Thursday, September 8, 2011
Seven New Cities Added to Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil
Written & directed by Jamie King
Seven New Cities Added to Tour Schedule
As Anticipation Grows for the World Premiere
September, 2011 – With anticipation growing for the launch of Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, Cirque du Soleil announced today the addition of seven new cities to the 2012 tour schedule in advance of the World Premiere on October 2, 2011 in Montreal. The show is now scheduled to perform in 56 cities across North America, with more cities expected.
The added cities for 2012 performances are: Jacksonville, FL (March 7-8); Raleigh, NC (March 10-11); Charlotte, NC (March 13-14); Columbia, SC (April 27-28); Baltimore, MD (May 5-6); Nashville, TN (June 12-13); and Chicago, IL (July 20-21). For details and the full tour schedule, please go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson.
About the show
A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.
The Immortal World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree—the wellspring of his creativity. The secrets of Michael’s inner world are unlocked—his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.
The underpinnings of The Immortal World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity.
In selecting Jamie King as Writer and Director for The Immortal World Tour, which will feature 60 international performers, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil chose a director Variety called one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, and the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours". A multiple Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee, and greatly influenced by his early years working for both Prince and Michael Jackson, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. For the past 12 years, he has served as Madonna's creative director, having most recently directed her 2008 Sticky & Sweet world tour, as well as her 2006 record-breaking Confessions world tour and hit music video, “Sorry”. He most recently directed Rihanna's Last Girl On Earth world tour, Celine Dion’s Taking Chances world tour, The Return of the Spice Girls reunion tour, Britney Spears' Circus tour and Avril Lavigne’s Best Damn tour. He previously directed and choreographed world tours for Madonna (Re-Invention and Drowned World); Asian superstar Rain (Rain’s Coming); Ricky Martin (Black & White and La Vida Loca); Pink (Try This); Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics and Stripped); and his first collaboration with Britney Spears (Oops I Did It Again). He has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. This is Jamie’s first show with Cirque du Soleil.
The Creative team
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour will call on the diverse talents of the following creative minds: Guy Laliberté, Creative Guide; Jamie King, Writer and Director; Chantal Tremblay, Director of Creation; Mark Fisher, Set Designer; Zaldy Goco, Costume Designer; Kevin Antunes, Musical Designer; Greg Phillinganes, Musical Director; Martin Labrecque, Lighting Designer; Olivier Goulet, Projection and Video Content Designer; François Desjardins, Sound Designer; Scott Osgood, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Germain Guillemot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Michael Curry, Props Designer.
The team of high-profile choreographers is comprised of: Travis Payne, Rich and Tone Talauega, Debra Brown, Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo, Jamal Sims, Cloud and Tamara Levinson, and Mandy Moore
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