ELLA LOUISE ALLAIRE
Original Concept - Book / Music & Lyrics
Monlove founder Ella Louise Allaire attended McGill University’s prestigious Schulich School of Music, where she received both the James McGill Award and the Music Faculty Award, and subsequently pursued her graduate studies in composition at the University of Montréal. She is the co-creator of the original concept, book, music and lyrics for the multi-billion dollar franchise from Twentieth Century Fox: Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure, which won numerous international awards. Her work has been heard at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, on the Avatar film trailer, Dateline NBC, the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe of China’s Magical Music Box and the feature film: Journey to the Center of the Earth. She collaborated on the soundtrack for Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ which was named Best New Score of 2005 by TIME Magazine.
MARTIN LORD FERGUSON
Book / Music & Lyrics
Monlove partner Martin Lord Ferguson began his career as a music producer and sound engineer, producing more than thirty recordings and soundtracks for Cirque du Soleil, Stage Entertainment, Holiday on Ice and numerous recording artists. His work has expanded over his two decades in the entertainment industry to encompass theater, large-format shows, advertising, television series and feature films. In addition to his collaborations with Ella Louise Allaire onIce Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure, KÀ and Zed, he has scored the award-winning 2004 feature film La Peau Blanche ( White Skin ) and the celebrated Canadian TV series Fortier.
Painting and Designs
Michael Curry works widely as a visual and concept designer for numerous companies, such as Cirque du Soleil, The Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions and the International Olympic Committee. He collaborates regularly with directors including Robert Lepage, Nicholas Hytner, Julie Taymor and William Friedkin. Mr. Curry has received many prestigious awards, including several for his work on Broadway (The Lion King, Spamalot, Young Frankenstein and Dr. Seuss’s ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’). He has been involved in the Olympic ceremonies, and continues to innovate in the fields of scenic visual effects and puppetry design. His client list has included Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and countless others.
Edda Gudmundsdottir’s extensive knowledge of design has established her as an authority on style and a sought-after consultant for both fashion and theatre. Born in Iceland and driven by an unparalleled imagination, Edda enjoys the bizarre and unique, and is known for creating looks that are simultaneously gorgeous and unpredictable. Currently based in New York, she counts as clients celebrities including Bjork, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer and Neon Hitch and international brands including Diane Von Furstenberg, Philosophy, L’Oréal and Converse. She has also been costume designer for the world-renowned Cedar Lake Dance Company and many other theatrical productions.
Nick Whitehouse is a highly experienced lighting designer specializing in the execution and design of a wide range of musical and broadcast events including ground breaking world tours, arena spectacles, award show performances, live and pre recorded broadcast specials, theatrical performances and festival headline slots. Nick has built up an impressive range of credits from West-End theatre to Grammy superstars including Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Alicia keys, Britney Spears and Jay Z.
It is his remarkable performance in the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in London (West End), Broadway, Paris, and Montreal, Robert Marien gained fame and international recognition. Having participated in several productions including Napoleon (alongside Serge Lama), Gala and Broadway-Montreal (which he built the concept, the scenography and mise-en-scene), Robert Marien is among those who have highly contributed in diffusing and developing musical comedy in Quebec. He has received The Medal of the National Assembly.