Cirque du Soleil

by Myrna Sparks (Aug. 2014)

Cranes, bulldozers and a hard-hat "army" are working daily on a site in the Riviera Maya near the Grand Mayan resort to be ready for the opening performance of the 600-seat Vidanta Theater that will house the permanent Cirque du Soleil troupe performances of "Joy," which means pearl or jewel in Spanish.
 
The show is named for the show's main character, a little girl, who along with her grandfather embarks on a journey to find the secrets of life. Audiences can expect Cirque du Soleil's signature circus acts including trapeze art, acrobatics and stunning sets with aspects of Mexican culture throughout the show. The theater-in-the-round design has drawn inspiration from the beauty of the Maya jungle and has an expected $20 million in construction costs.
 
The show officially opens on November 8, 2014, with the integration of dinner and beverage service and the Cirque du Soleil theatrical experience that draws on Mexico's rich culture and heritage. The 70-minute performance of Joy will be the first permanent production for Cirque du Soleil outside of Las Vegas and Orlando and will be performed Tuesdays through Saturdays year round with two shows a night on Fridays and Saturdays.
 
Tickets can be purchased for the show alone starting at $65US per person for the show,  $110US per person for the show and champagne, and $165US per person for the show, dinner and and champagne. You can purchase your tickets at www.cirquedu soleil.com/joya and I would suggest you order as early as possible.
 
Mexico's Secretary of Tourism, Clauda Ruiz Massieu recently has said "Joy is a world-class attraction not just for the Riviera Maya but for all of Mexico. This will be a new way to promote and experience Mexico and will become a destination within a destination." I am sure I agree!

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