Angela Laurier, former Cirque du Soleil contortionist, has died

Angela Laurier, former Cirque du Soleil contortionist, has died
Angela Laurier, former Cirque du Soleil contortionist, has died

Acrobat and multidisciplinary artist Angela Laurier took her own life a few days ago in France, at the age of 62. Her sister, actress Lucie Laurier, made the announcement on Facebook Monday evening, information confirmed by Lise Huneault, former press officer for Cirque du Soleil, who knew the contortionist well.

Born on February 4, 1962 in British Columbia, Angela Laurier moved to Quebec with her family in 1967. A fan of gymnastics, acrobatics, dancing, singing and theater as a teenager, she first played in the musical comedy Children of Heaven by Michel Conte and participates in a few episodes of the Quebec television series Pumpkin pop.

She made her circus debut in 1983 with the Cirque du Trottoir, in Belgium, before participating the following year in the very first Cirque du Soleil show, entitled The Cirque du Soleil grand tour. The artist was notably trained in acrobatics, contortion, aerobatics and aerial ropes.

During its visit to Quebec City, the program Québec mer et monde presented this report on the new circus on July 27, 1984.

I was the first press officer for Cirque du Soleil, so I saw Angela from the beginning when she trained at the Immaculée-Conception Center with André Simard, a gymnast who then worked at the National School of circusrecalled Lise Huneault, now head of Alice Public Relations, over the phone.

Globe and Mail with her on a half-page, it was extraordinary. I will always remember it: we arrived in Toronto and no one knew about the circus. But Angela did her contortions and then she winked. People were screaming under the marquee.”,”text”:”Angela had charisma and simplicity. We made the front page of the Globe and Mail with her on a half-page spread, it was extraordinary. I will always remember it: we arrived in Toronto and no one knew about the circus. But Angela did her contortions and then she winked. People were screaming under the marquee.”}}”>Angela had charisma and simplicity. We made the front page of Globe and Mail with her on half a page, it was extraordinary. I will always remember it: we arrived in Toronto and no one knew about the circus. But Angela did her contortions and then she winked. People were screaming under the big top.

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Mental health, an important theme

In 1992, she played the character of Puck in London in A Midsummer Night’s dream, directed by Robert Lepage. Towards the end of the 1990s, she settled permanently in France, where she began writing her own shows, including My big brother (1999), directed by Michel Dallaire. The musical and theatrical work is inspired by Angela Laurier’s older brother, Dominic, who suffers from schizophrenia.

Mental health was also a theme dear to the artist, which was also at the heart of his show Weir, which tells the story of his family. This work is the first to be produced by the Angela Laurier Company, which she founded in 2006 in Cherbourg, France. His creations also include shows Outlet (2007) and I wish I could laugh (2010), directed by his sister Lucie Laurier.

It’s important to mention, she really had a rigorous artistic approach. It was in France that she flourished, even if she did not have an easy journey. She was able to express her condition, in a waysaid Lise Huneault.

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