Zaia Closes Feb08

Zaia Closes

In a an almost expected  turn of events, Cirque du Soleil’s Zaia will close after only a 3 1/2 year run at the Venetian in Macau, China. Zaia was Cirque’s first permanent show in Asia followed by Zed which opened at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan but was forced to shut down due to...

Circus show down in the Exotic East Oct03

Circus show down in ...

I am returning to Beijing from Macau as I write this. My lifestyle and career affords me many privileges and one of my favorites is the ability to visit good friends all around the world. Macau is China’s legal gambling territory. According to USA Today, Macau has been leading the gambling...

Circus Vargas: The Big One is Back! Jun27

Circus Vargas: The Big One is Back!

by Jenni Roselle Circus Vargas opened in Santa Barbara on June 16, 2011.  And what an opening night it was!  In addition to an already stellar show and a slew of new acts and new costumes, The Flying Tabares’ catcher, Alberto Marinelli was being welcomed home from his stint in Macau, China with Cirque du Soleil’s Zaia.  The excitement of the show and Alberto’s homecoming were palpable.  That excitement only grew through the night, as the audience was taken along on  “an artistic journey, encompassing the cultures of the world, elegantly achieved through a series of circus vignettes depicting the experiences, ...

Hou Kai: The Story of a Chinese Acrobat Jun24

Hou Kai: The Story o...

by Renee Pilkington It’s 8:30 pm and we are both exhausted from the training day, I can see he’s nervous about giving an interview especially to a Westerner. It’s a hot, sticky Beijing night. The Chinese acrobats and arts students are just leaving their night training sessions and...