Outside the Zarkana Theater.
Guy Laliberté was born in Québec City in 1959. An accordionist, stilt-walker and fire-eater, he founded Québec's first internationally-renowned circus with the support of a small group of accomplices. A bold visionary, Guy Laliberté recognized and cultivated the talents of the street performers from the Fête Foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul and created Cirque du Soleil in 1984.
When Gilles Ste-Croix first told his parents he wanted to go into show business they said, “Anything but that!” Ste-Croix grew up in rural Québec, but he was determined not to stay there. He became a hippie and a nomad, living in communes and making the obligatory ‘60s pilgrimage to the West Coast where he audited some drama classes. Ste-Croix participated in the founding of Cirque du Soleil after organizing the Fête Foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul in 1980.
One of Quebec's most respected creators, François Girard navigates easily from one medium to another and has, over the years, acquired an enviable international status. A music lover, he has carved out a unique reputation for writing and directing works imbued with great musicality in productions in which music plays a major role. Zarkana is François Girard's second engagement as Writer and Director with Cirque du Soleil, following the Tokyo-based show ZED.
Line Tremblay first fell in love with Cirque du Soleil in 1984, drawn by its freewheeling spirit, a spirit she says has never gone away. Before joining Cirque du Soleil, Line developed a passion for working in the world of film and television, notably as an Assistant Director at Radio-Canada, where she worked closely with designers and creators. In 1992, she joined Franco Dragone, assisting him in the creation and direction of the Cirque du Soleil shows Mystère, Alegría, Quidam, “O” and La Nouba.
A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Stéphane Roy has worked as both a set designer and artistic director on over 100 productions in Montreal and abroad. While mainly active in theatre and dance, he has also worked in film, television, advertising and variety shows. Given that professional background, plus an architect father, a mother active in theatre and a unique social and artistic approach to performance space, it was perhaps inevitable that Stéphane would gravitate toward Cirque du Soleil, a relationship that began with the creation of Dralion, and continued with Varekai, Zumanity, KOOZA and now, Zarkana.
Alan Hranitelj attended the School for the Visual Arts in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia, and has been living in Slovenia since1985, when he went to Ljubljana to design the makeup for a production of the play Baptism Under Triglav. Between1987 and 2010, Alan designed the costumes for about 200 projects, notably for solo and group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana (1991), the Municipal Gallery, Ljubljana (1991-1995) and the European Cultural Capital 96 event in Copenhagen (1996). In 2000 his work was featured in a movement-theatre performance and fashion show at the Millennium Dome, London. He has designed the costumes for many classical and modern theatre and opera productions directed by such prominent Slovenian directors as Vito Taufer, Mateja Koležnik, Diego de Brea, Matjaž Berger and Meta Hočevar. Zarkana is his first endeavor in the world of Cirque du Soleil.