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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.
It's a party that's 365 days in the making -- get to Las Vegas this Friday and usher in 2011 with a New Year's Eve celebration like you've never seen before!
Join us for America's Party on the Las Vegas Strip, when we close the road to traffic and open it to party-goers for hours of revelry, capped by a spectacular fireworks show as the clock strikes midnight. This year, you're in for an additional treat as Jay-Z and Coldplay's performances at the new Cosmopolitan will also be broadcast simultaneously outdoors on the 65-foot marquee for everyone on the Strip to enjoy! Inside the resort, DJD Erick Morillo spins at Marquee nightclub.
Other big-name acts that are performing in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve include Rihanna inside Pure at Caesars Palace, Nelly at Haze inside ARIA Resort, Ludacris at Hard Rock Hotel's Vanity, Diddy at LAX inside Luxor, Thirty Seconds to Mars at the Palms, Jay Sean at The Bank at Bellagio, Pitbull at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay, LMFAO inside Moon at the Palms and Kool & the Gang at Eastside Cannery.
Vegas nightclubs will also be jamming with several of the world's top music mixers. You can catch a trio of spinmasters at the Palms -- Paul Oakenfold at Rain, DJ Grandmaster Flash at Island Bar and DJ Mark Stylz and Exodus hosting the Patio Party.
There are sure to be plenty of celebrities in town, too. You can spend New Year's Eve with Kim Kardashian at Tao Las Vegas inside the Venetian, or ring in 2011 with Peepshow star Holly Madison at Lavo inside the Palazzo.
If you'd rather laugh away 2010, catch Sinbad at the Orleans, or revel outdoors with a dozen tribute bands performing on the three stages of the Fremont Street Experience as part of TributePalooza Weekend.
Fireworks, music, nightlife, top DJs, celebrities, and more -- get to Las Vegas and finish the year with a celebration like you've never had before! See LasVegas.com for more.