Cirque du Soleil

Poetic Social Mission Countdown Begins as Guy Laliberté Prepares for Launch of Expedition 21 Aboard Soyuz-TMA 16 Spacecraft

    Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Actors Matthew McConaughey and Salma Hayek, Singers Joss Stone and Élisapie Isaac, Musical Group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bolshoi Ballet  Principal Dancer Nicolai Tsiskaridze and Poet Touria Ikbal Join Former U.S.  Vice President Al Gore, U2, and Others in the Effort to Tackle the Global  Water Crisis

    Guy Laliberté announces confirmed participation of additional world-  renowned celebrities and musicians in his Poetic Social Mission, as he  prepares for the Expedition 21 launch. A 120-minute global event featuring  musical performances by major international artists and the reading of a  poetic tale by well-known celebrities, the Poetic Social Mission seeks to  raise awareness through artistic illustration of the humanitarian struggles  and solutions associated with water.

    Actors Matthew McConaughey and Salma Hayek, singers Joss Stone, Élisapie Isaac, Hélène Ségara, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Michel Fugain, Natasha  St Pier, Lorie and Zazie, musical group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bolshoi  Ballet principal dancer Nicolai Tsiskaridze and poet Touria Ikbal join  their voices with previously announced Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore,  A. R. Rahman, Cirque du Soleil, Claude Challe, Dr. David Suzuki, Fnaïre,  Frank De Winne, Garou, Gilberto Gil, Gregory Colbert, Jean Lemire, Julie  Payette, Maud Fontenoy, Patrick Bruel, Peter Gabriel, Peter Lik, Shakira,  Simon Carpentier, Tatuya Ishii, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Tiffany Speight, U2,  Vandana Shiva and Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

    The event will take place simultaneously on October 9th at 20:00 EDT  (-4 GMT) in Montreal, Moscow, Santa Monica, New York City, Johannesburg,  Mumbai, Marrakesh, Sydney, Osaka, Tampa, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro,  Paris, London and the International Space Station.

    A global webcast and broadcast

    RDI, Le Réseau de l'information of Société Radio-Canada will act as  exclusive host broadcaster in Canada and DIRECTV, the world's leading  provider of satellite television, will broadcast the global artistic event  in standard and high definition on The 101 Network in the United States,  and via DIRECTV Latin America on Channels 999 and 1004. Other international  broadcasters may join in to present part or all of this event. The artistic  event "Moving Stars and Earth for Water" will also be made available live  in its entirety on onedrop.org.

    For 120 minutes, the earth will gaze up at the stars and resonate to  the rhythms of artists and world-renowned figures who will demonstrate  their commitment to water and pay tribute to this vitally important natural  resource.

    This first social artistic mission in space is made possible by Space  Adventures, the company that has arranged all the previous private  spaceflights.

    For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit cirquedusoleil.com. To find out more about the One Drop Foundation, visit http://www.onedrop.org. For more information, please visit http://www.spaceadventures.com.

    For further information: Tania Orméjuste, Cirque du Soleil, +1-(514)-723-7646, ext. 8335, tania.orméjuste@cirquedusoleil.com/

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Contact:
For further information: Tania Orméjuste, Cirque du Soleil,
+1-(514)-723-7646, ext. 8335, tania.orméjuste@cirquedusoleil.com/