MJ Cirque du Soleil Premiere Pole Dancing, Moonwalking, Zombies

10/3/2011 5:35 AM PDT

It. Was. Awesome ... at least that's what EVERYBODY seems to be saying about the very first performance of the new Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show -- which kicked off in Montreal last night.

Several members of the Jackson family reportedly looked on ... along with more than 13,000 screaming fans ... as the Cirque people danced, contorted and acrobatted through tons of MJ's greatest hits.

The tour is set to roll through 47 cities -- before a different version of the show sets up shop in Vegas.