Julie Lachance began her career in dance and has worked in the Quebec circus world for more than 25 years, as a choreographer, art advisor, director and teacher.
She has pursued classical and contemporary dance training, through teaching these disciplines she grew into the world of Cirque. 1986 marks the debut of her non-stop association with the circus arts. In 1987, she became Educational director for Montreal’s National Circus School (ÉNC) and she has been at the school as a dance instructor and art advisor for its collegial education program since 1992.
Since 1990, Julie Lachance has participated, as choreographer, designer or director, in more than 15 shows starring students from the internationally renowned school. She has also been involved in the design of shows representing the ÉNC at international events, in particular the Festival des Hautes Écoles de Cirque in Brussels. Her choreographic creations for circus acts won the performers numerous prizes at Festival du Cirque de Demain (France), la Piste aux espoirs de Tournai (Belgium), China Wuqiao International Circus Festival and the Festival Première rampe of Monaco.
In addition to her contributions at l’ÉNC, Julie collaborated to numerous creations in dance and circus arts in Montreal and abroad. She choreographed Synfonia and Chameleon (Salto Natale, Switzerland), and Ulalena (Maui Myth and Magic, Hawaii). She acted as Artistic Director and Stage Director for My dance, Do I know You and Appartement #21 of Sandy Silva and created and directed Alice from L’Arsenal à musique. Julie is also the co-founder of Les Productions à Trois têtes; a group for which she created Celui qui a des yeux, an intimate and surreal circus theater production.
Her first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil was in 1999, as a choreographer for Dralion.
Julie Lachance has known a prolific and diverse artistic career. Whether it is through large or smaller scale shows, or research work and exploration workshops with artists from independent circuses, she discusses creating circus arts through an integrated approach towards the merger of forms and genres.