2009 年 9 月に民間人としてカナダで初めて宇宙旅行を行いました。彼の使命は、地球上の人類が直面している水の問題に対する関心を高めることでした。「Moving Stars and Earth for Water」というテーマのもと、この宇宙始まって以来最初の Poetic Social Mission(詩的な社会活動)は芸術的なアプローチで人々の心を動かすことを目的としていました。そのアプローチとは、さまざまな芸術的パフォーマンスによる 120 分間の Web キャスト特別プログラムを、5 大陸の 14 都市と国際宇宙ステーションで公開するというものです。

    主な受賞歴と特記事項
    2012 年、ギー・ラリベルテは American Gaming Association の「Gaming Hall of Fame」を受賞しました。2011 年には、カナダのビジネス功労賞「Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame」を受賞しました。2010 年に、ハリウッド・ウォーク・オブ・フェームにギー・ラリベルテの星のプレートが設置されました。同年、ケベック州政府により、6 年前に授与された名誉賞「シュヴァリエ」よりさらに上級の「オフィシエ」が、「Ordre de la Pléiade」のメンバーとして授与されました。2008 年にギー・ラリベルテはラヴァル大学(ケベック州)より名誉博士号を授与されました。その前年には、Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 賞を、ケベック州、カナダ、国際の全 3 レベルで受賞しました。2004 年には、カナダ総督より、カナダ最高の栄誉であるカナダ勲章を授与されました。 同年、タイム誌により、「世界で最も影響力のある 100 人」のひとりに選出されました。2003 年には、Condé Nast グループにより、クリエイターとイノベーターを対象とする Never Follow Program で栄誉を称えられました。2001 年、彼はグレーター・モントリオール・アカデミーにより、偉大なるモントリオール市民の称号を与えられました。1997 年には、ケベック州政府最高の栄誉であるケベック勲章を授与されました。


    その他の受賞歴と特記事項

    2009
    Canadian Marketing Associationによる、ライフタイム・アチーブメント賞を受賞

    2002
    カナダのウォーク・オブ・フェームに名前が彫られる

    1998
    アメリカン・クラフト博物館(現在はニューヨークのアート・アンド・デザイン博物館)によるヴィジョナリー・アワードを受賞

    1996
    第 43 回 Gala du Commerce(ケベック)にてVision nouvelle賞を受賞

    1988
    Gala Excellence La Presse(ケベック)のパーソナリティ・オブ・ザ・イヤーを受賞

    1988
    Les Affaires 誌(ケベック)の Entrepreneur of the Year 賞を受賞

     

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  • ジル・サンクロワ

    アーティスティック ガイド

    ジル・サンクロワがショー・ビジネスの世界に進みたいと両親に初めて打ち明けたとき、両親は「それだけはやめなさい」と反対しました。サンクロワはケベックの田舎町で育ちましたが、いつか必ず町を出ていこうと決めていました。その後、彼はヒッピーとなり、コミューンを転々とする放浪生活を送りながら、1960 年代のヒッピーの聖地、アメリカ西海岸に行き着きました。そこでは、コミューンで暮らし、演劇講座をいくつか聴講しました。

    サンクロワは世間に合わせて、しばらくの間は設計事務所で働きましたが、自分は型にはまったビジネス・キャリアには向いていないと心の中でわかっていました。一方で、その天職探しにおいては、明確な目標がありました。10 代の頃からずっと、成功したいという思いが強く、人を楽しませたいという思いも同様に強かったと彼は語ります。しかし、そんな彼に、極めて珍しく、思いもよらない形でショー・ビジネス界入りのチャンスが訪れます。

    1970 年代後半、ジル・サンクロワがケベック州ヴィクトリアヴィルのコミューンに住み、りんご摘みの仕事をしているときのことでした。ある日、脚にはしごを付けられれば、仕事がずっと楽になるのにと考えた彼は、竹馬第 1 号を考案します。

    近くのバーモントにあるブレッド・アンド・パペット劇場では、多くのパフォーマンスで竹馬を使っていると友人からたまたま聞き、サンクロワは一座を見に行ってみました。そこで、自分のりんご摘みのスキルが広いエンターテインメントの世界で役立つかもしれないと気付きました。

    1980 年、ジル・サンクロワと大道芸人の一団は、Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul(ベ・サン・ポールの竹馬乗り)を結成し、Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul(ベ・サン・ポール・フェスティバル)という大道芸フェスティバルを開催しました。これを前身とし、彼は 1984 年にギー・ラリベルテと共に Cirque du Soleil を設立します。

    1984 年と 1985 年に、ジル・サンクロワは Cirque du Soleil のために竹馬を使用した多くのパフォーマンスを発案して行いました。1988 年、Cirque のアーティスティック・ディレクターに就任すると同時に、世界のすみずみまで人材探しを行いました。1990 年から 2000 年には、Cirque du Soleil の全作品の創作ディレクターを務め、Nouvelle Expérience、Saltimbanco、Alegría、Mystère、Quidam、La Nouba、"O"、Dralion を世に送り出しました。1992 年には、Cirque du Soleil の日本初公演作である Fascination の演出を担当しました。また、ドイツで上演され、1997 年のディナー/キャバレー・ショーの火付け役となった Pomp Duck and Circumstance も手掛けました。

    2000 年、Cirque du Soleil の顧問を続ける傍ら、ジル・サンクロワは最大の夢の 1 つを叶えようと決意しました。馬への情熱に突き動かされた彼は自身の劇団を設立し、2003 年に Cheval-Théâtre を制作しました。これは、テントの下で行われる 30 頭の馬と 30 名のアクロバット・アーティストによるパフォーマンスを目玉とするショーで、北米 10 都市で上演されました。

    2002 年 12 月からは、新規プロジェクト開発部門の創作担当副社長として Cirque du Soleil に復帰しています。2006 年 7 月、ジル・サンクロワはクリエイティブ・コンテンツ担当上級副社長に任命されました。

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  • Robert Lepage

    Writer and Director

    The multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage is equally talented as a theatre director, playwright, actor and film director. Lauded by critics the world over, his modern and unusual work transcends all boundaries between disciplines.

    In 1975, Lepage entered the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec and, following a study period in France, he took part in several productions in which he combined the roles of actor, writer and director. In 1985, he created The Dragons' Trilogy, a show that earned him international recognition. He followed this with Vinci (1986), Polygraph (1987), Tectonic Plates (1988), Needles and Opium (1991). With A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1992, he became the first North American to direct a Shakespeare play at the Royal National Theatre in London.

    From 1989 to 1993 Lepage was Artistic Director of the Théâtre français at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In 1994 he founded his own company Ex Machina and directed The Seven Streams of the River Ota (1994), Le Songe d’une nuit d’été (1995) and a solo production, Elsinore (1995).

    Also in 1994, Robert Lepage made his début in the world of cinema. He wrote and directed his first feature film, Le Confessional, which was screened the following year at the Cannes Festival Directors’ Fortnight. He went on to direct Polygraph in 1996, Nô in 1997, Possible Worlds in 2000 (his first feature film written in English), and finally, in 2003, a film adaptation of his play The Far Side of the Moon.

    La Caserne, a multidisciplinary production centre in Quebec City, opened in 1997 under Robert Lepage’s leadership. There, he created and produced Geometry of Miracles (1998), Zulu Time (1999), The Far Side of The Moon (2000), a new version of The Dragons’ Trilogy with a new cast (2003) and The Busker’s Opera (2004). This was followed by The Andersen Project (2005), Lipsynch (2007), The Blue Dragon (2008) and Eonnagata (2009).

    Lepage made a grand entrance in the opera world when he staged the successful double bill of Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung (1993). He followed this with La Damnation de Faust presented for the first time in the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, Japan (1999), 1984 in London (2005), The Rake’s Progress in Brussels (2007) and The Nightingale and Other Short Fables in Toronto (2009).

    Robert Lepage created and directed Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Tour (1993) and his Growing Up Tour (2002). As part of the festivities surrounding the 400th anniversary of Quebec City in 2008, he created Le Moulin à imagesTM – the largest architectural projection ever produced – on the walls of the Bunge, a massive grain silo. In 2009 he and his Ex Machina team created Aurora Borealis, a permanent light show for the structure, inspired by the colours of the northern lights.

    Winner of many prestigious awards, in 2009 Lepage received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his outstanding contribution to Canada’s cultural life throughout his career.

    TOTEM is Robert Lepage’s second Cirque du Soleil show following KÀ (2004). "Inspired by the foundation narratives of the first peoples, TOTEM explores the birth and evolution of the world, the relentless curiosity of human beings and their constant desire to excel,” he says. “The word totem suggests that human beings carry in their bodies the full potential of all living species, even the Thunderbird’s desire to fly to the top of the totem.”

    Robert Lepage was born in Quebec City in 1957.

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  • Neilson Vignola

    Director of Creation

    Neilson Vignola has carved out an impressive career as a stage and production manager as well as an assistant stage director in theatre, opera and circus arts. He graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1980 and began his professional career working in various capacities at many leading Quebec theatre companies, including the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and the Compagnie Jean Duceppe.

    As the trusted collaborator of Robert Lepage, he assisted the stage director on several operas including The Damnation of Faust, (Japan 1999, Paris 2001, New York 2008 and 2009 and Quebec City 2012). This was followed by a production of 1984 (London 2005), The Rake’s Progress, (Brussels and Lyon 2007) and Wagner’s The Ring Cycle (New York 2010, 2011 and 2012). Throughout his career, Neilson has also worked on festivals, musicals, dance productions and tours. Between 1987 and 1997, La La La Human Step, Quebec singer Diane Dufresne, Le Théâtre Populaire du Québec, Le Festival International de Nouvelle Danse and other companies, engaged him as stage manager, production director, technical director or assistant stage director. Neilson joined Cirque du Soleil in 1998 first as technical director and then interim tour director of Saltimbanco. He later joined KÀ as director Robert Lepage’s assistant and production stage manager, and in 2005 he filled the same positions on DELIRIUM with Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon – which led to appointments as director of creation on ZAIA in 2007, followed by TOTEM and now TORUK – The First Flight.

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  • Carl Fillion

    Set and Props Designer

    Carl Fillion has a degree in set design from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec (1991), where he taught technical drawing from 1992 to 2002.

    Carl has worked with many prominent companies and directors around the world and has a long list of theatre, multimedia and opera credits to his name, including sets for La Celestina by Fernando de Rojas presented at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm in 1998, The Damnation of Faust at the Saito Kinan Festival in Japan (1999), The Burial at Thebes at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin (2004) and the opera Simon Boccanegra at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (2008).

    Carl’s long association with director Robert Lepage began in 1994 with the groundbreaking shows Les 7 branches de la rivière Ota and Elsenor, and he has continued on the collaboration to create set designs for some 20 theatre, circus and opera productions including the last opera Der Ring Des Nibelungen presented at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. TORUK – The First Flight is Carl Fillion’s second set design for a Cirque du Soleil production after TOTEM.

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  • Kym Barrett

    Costume and makeup designer

    Award-winning costume designer Kym Barrett grew up in a nomadic environment on Christmas Island off the coast of Australia before moving to Sydney where she would eventually study design at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Her creations on Romeo & Juliet (1996) garnered great attention.

    This lead to a collaboration with sibling directors Lana and Andy Wachowski, starting with The Matrix (1999). Barrett's original and now iconic designs catapulted her to fame, with the sleek and sexy costumes from The Matrix Trilogy (2003) being imitated and absorbed into the global fashion trends of the day.

    Barrett has mastered a vast array of theater, TV and film genres including action, adventure, animation, circus, comedy, crime, fantasy, horror, mystery, opera, period (1800s-1980s), romance, science fiction, and thriller. She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2012 having designed the costumes for The Tempest directed by Robert Lepage.

    Her other film work includes Three Kings, Gothika, Monster-in-Law, Rumor Has It, Green Hornet, The Amazing Spiderman and The Nice Guys (2016). The movies Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending highlight Barrett's enduring association with the Wachowski siblings. TORUK – The First Flight is her second collaboration with Cirque du Soleil after TOTEM.

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  • Bob & Bill

    Composers and Musical Directors

    Composers and arrangers Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard (aka Bob & Bill) are well known for their ability to blur the lines between genres and styles.

    In 2003, they composed the music for Splinter Cell (Pandora Tomorrow), a best-selling Ubisoft video game. They have also produced several albums, including Monica Freire’s Bahiatronica and Pink Floyd Redux, a collection of remixed songs from the British cult band, as well as the soundtrack album for the Cirque du Soleil show KOOZA.

    In 2004, Bob & Bill supplied the musical direction and arrangements for the Cirque du Soleil show Midnight Sun, as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the 20th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil.

    Three-time nominees for a Quebec music industry ADISQ award, the two sidekicks also created the music for several films and television series, and composed the music for director Robert Lepage’s production Pageant de Canotgraphie. In 2008, the duo launched their first album, Crime Report, a work combining electronic and organic sounds.

    Bob & Bill worked many times with Cirque du Soleil to create the musical arrangements for several special events. Since 2009, they also act as composers for Cirque du Soleil. They composed the music for TOTEM (2010), directed by Robert Lepage, Amaluna (2012), directed by Diane Paulus, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities (2014), directed by Michel Laprise, JOYÀ (2014), directed by Martin Genest and Allavita! (2015), directed by Krista Monson.

    Bob & Bill also wrote the music for the third and fifth chapters of Les Chemins Invisibles (2011 and 2013), a free outdoor show presented during the summer in Quebec City. TORUK – The First Flight is their eighth show as composers for Cirque du Soleil.

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  • ジェフ・ホール(Jeff Hall)

    振付

    Known for blending his spectacular athleticism with his artistic eclecticism, Jeff Hall has inventively brought humor, dialogue and physical performance together on stage. He was Canadian Freestyle Frisbee Champion in 1989 and 1990, and the sport led him to the performing arts when he took a dance class to improve his Frisbee technique while at University. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University (Montreal) and a Matriculation in Classical Music at McGill.

    Jeff has performed with many independent choreographers. He created the groundbreaking Duodenum with Pierre-Paul Savoie and eventually found his way to the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, where he performed in the productions JOE and Piazza. He toured extensively with the Montreal company Carbone 14 from 1990-1995, performing in both the show and the film Café des Aveugles, and the show Le Dortoir as well as its award-winning film adaptation by François Girard.

    As co-Artistic Director of PPS Danse from 1992-1998 Jeff co-created Bagne, as well as the multimedia production Pôles, working with visual artists Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. This work has been presented in important venues across Canada and around the world and he and Pierre-Paul Savoie received the prestigious 1996 Jacqueline Lemieux Award for its choreography.

    Jeff was reunited with Carbone 14 as a performer in the 2001 creation Silences et Cris by Gilles Maheu. He then became Gilles’ assistant in La Bibliothèque, Carbone 14’s 2002 creation. That same year he assisted director Robert Lepage working on the remounting of Trilogie des Dragons, and Marie Brassard on her La Noirceur, both presented at the Festival Théâtre des Amériques in 2003. Since then he has completed a film directing program at l’Institut National de l'Image et du Son (INIS).

    Jeff started his relationship with Cirque du Soleil in 2005 as an artistic coach for The Beatles LOVE. His next major Cirque assignment was as acrobatic choreographer for ZAIA.

    In 2009, Jeff choreographed and danced in the film Falling, directed by Philip Spozer and Marlene Miller and choreographed Du Haut des Airs presented in 2010 by Cirque de Demain (France).

    “In each and every number in TOTEM there is an evolutionary factor, which is the thread that runs through the show,” he says. “Our decision to illustrate that thread through dance styles as diverse as hip hop and Bollywood came very naturally and organically. We researched Hindu dance, American Indian dance, African dance, coupled with theories of animism and totemism.”

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  • Étienne Boucher

    Lighting Designer

    Since leaving the National Theatre School of Canada in 1999, Étienne Boucher has been much in demand for his lighting designs as much for theatre and dance as for musicals and opera. He has participated in nearly a hundred productions,

    "I like to fill the whole space between the projector and the artist with light,” says Étienne. “It allows me to colour the air, which in turn lets me pick out the details of the set design and sculpt the artists."

    Etienne’s precise, chiselled designs – at times expressionistic, at times poetic – form pictures of light that fuel the narrative of the productions he works on. Concerned with the meaning of both colour and light, he is regarded in his milieu more as an illuminator than a lighting designer.

    He has regularly worked in partnership with directors such as René Richard Cyr, Brigitte Haentjens and Martin Faucher, and since 2004 he has worked closely with TOTEM director Robert Lepage at the latter’s company, Ex Machina. Their association began with La Celestina (Spain), and continued with Lipsynch (on international tour), The Rake's Progress (presented in co-production in Brussels, Lyon, San Francisco, London, Madrid and Milan) and Le Rossignol et autres fables (Toronto and the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2010).

    Over the years, Étienne Boucher has won many accolades, garnering several award nominations at the Soirée des Masques (Quebec), winning two Masques in 2007 for lighting productions of Du vent entre les dents and La Dame aux camélias.

    "In TOTEM, I wanted to play with the colours of the projections on the marsh to create a third dimension by extending those effects onto the stage," says Étienne Boucher. "The light I have created for this show is a reflection borrowed from nature. My greens and blues were inspired by ice, and the reds and yellows were definitely inspired by fire. "

    Étienne Boucher was born in Montreal in 1972.

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  • Pedro Pires

    Image Content Designer

    Pedro Pires grew up in Quebec City, where he soon discovered his ability to reproduce and animate characters and monsters. These experiments allowed him to develop his own techniques of molding and special effects.

    In 1990, at age 21, he entered Laval University to study Fine Arts. Following that, he received a Special Make-Up Effects Certificate from the renowned New York artist Dick Smith and completed a Computer Graphic Design Certificate at the Centre NAD - National Animation and Design Centre in Montreal.

    His film debut was in 1995 with The Sound of the Carceri, a documentary by director François Girard, in which he recreated the fictitious prisons of Piranesi around the cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 3D. This work won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects and a Gemini Award for Best Visual Effects in 1998. He worked with François Girard again on the artistic direction of the visual effects in the film The Red Violin.

    In 2001, he took on the visual conception for the film Possible Worlds, which marked the beginning of a long artistic collaboration with the playwright, director and film-maker Robert Lepage.

    In 2007, he set up his own film production company, Pedro Pires Inc., dedicated to the creation of original content using digital technology. In 2008 his company produced the short film Danse Macabre, a multidisciplinary collaboration with AnneBruce Falconer and Robert Lepage, where he acts simultaneously as scriptwriter, director, photographer and editor. This film has been screened at many festivals since 2009 and has to date won 27 international prizes.

    TOTEM marks his first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

    “In TOTEM, the screen for the projections is a kind of virtual marsh at the rear of the stage,” notes Pedro Pires. “All the images are drawn from nature, even when they seem quite abstract. They evolve through the show in a long mix or a morph to create an ever-changing tableau that interacts with the artists and lives in harmony with the stage lighting.”

    Pedro Pires was born into a Portuguese family in Nantes, France, in 1969.

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  • Jacques Boucher

    Sound Designer

    For over 25 years, Jacques Boucher has been creating sound environments for a number of productions from Quebec and beyond. Jacques also worked as a sound technician for various Quebec artists, including Richard Séguin, Laurence Jalbert, Diane Dufresne and Bruno Pelletier.

    He went on to develop an expertise in sound design for musicals such as Dracula (2006) and large-scale events, including the mega-show 2000 voix chantent le monde, presented in Quebec City in 2000, with over 2,300 singers on stage.

    In 2008, Jacques was asked to handle the sound for almost every event presented as part of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City.

    As Sound Designer and Head of Sound, he designed sound for the Quebec Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the Symphony of a Thousand by Gustav Mahler, The Image Mill by Robert Lepage, for which he designed the impressive sound system spanning 1.2 km, and the special show presented by Cirque du Soleil.

    Jacques also works as Sound Designer and Head of Sound for some Cirque du Soleil special events. After TOTEM, Amaluna, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities and JOYÀ, he is taking part in his fifth Cirque du Soleil show with TORUK – The First Flight.

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  • Pierre Masse

    Rigging and acrobatic equipment designer

    Pierre Masse’s career spans just about every genre of the performing arts. He was involved in major productions with the Opéra de Montréal, the Grands Ballets Canadiens and Céline Dion as well as a production of Les Misérables.

    He has collaborated with Cirque du Soleil since 1996, and took part in the creation of Quidam, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ and CRISS ANGEL Believe. TORUK – The First Flight is Pierre Masse’s fifth Cirque du Soleil show as Acrobatic Rigging and Equipment Designer following TOTEM, IRIS – A Journey Through the World of Cinema, Michael Jackson ONE and JOYÀ.

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  • Florence Pot

    Acrobatic Performance Designer

    A gymnast at the age of six, Florence Pot completed her university degree in physical education in France and went on to specialize in sports psychology. She decided to move to Montreal in 1991 primarily to continue her academic career.

    She studied for her master's degree in sports psychology at the University of Montreal while working as a coach at the club Gymnix de Montréal. She returned to France two years later to choreograph performances for the French Gymnastics Federation.

    Motivated by a lack of professional challenges in France and a strong desire to work at Cirque du Soleil, Florence came back to Canada in 1997 to renew her network of contacts with the company and to choreograph performances by Canadian competitive gymnasts.

    In 2001, she accepted a position scouting acrobatic talent for Cirque's casting department and in 2003 she became the company’s Head Scout. In 2006 she accepted the invitation to become Acrobatic Performance Designer on ZED (Cirque's resident show in Tokyo) because she wanted to get closer to the creation process and be part of it from start to finish. She reprised the same role on TOTEM and Zarkana.

    "What interests me most is the emotion that emerges from the performance of an artist on stage,” says Florence. “The acrobatic framework of Zarkana was born in a world that was firmly rooted in the circus, where virtuosity cohabits with madness. We were inspired by traditional circus sideshows to highlight the crazy and decadent side of Zark’s world.”

    Florence Pot was born in Rouen, France.

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  • Nathalie J. Simard

    Makeup Designer

    Nathalie J. Simard has been practicing the art of makeup for over 20 years. She studied visual arts and took several theatre and makeup workshops, but is largely self-taught, having learned her craft on the streets of Quebec City. There, she explored the many facets of makeup in depth and developed a distinctive style that is all her own, using the body and face of her subjects as her canvas.

    An innovator since the 1980s, Nathalie became well known for transforming children and adults alike with her distinctive designs at festivals and outdoor events throughout Quebec. Constantly on the lookout for new sources of inspiration, she then took her talents to other stages across Canada, Asia, Europe and the United States.

    Her creations have been seen by tens of thousands of people in several major events such as the International Children's Festivals network across Canada and the International Buskers Festivals held in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

    Nathalie has worked on theatre productions for Marie Dumais and photography projects with David Cannon. She also worked with characters for the EOS Circus in Quebec City, and created hundreds of makeup designs for the Quebec City Festival d’été and Winter Carnival. For ten years she has designed characters for productions by the Quebec creator Olivier Dufour, including his show Le Chemin qui marche (one of the main events of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations), and Festival Montréal en lumière.

    Early in 2000, Nathalie founded Kromatik, a company that specializes in makeup for street art. Working with a team of artists as dedicated as herself, she developed a technique of makeup and animation that set new standards in the field. Combining speed, creativity and originality, she can produce a collective work in minutes.

    TOTEM marks Nathalie’s first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. "The show deals with humanity in all its diversity and richness," she says. “I used the patterns and iconography of a vast array of different cultures to create the different characters. I am just as inspired by all the artists, their energy and their performance to create characters that are a really good fit."

    Nathalie J. Simard was born in Quebec in 1967.

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