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Zaia opens at Venetian Macao-Resort

29 August 2008

MACAO -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- ZAIA, the very first permanent Cirque du Soleil production to open in Asia, celebrated its world premiere on August 28, 2008 at the Venetian Macao- Resort-Hotel in Macau to coincide with the 1st Anniversary of its host resort-hotel.

Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian-based global entertainment company providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Cirque du Soleil productions have played to almost 80 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. In 2008, Cirque du Soleil is presenting 17 shows simultaneously throughout the world. Each production fuses innovative acrobatics, theatre, dance and music with spectacular costumes, lighting and make-up. Cirque du Soleil has successfully toured to 13 cities in Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai with Big Top productions but ZAIA will be the first production to be housed within a permanent theatre in the region.

The name

ZAIA is about the dream of a young girl who journeys into space. The title, ZAIA, comes from a Greek name meaning "life" and is also reminiscent of "Gaia," the living, self-aware, spirit of earth.

"We are extremely excited to bring this unique show to the Cotai Strip as our first permanent step in China," said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil. "The creative challenge is very interesting for us as this area has yet to be developed for its entertainment offers. Thanks to our partnership with Las Vegas Sands, we are anxious for Asian audiences to discover this Cirque du Soleil production.

"We are both proud and delighted to be partnering with Cirque du Soleil and bringing this internationally acclaimed production to Macau and to its first ever permanent base in Asia," said Mr. Mark Brown, President of Sands Macao and The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. "Cirque du Soleil will surely give the people of this region a chance to experience wholly unique and world-class entertainment, an aim to which we are also committed."

The show

ZAIA is about a young girl who journeys into space on a strange, yet familiar voyage of self-discovery. As she travels, she encounters the beauty of humanity and eventually brings it back with her to share with the inhabitants of earth.

ZAIA presents a young girl's perception of the stars and planets, space and infinity, all populated by a panoply of fantastic, literally out-of-this-world creatures. ZAIA is a show that highlights dance, movement and aerial acrobatics, soaring to the farthest reaches of space and human beauty.

ZAIA will be presented in a custom-built 1,800 seat theatre at the Venetian Macau-Hotel-Resort. The combined cost of show creation and the custom-built theatre for ZAIA is in excess of $USD150 million.

The Creative Team:

    
    Guide                                       Guy Laliberte
    Senior Vice President, Creative Content     Gilles Ste-Croix
    Writer and Director                         Gilles Maheu
    Director of Creation                        Neilson Vignola
    Set Designer                                Guillaume Lord
    Costume Designer                            Dominique Lemieux
    Composer and Musical Director               Violaine Corradi
    Choreographer                               Martino Muller
    Acrobatic Choreographer                     Jeff Hall
    Acrobatic Performance Designer              Rob Bollinger
    Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer    Guy Lemire
    Lighting Designer                           Axel Morgenthaler
    Projections Designers                       Jimmy Lakatos and 
                                                Raymond Saint-Jean
    Sound Designer                              Steve Dubuc
    Make-up Designer                            Nathalie Gagne
    Clown Acts Designer                         Leonid Leykin

SHOW SCHEDULE

Regular performances for ZAIA will begin August 30, 2008 and will run Tuesday through Sunday. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays the show time will be at 8p.m. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the show times will be at 7p.m. and 10p.m. On Sundays, shows will be at 4p.m. and 7p.m. There will be no shows on Mondays. Please consult the most current show schedule at Cirquedusoleil.com . Schedule is subject to change without notice.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Ticket prices:

Adult ticket prices: MOP$1288, MOP$788, MOP$588, MOP$388

Children* ticket prices: MOP$1288, MOP$688, MOP$488, MOP$288

*Children: Aged between 2 and 11

To reserve tickets:

Phone: Macau -- +853-2882-8818 / Hong Kong -- +852-6333-6660

Online: Cirquedusoleil.com

In person: The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel Box Office, Cotai Strip Cotai Arena Box Office, and Sands Lobby Box Office

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