Cirque du Soleil, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Opus, the luxury publisher, have combined their creative forces to produce a unique publication about Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, the #1 touring show celebrating the work of the musical genius, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.
Never-before-seen backstage pictures of the crew and artists preparing for their incredible dancing and gravity-defying stunts as well as stunning photographs from the creation of the production will be showcased in extraordinary detail in this hand-stitched official publication, to be released later this year.
Illuminating and touching personal stories from creators, artisans, producers and performers, coupled with exclusive images taken by the creators during early inspiration sessions held at Neverland and during performances, make this Opus a must-have for fans of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil.
THE IMMORTAL World Tour features 32 of Michael Jackson’s songs and a cast of 64 artists from 16 countries, including musicians who worked on previous Michael Jackson tours. By the end of the year over 1 million spectators will have experienced THE IMMORTAL World Tour in more than 70 cities around the world. The tour’s European leg will premiere in London on October 12, 2012, at The O2 arena.
Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, said: “This book will transport the reader into a rarely explored world within Cirque du Soleil as it tells the personal stories of our artists and creative teams. For the first time in our history, the public is granted behind-the-scenes access to one of our shows, thanks to the extraordinary collaboration between The Estate of Michael Jackson, Opus and Cirque du Soleil – partners whose standard of excellence will bring great pleasure to the fans of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil.”
John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors of The Estate of Michael Jackson, said: “We are so proud of THE IMMORTAL World Tour. We recognise each and every person is part of its creative fabric, bringing joy to millions. We could think of no better way to acknowledge their participation, both as a reminder to each of them and their friends and families of the role they have each played in the show’s success, than to hear it from them personally in an Opus.”
Karl Fowler, CEO of Opus Media Group, said: “We are absolutely honoured to be working with Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson on such a special project. The images we have captured behind the scenes of the show are immensely emotive; they complement the performance photography perfectly and pay homage to what you see on stage. I sincerely thank both The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil for giving us this unique opportunity to create something truly special.”
Expect the unexpected during the magical journey presented in this new collector’s edition. The tale lived by the creative team from Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson overflows with love, energy and innovation, and makes this Opus a genuinely heartfelt tribute not only to THE IMMORTAL World Tour but also to the legendary Michael Jackson.