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“Cirque du Soleil Has Done It Again”
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Zarkana - Cirque du Soleil
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Owner description: Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil inside ARIA Resort & Casino is a visually stunning modern acrobatic spectacular set in a world where physical ability meets with the extraordinary. Follow Zark in a quest to regain his powers – and the love of his life – in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. Surrender to a spellbinding extravaganza that defies the possible and will leave you breathless!
Reviewed April 11, 2013

The world famous Cirque Du Soliel has produced another lavish and extraordinary production with Zarkana which is currently in residence at the lavish and beautiful Aria in Las Vegas. The production has drawn rave reviews in New York and abroad before making its permanent and exclusive home in the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The show combines the music, comedy, dazzling costumes, and amazing displays that Cirque has become famous for with some amazing aerial acts and breathtaking visuals.

The story centers around a ringmaster named Zark who revives a very unusual circus which starts out in an old theater. One performer opened the show with a performance that combined juggling with precision control as she bounced the balls off various objects at dazzling speeds. The focus of the show is heavy on acrobatics and there were displays of tight rope walking and trapeze artist and more, set against gorgeous sets that ranged from a spider web to a hypnotizing stunning snake pit. The sets were so mindboggling at times that I struggled to keep from studying them for long periods to avoid missing the action on stage.

The famous clowns did a good job keeping the audience entertained between segments and one clever segment involved a character vanishing to appear moments later in a cannon and be shot out over the audience. He delighted the audience with more hijinks as he sailed from an overhead wire. A real treat that wasn’t an acrobatic act or a suspenseful feat of strength, was a delightful performance of a sand painting, where the artist created scenes on a light board using sand with quick, clever swirls of her fingertips.

The action did not stop as a group performed with rings in an incredible mix of balance and agility and a segment involving rotating wheels was still incredible despite having seen a similar act in a previous Cirque show. Zarkana takes many of the best routines from Cirque productions and combines them with new routines and visuals to create something that is feels fresh and familiar at the same time. After all there are only so many routines that can be done and with so many shows to their credit, this is a true accomplishment for Cirque. The music was a great accompaniment and in many ways was a character unto itself. I loved the dueling organs before the show started and in later piano segments of the show, as well as the splendid vocals that told the story.

I have seen 9 different Cirque du Soliel productions to date and Zarkana is proof that Cirque do Soleil shows no signs of slowing down They are truly in a class unto themselves as the only other thing you can compare a Cirque du Soleil show to in another Cirque du Soleil show. I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us next, but until then, make sure you see this amazing show in the spectacular Aria as you will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We saw Zarkana on our recent trip to Las Vegas. We loved it! I thought it was a great blend of circus acts and comedy. My husband also really enjoyed it, and he doesn't really like theatrical shows. Although there is apparently a story line, we couldn't really gather it from the show itself. Had I not heard it from the lady at the ticket counter, I wouldn't have even known about it. That being said, it didn't matter! The show was amazing, and we had a great time.

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We attended a performance at the Aria of the new Cirque, Zarkana. It is playing in the former Elvis theater which is very nice and the seats comfortable. The tickets were over $350 for 2, which is high. The show reminded me of Mystere with acrobats and other performers being the highlight and not the music. The story line was lost on us, but all of the participants very talented.
My favorite Cirque du Soleil is Ka at MGM. We have seen all of them and probably will see Micheal Jackson next time.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

this is the second cirque du soleil show that i attend, after Michael JAckson's, and i must say i was impressed, i went with people that has gone to others and they say that now the main difference lays in the use of modern technology like the big screens, and effects, anyway, this is a must see in vegas!

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We are fans of Cirque du Soleil and never miss new shows. Zarkana fills out every CduS standard, like choreography, scenery, music, etc. and it's worth to see it 100%, however, we think it didn't reach the spectacularity of "O".

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