Cirque du Soleil to dance under Michael Jackson music

Now Cirque du Soleil and the estate of  Michael Jackson have teamed up to create, develop and produce a series of MJ projects, including touring and permanent shows.

The first project based on the music and songs of Jackson will be an arena-touring show. The production, will make the public “experience the excitement of a Michael Jackson concert,” is expected to debut in late-fall of 2011, according to the release.

“It’s our intention to create the biggest live show in history,” Mr Branca told the Financial Times. “We have the ideal partner in Cirque – they are the masters of what they do.” He revealed that the show will have 3-D and hologram” elements.

The touring arena show also will have an extended run in Las Vegas, a benefit of the longtime Cirque du Soleil partnership with MGM Mirage.

Michael Jackson’s estate and Cirque du Soleil each will own 50 percent of all MJ projects produced by their partnership. They will share equally in the cost of creating, developing, building and producing, as well as the profits.

The estate also will receive royalty payments on various aspects of its intellectual property used in the MJ projects.

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