Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil® PREMIERES IN LAS VEGAS TONIGHT at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter

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 Francois Girard (Writer & Director), Nick Littlemore (Composer & Musical Director) and Cirque du Soleil’s President and CEO Daniel Lamarre. VIDEO

Set in a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary, Zarkana, which TIME magazine proclaimed “the show of the summer” in New York City and The New York Times called “aah-inspiring,” 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 Francois 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 Francois Girard, the creative team consists of the following distinctive talents:

Guy Laliberte              Creative Guide
Gilles Ste-Croix           Creative Guide
Francois Girard            Writer and Director
Line Tremblay              Director of Creation
Stephane 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
Eleni Uranis               Makeup Designer

—  Zarkana performs Friday through Tuesday at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.
—  There are no performances on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

—  Call 877.253.5847 or 702.531.2031
—  Go to or
—  Visit the Zarkana ticket office at ARIA or any of the MGM Resorts
International box offices.

SOURCE  Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil at ARIA Resort & Casino

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