On the Couch with Josée Campeau

Arts Review On the Couch Josée Campeau photo by Alex PestovWho is Josée Campeau?
Professional musician, creative human being and explorer of the world. Born in Canada, I have a Bachelor degree in music interpretation from the Montreal Music Conservatory, worked with Michel Strauss (CNSM Paris) as well as exploring non-classical styles with David Darling and Julie Lyon Liebermann. I have been working with Cirque du Soleil since 1996.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Write more, wear less black clothes and sing.

Who inspires you and why?
People who goes deep into their artistry or mission, that makes no compromises and stand for their beliefs and passions. From simple ideas to brilliant concepts, what matters for me is where the heart is.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Start by making a difference right now. Being aware that small gestures are as important then the big ones. Teach meditation to kids in school so that they develop an earlier sense of awareness.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Not one in particular. I have been to about 43 countries in the last 25 years for work and studies. I do appreciate when I get to be in a place for more than a month at the time, home or abroad. I have a crush on Barcelona and Kyoto. Would go back anytime.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Montreal Canada, my hometown, is at its best during the Jazz fest, beginning of summer.

What are you currently reading?
Mathieu Ricard, “the power of compassion to change yourself and the world”

What are you currently listening to?
The takeoff and landing of everything (Elbow, UK) and the Smithsonian Jazz Anthology (4 vol.)

Happiness is?

What does the future hold for you?
Changes. The show (Quidam) is coming to an end in February 2016. I am an original cast member and I have great challenges coming up. Next year is filled with workshops, meetings, elaborating projects and giving artistic direction to my life and career. Ready for new adventures…

Josée performs in Cirque Du Soleil’s Quidam, currently playing at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre until 24 January before touring New Zealand. For more information, visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com for details.

Image: Josée Campeau – photo by Alex Pestov