Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana to Debut at Radio City Music Hall with Choreography by Debra Brown

Zarkana TV Spot [Source: Cirque du Soleil]

Zarkana, a new extravaganza from Cirque du Soleil, premieres June 9th at New York’s Radio City Music Hall with shows to follow in Madrid and Moscow. Zarkana is described as an “epic spectacle… where highly-acrobatic feats are heightened by original live music and interactive multimedia elements”:

“Directed by the internationally acclaimed François Girard (The Red Violin, Silk), this new production features 71 international artists and follows Zark, a magician on a quest to find his lost powers. He finds himself plunged into a world inhabited by surreal and mesmerizing creatures. The music of Zarkana is composed by Nick Littlemore, a protégé of Sir Elton John.”

The Artists Embodying the Characters of Zarkana [Source: Cirque du Soleil]

Choreographer Debra Brown is one of the Zarkana‘s Creators:

“Passionate about acrobatics from a very early age, Debra began studying gymnastics at nine, and went on to explore the creative possibilities of dance. After obtaining degrees in physical education from the University of Western Ontario and fine arts from York University in Toronto, she headed for Vancouver in 1978, where she created choreographies for prestigious local dance companies and the Canadian gymnastics team.”

“In 1986, at a friend’s suggestion, Debra snuck into the Cirque du Soleil Big Top during the intermission to catch the second half of a show. Captivated by what she saw, she discovered many parallels between Cirque’s artistic approach and her own. The following year, she joined the troupe as a choreographer for Le Cirque réinventé and went on to choreograph the shows Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco, Alegría, Mystère, Quidam, “O”, La Nouba, Corteo and one act in Zumanity.”

Since then, Debra Brown has done innumerable shows with Cirque du Soleil, dance companies, contortionists, opera companies as well as her own productions including Apogée, a “50-minute trampoline-based ballet.” Not only that but she’s worked with Aerosmith, Madonna and Celine Dion, among othres, and on such films as Catwoman, Van Helsing and Barney’s Great Adventure.

Impressive resume fit for the choreographer of Zarkana!

Update: The NY Times’ Jason Zinoman chronicles some of the difficulties in creating Zarkana.

Official Site: Zarkana

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