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TOTEM

Шоу TOTEM  - это увлекательный путь человеческого существа от первоначальных земноводных форм до итогового желания взлететь в небеса. Персонажи выступают на сцене, напоминающей гигантскую черепаху — символ начала для многих древних цивилизаций.

Черпая вдохновение во многих древних мифах, TOTEM показывает визуальным и акробатическим языком эволюционное развитие видов.

Балансируя между наукой и легендой, ТОТЕМ исследует связи между Человеком и другими видами, его мечты и бесконечный потенциал.

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Гастроли: Австралия, Сингапур, Япония

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TOTEM - Создатели

  • Ги Лалиберте

    Основатель и творческий наставник

    Ги Лалиберте родился в Квебеке в 1959 году. Ги – аккордеонист, артист на ходулях и глотатель огня, основавший с небольшой группой единомышленников первую квебекскую компанию, получившую международное признание. Этот отважный мечтатель распознал и выпестовал таланты уличных актеров из Бе-Сен-Поль, что привело к созданию Cirque du Soleil в 1984 году.

    Он первым сформировал то единство различных художественных и акробатических жанров, которыми знаменит Cirque du Soleil. С 1984 года, руководя творческим коллективом и курируя постановку всех шоу, он внес большой вклад в развитие искусства живого представления, подняв его до уровня величайших художественных достижений.

    Под руководством Ги Лалиберте Cirque du Soleil превратился в международную организацию, активно работающую на всех континентах.

    Октябрь 2007 года ознаменовался для Ги Лалиберте вторым по значимости событием в его жизни: он основал фонд ONE DROP для борьбы с нищетой. Цель фонда – обеспечить гарантированный доступ к безопасной, чистой воде по всему миру. Эта новая мечта основывается на понимании того, что право на воду является одним из важнейших факторов выживания человека, а также на мировоззрении, лежащем в основе деятельности Cirque du Soleil. В общем виде его можно сформулировать так: жизнь возвращает тебе то, что ты отдаешь людям, и даже самое неприметное доброе дело может изменить мир к лучшему.

    В сентябре 2009 года Ги Лалиберте стал первым канадским частным космическим исследователем. Его миссия на орбите заключалась в том, чтобы повысить осведомленность жителей планеты Земля о проблемах доступа к питьевой воде. Под девизом “Сдвинуть звезды и Землю во имя воды” социально-поэтическая миссия в космосе должна была найти творческую дорогу к сердцам людей: специальная 2-часовая веб-трансляция выступлений различных творческих людей по всему миру объединила жителей 14 городов на пяти континентах, включая Международную Космическую Станцию.

    Награды

    В 2012 году Ги Лалиберте был включен в Зал славы Американской ассоциации го. В 2011 году он был включен в канадский Зал славы бизнесменов. В 2010 году у Ги появилась звезда на знаменитой голливудской алее славы. В том же году правительство провинции Квебек удостоило Ги особой чести, повысив его в звании, — шесть лет назад ему было присвоено звание Кавалера Ордена плеяд (Ordre de la Pléiade), а теперь он стал Офицером ордена. Университет Лаваля в Квебеке в 2008 году вручил Ги Лалиберте почетную докторскую степень. Годом раньше он получил учрежденную компанией Ernst & Young премию "Предприниматель года" на местном, национальном и международном уровне. В 2004 году генерал-губернатор Канады вручил ему Орден Канады — высочайшую награду в стране. В этом же году журнал "Time" назвал его одним из 100 самых влиятельных людей в мире. В 2003 году он получил награду от компании Condé Nast в рамках программы "Never Follow Program" для создателей творческих и инновационных проектов. В 2001 году Академия Монреаля (Académie des Grands Montréalais) присвоила ему звание почетного жителя города. В 1997 году Ги Лалиберте удостоился высшей правительственной награды Квебека, став кавалером Национального ордена Квебека (Ordre National du Québec).

    Прочие премии и награды

    2009 г.
    Награда за выдающиеся заслуги Канадской маркетинговой ассоциации

    2002 г.
    Звезда на аллее славы Канады

    1998 г.
    Награда "Дальновидный мыслитель" (Visionary Award) от Музея американских ремесел (American Crafts Museum) в Нью-Йорке (теперь известен как Музей искусства и дизайна)

    1996 г.

    Награда Vision nouvelle, полученная на 43-й церемонии "Gala du Commerce" в Квебеке

    1988 г.

    Человек года по версии газеты "La Presse" (Квебек)

    1988 г.
    Предприниматель года по версии журнала "Les Affaires" (Квебек)
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  • Жиль Сен-Круа

    Творческий руководитель

    Когда Жиль Сен-Круа впервые сказал родителям, что он хочет работать в шоу-бизнесе, они ответили: «Только не это!» Он вырос в сельском районе провинции Квебек, но был твердо уверен, что там не останется. Он стал хиппи и кочевником, жил в коммуне и совершил обязательное для 60-х годов паломничество на Восточное побережье, где принимал участие в любительских драматических постановках.

    Попытка Сен-Круа соответствовать общественным нормам – некоторое время он работал в архитектурном бюро – лишь доказала, что обычная карьера в бизнесе не для него. Стоит отметить, что поиски собственного призвания не были бесцельными или пустыми. По его словам, будучи подростком, он всегда стремился к успеху, но столь же сильной оставалась его тяга к тому, чтобы развлекать и увлекать окружающих. Тем не менее, начало его карьеры в шоу-бизнесе стало ярким и неожиданным.

    В конце 70-х годов Жиль Сен-Круа жил в коммуне города Викториавилль (Квебек), зарабатывая на жизнь сбором яблок. В один прекрасный день он догадался, что существенно облегчит себе работу, если прикрепит лестницу к ногам – так появились его первые ходули.

    Случайно один из друзей как-то упомянул театр в Вермонте, где хождение на ходулях было основой многих представлений. Сен-Круа отправился туда и понял, что приобретенные во время сбора яблок навыки могут найти иное применение, например, в мире исполнительского искусства.

    В 1980 году Жиль Сен-Круа и труппа уличных артистов основали Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul и организовали фестиваль уличных представлений под названием Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul, что привело в 1984 году к созданию вместе с Ги Лалиберте Cirque du Soleil.

    В 1984 и 1985 годах Жиль Сен-Круа разрабатывал и лично принимал участие во многих номерах на ходулях для Cirque du Soleil. В 1988 году он стал художественным директором Cirque du Soleil, а также координатором по поиску талантов по всему миру. Жиль Сен-Круа стал творческим директором всех спектаклей Cirque du Soleil, выходивших с 1990 по 2000 год: Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco, Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, La Nouba, "O" и Dralion. В 1992 году он создал первое шоу для арен Fascination, премьера которого состоялась в Японии. Кроме того, под его руководством в 1997 году были созданы невероятно успешные шоу-кабаре POMPDUCK и CIRCUMSTANCEв Германии.

    В 2000 году, оставшись консультантом в компании, Жиль Сен-Круа решил реализовать свою заветную мечту. Заядлый лошадник, он создал собственную компанию и в 2003 году поставил шоу Cheval-Théâtre, в котором было задействовано 30 лошадей и столько же артистов и акробатов. Шоу выступало в шатре и посетило с гастролями 10 городов Северной Америки.

    В декабре 2002 года Жиль Сен-Круа вернулся в Cirque du Soleil и сегодня он занимает должность Старшего Вице-

    Президента, отвечая за творческую составляющую работы Cirque du Soleil.
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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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  • Джефф Холл

    Хореограф

    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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  • Флоран Пот

    Постановщик акробатических номеров

    С шести лет Флоран Пот занималась гимнастикой. Она получила степень специалиста по физической культуре во Франции, после чего на некоторое время связала свою судьбу со спортивной психологией. В 1991 году она решает переехать в Монреаль для того, чтобы продолжить заниматься научной работой.

    Флоран продолжает учебу в Университете Монреаля, в котором изучает психологию спорта, а одновременно с этим работает тренером в знаменитом монреальском клубе Gymnix, воспитывающем гимнастов. Два года спустя Флоран возвращается во Францию, чтобы поставить хореографию для выступлений членов Французской федерации гимнастики.

    Исчерпав свои профессиональные возможности во Франции, Флоран решает вернуться в Канаду в 1997 году для того, чтобы работать над хореографией для канадских гимнастов. В это же время она возобновляет контакты с компанией Cirque du Soleil.

    В 2001 году Флоран стала заниматься подбором исполнителей для Cirque du Soleil, а в 2003 – заняла позицию главы департамента по поиску талантов. В 2006 году она приняла предложение выступить постановщиком акробатических номеров в стационарном токийском шоу ZED, ведь она всегда стремилась участвовать в процессе создания шоу от начала до конца. Немного позже она заняла ту же позицию в шо�� TOTEM и Zarkana.

    «Прежде всего, меня интересует эмоция, рожденная исполнителем на сцене, – рассказывает Флоран. – Акробатическая концепция шоу Zarkana зародилась в мире, в котором главенствующую позицию занимают традиции классического цирка. Здесь виртуозность исполнения уживается с хаосом. Создавая мир, в котором есть признаки безумия и декаданса, мы ни на минуту не забывали о традиционных цирковых репризах».

    Флоран родилась в городе Руан, Франция.

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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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