Cirque du Soleil and MGM Grand Celebrate the Gala Premiere of KA in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Last night, Cirque du Soleil unveiled its latest creation, KA, to an enthusiastic audience made up of celebrities, VIPs and media. More than 4000 guests celebrated the show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where they partied until early light in a festive, Global Village atmosphere.

Celebrity attendees included Pamela Anderson, Trista Rehn, Ryan Sutter, Wolfgang Puck, Cheryl Hines, Kelly Hu, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, Melinda Clarke, among others.

Featuring 80 performers from around the world, KA combines martial arts, acrobatics, puppetry, interactive video projections and pyrotechnics to tell the epic saga of Imperial Twins — a boy and a girl — who embark on an adventurous journey to fulfill their destinies.

KA is created and directed by acclaimed theatre and film director Robert Lepage. Lepage (“Bluebeard’s Castle,” “The Far Side of the Moon”) describes the story as “the coming of age of a young man and a young woman through their encounters with love, conflict and the duality of KA, the fire that can unite or separate, destroy or illuminate.” The Twins’ journeys take them through a succession of challenging landscapes and ever-changing performance spaces that conjure an entire empire on stage.

As the plot of KA unfolds, danger lies in wait for the separated Twins at every turn. Archers and Spearmen hunt them relentlessly. As the villains give chase, the artists show off their climbing prowess with an incredible ascent to safety. An encounter with mysterious giant sea creatures proves to be more mischievous than menacing… As a distraction from danger, the Twin Brother learns the art of shadow puppets in a tender, yet poignant moment. The action resumes during the Pillars scene, where artists perform daring acrobatic maneuvers while leaping on and over multiple pillars.

The Twin Sister, protected by her Nursemaid, manages an escape in a miraculous man-powered flying machine, releasing her into a surreal forest populated with bright, luminous creatures on Bungees and Swing Poles. Meanwhile, in the Archer’s Den, captives perform on the Wheel of Death with breathtaking displays of gravity-defying feats. In the culmination of the Twins’ extraordinary journeys, a battle takes place on an enormous vertical stage offering a unique aerial perspective. Video projections react to the artists’ touch while the adversaries spin through the air in a stunning display of perpendicular acrobatics and aerial adventure.

The show’s title, KA, is inspired by the ancient Egyptian belief in the “ka,” an invisible spiritual duplicate of the body that accompanies every human being throughout this life and into the next.

Cirque du Soleil is world-renowned for its distinct brand of theatrical entertainment. In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has a privileged partnership with MGM MIRAGE to create and present unique and innovative productions, which include Mystere(R) at Treasure Island, “O(R)” at Bellagio, and ZUMANITY(TM), ANOTHER SIDE OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL(TM) at New York-New York Hotel and Casino.

KA Creative Team Guy Laliberte — Guide / Robert Lepage — Creator and Director / Guy Caron –

Director of Creation / Mark Fisher — Set Designer / Marie-Chantale

Vaillancourt – Costume Designer / Rene Dupere — Composer and Arranger / Jacques Heim — Choreographer / Luc Lafortune — Lighting Designer / Jonathan Deans — Sound Designer / Holger Forterer — Interactive Projections Designer

/ Michael Curry — Puppet Designer / Patricia Ruel — Props Designer / Jaque

Paquin — Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer / Andre Simard — Aerial

Acrobatics Designer / Nathalie Gagne — Make-up Designer

KA Ticket Information and Show Schedule

Tickets are $150, $125 and $99 (including tax) and are available 120 days in advance of the performance date.

Show days and times:
* KA performs at 7:30 and 10:30pm Fridays through Tuesdays.
* KA is dark (no shows) on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

To reserve KA tickets:
* Call 800-929-1111 or 702-891-7777.
* Go to www.ka.com or www.mgmgrand.com .
* Visit the KA ticket office at MGM Grand or any of the MGM MIRAGE box
offices.

Visit and register with the “Press Room” at ka.com
for more information and to download photos.

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