A permanent 600-seat custom-made theater built exclusively for Cirque du Soleil is now under construction in Mexico’s Riviera Maya,scheduled to open in November of 2014. Situated just south of Cancun and just north of Playa del Carmen in the heart of this world-renowned coastal resort area,the theater’s design will draw inspiration from the surrounding jungle habitat and will be constructed over a large cenote,which are natural underground pools that can be found throughout Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
70-minute shows will be performed eight times each week all year round at the new venue,which will be named the Vidanta Theater in honor of Canada-based Cirque’s new partnership with Latin American resort developer Grupo Vidanta. The developer currently operates four resorts directly across the street from the new theater’s location,including the Grand Luxxe,the Grand Bliss,the Grand Mayan and the Mayan Palace.
“We believe the entertainment offerings for our region’s guests and visitors should rival any in the world,” shared Grupo Vidanta founder Daniel Chavez Moran. “Through our partnership with Cirque du Soleil we will deliver an entertainment experience beyond what currently exists in Mexico or the world.”
Although Cirque du Soleil has toured in Mexico several times,the new theatre will represent only the third resident show for the company,which also operates permanent venues in Orlando and Las Vegas. Promising to be an experience that guests will see,hear and taste,the shows performed at this location will be unique in that they will incorporate world-class dining and champagne service with the experience.
“We’re excited that our partnership will unveil a new intersection for us between performance and culinary creativity,” shared Daniel Lamarre,president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil. “The setting is the most intimate custom-built theater of all the Cirque du Soleil resident theaters in the world.”
Although the group has yet to release any details regarding the show’s first theme,Cirque currently performs 19 shows at its permanent and temporary venues around the world. Fans are encouraged to enter their email address on the Cirque du Soleil website to receive updates as the project moves toward completion.
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