ZED, the first Cirque du Soleil Resident Show in Japan Celebrates its World Premiere on October 1 at Tokyo Disney Resort

    TOKYO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ -- ZED, the first permanent Cirque du Soleil
production in Japan, celebrates its World Premiere on October 1 at Tokyo
Disney Resort(R). The show is performed in the Cirque du Soleil Theatre Tokyo,
a custom built theatre facility with seating for 2,170 guests.
    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080930/HKW002-a
    (Video: http://www.xprn.com/xprn/sa/2008/09/20080929053921.flv )
    ZED was written and directed by acclaimed film and theatre director
Francois Girard, who most recently directed the feature film Silk, and
received international praise for The Red Violin.
    The show
    ZED is a living poem, a timeless evocation that draws on the Tarot and
its arcana, an imaginary world that conjures the vitality of the human
condition and holds up a mirror to our true selves.
    The central larger-than-life character Zed represents humanity in all its
guises, from wisdom to folly, from discovery to adventure. Zed grows as he
discovers the world on his journey of initiation. Through this undertaking the
people of the sky and the people of the earth are trying to connect with each
other; through Zed, they come together.
    With a cast of 70 world-class artists from 24 countries, ZED features
stunning acts with a wide spectrum of daring aerial acrobatics, human strength
and agility and innovative technology and staging. ZED performs Thursdays
through Mondays. No shows on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    The Creative Team
    Guy Laliberte       Guide
    Gilles Ste-Croix    Guide
    Francois Girard     Writer and Director
    Line Tremblay       Director of Creation
    Francois Seguin     Set Designer
    Renee April         Costume Designer
    Rene Dupere         Composer and Arranger
    David Finn          Lighting Designer
    Debra Brown         Choreographer
    Jean-Jacques Pillet Choreographer
    Francois Bergeron   Sound Designer
    Scott Osgood        Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer
    Florence Pot        Acrobatic Performance Designer
    Eleni Uranis        Make-up Designer
    Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian-based global entertainment company
providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Since 1984, Cirque du Soleil
productions have played to almost 80 million spectators around the world. In
Japan, Cirque du Soleil has wowed audiences with its unique touring shows
since 1992. In 2008, Cirque du Soleil will present 17 shows simultaneously
throughout the world. The International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.
    For more information, including the ZED acts, theatre and downloadable
photos, visit the Cirque du Soleil on-line Press Room at
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com .
    Official website: http://www.zed.co.jp .

    Press contact:

     Gemma Segarra
     Tel:   +81-0-80-1387-9982


For further information:

For further information: Gemma Segarra, +81-0-80-1387-9982,
gemma.segarra@cirquedusoleil.com Web Site:
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com                 http://www.zed.co.jp

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