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SAMUEL TÉTREAULT Artistic Director

ISABELLE CHASSE Co-Director

Born in Montreal , Samuel began his artistic development at age 14 at the Montreal National Circus School of Canada where he studied for seven years . There he developed a passion not only for the acrobatics but also for dance and theatre . Upon graduating in 1996 he started his career as a hand-balancer , winning several awards in circus festivals , including a Bronze Lion at the Wuquio Acrobatic Festival in China and a Silver Medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris .
In 2002 , after performing over 1,500 shows with Cirque du Soleil ’ s production Alegria , touring with Cirque Éloize ’ s production Orchestra and appearing in some of the most prestigious cabarets in Germany , Samuel became one of the co-founding artistic directors of Les 7 doigts de la Main .
Since the foundation of the company , Samuel has collaborated as artistic co-director on the creation of most 7 Fingers shows as well as appearing on stage in the productions of Loft , La Vie , the Fibonacci Project and Le Murmure du Coquelicot .
In 2014 , Samuel co-directed Intersection , the opening show of the fifth edition of Montreal ’ s Complètement Cirque Festival ( Canada ) and directed Luces Fugaces , a special creation for the Festival de las Luces in Medellin ( Colombia ).
As current President of En Piste , the National Circus Arts Network of Canada , Samuel is also highly invested in the promotion and development of the contemporary circus arts .
At five , Isabelle drew a picture of a trapeze artist and stated this was what she wanted to be . At 11 , she found an ad in the local newspaper for a circus school and asked her mother if she could go . The determined Quebec-countryside girl was quickly placed into an intensive contortion program at the National Circus School of Montreal . After two years , Isabelle joined Cirque du Soleil as part of a contortion act . The quartet received gold medals at the Festival de Monte Carlo and the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain de Paris , and many other awards ; and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson , Good Morning America and many more .
In 1997 , Isabelle explored solo work and a new apparatus , developing a contortion act on aerial silks for Cirque du Soleil ’ s Quidam . Curious about many art forms , Isabelle participated in films Satie and Suzanne ( Gold Medal , New York Film Festival ; Grammy Nomination ) and Martyrs ( as ‘’ The Creature !’’).
Upon co-founding Les 7 doigts de la Main , she has worked as a performer and co-creator on Loft and La Vie ; assistant director on Psy and Amuse ; and an artistic leader on the Fibonacci Project . In 2015 , she co-directed the acrobatic conception of Moby Dick , directed by Dominic Champagne in Montreal .
SAMUEL TÉTREAULT Artistic Director Born in Montreal, Samuel began his artistic development at age 14 at the Montreal National Circus School of Canada where he studied for seven years. There he developed a passion not only for the acrobatics but also for dance and theatre. Upon graduating in 1996 he started his career as a hand-balancer, winning several awards in circus festivals, including a Bronze Lion at the Wuquio Acrobatic Festival in China and a Silver Medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. In 2002, after performing over 1,500 shows with Cirque du Soleil’s production Alegria, touring with Cirque Éloize’s production Orchestra and appearing in some of the most prestigious cabarets in Germany, Samuel became one of the co-founding artistic directors of Les 7 doigts de la Main. Since the foundation of the company, Samuel has collaborated as artistic co-director on the creation of most 7 Fingers shows as well as appearing on stage in the productions of Loft, La Vie, the Fibonacci Project and Le Murmure du Coquelicot. In 2014, Samuel co-directed Intersection, the opening show of the fifth edition of Montreal’s Complètement Cirque Festival (Canada) and directed Luces Fugaces, a special creation for the Festival de las Luces in Medellin (Colombia). As current President of En Piste, the National Circus Arts Network of Canada, Samuel is also highly invested in the promotion and development of the contemporary circus arts. ISABELLE CHASSE Co-Director At five, Isabelle drew a picture of a trapeze artist and stated this was what she wanted to be. At 11, she found an ad in the local newspaper for a circus school and asked her mother if she could go. The determined Quebec-countryside girl was quickly placed into an intensive contortion program at the National Circus School of Montreal. After two years, Isabelle joined Cirque du Soleil as part of a contortion act. The quartet received gold medals at the Festival de Monte Carlo and the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain de Paris, and many other awards; and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Good Morning America and many more. In 1997, Isabelle explored solo work and a new apparatus, developing a contortion act on aerial silks for Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam. Curious about many art forms, Isabelle participated in films Satie and Suzanne (Gold Medal, New York Film Festival; Grammy Nomination) and Martyrs (as ‘’The Creature!’’). Upon co-founding Les 7 doigts de la Main, she has worked as a performer and co-creator on Loft and La Vie; assistant director on Psy and Amuse; and an artistic leader on the Fibonacci Project. In 2015, she co-directed the acrobatic conception of Moby Dick, directed by Dominic Champagne in Mont ɕ((0