Special Oscar performance by Cirque du Soleil

Contortionists, aerialists and acrobatics are just some of the stunning acts we can expect to see during Cirque du Soleil’s special Oscar ceremony performance.

The international athletic cast are set to showcase a unique and exclusive performance at next week’s Oscars; it will be the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for one single act.

Over 50 talented artists from Cirque du Soleil will come together to bring the dynamic performance to life. Some performers will be flying in from Japan and Russia to appear in this one-off act, which will be televised live across more than 225 countries worldwide.

The performers have been perfecting their routine since last year and are said to be eager to get into the Kodak Theater and try it out on the Oscar stage.

According to special events director, Yasmine Khalil, it is going to be pretty tricky for the cameramen to film all of the great acts going on without missing any.

She was reported saying: ‘To capture 50 people jumping around everywhere, from the ceiling and from the ground, and right and left and centre, it’s a whole added challenge’.

However, the challenge is also down to the viewers who according to Khalil will have to be ‘very attentive. There will be a lot happening, You don’t want to be blinking too much because you might miss something.’

Khalil added ‘The theme is very much in line with paying tribute to the movie-theater experience’.

This will be the second time Cirque du Soleil have appeared on the Oscars. Their first performance was at the 74th Academy Awards in 2002.

Providing the music for the three minute display will be Danny Elfman, who also scored the music for Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS: A Journey through the World of Cinema.

The American composer has written the theme tunes for many well known TV shows, including The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. In addition, the musician is responsible for some of the most catchy and well known film scores, from Batman and Mission Impossible to Black Beauty and Chicago. Elfman is an old friend of Tim Burton and has written some of the music for The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland.

Be sure not to miss this outstanding display by tuning in on Sunday 26th February.

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