Described as a living poem, ZED is a timeless evocation that draws
on the mysteries of the Tarot and all its arcana. It's an imaginary world that
conjurs the vitality of the human condition and holds a mirror to our true
selves. The show, which premiered on October 1, 2008, marked Cirque du Soleil's
twenty-second production overall, the first permanent theater and show in Japan,
and its first permanent venture outside of North America.
As a living poem, ZED is the meeting of two worlds: the heavens - where
iridescent colors, paler shades and pearl and silver predominate – and the
earth, which emphasizes ochre, green, turquoise, gold and Venetian blue explode
before us. At the center of it all is a wide-eyed, white-clothed harlequin
named Zed (played with energy and innocence by Reda Guernick), who represents
all of humanity in all its guises: from wisdom to folly and from discovery to
This world of the arcana, in which ZED finds its inspiration, teems with
life and vibrant characters, including the Great Goddess, The Magician, The
Sphinxes and the Satyrs – all engaged in a lyrical odyssey to the heart of
the human experience. And through eleven different performances, featuring
an eclectic cast of mixed progeny one expects from Cirque du Soleil, these
characters weave an incredible story of the human condition – from birth, to
discovery, to the realization of purpose - sharing and growing.
Zed grows as he discovers the world on his journey of initiation, bridging
the gap between the People of the Sky and the People of the Earth. But he
doesn't merely walk us through the individual numbers; he helps thread the
tapestry that binds them to each other, and us all, completing stunning images
framed in breathtaking tableau from which an entire world is sewn.
|Premiere: ||August 15, 2008 (Previews)
October 1, 2008 (Gala)
|Type: ||Resident / Theater
|Location: ||Tokyo Disneyland, Japan
|Finale: ||December 31, 2011
Writer & Director
Director of Creation
Ferguson & Allaire
ZED Album Producers
"Making Unexpected Magic"
Keith Johnson, 2009
President & COO
"Joining the Circus"
Keith Johnson, 2010
SVP, Resident Shows
"Keeping the Value"
Keith Johnson, 2010