October 1, 2008

ZED, the First Cirque Du Soleil Resident Show in Japan Celebrates Its World Premiere on October 1 at Tokyo Disney Resort

TOKYO, Oct. 1 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- ZED, the first permanent Cirque du Soleil production in Japan, celebrates its World Premiere on October 1 at Tokyo Disney Resort(R). The show is performed in the Cirque du Soleil Theatre Tokyo, a custom built theatre facility with seating for 2,170 guests.

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ZED was written and directed by acclaimed film and theatre director Francois Girard, who most recently directed the feature film Silk, and received international praise for The Red Violin.

The show

ZED is a living poem, a timeless evocation that draws on the Tarot and its arcana, an imaginary world that conjures the vitality of the human condition and holds up a mirror to our true selves.

The central larger-than-life character Zed represents humanity in all its guises, from wisdom to folly, from discovery to adventure. Zed grows as he discovers the world on his journey of initiation. Through this undertaking the people of the sky and the people of the earth are trying to connect with each other; through Zed, they come together.

With a cast of 70 world-class artists from 24 countries, ZED features stunning acts with a wide spectrum of daring aerial acrobatics, human strength and agility and innovative technology and staging. ZED performs Thursdays through Mondays. No shows on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

   The Creative Team   Guy Laliberte       Guide   Gilles Ste-Croix    Guide   Francois Girard     Writer and Director   Line Tremblay       Director of Creation   Francois Seguin     Set Designer   Renee April         Costume Designer   Rene Dupere         Composer and Arranger   David Finn          Lighting Designer   Debra Brown         Choreographer   Jean-Jacques Pillet Choreographer   Francois Bergeron   Sound Designer   Scott Osgood        Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer   Florence Pot        Acrobatic Performance Designer   Eleni Uranis        Make-up Designer   

Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian-based global entertainment company providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Since 1984, Cirque du Soleil productions have played to almost 80 million spectators around the world. In Japan, Cirque du Soleil has wowed audiences with its unique touring shows since 1992. In 2008, Cirque du Soleil will present 17 shows simultaneously throughout the world. The International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

For more information, including the ZED acts, theatre and downloadable photos, visit the Cirque du Soleil on-line Press Room at http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/ .

   Official website: http://www.zed.co.jp/ .    Press contact:     Gemma Segarra    Tel:   +81-0-80-1387-9982    [email protected]  

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CONTACT: Gemma Segarra, +81-0-80-1387-9982,[email protected]

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