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Cirque du Soleil to Stage "Varekai" First Russian Show in Moscow

26. August 2009 by Admin 0 Comments

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The world famous Cirque du Soleil will open its first Russian production at Moscow's Luzhniki sports complex on October 23, the general director of the company's Russian subsidiary said on Friday.


"The Russian audience will see the Varekai show, created in Montreal in 2002 by the theater producer Dominic Champagne," Natalya Romanova of Cirque du Soleil Rus said, adding that the performance has already been staged in 45 cities across the world. "This parable touches each of us. If a person comes to a new country or a new group, he has to get used to the people, find a common language with them, and show what he is capable of."


The staging of Varekai in Russia will cost more than $10 million and involve 71 trailers transporting more than 1,000 tons of equipment. The show requires more than 600 costumes, including footwear, wigs and hats. There are 127 employees, including 56 performers, representing 21 countries in the troupe, and Romanova said 25-30% of the artists taking part in the Varekai show were born in Russia or other former Soviet republics.


"This show is full of very complicated acrobatic and gymnastic turns, and the Russian circus school remains one of the best," Romanova said. She pointed out that the Cirque du Soleil's first tour in Russia coincided with its 25th anniversary, and said founder Guy Laliberte would attend the premiere.


Romanova said on Friday that Cirque du Soleil was looking at creating a permanent stage for its performances in Moscow as part of developing its business in Russia.


"An original show conceived precisely for the Russian stage was developed and presented to Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov in December 2008," Romanova said. For now, the details of the special show are being kept under wraps.


Source: RIA Novosti