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Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil tribute show opens

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Cirque du Soleil's 'Michael Jackson - The Immortal World Tour', an acrobatic show featuring the songs of the late singer, opened in London last night (October 12).

The production is the only major tribute to the star that has been approved by his estate and was choreographed by Travis Payne, who worked with the Grammy award-winning artist on his doomed 'This Is It' tour.

Michael Jackson Immortal world tour poster

© Cirque du Soleil.



Payne said that the show - which will enjoy a limited run at the O2 Arena, where Jackson was due to play 50 dates before his death in June 2009 - combined "the whimsy and fun and acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil with the sort of fire and funk of Michael Jackson".

He told the press: "I think in the aftermath of Michael's passing, anything that I can do personally to celebrate him, the artist that he was and the genius he was and all the great work that he gave us over the decades, is just an honour.

"I think it's a perfect collaboration and I'm really proud of the show.

"You know [he'd] always loved Cirque and he'd been trying to find an opportunity to work with them, so that's why this is even more special.

"We know this is something that he wanted. Of course it's in a totally different way, but I think [it's great] that the union got to happen."

Watch a trailer for 'Michael Jackson - The Immortal World Tour' below:

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