Mumbai to host first-ever Cirque du Soleil premiere outside Montreal

Bazzar, an international visual spectacle with local shades, will open to the public at BKC in November.

mumbai Updated: Aug 22, 2018 19:32 IST
Jayati Bhola
Jayati Bhola
Hindustan Times
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Audiences can expect cast and crew from across 50 nationalities, including 27 dancers, 22 acrobats, two live musicians and the two mallakhamb artistes from Mumbai.

Bazzar by Cirque du Soleil
  • WHERE: MMRDA Grounds, BKC, Mumbai; Aerocity, New Delhi-NCR
  • WHEN: November 15 to December 2 in Mumbai; December 25 to January 6 in Delhi-NCR
  • Tickets are priced from Rs 1,500 upwards and are available online

Bazzar is set to be the first Cirque du Soleil production to premiere outside Montreal, said Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of the Canadian dance troupe, during a visit to Mumbai on Tuesday.

The troupe, best known for its over-the-top antics and death-defying stunts, has been brought to India by Bookmyshow on a multi-year deal. “We’re looking at a long-term and sustainable association,” said Ashish Hemrajani, founder and CEO of Bookmyshow.

He, Lamarre and show writer-director Susan Gaudreau were speaking at the launch of ticket sales for the world premiere of Bazzar. The production will open here on November 15, after which there will be around 60 shows across Mumbai and Delhi following which the troupe will take the performance to other countries.

The show will feature fire-breathing, trapeze acts, acrobatics on bikes, aerial rope tricks, and dancers on skates.

Audiences can expect cast and crew from across 50 nationalities, including 27 dancers, 22 acrobats, two live musicians and of course, the two mallakhamb artistes from Mumbai.

The show will also feature fire-breathing, trapeze acts, acrobatics on bikes, aerial rope tricks, and dancers on skates.

“Bazzar is meant for the world audience as much as the Indian one,” said Gaudreau. “We may twist things a little bit for the audience, but the universality of our shows is important to us.”

Cirque already has a significant following in Japan and is now looking at new regions that include Africa and the Middle-East.

The future for Cirque also holds possible explorations into newer technology, including 3D sets and virtual reality, Lamarre said. “We hope we can integrate more Indian artistes in future shows so they can also tour the world with us,” he added.

For now, Bazzar is ready for its first flight in India, which includes an exclusive preview at the grand finale of the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai later this month.

“India is a plan that has been years in making,” Lamarre said. “We can’t be global if we aren’t touring here.”

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 19:32 IST