Thursday, July 7, 2011

KA by Cirque du Soleil to Present Gravity-Defying Stunt for Opening Night of Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, CA



3-D Projection and Live Performance Will Transform a Brick Wall Into the Site of an Epic Battle Between Good and Evil

LAS VEGAS /PRNewswire/ -- KA by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas will make its first appearance at Comic-Con on opening night, Thursday, July 21st, with a dramatic showdown on the outside walls of PETCO Park in San Diego. This outdoor performance will take place directly across the street from the San Diego Convention Center and will include a display of dazzling 3-D projections. Created especially for Comic-Con, the performance will tell the adventurous tale of KA by turning the stadium facade into an interactive performance space featuring 3-D projections and live artists.


The audience will get a bird's-eye view of a fierce battle pitting the Imperial Twins of KA and their allies against an enemy warrior tribe as the scene plays out on the surface of a 90-foot high vertical stage.

"I have wanted to see this performance happen on a big outside wall since coming to KA more than four years ago," said Marie-Helene Gagnon, Artistic Director of KA. "To have the opportunity to present it at Comic-Con with 3-D and live artists is both a challenge and a dream come true."

AD X MEDIA, one of the world's leading providers of large-scale indoor and outdoor mixed media projections, will be providing the technology for the 3-D projection elements of the performance. "We have been trying to find ways to incorporate live performance with projections for years," said Gary Evans, President of AD X MEDIA. "When Cirque du Soleil came to us with their concept we realized that this was the perfect opportunity to marry creativity, human performance and technology."


The final countdown to the KA Battle at Comic-Con begins after sundown (approximately 8:00 pm) with a countdown clock on the outside of PETCO Park. The event is free and open to all Comic-Con attendees, and will take place on the wall adjacent to the Omni Hotel across Tony Gwynn Drive. To follow the countdown online, and for a short behind-the-scenes look at some of the hundreds of hours of preparations that have gone into this performance, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/comiccon.


About KA

KA by Cirque du Soleil is a heroic journey of love and conflict set within ever-changing theatrical landscapes that conjure an entire empire on stage. Presented exclusively at MGM Grand Las Vegas, KA unfolds on a colossal, 360-degree rotating stage which forms the backdrop for this cinematic journey of aerial adventure and perpendicular acrobatics. For more information visit www.ka.com.