The creative team
ARTISTIC DIRECTION - Normand Latourelle
In 40 years of career in the performing arts, Normand Latourelle has followed a path that led him to explore all aspects of the industry, from lighting designer to agent, as well as production manager, director and artistic director. A pioneer of Cirque du Soleil from 1985 to 1990, he has been the driving force behind many impressive and memorable events, such as the sound and light show on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the spectacular Légendes Fantastiques in Drummondville and the 350th anniversary celebrations for the founding of Montreal. A visionary in constant quest for innovation, Normand Latourelle is renowned for combining different forms of artistic expression and reinventing the scenic space, with the ultimate goal of taking audiences into new dimensions. Since 2003, Normand Latourelle is fully dedicated to Cavalia, instilling his talent, passion and imagination into the productions. In 2007, he received the Ordre national du Québec for his achievements.
DIRECTOR AND VISUAL CONCEPTOR - Érick Villeneuve
The show’s "atmosphere" is a reflection of his poetic vision. Visual designer, Erick Villeneuve did not only collect some of the superb illustrations which are projected on the long 200 feet screen (with all technological challenges it represents), he signed some of the most inspiring among them. The list of artists, shows and productions he’s collaborated with and on over the years include diva Diane Dufresne, the Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto symphonic orchestras, the popular Montreal International Jazz Festival and the jubilee ceremonies in Ottawa and Toronto for Queen Elizabeth II. Villeneuve, 40, has brought innovation and ingenuity to Cavalia at a level that has never been seen before in a horse show. He’s earned the trust of Normand Latourelle, whom he’s worked with for several years and enjoys calling a creative accomplice.
SCENIC DESIGNER - Marc Labelle
Multi-disciplinary scenic artist Marc Labelle, 46, has 15 years experience designing stage mechanisms and has travelled the globe, creating and setting up platforms for Cirque du Soleil, Céline Dion and Robert Lepage.
MUSIC - Michel Cusson
Michel Cusson’s work, both in the mythical band UZEB and on the big screen and television (25 films and 19 TV series), has been recognized by 14 Félix, 6 Gémeaux, 7 SOCAN awards, 1 Jutra and 1 Gemini. His musical contributions also include the score for the original soundtracks of major stage productions such as Kaleido and Era-Intersection of Time (Shangai), Ulalena (Hawaii) as well as Cavalia (World tour). He has created an emotional musical score for horses, artists and spectators alike.
COSTUMES - Manon Desmarais
A career that spans more than 3 decades, Manon got her start as the prop master for different theatres, including the world renowned Opéra de Montréal. It has been more than 15 years since she started creating costumes for circus performers and shows. She played an integral role in launching Les 7 doigts de la main and still serves as the costume creator. Cavalia marks yet another milestone in her distinguished career.
LIGHTING DESIGN - Alain Lortie
For over 30 years, Alain Lortie has been living his passion through his work and his reputation is well established in Quebec, as well as in France and Asia. First associated to multidisciplinary artists such as Michel Lemieux, Marie Chouinard and Édouard Lock, he lit Notre-Dame de Paris, Starmania, Cavalia and a few Cirque du Soleil shows. Alain has also actively participated in the Festival Montréal en Lumières. Many times "lighting designer of the year" at l’ADISQ, he has also been awarded the Masque des Éclairages and a Dora Mavor Moore Award in Toronto.
CHOREOGRAPHY- Alain Gauthier
Montreal-born acrobat and choreographer Alain Gauthier, has created an avalanche of aerial stunts and dazzling special effects. The 1984 North American trampoline champion collaborated on many impressive Canadian and international productions such as Cirque du Soleil, Paramount and Superbowl XXXI. Gauthier’s innovative talent and solid experience, both onstage and behind the scenes, was put to profit during the creation of Cavalia. His presence and leadership on tour is a constant source of inspiration to the artists.