Debra Brown
Choreographer, Creative Director
“It is one of life’s precious gifts to be blessed with people we can both dream with and then realize those dreams. One of my life’s precious gifts has been Debbie”
-Franco Dragone

Debra Brown received an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for her efforts as the creative force behind the Cirque du Soleil’s tribute to special effects at the 74th Annual Academy Awards®.

Winner of the Bob Fosse Innovative Choreography Award for her ongoing work/creations with Cirque Du Soleil, winner of the prestigious Golden Clown Award at the World Circus Festival in Monte Carlo for her work in QUIDAM. Winner of the American Choreography Honoree for Innovation. She has choreographed:AEROSMITH’s JADED music video and their performances at the American Music Awards, MADONNA’s “Drowned” tour (she was nominated for an Emmy for) , CELINE DION, BJORK World Tour. Feature films CATWOMAN (Halle Berry), VAN HELSING (Hugh Jackman), JOURNEY OF MAN (CIRQUE DU SOLEIL) and choreographed SHAKIRA and WYCLEF in their performance of the global smash hit “Hips don’t lie”.

Ms. Brown choreographed DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT at the Metropolitan Opera with Luciano Pavarotti. Brown has served as choreographer for two world premiere operas: THE GOLDEN ASS for Canadian Opera Company and THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES at the Metropolitan Opera, and again at the Chicago Lyric Opera. Also for Chicago Lyric, she has choreographed Wagner’s DIE VALKYRIE and DAS RHEINGOLD. Her bungie Rhinemaiden scene in Das Rheingold has inspired a whole new choreographic lexicon in international opera.

Other operas include RIADNE AUF NAXOS at the St. Louis Opera; L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT for Théâtre de L’Unité and Ars Nova in Paris, and Murray Shafer’s EPITAPH FOR MOONLIGHT with the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

For the Opening of GM Place in Vancouver she choreographed and directed a stunning 26-person aerial ballet to the finale of Turandot. International Special Events Magazine awarded this show both “Most Outstanding Spectacle” and “Best Theatrical Production”. And at Opryland Ms. Brown created an aerial extravaganza that rose on the wings of a gospel choir and danced in the midst of a dazzling pyrotechnics display.

Other highlights include the OPENING CEREMONIES for the first ever WORLD FREESTYLE SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS in Tignes, France; the GEMINI AWARDS in Toronto; The COLOUR OF MY LOVE television special and tour with CELINE DION and SATIE AND SUZANNE, an award-winning multi-disciplinary film for Rhombus Media in Toronto. This film was nominated for a 1997 GRAMMY AWARD in the category of Best Music Video, Long Form. Other films include BARNEY’S GREAT ADVENTURE and Cirque du Soleil’s JOURNEY OF MAN.

Over the years Ms. Brown has continued to define and expand the boundaries of her art, creating and producing APOGÉE, a fifty-minute trampoline-based ballet which premiered in Toronto.An excerpt of APOGÉE was presented in both Los Angeles and San Francisco at “Passport ’96”, an AIDS Benefit hosted by Elizabeth Taylor and Magic Johnson. The Apogée Troupe performed at the NFL Super bowl Party with George Clinton and The P-Funk Band in New Orleans, and has appeared at many prestigious galas throughout North America and Europe.

For the past 4 years she has worked in Mexico successfully upgrading a show called Rhythm of the Night. The theater grew from 300 to 800 sold out seats a night. Recently Ms.Brown returned from Moscow Musical Circus as the conceptual choreographer for Revers, a late night theatrical intimate acrobatic performance.