Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zarkana’ opens in Vegas

Wander into the mysterious world of Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana" now open at Aria.

The Las Vegas Strip is home to another Cirque du Soleil production, “Zarkana.” The show opened for preview performances on Nov. 1 in the former “Viva Elvis” theater at Aria at CityCenter, giving Cirque a total of seven productions in Vegas.

Before performing in Vegas, “Zarkana” was a touring production. The show debuted at Radio City Music Hall in New York in June 2011. From there it traveled to Madrid, Moscow and back to New York in the summer of 2012.

The show is based on the character Zark, a magician who has lost his powers and his love. He goes on a quest to find them and ventures into an abandoned theater filled with an eclectic collection of imaginative characters brought to life by the show’s cast of about 75 international artists. Their incredible gymnastic and acrobatic feats, styled with Cirque’s creative flair, transport audiences to a fantastical world.

Along with its emphasis on high-flying acrobatics (the show has one of the biggest trapeze rigs in the world), “Zarkana” also includes many technological special effects. Multiple layers of projected images and LED screens help create the appearance of a deteriorated theater that slowly comes to life as the show progresses.

If people have seen the show before Vegas, they’ll notice a more intimate experience at Aria. The 1,800-seat theater is the smallest venue “Zarkana” has performed in, allowing guests to feel even more immersed in that show that at some of its previous venues.

“Zarkana” is currently doing preview performances through Nov. 11 and will start its normal performance schedule on Nov. 12. The regular show schedule is 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday – Tuesday. Cirque fans and showgoers of all ages won’t want to miss “Zarkana” in Vegas.