By Caroline Fontein
Cirque du Soleil draws back the curtain and gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at their shows in Vegas for the second annual Cirque Week on December 1 – 10. With seven ongoing shows in the Entertainment Capital of the World and one touring production, this week-long event provides fans with an intimate view of the most prominent production company on the Las Vegas Strip. Fans will get a chance to see what it takes to be an artist in “O,” see a custom theater technology demonstration of the music and lighting techniques used in “LOVE,” watch a bungee demonstration from a performer in “Mystere” and even see what went into creating the new battle scene in “KÀ.”
The Revolution Lounge at the Mirage will serve as headquarters for this event. Here guests can pick up their credentials, gift bag and socialize with other Cirque enthusiasts.
Here’s a list of the events taking place for Cirque Week. Different packages for this event can be purchased here .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, December 1
Come See if you have what it takes to be an artist in “O”
Location: O theater at the Bellagio
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Select “O” characters will give guests a workshop on how to mime, dance and clown around as a performer in “O” at the Bellagio. After the workshop, artists and coaches will be available for a question and answer (Q&A) session.
Fun Facts about “O:”
- “”O” opened as Cirque’s first aquatic show in 1998.
- The synchronized swimming team is made up of 17 world-class swimmers.
- The pool at “O” contains 1.5 million gallons of water.
- A group of four world-class high divers leap 60 feet from the grid to a small exposed section of the pool in every show.
- “O” has about 85 performers and 150 stage hands .
“LOVE” Custom theater technology demonstration and Q&A
Location: The Beatles LOVE theater at the Mirage
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
At this event guests will get an exclusive look at the technical aspects of The Beatles “LOVE” at the Mirage. Out of all the Cirque shows in Vegas, “LOVE” has the most technically advanced theater. This event will feature a state-of-the-art sound demonstration through the theater’s 6,300 custom-made speakers. The presentation will also feature the show’s other technical elements including the 11 lifts that make up the stage, 24 digital projectors and 204 moving lights. Following the demonstration experts from various department including Sound, Automation, Lighting and Projections will be available for a (Q&A) session.
Fun Facts about “LOVE:”
- The “LOVE” theater has 2,013 seats with the furthest one only 98 feet from all the action on stage.
- Nine lifts and eight automated trolleys provide the show with 140 different ways to put a performer in the air.
- Each seat in the theater has six speakers.
- The show has almost 600 stage and acrobatic props.
- There are 12,000-lumen projectors for each of the two 2,000-square-foot panoramic screens in the theater.
Saturday, December 3
Inside Cirque: An Exclusive Peek at the Business Side of the Show
Location: Zumanity Theater at New York-New York
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Aside from what people see on stage, there are many aspects that go into creating each Cirque du Soleil production. This event shows fans what it takes to find performers and technicians for each show and what goes into managing 22 distinct productions on five continents. President and CEO Daniel Lamarre will be joined by a panel of other key executives to give fans an in-depth view of the business side of Cirque.
Sunday, December 4
“Mystère” Bungee Demonstration and Costume Q&A
Location: Mystere’s Theater at Treasure Island
Time: 4 – 5 p.m.
This event will take fans to new heights as the performers who act as the Bungee Warriors in “Mystère” give guests an up-close demonstration of what they do in the show. In additional to this, colorful costumes will be on display. The Head of Wardrobe will also be available to discuss the bungee costumes and what goes into maintaining the wardrobe for a show with numerous acrobatic performers.
Fun Facts about “Mystère:”
- “Mystère” premiered on the Las Vegas Strip in 1993.
- More than 12 million people have seen Mystere at the Treasure Island.
- The show uses 22 miles of bungee cord.
- More than 48,000 buckets of popcorn have been dumped on unsuspecting audiences members at this show.
- The cast consists of about 75 international artists.
Monday, December 5
Behind the Scenes with “Zumanity,” the Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil
Location: Zumanity theater at New York-New York
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Here guests will have the opportunity to see a show rehearsal of a scene from “Zumanity.” This will be followed by a Q &A session with the artists and crew.
Fun Facts about ‘Zumanity:”
- There are about 46 cast members in this show .
- The wardrobe was created by 16 designers and includes 99 wigs and hairpieces.
- The tallest pair of heels in the show is seven inches.
- The show opened in 2003.
- More than 1,200 yards of silk are needed at any given time to keep the show running.
Thursday, December 8
“Viva Elvis” Q&A
Location: Viva Elvis Theater at Aria in City Center
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Taking on the music and persona of Elvis Presley and creating a show from it was no easy feat. At this event members from the cast and crew of “Viva Elvis” will demonstrate the Jailhouse Rock set. Guests will learn what goes into moving the three-story-tall and 90,000 pound set piece. Artists will also be there to discuss what goes into performing upside down during this number in the show.
Fun Facts at “Viva Elvis:”
- Husband and wife choreographers Napolean and Tabitha Dumo, who also worked on the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” helped choreograph this show.
- The giant blue suede shoe in the show is 29 feet long and weighs 7,000 pounds.
- “Got A Lot of Livin’ To Do” features seven trampolines and a structure that weighs some 30 tons and takes up the full 78-foot width of the stage.
- The giant “cowboys” representing Elvis in the show are 35, 31 and 17-feet tall.
- The wedding cake is a scale replica of Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding cake from their wedding in 1967 at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas.
Friday, December 9
“KÀ” Battle 2011 Q&A
Location: KÀ Theater at MGM Grand
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Cirque du Soleil shows are constantly evolving. This year the team at “KÀ” has been working on transforming the gravity-defying Battle number that takes places as the show’s finale. Members of the cast and artistic and technical teams will discuss what went into making this change after more than six years and 3,000 performances in Vegas.
Fun Facts about “KÀ:”
- The stage at ”KÀ” cost about $200 million and two years to build.
- The various performances spaces in the show are created by five stage lifts, four of which are capable of moving at four inches per second.
- About 80 artists make up the cast at KA.
- The logo for “KÀ” was influenced by Asian iconography.
- The show features acrobatics, Capoeira dance, puppetry, projections and martial arts.
Saturday, December 10
Meet & Greet with Criss Angel following his 9:30 p.m.show
Location: Criss Angel Believe at Luxor
Time: after the 9:30 p.m. show
Following the show, fans will get a chance to see the star in person with a meet and greet after the 9:30 p.m. show.
Fun Facts about “Criss Angel Believe:”
- This show opened in 2008 and takes place in 1,600-seat theater.
- In 2010 the show was enhanced with the addition of more than 30 illusions.
- Angel was the creator, director and executive producer for his popular magic show “Criss Angel Mindfreak.”
- The show lasted six seasons and more than 100 million people in more than 90 countries viewed each season.
- Angels’ interest in magic started when he was six years old.