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Cirque du Soleil to open first resident show in China

Hangzhou, Monday, October 29, 2018
Cirque du Soleil to open first resident show in China in collaboration with Hangzhou Xintiandi group
Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy) will open in 2019 in Hangzhou

In partnership with Hangzhou Xintiandi Group, Chinese city complex operator, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced today its first resident show in China:  Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy). Set to open mid-2019 in the heart of the Xintiandi CAZ, in Hangzhou, this new resident show will be presented in an unprecedented state-of-the art theatre offering an immersive experience that no other audience has ever experienced elsewhere in the world. 

“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”, expressed Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. 

“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”, said Chairman Liu Wendong of Hangzhou Xintiandi Group.

Built to host nearly 1,500 spectators, the show theatre is divided in two sets of intimate revolving bleachers, placing the audience at the very center of the story and allowing two viewing experiences. This unique 360-degree perspective opens a new world of creative possibilities to tell the story and provides a truly captivating experience for the spectators who follow the action from their seats. The theater also features a massive 100m-wide mainstage, divided in panels individually controlled to create any configuration imaginable, allowing the setting to shape-shift as the story unfolds. A combination of 3D props, video mapping, and trap doors from which acrobats seem to ‘disappear’ inside landscapes and return when you least expect it, will allow for artists to perform gravity-defying acrobatic acts; all of which are designed to disorient the senses.

Tickets for Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy) will officially go on pre-sale at this year’s Tmall Double Eleven Gala, during a special live performance by Cirque du Soleil. 

About Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy)
Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy) is an epic and thrilling quest to reunite two ancient kingdoms, Petra and Aria, torn apart centuries ago. Harmony disrupted by a broken seal depicting a ‘yin-yang’ crest of a Dragon and Phoenix. The captivating legend is guided by The Watcher, a wise elder whose mechanical box unleashes the story. One that begins with two innocent infants, each left on the doorstep of the opposing kingdom’s palace. They both grow to emerge as the hero and heroine who challenge dangers and fight seemingly invincible forces, in the name of good for all. 

Inspired by a rich storyline, multi-dimensional characters, and surreal universes, Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy) is an incredible immersive experience. Driven by high-energy action and acrobatics, rich symbolism, beautiful poetry and artistry, history is told through two perspectives: Petra and Aria, through the Hero and Heroine. Two sides of one story, two cultures discovering each other. No detail is spared to immerse deeper inside the story and create a surge of adventure for the whole family, each scene more powerful than the next.

Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy) is Cirque du Soleil’s 45th original production since 1984.

About Hangzhou Xintiandi Group
Hangzhou Xintiandi Group is a city complex operator and a better life provider. It is determinedto be the leader of urban operators, the pioneer of the central activity zone, the practitioners ofthe cultural tourism town, and the builder of urban cultural landmark. The total assets are 30billion yuan and the net assets are 10 billion yuan. Founded in 2008, the group has been deeply nurtured for ten years with its ingenious operations. It is based in Hangzhou and operates in key cities such as Beijing, Shenzhen, Chongqing and Xi'an. The Group takes "quality-oriented, lean operation" as the cornerstone of the brand, adhering to the overall development idea of "boosting the city by industrial advancement, promoting industries by city’ s development and attracting talents by business growth”. It concentrates on developing the industry, carefully and meticulously making products to promote city development and regional prosperity, help to realize the Chinese dream.

About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group
Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 190 million spectators with productions presented in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,400 artists, from nearly 50 countries. 

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please go to cdsentertainmentgroup.com.

Media Contacts 

Hangzhou Xintiandi
Susan Shen
Public Relations Manager
shenyc@hzxtd.net

Cirque du Soleil 
Vivian Tang
Public Relations Manager
Vivian.Tang@cirquedusoleil.com