It was during a creative training course on clowning offered by Yves Dagenais that François Isabelle became passionate about this unique discipline and mode of expression.
A skilled gymnast, dancer and street artist, François Isabelle worked for three years with Cirque du Soleil and Dynamo Théâtre, in addition to joining one of the productions of Notre-Dame de Paris. Over a period of ten years, he worked with internationally renowned choreographer Debra Lynne Brown as an acrobatic dancer-performer.
Artistic improvisation in front of an audience is one of his strengths.
In 2010, still attracted by clowning, François Isabelle directs his career and deepens his training and his influences are more and more apparent: Fernandel, De Funès, Chaplin and Barreau.
CARTOON represents the culmination of several years of experience, training and sensitive observations.
CARTOON is available for national and international distribution.
Director / Co-author
Born in Montreal, Yves Dagenais is a jack of all trades. He has been working in theater, circus, variety, comedy, music hall and clowning since 1975. More than 40 years of creating, producing, directing, training, performing and making people laugh all over the world with, among others, his clown character OMER VEILLEUX.
He teaches in several artistic training institutions in Quebec and in France, and gives numerous training sessions around the world.
He is the author of the first universal dictionary of clown artists entitled Le Petit Auguste.
Lighting design / Stage management / Photos
Rodolphe St-Arneault are graduating from the Saint-Hyacinthe Theatre School. He’s a light designer and stage manager for playwrights but mostly for circus and dance project. Since he left school, he worked notably with Julie Vincent, Yves Dagenais Johanne Madore, Jamie Adkins, Maude Gareau and the National Circus School. He also conceptualizes some private event in Quebec and around the world. He also works as a photographer who had few exhibitions.
A 2012 graduate of the CÉGEP de Saint-Hyacinthe's theater school, design department, Carole-Anne Turcotte collaborates with various set designers including Marie Sophie Gauthier for the Ekasringa equestrian circus and Noémie Demers for ( La Compagnie ). A versatile artist, she participates in all stages of design and production, including set design, costumes and accessories. Her many manual skills have led her to work with La Bordée, the Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Moment Factory and the Théâtre de la Ville de Longueuil. She is also active as a freelance designer of costumes and props for historical and recreational events.
Decor / Accessories
Lysandra Denis-Breault has a diploma in set and costume design from the CÉGEP de Saint-Hyacinthe Theatre School and a bachelor's degree in art history. She is passionate about designing costumes, sets and accessories for the stage. Since her return from Bussang (France) where she worked as a scenic painter and stage manager at the Théâtre du Peuple, Lysandra has been practicing her profession mainly as a costume and props designer for theater and circus in Montreal.