PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
National Harbor to Host Cirque du Soleil
Friday, April 11, 2008
Cirque du Soleil, the performing troupe known for its elaborate acrobatics, plans to bring a show to National Harbor.
The Montreal-based circus will present "Kooza" beginning Oct. 30, according to Aba Kwawu, president of the Aba Agency, a public relations firm. The show will stay for several weeks.
"We are absolutely ecstatic to be hosting one of the most fabulous groups of performing artists in the world," said Rocell R. Viniard, vice president and director of marketing for National Harbor.
Kwawu said many details have yet to be worked out, including where in the 300-acre waterfront development the circus will perform.
The circus is the latest high-profile attraction to come to National Harbor, a $4 billion development on the banks of the Potomac River in Prince George's County. The National Children's Museum will be built there, and "The Awakening," the outdoor cast-aluminum sculpture that gives the appearance of a giant coming out of the ground, was moved recently from Hains Point to National Harbor.
The development, a mix of shops, restaurants, hotels and condos, will be a mini-city when finished. The first part, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, opened last week. It has dealt with an outbreak of the norovirus and reports from some guests that they have seen mice in rooms and hallways of the 2,000-room hotel.
The lavish resort has garnered many of the reservations that would have gone to the District's hotels and Convention Center.
Kwawu said the last time Cirque du Soleil was in the Washington region was in October 2006, when "Corteo," another show, ran at the site of the old Convention Center. The circus has also performed in Tysons Corner and at RFK Stadium.
Tickets go on sale May 7.