Franco Dragone

Franco Dragone

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Franco Dragone (born in 1952) is a Italian-Belgian theatre director. He is known for his work with Cirque du Soleil., by Chris Jones, from Democratic Vistas Profiles: Essays in the Arts and Democracy.

Early life

Dragone was born in Cairano, Italy, and moved to La Louvière, Belgium at age seven. In the 1970s, he studied theatre at the Belgian Royal Conservatory of Mons. His earliest theatrical work was explicitly political, working as a director of theatre and film in the mode of the commedia dell'arte dramatist Dario Fo. The theatre works he helped create expressed social situations, interpreting true stories of the homeless, drug addicts and prison inmates, and casting the non-actors that shared their stories to perform in the shows. In the 1980s Dragone came to Montreal, Canada, where Guy Caron, director of the National Circus School, invited him to conduct workshops with the students and teachers at his school. Later, Dragone created, directed and produced a show for the end of the school year. Guy Laliberté saw one of these performances in 1984, the same year he formed Cirque du Soleil. In 1985, Laliberté sought out Guy Caron to join Cirque du Soleil. Caron, in turn, asked Dragone to join as a creator.

Cirque du Soleil

From the years 1985 to 1998 Dragone would direct nearly all of Cirque du Soleil's most...
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