CBS Goes Behind the Scenes of Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana (Video)

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Cirque du Soleil's new acrobatic spectacle, Zarkana, officially opened at Radio City Music Hall June 29, following previews that began June 9. Here, CBS News goes behind-the-scenes at Radio City and also offers footage from the Cirque rehearsals to show Zarkana's journey to New York City.

Zarkana, written and directed by François Girard, was created especially for the landmark theatre and, according to Cirque notes, "is a fantastically bizarre world." In Zarkana, "we follow the adventures of Zark, a magician who has lost his love and, with her, his powers. As he cries and begs for her return he is plunged into a world inhabited by surreal creatures. The diverse cast of 71 international artists transports the audience into a fantastical and suspenseful world, blurring the boundaries between the real and imaginary."

The name Zarkana is a fusion of the words "bizarre" and "arcana" (arcana means "mystery" or "secret"). The twisted fictional world of Zarkana "is an elusive destination that is fantastic yet bizarre." The name refers to "the irresistibly odd and delightfully strange aura of this place and its inhabitants."

CBS' Martha Teichner talks to members of the cast and creative team about the acrobatic production and offers a glimpse into the costumes, makeup and direction behind Zarkana.

To check out the CBS special, look below:

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