December 11, 2008

Macau: Backstage at the Cirque show

Part of the package for us in the Honor's Club was a backstage tour of the new Cirque du Soleil show - ZAIA.

"ZAIA is the dream of 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. The title, ZAIA, comes from a Greek name meaning “life” and is also reminiscent of “Gaia,” the living, self-aware, spirit of earth.

ZAIA is a show that highlights dance, movement and aerial acrobatics, soaring to the farthest reaches of space and human beauty."

Here are some of the pics from the backstage tour =)

Theater lobby (Hi Nara!).

Polar Bear prototype at the theater workshop.
In the show theres a polar bear that walks and flies. Whoosh!

All shoes are specially made for dancing/gymnastincs.
They all custom designed as part of the costume of course.

Wardrobe Department. Project Runway-ish.
Was waiting for Tim Gunn to appear and say "Designers make it work"

Make-up room.
All performers have to learn how to apply their own make-up.

Make-up guide for The Waver.
This character's make-up takes 2 to 4 hours!

It's all worth it though. He was brilliant in the show.

Training/Warm-up area.
Performers need to warm-up at least 2 hours before the show.

There are 75 performers in the cast representing about13 countries.
Nope. No pinoy here.

Performers preparing to rehearse the last act.

The control room. High tech-ness.

Oh yeah souvenirs baby! (Notice the VIP pass =p)

Overall it was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience. I have yet to watch a Broadway show but I'm thinking it'd be like this only with acrobatics and a HUGE (like a Sphere maybe about 10 feet across) set flying over your head. It really takes you out of this world and even if you don't understand a word the characters are saying/singing you still get the emotion (The songs/conversations are all giberish ala Sims but the music cuts across cultures so it still is universally conveying the emotions of the story). You definitely have to catch it whenever you're in Macau. It also helps that each Cirque show does not travel/tour so Macau really is the only place you can see ZAIA. As the Cirque marketing guy put it, "the show will elevate Macau to be an entertainment center and add another dimension to the city aside from being a gambling capital". Watch the ZAIA promo video here.

*Side kwento: Last night after the Cique show, there were two ladies were sitting by the evelator offering me you know what. Geesh this place is crawling with em at night.

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