Catherine Archambault

Member Type: Individual member (a. artist and creator)

Catherine Archambault has more than 25 years of experience in the circus arts in which she has created and adapted over 500 different acts. She is best known for her compelling, emotional acrobatic pieces. Catherine studied ballet with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens before going on to dance with Les Ballets Jazz de Québec at the age of 14. During that period she was also a member of an artistic gymnastic team. After graduating with a Bachelors in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University in 1987, her first choreographed show won a bronze medal in Paris at the 1989 Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. She worked in France with the Cirque Archaos before coming back to Québec to become part of Cirque Eloize’s first ensemble of artists. She both directed and choreographed their first self-titled show and then went on to choreograph Excentricus, their second production. For over 20 years, she has worked as both a choreographer and artistic director for a variety of Cirque du Soleil shows, including Viva Elvis, Wintuk, Delirium, La Nouba, Solstrom, Saltimbanco and Fascination, as well as numerous special events around the world. Catherine is the director and acrobatic choreographer for TV series Le Défi des Champions and has won numerous awards including 3 from the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. In 2012, Catherine started a new chapter in her career and went back to exploring her dance roots, fusing dance with theatrical elements and circus. This new focus underlines Catherine’s current desire to explore her own personal vision as well as allowing for a closer, more intimate relationship with the audience. This can be observed in her recent show, I/4, which won the « Prix Diffusion Coup de Cœur » at the Soirée Reconnaissance de l’Estrie 2013. Currently based in the Eastern Townships, Catherine is also very active in her region. She is director of the Dance Commission of Le Conseil des Arts de l’Estrie and created ICI DANSE (4th year) which allows the choreographers based in Estrie to present their works in progress. She was also the choreographer for Omaterra, an outdoor show that premiered in Sherbrooke and has been collaborating with the Théâtre des Petites Lanternes since 1999. Catherine was the co artistic director and choreographer for the Opening Ceremony of The Canada 2013 Summer Games. In 2015, she was associate director and acrobatic choreographer for The Closing Ceremony of The European Games 2015 and for the show SUENOS La Magia del Circo, with Circo Siete, the biggest circus company in South America. She is currently working on the 2017 circus show for Circo Siete in Chile and many other projects. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WokGw9ym61Q


Circus fields & Expertises

Circus Fields

Ground acrobatic

Expertises

Choreographer
Director
Teacher
Artistic Direction
Dancer
Creating shows
Creating numbers
Artistic Advisor
Circus artist


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