Cirque du Soleil’s Zaia – A kaleidoscope of Colors and Dazzelment
October 12, 2008, 3:21 pm
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I was in Hong Kong recently–and what trip to HK would be complete without a sojourn to neon-light city Macau these days–and by pure serendipity caught one of the earliest shows of Cirque du Soleil‘s newest resident production, Zaia.

Staged in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art theater, which according to market materials is “one of the most impressive theater ever created by Cirque du Soleil,” Zaia depicts “the dream of a young girl who journeys into space on a strange, yet familiar voyage of self-discovery.”

This was my first exposure to Cirque du Soleil, although I had previous read rave reviews of its touring shows when they came to Singapore (most recenly Quidam in 2005).  Credited with, among other accolades, reinventing the circus, the Quebec-based company has come a long way since its early days which were fraught with financial difficulties.

Zaia stems from a Greek name denoting life, and indeed the show is as much a magical, reflective, metaphorical perspective on the wonders of life and the beauty of humanity as it is a showcase of the best of human calisthenics, high acrobatics, exploding pyrothenics, and a rich, dazzling tapestry of song and dance.

Zaia is now showing at the equally wondrous The Venetian Macau, Cotai Strip.  This is my first introduction to Cirque du Solei, but it won’t be the last!


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Which rows are you on?
Which rows are the best for taking the visual impact in the show?

Comment by Dan

Hi Dan, I was in Section 203, Row HH, Seat 51. It gives you a great vantage view of the show, as you can see my my pictures. Cheers.

Comment by sojourneys

I have attended many of the Cirque shows that have come to my area. New York City at first and now Philadelphia. I have always enjoyed them and wish I could see more. At this point in my life I cannot travel long distances but would still love to see the Cirque shows that are playing in Asia. Is there any chance that these shows will ever be on tour in the USA? I still have yet to see the shows in Vegas and hope to win the contest to visit there. I know its a long shot as my wife has said but………
someone has to win and why not me.

Comment by Fred Hill

Hi Fred, think Zaia was specially choreographed for Macau, but whose to say the show won’t travel if there is demand. 🙂

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