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Girard premieres permanent Cirque show in Tokyo

Cirque du Soleil premiered its latest permanent show Zed in Tokyo Wednesday night, with artistic director François Girard, Cirque founder Guy Laliberté and famous faces from Japan in attendance.

Cirque du Soleil premiered its latest permanent show Zed in Tokyo Wednesday night, with artistic director François Girard, Cirque founder Guy Laliberté and famous faces from Japan in attendance.

Zed is the Montreal-based company's second permanent spectacle in Asia, following the grand opening of Zaia in Macau in late August.

The new show sees about 70 artists and acrobats hailing from 34 different countries unite to perform a story about Zed, a hero who takes a journey that eventually unites two nations.

The audience roared their approval after the show, Christine St-Pierre, Quebec's minister of culture, communications and the status of women, told Le Journal de Montreal from Tokyo.

"[Then] François and his team took the stage and it was magical," she said.

Girard, better known for his films and as a theatre and opera director, is credited as both writer and director of Zed, which debuted in a brand new, 2,170-seat theatre located in Tokyo's Disney Resort.

The production, which has been in the works for about three years, is estimated to have cost $140 million and is set for an indefinite run.

Aside from its many touring shows, Cirque has been increasingly adding more permanent productions, mostly in Las Vegas, such as its long-running shows Mystère, O, Zumanity, Ka and the Beatles-themed Love.

Also in the works are shows inspired by Elvis Presley and magician Criss Angel.

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