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ZAIA


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An inner journey through time and space...


As long as I can remember, I've dreamt of being an astronaut and seeing our beautiful, fragile world from high above, sparkling like a jewel in space. What wonderful sights and curious creatures I would find on my journey, and what moments of awe and exhilaration! My parents would be there too, of course. And maybe there would even be someone special waiting there for me, someone to love... If I had the chance to make my dream come true, would you come along? It's not so hard, if you use your imagination.

In 2004, as Cirque du Soleil celebrated its 20th anniversary, they also looked to capitalize on their recent achievements and expand beyond their current strong holds of North America and Europe. Although numerous rumors had cropped up at regular intervals detailing how Cirque would expand to house resident shows in Berlin, London, New York, Singapore, Tokyo and other worldly cities, many never came to fruition. But with Cirque du Soleil finding successes in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan it was only a matter of time before Cirque landed on the shores of mainland Asia. On May 2, 2006, the Las Vegas Sands Corp and Cirque du Soleil announced their intention to create a one-of-a-kind show on the Cotai Strip, then under development in the People's Republic of China Special Administrative Region of Macau. The show would later open in the Spring of 2008 in a 1,800 seat-theater built to Cirque specifications unlike anything we'd yet seen.

The title, ZAIA, comes from a Greek name meaning "life" and is also reminiscent of "Gaia," the living, self-aware, spirit of earth. The show presents the dream of a young girl who journeys into space on a strange, yet familar voyage of self discovery. As she travels, she encounters the beauty of humanity and eventually brings it back with her to share with the inhabitants of earth. ZAIA presents a young girl's perception of the stars and planets, space and infinity, all populated by a panoply of fantastic, literally out-of-this-world creatures. ZAIA is a show that highlights dance, movement and aerial acrobatics, soaring to the farthest reaches of space and human beauty.

 
Premiere: July 26, 2008 (Previews)
August 28, 2008 (Gala)
Type: Resident / Theater
Location: VENETIAN, Macao
Finale: February 19, 2012
 

Creative Team


Guide
Guy Laliberté
Guide
Gilles Ste-Croix
Writer & Director
Gilles Maheu
Director of Creation
Neilson Vignola
Set Designer
Guillaume Lord
Costume Director
Dominique Lemieux
Composer
Volaine Corradi
Choreographer
Martino Müller
Choreographer
Jeff Hall
  Acro Performance
Rob Bollinger
Rigging
Guy Lemire
Lighting
Axel Morgenthaler
Projections
Jimmy Lakatos
Projections
Raymond Saint-Jean
Sound Designer
Steve Dubuc
Makeup Designer
Nathalie Gagné
Clown Acts
Leonid Leykin
 

Audio/Visual
 

Interviews


VIOLAINE CORRADI
Composer

"Working for Joy"
Keith Johnson, 2009

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