Monday, May 16, 2011

Totem profiles - Louis-David Simoneau

Louis-David, age 22, is one-half of the beautiful duo trapeze act in Totem. He and his trapeze partner, Rosalie, have the fairly unique distinction of having leapt immediately from their graduation at l’Ecole Nationale de Cirque to a contract with Cirque du Soleil. This success was not simply a stroke of luck – both Louis-David and Rosalie have spent many years honing their exceptional skills.

Louis-David is French-Canadian – he grew up in the town of Magog in Quebec. As a child, he had many interests – he loved all kinds of sports and all kinds of school subjects. When he put his mind to something, he could succeed at it. Gymnastics was something he tried on-and-off as a kid. But it took the spark of interest in circus, at age 14 – and an audition at ENC at which he was not accepted to his chosen program – to focus his mind. He spent a year training gymnastics intensely, and on his second try, he was accepted to ENC. He began his studies there at age 16.

His first love in circus arts was hand-balancing, and he imagined himself doing a hand-to-hand act. But an advisor at ENC, early on, steered him and Rosalie towards duo trapeze. The rest is history, as they have created, with “Lovebirds”, the most-universally-adored act in this immense production.

On tour with Totem, Louis-David enjoys the traveling, getting to see and experience new parts of the world. If he had more time, he says, he would love to do even more sightseeing. But in the meantime, he is also treasuring the experiences he’s had working with great people such as Robert Lepage, and the other artists on the show.

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