Michael Jackson 'Immortal World Tour' coming to Shanghai
While idolized in China, Michael Jackson never performed in the country’s mainland.
Now, however, a theatrical production by Cirque du Soleil that uses the music and vision of Michael Jackson in an acrobatic performance style will bring a realistic concert experience — Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour — to Shanghai and Beijing, as well as Hong Kong.
The show will give five performances at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area on August 16-18 after a stint in Beijing on August 9-11, and followed by a visit to Hong Kong on August 23-25.
The show is authorized by the Estate of Michael Jackson and hosted by AEG Live Asia.
Organizers call the show a “riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world.” It is aimed, they say, at “lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time,” and it “captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.”
The show will deal with Jackson’s inner world — his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature. The tour’s underpinnings are Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics, and it emphasizes “Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity,” organizers said.
Jackson was one of the first Western music artists to be embraced by the Chinese public when the country was reopening to the world in the early 1980s. Jackson died on June 25, 2009.
“Michael Jackson is an artist that left an indelible mark on the history of pop music,” said Adam Wilkes, senior vice president of AEG Live Asia. “Just years after his passing, fans in China have their best ever opportunity to experience the magic of seeing Michael on stage. This multi-media spectacular embodies the spirit of his music, and celebrates his legacy for his Chinese fans. No performance of this type has ever before been seen on a Beijing stage, and no show will ever come as close to recreating the golden age of the undisputed King of Pop.”
The production is presented by Budweiser in association with Infiniti and official sponsors American Express, Blackberry and Starwood.