Wednesday, 3 November 2010

The legend lives on: Michael Jackson gets his own Cirque Du Soleil show 'The Immortal World Tour'


Immortalised: A Michael Jackson inspired Cirque Du Soleil show has just been announced and will open in Canada next autumn

It may be a year since Michael Jackson's tragic death, but it seems his legend is being kept very much alive.

It was announced today that the star, who died on June 25 last year, will be getting his own Cirque Du Solieil show.

Following in the footsteps of The Beatles, whose Cirque show Love has been a big success in Las Vegas, Jackson's The Immortal World Tour will open in Canada next October.

Tribute: The show will feature the songs and choreography of Michael Jackson, who died on June 25 last year

The show will combine Jackson's music and choreography with the signature acrobatics of the popular circus troupe.

Touring 27 U.S. and Canadian cities, the production will be directed by Jamie King, a choreographer and stage director who has been involved in recent Britney Spears and Madonna tours.

He was also a backing dancer on Jackson's Dangerous tour.

King revealed that the show will explore: 'Everything Michael. Michael’s love of fairy tale, his love of magic and theatricality, his love of music, his love of animals, his love of showmanship.'

And Jackson's former Neverland home will provide the 'environment' for the show, according to King.

'[Neverland] is the place where he wrote many albums, many songs; he wrote poetry there,' he said. 'This was his peace, his serenity. The show is that world blown up bigger than life.

'From the moonwalk to the iconic choreography we've seen in Thriller and Beat It and Bad - all his mini-movies and music videos - mix that with the world of Cirque,' he said.

'You shake it and can literally turn it on its head. Imagine taking the moonwalk to new levels, to new heights. Being able to do the moonwalk literally as if you're on the moon, all the way around the arena.'

Send in the clowns: Jackson's music will be getting the Cirque Du Soleil treatment in a brand new show

But the Immortal World Tour will be a little different to other Cirque Du Soleil productions based on pop music acts such as Love and Viva Elvis.

'The idea was to bring Michael to the fans and create the feeling of his concerts in an arena setting,' said John Branca, co-executor of the Jackson estate.

Cirque has not done a show with Elvis or the Beatles or any other historic rock 'n' roll icon that has gone into arenas and toured North America or the world, so it was exciting to be able to do something that had not been done before,' he added.

'Ultimately, there will be a separate show residing permanently in Las Vegas. That show is a couple of years off.'

source :dailymail

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