Over the course of 2012, a total of 20 Cirque du Soleil shows were performed in 216 cities:
- Six big top touring shows: Amaluna, Corteo, KOOZA, TOTEM, OVO and Varekai;
- Five touring arena shows: Alegría, Dralion, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Quidam and Saltimbanco;
- Nine resident shows: “O”, CRISS ANGEL Believe, KÀ, The Beatles LOVE, Mystère, Zarkana and Zumanity (in Las Vegas), IRIS (in Los Angeles) and La Nouba (in Orlando).
Cirque du Soleil also introduced an entirely new show: Amaluna, a tribute to femininity. Directed by Diane Paulus, this show transports the spectator to a mysterious island ruled by goddesses and governed by the cycles of the moon. Female artists make up 70% of the cast of Amaluna. This includes an all-female musical group, a first for the organization. In line with the tradition of our big top shows, the Premiere of Amaluna took place in Montreal in April. Since then, the troupe has been touring the main Canadian cities.
After resounding successes at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Madrid Arena and the State Kremlin Theatre Palace in Moscow, the acrobatic show Zarkana took up residence at the ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, on November 1, 2012. Zarkana takes over from Viva ELVIS, which took its final bow in August. In Russia, Zarkana successfully reached an audience of over 350 000 spectators. Moreover, the show holds the record for the longest visitor’s stay in the State Kremlin Theatre Palace, with 10 weeks of performance within the walls of the mythical theatre.
And although Cirque du Soleil has been travelling the world since way back when, there are still new markets on the horizon. In 2012, Bulgaria, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Poland, Qatar, Romania and Slovakia were the brand new markets visited.
Finally, in view of the global economic downturn, Cirque du Soleil and its partner, Sands China Ltd., have decided to bring ZAIA to an end. The show has been performed at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel since August 2008. Although this closure brings an end to our permanent presence in Asia, our touring shows will continue to visit the Asian continent.