Cirque du Soleil announces first resident show in China

Cirque du Soleil has announced its first resident show in China in partnership with Hangzhou Xintiandi Group called Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy).

The show will open in mid-2019 in Xintiandi CAZ, in Hangzhou.

The new show will be presented in a state-of-the art theatre offering an immersive experience unlike anything on offer elsewhere in the world.

The theatre will host nearly 1,500 spectators and is made up of two sets of revolving bleachers. The audience will therefore be at the very center of the story and offer two, 360 viewing experiences.

The theatre also features a 100m-wide mainstage, divided in panels that can be individually controlled to create a variety of configurations.

The show will also feature 3D props, video mapping, and trap doors to create a number of illusions and gravity-defying acrobatic acts to disorient the senses.

Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said: “With today’s announcement, we are now solidly and permanently establishing ourselves in China, with a resident show that was specially created for Chinese audiences. Our partnership with XTD enabled us to create a unique-in-the-world entertainment experience and we want to thank them for their precious collaboration.”

Chairman Liu Wendong of Hangzhou Xintiandi Group said: “XTD is honored to bring this technological adventure to Hangzhou and host, for the very first time, a Cirque du Soleil resident show in China. As the developer of Xintiandi Central Activity Zone, where the theater is located, we are confident this unique entertainment offering will solidify Hangzhou’s position as one of the most important tourist destinations in China. The show reinforces the city’s very rich cultural offering and emphasizes its status as an international destination for tourism.”

Last month, Cirque du Soleil announced a partnership with Argentinean football player Leo Messi to create a show inspired by the football legend.