Meet Kendrick Jones & Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour
By Titus Falodun | 5/9/2014, noon
ATLANTA - From the modern industrial ruin known as Flint, Michigan, Kendrick Jones arose to stand a man apart. And this weekend, the actor and dancer will captivate audiences as he graces the stage for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour on May 10 and 11 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
"I grew up impersonating [Michael Jackson] in front of the mirror," Jones said. "He was one of many of the people I learned and borrowed from."
The soft-spoken Jones is anything but soft when it comes to showing off his talents. His controlled energy and grace will definitely send chills down audience members, desperately seeking to relive the iconic moments and movements of the legendary Michael Jackson.
"I enjoy being on stage," Jones said. "It gives me the freedom and creativity to be that person that I grew up idolizing."
Spending countless hours practicing his moves, Jones stated he draws his inspirations from not just The King of Pop but James Brown, Fred Astaire, and other show-stopping legends.
Described as a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, and music, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour is the no.9 top-grossing tour of all time. The electrifying production is presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalleled creativity.
Jones is trained in Dramatic Acting and Music from New York University’s Tisch School Experimental Theatre Wing. He continues to perform and teach tap globally. And THE IMMORTAL World Tour is Kendrick’s first show with Cirque du Soleil.
The show is written and directed by Jamie King,with an international cast featuring 49 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and dancers (i.e. 11 musicians, 16 acrobats, 22 dancers). Four of the eleven musicians previously toured with Michael Jackson.
THE IMMORTAL World Tour premiered in Montreal on October 2, 2011. As of April 24, 2014, we have performed over 453 shows in 124 different cities in 27 countries on 4 continents. More than 3 million people have seen the show.
Last year it ranked no.4 on Pollstar’s Mid-Year Top 100 Worldwide Tours and no.2 on Billboard’s Top 25 World Tours.
"I've been to Georgia before, but I'm really looking forward to coming there and performing," Jones said. "There's so much history there."
Well, the young man from Flint will help bring unforgettable history to life this weekend.
For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson.