Yesterday evening, November 9th, Cirque du Soleil celebrated the Las Vegas premiere of its newest resident show Zarkana at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter. Zarkana, a visually stunning modern acrobatic spectacular, begins its residency at ARIA following hugely successful engagements at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Arena Madrid and Moscow's Kremlin State Palace Theatre.
Celebrities joining the night's red carpet event and after-party at HAZE Nightclub included Emmy award-winning actor AaRon Paul (Breaking Bad), director Francis Ford Coppola, actor Matt Lanter (90210), actress Dot Jones (Glee), actor Harry Shum Jr (Glee), actor Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class), Dj ASHBA (Recording Artist), Mark Foster (Recording Artist), magician/illusionist Criss Angel, actor Omar Benson Miller (CSI:Miami), comedian Carrot Top, entertainers Siegfried & Roy the Zarkana creative team including François Girard (Writer & Director) and Cirque du Soleil's President and CEO Daniel Lamarre.
Below, watch video interviews with the starry audience at the premiere, plus check out highlights from the show!
Set in a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary, Zarkana was seen by more than 1.5 million people during its triumphant 2011-2012 international run.
The show follows Zark, the ringmaster of an extraordinary circus coming back to life, as he guides us in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration.
Zarkana is written and directed by François Girard, one of Quebec's most highly regarded creators who is equally at ease in cinema (Silk, The Red Violin), opera, visual arts and theatre and has earned an enviable international reputation over the years. A keen music lover, he is particularly known for the hybrid worlds he creates in which music plays a predominant role. His works are recognized for their great musicality, both in terms of sound and image.
The Creative Team
Along with François Girard, the creative team consists of the following distinctive talents:
Guy Laliberté Creative Guide
Gilles Ste-Croix Creative Guide
François Girard Writer and Director
Line Tremblay Director of Creation
Stéphane Roy Set and Props Designer
Alan Hranitelj Costume Designer
Nick Littlemore Composer and Musical Director
Debra Brown Choreographer
Jean-Jacques Pillet Choreographer
Alain Lortie Lighting Designer
Raymond St-Jean Image Content Designer
Steven Dubuc Sound Designer
Florence Pot Acrobatic Performance Designer
Danny Zen Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer
Eleni Uranis Makeup Designer
Zarkana performs Friday through Tuesday at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. There are no performances on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
To reserve tickets, call 877.253.5847 or 702.531.2031. Or go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/zarkana or www.arialasvegas.com/zarkana. Visit the Zarkana ticket office at ARIA or any of the MGM Resorts International box offices. TICKET PRICES: $69, $99, $130, $140, $150, $180 (plus tax and fees). Tickets are available 120 days in advance of the performance date.
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