Elvis' legacy joining Cirque du Soleil for world tour

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Elvis Presley is joining the circus.

CKX Incorporated, the parent company of Elvis Presley Enterprises, just announced a long-term joint venture with Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian-based acrobatic troupe known for its extravagant theatrical and acrobatic productions.

Cirque du Soleil -- French for circus of the sun -- will produce a series of shows focused on Presley's life and music. It also will help design interactive, multimedia museums called "Elvis Experiences."

Touring productions are expected to get under way in about 18 months in Europe and Asia.

CKX is looking at three to five cities for permanent sites for Elvis shows by Cirque du Soleil, similar to the productions the troupe stages in its Las Vegas theater.

Cirque du Soleil, begun in 1984, has staged its elaborate shows around the world. It's scheduled to stage 13 shows this year, including one set to open in Las Vegas next month based on the music of the Beatles.

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