Source: The Reporter Online – By Jarreau Freeman
It’s an experience that celebrates the legacy of an artistic genius some would say, and channels the essence of an icon. Through a show that invites audiences to journey to a world that seems to transcend their own, Cirque du Soleil presents “Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour” March 25 and 26 at the Wells Fargo Center.
The tour has been described as a fusion of Jackson’s music and signature choreography and the creativity and magic of Cirque du Soleil. Audiences will be ushered into a realm that explores what many fans have come to know and love about Jackson – his love of music and dance, fairytales and magic and the environment — with the acrobatics and dance of Cirque du Soleil.
“[The show] is homage to Michael’s work as a musician and a performer,” said Immortal World Tour Artistic Director Michael Smith. “The show is about the man and his music and what he would have done if he were touring. It was the coming together of his legacy and Cirque du Soleil that was the seed that created the show.”
I’ve never been to a Cirque du Soleil show, what are they like?
Based in Quebec, Canada, Cirque du Soleil was established in 1984 with the mission of invoking the imagination, senses and emotions of people around the world. At its inception, Cirque du Soleil consisted of 20 street performers, but has grown to encompass more than 5,000 employees from more than 50 countries. Cirque du Soleil tells unique stories through music, dance, acrobatics, and stunts with the use of vibrant costumes, props and set designs.
How will Cirque du Soleil bring the King of Pop to life?
The show is organized into 13 scenes that tell the story of Jackson by honoring his creativity in the entertainment industry, as well as his referencing his humanitarianism and political activism.
In the Scream scene audiences will enjoy acrobats perform tumbles and flips and Ninja-style aerial dancers and in the They Don’t Care About Us scene, which is an reenactment from the This Is It concert tour, spectators will see performers dressed like soldiers in robot suits with LED breastplates while dancing in unison.
Audiences may also be surprised to hear audio clips of Jackson’s voice, see video footage of Jackson performances, as well as witness a large pair of shoes and six-foot tall glove on the stage.
From customs, to props, music and dance everything about the show is in reverence to Jackson, Smith said.
Will they perform to “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Billie Jean” and “Black or White”?
The tour features more than 35 songs including “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Billie Jean” and “Black or White,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Ben,” “Man in the Mirror” and many more.
“The music will take [audiences] on the journey,” Smith said. “In this show your lead by the music oppose to the visual. It’s about letting the music envelope you and all the memories that come with that for everybody in the audience.”
I need to see this show, how much are the tickets?
Where is the Wells Fargo Center?
The Wells Fargo Center is located at 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148.
For more information call (215) 336-3600 or visit http://www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com.