‘Zarkana’s’ cross-country trek one of Cirque’s biggest challenges yet
Wed, Sep 5, 2012
Moving Cirque du Soleil’s new show “Zarkana” to Aria at MGM’s CityCenter from New York’s Radio City Music Hall in time for the Nov. 1 preview is one of the largest logistical challenges the entertainment company has ever faced.
It took 88 trucks and giant containers to move the acrobatic rock experience into its sell-out Manhattan venue, and when the Cirque spectacular played Madrid and Moscow, that took four 747s and 18 air freighters.
The first truck for Las Vegas was packed up over Labor Day Weekend with the performers’ cases. David Dovell, operations production manager for “Zarkana,” told me on a backstage tour in New York last week: “It will take until Sept. 15 to pack up the rest of the show. “Viva Elvis” will be all moved out of Aria in time for our trucks to start arriving and setting up as of Sept. 24.”
The final performance of “Elvis” was last Friday, and “Zarkana” ended its N.Y. limited engagement Saturday. Cirque describes Zarkana as “a visual vortex set in a twisted musical and acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration. It blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange.”
Here’s a YouTube video of when the “Zarkana” cast appeared on “America’s Got Talent” this past Independence Day.