Cirque du Soleil's Hangzhou show makes strong comeback
A stage photo of Cirque du Soleil's X: the Land of Fantasy, a resident show in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
X: the Land of Fantasy, which is being staged in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, is currently the only show that the world-renowned Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil is still putting on.
Cirque du Soleil operated more than 20 resident shows worldwide but had to cease most of them due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has battered the global entertainment industry.
In 2015, Cirque du Soleil started to cooperate with Hangzhou Suntiandy Group, with the goal of bringing its resident shows to the Asian market.
In August 2019, X: the Land of Fantasy premiered at Suntiandy Theatre in Hangzhou. It chronicles a fictional tale of two kingdoms using multi-dimensional characters, surreal storylines, as well as high-energy action and acrobatics to create an immersive experience.
The show was suspended in late January 2020 when the epidemic broke out in China, but resumed in June 2020 as the epidemic was brought under control in the country.
During this year's five-day May Day holiday, the average seat occupancy rate for the show stood at nearly 90 percent, equivalent to the highest level observed before the COVID-19 pandemic.