After more than a year of shutdown, Cirque du Soleil is ready to restart. The company announced on Wednesday that it will return to Las Vegas at the end of June to present two shows at two venues at full capacity.
Despite snowing on Wednesday in Montreal, the sun is back at the Circus headquarters. “It was our best day in a year. There were so many emotions and tears of joy when I made the announcement to the staff this morning.” [mercredi] », Trust me magazine Circus CEO, Daniel Lamary.
And with good reason. After months of uncertainty, postponements and layoffs, Cirque announced on Wednesday that it would reopen mysteryAnd June 28 and aJuly 1. These will be the company’s first productions to resume operations in Las Vegas since the company “temporarily” suspended its resident offerings on March 15, 2020.
Choosing these two specific offers to launch the grand reopening in “The Strip” is not an easy matter.
“These are two remarkable performances,” says Daniel Lamary. For us, the appearance of our two original shows was symbolic [à Las Vegas] Be the first two to reopen. “
While Quebec is in the middle of the third wave of COVID-19, the situation is different, to say the least in Nevada.
“When we get to the end of June, there will be nearly 80% of Las Vegas residents to be vaccinated, including all MGM employees and all circus employees,” explains Daniel Lamary.
End of restrictions
Last week, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that he would lift all restrictive measures for the pandemic starting June 1. Thus Cirque’s first two shows can be staged in rooms at full capacity. Theaters mystery, At Treasure Island, and a, At Bellagio, it can accommodate 1541 and 1,800 spectators, respectively.
The circus will not require proof of vaccination to access its theaters. But masks will be mandatory and other health measures will be put in place. “We’ll see how the situation develops,” said Daniel Lamary.
If all goes well with these two productions, Cirque plans to reopen its other Vegas shows in the order: the Beatles the love (August), Michael Jackson One (September) and Ka (October). The dates haven’t been confirmed yet, though.
Uncertainty in Montreal
The Blue Man Group, part of the Cirque family, is also set to start again in Luxor, Vegas, later this summer. In Disney Springs, Florida, Daniel Lamary also hopes to launch the new show Attracted to life In the fall.
In November, Cosa He could do it again in Punta Cana. Luzia It will be re-launched in London in January.
Regarding a marquee show Under one sky, Which was due to premier in Montreal in the spring of 2020, nothing is less certain of its showing next year. Cirque plans to introduce another production in the Old Port in April 2022.
“By focusing so much on re-launching our existing programs, we want to ensure that the quality of this new offering is not neglected,” explains Daniel Lamari. We are currently looking into all of our alternatives. “
Circus during a Pandemic
Cirque du Soleil had 44 active productions [dont 6 spectacles à Las Vegas et 13 spectacles de tournée] When the epidemic struck. Everyone was forced to close their doors indefinitely.
In March 2020, the circus had to lay off 95% of its employees, or 4,679 people. About 200 employees have managed to keep their jobs, most of them in Montreal.
In recent months, only residents of China appear [The Land of Fantasy, à Hangzhou] And Mexico [JOYÀ, à Riviera Maya] She was able to resume.
In the coming weeks, every time the Cirque show re-launches, around 200 jobs will be created.