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Roch Jutras

Roch has played onstage, in the circus ring, on television and in films. After winning the "Student of the Year" Award at the National Circus School in 1985, he joined le Cirque du Soleil for the production of "La Magie Continue", and "Cirque Réinventé" in 1987. In 1992 he toured with Cirkus Knie in Switzerland. The season of 1994-95 he became Cirque Éloize's original clown. In 1998 he worked for Cirque du Monde in Chile teaching young street kids circus skills. In 1999-2001 he was the Artistic Coordinator and toured with le Cirque du Soleil's production of "Dralio

In 2002, Roch returned to Cirque Éloize as an assistant to the Artistic Director. He also, assisted director Daniele Finzi Pasca from Théâtre Sunil, for the production of "Nomade, la nuit le ciel est plus grand" and "Rain, comme une pluie dans tes yeux". He worked as the Artistic Director on the Cirque Éloize production "TYPO" starring Jamie Atkins. Since 2003 Roch has worked with clown partner James Keylon in the duo "Alfredo et Rocco". In 2004, the duo worked in the Cabaret "Ganymée on Water" in Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2005 also in collaboration with James Keylon, he designed a new cabaret which played in November and December under the name of "Cabaret du côté Est" and was brought back to life the following year. 2006 brought the announcement of his return to the stage with the troupe L'Aubergine from Quebec City in the role of Rocco the technician for the show "Aaatchoum!" Roch recently returned from Japan where he played the role of the Clown in the Soleil production of Kooza. He is also a consultant for le Cirque who trains the clowns before they go off to their shows. Roch is a trained acrobat and clown, teaches the Slapstick Workshop with James Keylon.

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