I love all projects- big or small. Each one is an expression of joy, of dreams, of colour.
As the world around us seems to be losing its light, now and then certain people, ideas, projects, enter our lives allowing the world of dreams to inspire us. We are then reminded how great this odyssey we live in, truly is.
I am happy to share a few of these projects
What you see, when attending a cirque show, is what you get, when working on a cirque show.
I am proud to say that I began working with this company in the early 90’s. The imagination, the dreams, the beautiful artists, the behind the scenes- it is truly like no other. We have fun, we work hard and there is that sense of family. It is a company with a beautiful spirit that just keeps on shining.
To learn more of this wondrous company, please go to – http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/home/shows.aspx
On September 22, 2012 FIFA President Blatter personally congratulated me on “FIFA’s most spectacular Opening ceremony.”
I believe I set a record in time. An opening ceremony with 600 performers from Azerbaijan with a cast of 30 performers from Cirque du Soleil from start to finish in 16 days.
Jacques Rogue, president of the IOC declared that Vancouver “embraced the Olympic Games like no other city in the world before. “
“This world-class team is filled with artists who know how to wow audiences at international events. Ceremonies volunteers are going to be working with the best of the best; “
Well I agree. It was a dream of a project to work on these ceremonies. I got to collaborate with the best in the world and I have developed outstanding relationships with artists who are leaders in their fields.
YOUTUBE LINK “The making of the ceremonies” http://youtu.be/k0o7JssW70k
Large events and ceremonies such as this presents the opportunity to assemble the local community through music, movement and storytelling as they welcome people from other lands. It is what I absolutely love about doing ceremonies and it is why I do them every now and then. My humanitarian side resonates so well with this form of communication.
Working with the best contemporary dancers of Europe, Africa, Viet Nam and India and bringing them all together in one performance was a true gift. I would do it over again and again and again.
It is with honour and pleasure to assemble people through movement and music for causes and charities such as these.
Earth Day Celebration in Montreal Canada, was the largest mass cast I worked with thus far; 30.000 people formed the image of a hand that transformed into a tree.
I united the best young talent in Canada in 2011, and to this day I still have goose bumps. Imagine a 12 year old singer moving the audience to tears one minute and having them jump out of their seats cheering half way through a song the next . and then, followed by a 7 year old dancer that brought the house down.. An evening of wonder, inspiration and pure genius.
Café Diablo received standing ovations every single show. It was created in Holland and was quoted as “a rare Dutch treat”. It was a little gem of a show that flowed from my imagination so easily. Plus I had a dream cast of amazing and generous performers.
People are still talking of this show.
Who knows, perhaps a re-mount!
Media and Press
"Cafe Diablo is the hit of the festival. It is a spectacular mix of musical, dance, drama and acrobatics.""NoordTopics" (Date of publication: August 24th 2005)
"It is the best show of this summer. It's a hybrid form with good music, beautiful movement, and a great story. Musically there's a lot to experience, from techno to swing to rock and even jazz. Café Diablo is made by Canadians theatre makers and performed by Dutch performers.""Noordhollands Dagblad" edition "Dagblad voor West-Friesland" (Date of publication: Aug 6, 2005)
"Cafe Diablo is an absolute treat! It is an original Canadian show performed by Dutch performers. This is one show that causes an overwhelming impression. “Musical, musical, musical” seen on June 16th in the VIP theatre, Veldhovengring in Tilburg. Can still be seen until tomorrow. ""Brabants Dagblad" (Date of publication: June 18th , 2004)
"Bravo! Fourteen artists sing their lungs out and dance as hard as they can. The enthusiasm and talent with which they do this extends beyond the spotlight "“Alkmaar Netherlands”: Café Diablo - Dancing in the Devil's Bar (Date of publication: Aug 2, 2005)
This is where televised large scale ceremonies all started for me. Little did I know when I was approached to choreograph a show with 500 people that a whole new side of my career would open for me. A side that I had not planned on, and a side that I now recognize has become a unique specialty.
I love stadiums!