Cirque du Soleil Beckons Bloggers to ‘Zarkana’
It pays to be a blogger – well, at least sometimes.
Cirque du Soleil is recruiting 50 bloggers to attend (for free) a performance of its newest show, Zarkana, at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall. The bloggers, according to a Cirque du Soleil announcement, “will be among the first to discover the fantastically twisted world of Zarkana.”
The invite to Zarkana Blogger Night (including a pre-show cocktail reception) is being extended to any “trend-setting blogger” enjoys likes theater, entertainment and New York cultural events. Cirque du Soleil wants the selected bloggers to share their “thoughts” about Zarkana with their readers.
Theatergoers and bloggers already know the thoughts of at least one influential reviewer: Charles Isherwood of The New York Times. Isherwood wrote June 29 that Zarkana plays to Cirque du Soleil’s core strengths, as “it’s basically a series of familiar, reliably exciting old-school circus acts embroidered in baroque, sometimes bewildering art direction.”
The blogger get-together is set for July 20. The deadline to register is July 13; Cirque du Soleil says it’ll notify the chosen bloggers July 15. No word on exactly how the “winners” will be picked.
Here’s how Cirque du Soleil describes the show:
Zarkana is an acrobatic rock opera that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange.
The story follows Zark, a magician who has lost 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. He runs into the Mutants, four sirens as sinister as they are fabulous, who are determined to divert him from his quest.
Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a slightly twisted musical and acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to festivity and love regained.
The show’s New York run is scheduled to end Oct. 8. Zarkana is set to open Nov. 9 in Madrid and Feb. 4 in Moscow.