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WWD Special Report issue 02/19/2013


An abandoned theater filled with peculiar characters is the backdrop to a story of Zark, the ringmaster of a circus coming back to life. Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil, written and directed by François Girard, is the latest acrobatic spectacle from the world-renowned company based in Quebec.

The name Zarkana is a combination of the words bizarre and arcane, an accurate description of its fictional world. Ann-Marie Corbeil, artistic director, said Zarkana is unique in comparison to other Cirque du Soleil shows because it brings the company back to its roots.

“It’s a big show, but at the same time, even if it’s eccentric and grandiose, it’s still very accessible, very human and humorous,” said Corbeil.

Following engagements at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Arena Madrid and Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace Theatre in the past year, Corbeil said coming back to Las Vegas has eased the challenges of being on tour.

The Las Vegas show at Aria Resort & Casino is in a theater of fewer than 2,000 seats, making it easier to engage with the audience compared to the 6,000-seat theaters at Radio City or the Kremlin State Palace, said Corbeil. “It gives us a chance to be more intimate and really feel the audience, and vice-versa.”

Aria Resort & Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd.
Tel.: 877-253-5847 or 702-531-2031
Show Dates: Friday to Tuesday, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $69 to $180 (plus taxes and fees)

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