Riyadh fans dazzled by opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Bazzar’

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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
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“Bazzar”, Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd tourisng show, will run until Dec. 7 in the Kingdom. (AN photo)
Updated 02 November 2019

Riyadh fans dazzled by opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Bazzar’

  • “Bazzar” is Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd touring show
  • Performances continue in Riyadh until December 7

RIYADH: Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular “Bazzar” stage show, which had its premier 12 months ago in India, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday to kick off a five-week run as part of Riyadh Season.

As the opening-night audience entered the purpose-built white tent at Riyadh Front, they were transported to an acrobatic world of fantasy and imagination.

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The action on stage takes place as part of a story revolving around three main characters: The Maestro, who is the leader of troupe of performers, a mysterious “Floating Woman,” and a trainee “Mini Maestro,” who is in love with her. The three acrobats who play these characters fluttered across the stage performing mid-air flips and other impressive moves, to gasps of awe from the audience.




The acrobatic world of fantasy and imagination at Riyadh Season. (AN photo)

When Lauren Joy Herley, who plays the Floating Woman, told Arab News this week that her character is a rebellious trickster, she was not exaggerating. 

She spent an entire act of the show tormenting the Maestro, poking and prodding him while performing stunt after stunt flawlessly, prompting the crowd to giggle at her antics. 

The Maestro, however, was not an easy target for her or the Mini Maestro, as he continued to lead the acrobats and musicians on stage throughout the show, casting a spell over them — and the audience.

The crowd also enjoyed an interlude that included a trick cyclist, feats of strength performed on wooden poles, a trapeze act and hula hoop displays.

The music was supplied by a three-piece band that delivered strong, captivating vocals, soulful melodies and energetic pop tunes as the Maestro orchestrated the glittering, colorful action, to the delight of the crowd.




The acrobatic world of fantasy and imagination at Riyadh Season. (AN photo)

After the performance, Waleed Al-Bassam, a die-hard fan, said that he had been to Cirque du Soleil shows before, but it was great to have the chance to see one in Saudi Arabia.

“It’s really nice,” he said. “I like the setup and how people are interacting; it gives a sense that something different is happening here in Riyadh.”

Khulood Khaled who attended the show said she enjoyed the interactive elements of the show, which she hadn’t expected. She added: “I’m honestly so surprised at how people are reacting — they’re loving it.”

Al-Ghala Al-Dawood, 17, who was particularly impressed by the hula hoop performer.

“It made me think of physics and everything I learned in school,” she said. “He (the performer) was defying physics. It’s a new experience. I’ve never seen anything like it in Riyadh.”

“Bazzar” is Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd touring show. Performances continue in Riyadh until December 7, after which the show will move on to the Caribbean.

 


Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port, covering 500 families. (SPA)
Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

  • So far, 290 tons of aid transported to provide urgent humanitarian needs to people affected by explosion

JEDDAH: Aid continues to flow into the Lebanese capital Beirut, as the fourth Saudi air bridge plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) arrived on Sunday.
Ninety tons of emergency aid was flown in on the flight, including medical materials and equipment, foodstuff and shelter supplies. Medicines, burn treatments, medical solutions, masks, gloves, sterilizers and other surgical materials will be distributed by special teams on the ground.
The plane also carried food baskets that included flour and dates as well as shelter materials such as tents, blankets, mattresses, and utensils.
So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.
This aid was provided based on an assessment report of the necessary humanitarian needs resulting from the explosion, in coordination with the Saudi Embassy in Beirut, and the KSRelief branch in Lebanon.
This comes as an extension of the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to show solidarity with the Lebanese people and to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

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So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port on Sunday, covering 500 families.
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari told Arab News that special committees would oversee and review reports on the Lebanese people’s needs.
“Aid will continue to flow into Lebanon after assessing the required needs of the Lebanese people in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Lebanon,” he said.
Countries around the world have come together to help Lebanon in the wake of the explosion on Aug. 4, which devastated large areas of Beirut, damaging and destroying infrastructure, buildings and homes, including all port facilities and the country’s grain storage silos.