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Pyrotek Dazzles on Cirque’s Michael Jackson Tour

PLSN Staff • News • December 8, 2011

LAS VEGAS – Cirque du Soleil approached Pyrotek Special Effects in early 2011 to add more magic to Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. The vision was to bring to life everything Jackson would want to include into a show with his extensive catalog of music. Pyrotek Designers Doug Adams and Lorenzo Cornacchia worked closely with the show creators to produce effects for 24 scenes within the rock concert/dance/circus show.

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LAS VEGAS –  With “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” Cirque du Soleil has put together a spectacle with the assistance of pyrotechnics from Pyrotek Special Effects.

The show was written and directed by long time choreographer Jamie King. Showcasing Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, the show incorporates everything you’d expect from a Cirque production from flying acrobatics to fast paced dancing to massive sets even including a 2.4-meter-long pair of dancing black penny loafers with white socks.

Cirque approached Pyrotek Special Effects in early 2011 to add more magic to the imagery of the massive production. The vision was to bring to life everything Jackson loved to see on a Cirque stage, and what he would want to include into a show with his extensive catalogue of music. Pyrotek Designers Doug Adams and Lorenzo Cornacchia worked closely with the shows creators to produce effects for 24 scenes within the part rock concert, part dance show, and part circus.

The “Immortal” opening was designed in true Michael Jackson fashion with 21 Silver Gerbs, and a 19 comet chase to set the stage ablaze. There were 26 Cryo Jets used during the “Jam” and “Dangerous” sequences, and low lying fog throughout many scenes including the iconic “Thriller” and “Will You Be There.”

Pyrotechnicians John Arrowsmith and Ray Seymour operate the show which includes a finale which is designed to celebrate Jackson’s achievements. It includes 13 different effects including 27 Gerb fountains, 46 multicolored Airbursts, 44 Comets and 37 Mines shooting 30 feet in height. Adams’ goal for Immortal was to come as close to what Michael used during his live shows, but with the Cirque Du Soleil flare.

 

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