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

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier this evening Cirque du Soleil proudly celebrated the Las Vegas premiere of its newest resident show Zarkana at ARIA Resort & Casino™ at CityCenter. Zarkana, a visually stunning modern acrobatic spectacular, begins its residency at ARIA following hugely successful engagements at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Arena Madrid and Moscow's Kremlin State Palace Theatre.

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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.  

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


Jean-Jacques Pillet


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 Designer

Eleni Uranis

Makeup Designer


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



  • $69, $99, $130, $140, $150, $180 (plus tax and fees).
  • Tickets are available 120 days in advance of the performance date.

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