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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.
Everyone loves to save money, and there's nothing better than something enjoyable that doesn't require dipping into your wallet. Las Vegas is home to lots of free activities and attractions that you can enjoy year-round.
The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio, open 24 hours a day, features a stunning display of flowers, plants and trees, which is frequently changed and always provides a beautiful view. The Fountains of Bellagio are a spectacular blend of water, music and light thoughtfully interwoven, and recently named the number one free attraction in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com.
For more water wonders, check out the Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas, 3-acre secluded lake surrounded by lush forest, with a beautiful and free showing nightly.
Fremont Street Experience presents Viva Vision, the "Biggest Big Screen" on the planet. With more than 12.5 million lights 550,000 watts of amazing sound, this nightly complimentary attraction is a sight not to be missed.
If you're a fan of animals and wildlife, visit the Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas and see Chilean Flamingos, lush foliage, sparkling waters, swans, ducks, Koi and turtles.
Other can't-miss Las Vegas favorites include the Volcano at The Mirage, the Sirens of TI at Treasure Island, the Show in the Sky at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and the complimentary world-renowned circus acts daily at Circus Circus.
The price is right, so be sure to enjoy these amazing free attractions in Las Vegas!