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PlayBlog A Look at the New Cirque du Soleil Show, Zarkana Cirque du Soleil's new acrobatic spectacle, Zarkana, is set to play Radio City Music Hall in summer 2011. Performances will begin June 9 and run until Sept. 4.

The world premiere of the theatrical event is written and directed by acclaimed film and theatre director François Girard ("The Red Violin," "Silk"). Created especially for Radio City, Zarkana, according to Cirque notes, "is a fantastically bizarre world where 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."

To see a sneak peek of the high flying action of Zarkana, look below:

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