Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9

May 27, 2010 Embraced by Chicagoans and visitors alike as "Chicago's Summer Circus," Cirque Shanghai will perform May 28 - September 6, 2010 (Labor Day), rain or shine, at the Pepsi® Skyline Stage®, the 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. "Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9" is presented in this exclusive U.S. engagement by Chicago's Navy Pier® in conjunction with International Special Attractions, Ltd. production headquarters in Shanghai, China.

Chinese folklore tells the story of the sky having nine levels. "This was our inspiration," according to Haiping Ge, president of ISA, "and the driving force in creating "Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9" as a new spectacle production that will take Pepsi® Skyline Stage® audiences to the very top of that 9th level." Daring spectacle, breathtaking artistry and the sheer joy of its dazzling young cast make "Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9" a brand new theatrical experience for audiences of all ages, with gravity-defying ladder balances, spinning platform roller skating, juggling, contortion and choreographed aerial daredevils on sway poles suspended high above the stage.

For the first time this year, in response to requests for an expanded schedule, "Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9" will open with preview performances on Memorial Day Weekend. These shows will be held Friday, May 28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 29 at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day) at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. "Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9" will officially debut on Wednesday, June 2 with performances on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Fridays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. A special pre-fireworks 8 p.m. performance has been added on Sunday, July 4, and there will also be performances on Monday, July 5 (Independence Day observed) and Monday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day) at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Located on Lake Michigan, just east of Chicago's downtown, Navy Pier® is the most-visited tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest, welcoming more than 8 million visitors annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, it is now one of the country's preeminent recreation and exposition facilities, showcasing 50 acres of parks, gardens, restaurants, shops, attractions, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exhibition facilities and more.

Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are on-sale now. For information and reservations call GroupTix at 877.4GRP.TIX (877.447.7849) or visit Single tickets will go on-sale at a later date to be announced.

Recognized as a wonderful family entertainment value, "Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9" ticket prices for 2010 will remain unchanged from previous years: $14.50 - $19.50 for adults and $12.50 - $14.50 for children ages 3 - 12. "Imperial Circle" seating is priced for all performances at $29.50 for adults and children. Children 2 and under are welcome and admitted free of charge. Tickets for preview performances May 28 - 31 are $13.50 - $18.50 for adults and $11.50 - $13.50 for children ages. 3 - 12. "Imperial Circle" seating is priced for all preview performances at $28.50.

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