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The first permanent Cirque du Soleil show in Asia celebrates its world premiere on August 28 at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel - Written and Directed by Gilles Maheu

Wednesday, December 03, 2008
ZAIA

Macau, China – August 28, 2008 – ZAIA, the very first permanent Cirque du Soleil production to open in Asia, celebrated its world premiere on August 28, 2008 at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel in Macau to coincide with the 1st Anniversary of its host resort-hotel.

Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian-based global entertainment company providing highquality artistic entertainment. Cirque du Soleil productions have played to almost 80 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. In 2008, Cirque du Soleil is presenting 17 shows simultaneously throughout the world. Each production fuses innovative acrobatics, theatre, dance and music with spectacular costumes, lighting and make-up. Cirque du Soleil has successfully toured to 13 cities in Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai with Big Top productions but ZAIA will be the first production to be housed within a permanent theatre in the region.

The name

ZAIA is about the dream of a young girl who journeys into space. The title, ZAIA, comes from a Greek name meaning “life” and is also reminiscent of “Gaia,” the living, selfaware, spirit of earth.

“We are extremely excited to bring this unique show to the Cotaï Strip as our first permanent step in China,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil. “The creative challenge is very interesting for us as this area has yet to be developed for its entertainment offers. Thanks to our partnership with Las Vegas Sands, we are anxious for Asian audiences to discover this Cirque du Soleil production.

“We are both proud and delighted to be partnering with Cirque du Soleil and bringing this internationally acclaimed production to Macau and to its first ever permanent base in Asia,” said Mr. Mark Brown, President of Sands Macao and The Venetian Macao- Resort-Hotel. “Cirque du Soleil will surely give the people of this region a chance to experience wholly unique and world-class entertainment, an aim to which we are also committed.”

The show

ZAIA is about a young girl who journeys into space on a strange, yet familiar voyage of self-discovery. As she travels, she encounters the beauty of humanity and eventually brings it back with her to share with the inhabitants of earth.

ZAIA presents a young girl’s perception of the stars and planets, space and infinity, all populated by a panoply of fantastic, literally out-of-this-world creatures. ZAIA is a show that highlights dance, movement and aerial acrobatics, soaring to the farthest reaches of space and human beauty.

ZAIA is presented in a custom-built 1,800 seat theatre at the Venetian Macau-Hotel- Resort. The combined cost of show creation and the custom-built theatre for ZAIA is in excess of USD150 million.

The Creative Team:
Guide Guy Laliberté
Guide Gilles Ste-Croix
Writer and Director Gilles Maheu
Director of Creation Neilson Vignola
Set Designer Guillaume Lord
Costume Designer Dominique Lemieux
Composer and Musical Director Violaine Corradi
Choreographer Martino Müller
Acrobatic Choreographer Jeff Hall
Acrobatic Performance Designer Rob Bollinger
Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer Guy Lemire
Lighting Designer Axel Morgenthaler
Projections Designers Jimmy Lakatos and Raymond Saint-Jean
Sound Designer Steve Dubuc
Make-up Designer Nathalie Gagné
Clown Acts Designer Leonid Leykin

SHOW SCHEDULE

Regular performances for ZAIA begin August 30, 2008 and run Tuesday through Sunday. There are no shows on Mondays. Please consult the most current show schedule at www.cirquedusoleil.com. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Ticket prices:
Adult ticket prices: MOP$1288, MOP$788, MOP$588, MOP$388
Children* ticket prices: MOP$394, MOP$294, MOP$194
*Children: Aged between 2 and 11

To reserve tickets:
Phone: Macau - (853) 2882 8818 / Hong Kong - (852) 6333 6660
Online: www.cirquedusoleil.com
In person: The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel Box Office, Cotai Strip Cotai Arena Box Office, and Sands Lobby Box Office

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees from over 40 different countries, including 1,000 artists.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 80 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. In 2008, Cirque du Soleil is presenting 17 shows simultaneously throughout the world. The company has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix, and Rose d’Or de Montreux. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
To find out more about the One Drop Foundation, visit http://www.onedrop.org.

About Las Vegas Sands

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is one of the leading international developers of multiuse integrated resorts. The Las Vegas, Nevada-based company owns and operates The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas and The Venetian Macao Resort-Hotel and the Sands Macao in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Special Administrative Region of Macao. The company is currently constructing two additional integrated resorts: Sands Bethworks™ in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and The Marina Bay Sands™ in Singapore.

LVS is also creating the Cotai Strip™, a master-planned development of resort-casino properties in Macao. Additionally, the company is working with the Zhuhai Municipal People’s Government of the PRC to master-plan the development of a leisure resort and convention complex on Hengqin Island in the PRC.

 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Catherine Yuen
Public Relations Specialist
Mobile: (853) 6697 0212
Email: catherine.yuen@cirquedusoleil.com