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KĄ BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Brings Martial Arts Display from LV to Chinatown New York
Posted on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 7:15 am
by IDMA Editor

WHO: Seven performers from the resident production of KĄ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand in Las Vegas will make their first ever visit to New York to present a performance of traditional Chinese and Brazilian martial arts in the 2011 Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade.

WHAT: The show's central characters - the Imperial Twins - will make their journey through the parade route leading up to a featured performance where they will be joined by the skillful warriors of the Imperial Army and a very acrobatic Court Jester to present a high-energy, 4-minute performance featuring a combination of martial arts including Wushu, Chinese Opera and Capoeira.

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Created and directed by Robert Lepage, currently directing Wagner's "Ring" cycle for the Metropolitan Opera, KĄ is a gravity-defying production featuring an innovative blend of high-flying feats, puppetry, projections and martial arts. KĄ unfolds on a custom-built, colossal, 360-degree rotating stage which forms the backdrop for this cinematic journey of aerial adventure and perpendicular acrobatics. For more information and video, visit


1:00pm - Lunar New Year Parade kick-off

2:30pm - Performance from KĄ by Cirque du Soleil (time is approximate)

WHERE: Performance will take place at Sarah Roosevelt Park (near Grand & Forsyth streets)

OTHER: Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in over 250 cities on five continents since 1984.

In June 2011, Cirque du Soleil will launch Zarkana, a brand new acrobatic spectacle, performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York for a limited summer engagement. For tickets and information, visit

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