Cirque du Soleil set to bring some of its top shows to Saudi Arabia
New agreement between Saudi Ministry of Culture and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group opens door for major new productions
A new agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group paves the way for the organisation to bring some of its top shows and award-winning performances to Saudi Arabia. Under the agreement, a number of shows by the renowned entertainment group have the potential to make a debut in the Kingdom, including new Cirque du Soleil touring shows, The Illusionist, Now You See Me, Paw Patrol Live – Race to Rescue, Trolls Live!, and Blue Man Group World Tour. In addition to this, Saudi Arabia may soon play host to a brand-new Cirque du Soleil resident show unique to the Kingdom.
The agreement will also see the two parties develop a plan to establish a regional Cirque du Soleil training academy and office. With an educational curriculum led by best-in-class experts, students, and young people from across the Kingdom and beyond would have the opportunity to hone their skills through international circus school exchanges and artist-in-residence programmes, in addition to working towards internationally recognised certifications.
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has performed six shows in Saudi since 2018, the latest of which was “Messi10” – a performance honoring the famous Argentinian football player Lionel Messi – which was held in November during Riyadh Season 2021. The agreement was signed by Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Theater and Performing Arts Commission, and Gabriel de Alba, Co-Chairman of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group Board of Directors, during a meeting in New York.
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