TARTED FROM A GROUP OF 20 street performers almost 30 years ago, Cirque du Soleil now showcases its singular style of entertainment — a mélange of theatrics, acrobatics, and circus stunts — in 21 original shows around the world. Nowhere is that artistry more at home than
Las Vegas, where Cirque du Soleil currently offers seven one-of-a-kind productions at noted venues throughout the city. The high-energy “Mystère,” the resident show
BEATLEMANIA: “The Bea- tles LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage cel- ebrates the music and legacy of the world’s favorite rock band. Through lighthearted theatrics and freestyle choreography, 60 artists bring more than two dozen Beatles songs to life on stage.
WATER WORLD: “O” by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio blends acro- batics and synchro- nized swimming in a dramatic aquatic- themed production. Contortionists, aerial- ists, high divers, and trapeze artists swing, dance, soar, and swim around an opera- house–inspired set featuring a pool that transforms to a dry stage.
at Treasure Island, is pure Cirque du Soleil, with the high-energy acrobatics and inspiring imagery that have become the company’s hallmark. At Bel- lagio, “O” combines acrobatics and synchronized swimming in a show performed on, in, and above water. The part-burlesque, part-cabaret “Zuman- ity” at New York–New York Hotel & Casino shows off the sexier side of Cirque du Soleil, and the gravity-defying “KÀ” at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino takes theatrics to a whole new level. At The Mirage, “The Bea- tles LOVE” celebrates the legacy and songs of The Beatles, while “Viva ELVIS” celebrates the king of rock ‘n’ roll at ARIA Resort & Casino. Finally, the illusions of Criss Angel cross with the magic of Cirque du Soleil in “CRISS ANGEL Believe” at Luxor. When it comes to creating experi-
ences as unique and memorable as its famous shows, Cirque du Soleil has groups covered. In addition to offer- ing special rates, Cirque du Soleil gives groups priority access to tickets when booked in advance, personalized service with a sales account executive, assis- tance with booking pre- or post-show
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dinners and receptions at nearby restaurants, as well as Cirque du Soleil–branded souvenirs, such as show programs or CDs with music from the shows. Cirque du Soleil also offers permanent productions in other cit-
ies throughout the U.S., including “La Nouba” at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando; “IRIS,” a large-scale production exclusive to the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles; and “Zarkana,” which returns to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in the summer of 2012. n