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Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour Tickets

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil is a spectacular music and dance event that merges the music and moves of Michael Jackson with the magic of Cirque du Soleil to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour will immerse audiences in Michael’s creative world at Brisbane Entertainment Centre from October 2-6.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:11

Pom Arnold: Dancer Interview

The ‘Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour’ will arrive in Brisbane early next month.

This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production uses Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. Pom Arnold is one of the dancers involved with the production.

Growing up in the Netherlands, was Michael Jackson an icon for you?
Yes, always has been, but I was actually too young to buy my own CDs or find him on the radio, so I was really influenced by mum and brother. My brother was the biggest MJ fan with all the records on the wall.

Did Michael Jackson have any influence on your dancing?
Yes, as soon as I entered my dance crew we always used MJ songs in our performances. What drew you to being in this production? This is the closest you can be to work with Michael. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. Especially getting to work with people and feeling the energy from the people who have worked with Michael. As well as working with Cirque du Soleil, which is something I wanted to see since I was a little kid, but never happened. And now I’m joining this production, which is amazing.

With this being your first touring production, is covering Michael Jackson a daunting task?
Very, especially at the beginning. Everybody expects you to live up to the standards of Michael. Even though Michael isn’t there you still want to live up to the expectations that, in your own head, he would have of you. And of course the expectations that you battle with the man in the mirror.

What can punters expect from the show?
This show is Cirque du Soleil meets a rock concert. All the acrobatic elements that people know Cirque for, paired with the iconic choreography, costumes, and music of Michael Jackson. And of course Michael Jackson’s voice. It’s a high energy celebration of the King of Pop! We also have the greatest cast to put this out every night. We are a super good team and every single one of us tries to make the show the best every night. I’m happy and honoured to be one of the chosen ones.

What is the most difficult aspect of dancing in this production?
The most difficult part is having Michael Jackson behind you on the super size LED screen; the audience can see exactly what the steps are supposed to be. And then trying to pass on that legacy while he’s behind us. He’s constantly on screen. I feel like every night I can improve myself because you can never be better than Michael. There’s always a reason to work on your skills. I try to make my moonwalk as smooth as possible.

What do you think Cirque du Soleil’s production brings to the Michael Jackson empire?
Cirque du Soleil presenting this show about MJ who is the King Of Pop is amazing! This is one of the biggest creative productions on the planet, it’s huge and for me is really two in one. There are so many wow moments! We are also travelling the world, which is why it’s so special. It’s not limited.

Michael Jackson created a legacy with film clips like ‘Thriller’, ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘Billie Jean’; was there constant pressure to make sure you do these dances justice?
Yes, always. Because he’s always on the screen you need to constantly be on your best game. What do you think makes the idea of Michael Jackson so enticing to audiences? He changed the whole entertainment industry: music, dancing, performing, and short films. I think people are still trying to live up to what Michael created from way back. As you can see, new artists like Chris Brown and Ne-Yo are trying to adopt things. And people will never forget where this came from and it continues to grow.

The Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour lands at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre October 2-6.

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