Photos & Video: Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil Celebrates the Debut of its Las Vegas Residency at ARIA Resort & Casino


Last night (Friday, November 9) Cirque du Soleil proudly celebrated the Las Vegas premiere of its newest resident show Zarkanaat ARIA Resort & Casino™ at CityCenter.

The show follows Zark, the ringmaster of an extraordinary circus coming back to life, as he guides us in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration.

Celebrities joining the night’s red carpet event and after-party at HAZE Nightclub included actor Emmy award-winning actor Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), director Francis Ford Coppola, actor Matt Lanter (90210), actress Dot Jones (Glee), actor Harry Shum Jr (Glee), actor Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class), Dj ASHBA (Recording Artist), Mark Foster (Recording Artist), magician/illusionist Criss Angel, actor Omar Benson Miller (CSI:Miami), comedian Carrot Top, entertainers Siegfried & Roy,  the Zarkana creative team including François Girard (Writer & Director), Nick Littlemore (Composer & Musical Director) and Cirque du Soleil’s President and CEO Daniel Lamarre.

In typical Cirque fashion, an unknowing audience member gets pulled on stage by the clowns of Zarkana during the Electric Chair act. Jennette McCurdy, star of Nickolodeon’s iCarly, was chosen for the cameo appearance at the Las Vegas premiere. As she was strapped into the electric chair the light switch prop was flipped multiple times to make ‘magic’ happen on stage between the two clowns and the starlette.

Following the spectacular production, guests were escorted to HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino for an exclusive Cirque after party to celebrate the premiere. Restaurant partners from CityCenter and ARIA provided small bites as Zarkana characters welcomed everyone to the upscale nightclub.

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