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Have you ever wondered how Cirque du Soleil artists are chosen and train for a particular show, or how state-of-the-art technology is used to enhance a performance? These questions and many more were answered for hundreds of Cirque fans during behind-the-scenes special events held Dec. 1-10 as part of Cirque Week in Las Vegas.
Those who purchased an event package were invited to enjoy behind-the-scenes Q&As, meet and greet opportunities with performers, technology demonstrations, exclusive dress rehearsal viewings and more. For those interested in learning more about the Cirque du Soleil lifestyle, the company hosted a "business side of Cirque" seminar, to teach fans how performers are recruited and train for various shows.
The week started off with an "O" workshop at Bellagio Hotel, where participants learned how to mime and clown their way across the stage by an "O" performer. Did you know that the onstage pool at "O" holds 1.5 million gallons, takes eight hours to drain and is set at 88 degrees? That's one big hot tub! Cirque fans were also invited to sit in on a live rehearsal for Zumanity at New York New York Hotel, and had the opportunity to meet Criss Angel after his performance at the Luxor Hotel.
For fans interested in the acrobatic side of Cirque du Soleil, many had the opportunity to learn how artists perform upside down in the VIVA Elvis show at ARIA Resort, and how artists are constantly changing up the famous battle scene in MGM Grand's resident Cirque du Soleil show "KA." Did you know that the "sand" in KA's beach scene is made of granulated cork?
Next, attendees were treated with an up-close demonstration of the most technically advanced Cirque du Soleil stage in Las Vegas, the Beatles LOVE stage at the Mirage Resort. The 130 Beatles songs in the LOVE soundtrack are played through hundreds of speakers embedded in theater seats and walls. Plus, attendees could watch a bungee demo and see the one-of-a-kind costumes up close and personal during the Mystére Q&A at Treasure Island.
The week of events wrapped up with a tribute to the late King of Pop with the Las Vegas debut of Michael Jackson - The Immortal World Tour at Mandalay Bay Resort. This new tribute production plays through Tuesday, December 27.