David Shiner, toe maar weer!
Voor wie de naam weinig zegt:
David Shiner started out as a street mime in Paris and his career really took off in 1984 when he was discovered at the renowned circus festival Cirque de Demain.
He went on to perform with a succession of well-known companies including the German troupe Circus Roncalli and the Swiss National company Circus Knie.
Between circus engagements he toured with Cirque du Soleil veteran René Bazinet performing the two-men show they created.
David ' s first formal association with Cirque du Soleil came in 1990, when he co-wrote and performed in Nouvelle Expérience, touring for 19 months throughout Canada and the USA.
He made his feature film debut in 1992, playing the part of a clown in Lorenzo ' s Oil, and the following year he played straight man to Bill Irwin in Sam Shepard ' s Silent Tongue.
He and Irwin then created the two-men, wordless show Fool Moon, featuring music by the Red Clay Ramblers, who had also performed in Silent Tongue. This evening of ' inspired lunacy ' ran from 1993 to 2001, including three separate runs on Broadway.
Fool Moon won a special Tony Award for Live Theatrical Presentation in 1999, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and an Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award.
In 2000 David originated the role of the Cat in the Hat, the host and guide of the Broadway stage musical Seussical.
Later he toured Europe and Seattle with his show "David Shiner in the Round".
David has further made several appearances on "The Tonight Show" and is a guest director at the Wintergarden Theatre in Berlin and the Apollo Theatre in Dusseldorf.
In 2007, David wrote and directed Cirque du Soleil's touring show KOOZÅ.
(Bovenstaande tekst en foto van de site van Cirque du Soleil; onderstaande foto uit zijn tijd bij Roncalli)
En zo is de circuscirkel weer eens rond: eerst in Eindhoven de meester (als we het goed hebben bijgehouden inmiddels 60 jaar) zelf zien en vervolgens in het vroege voorjaar zijn meesterwerk in de grote witte tent van Cirque du Soleil in Amsterdam!