Cirque du Soleil has always been a transformative performance. Cirque shows take you on a journey through the ethereal, the whimsical, and the fantastic. With a variety of themes in hundreds of locations, the Cirque name has become synonymous with the best entertainment in the world. But just when the world most needed an escape, Cirque du Soleil was forced to go dark, keeping performers and guests safe during the pandemic. Now, as the world slowly emerges from the dark haze of 2020, Cirque is back – Mystère is returning to Las Vegas, and many venues around the world.
After more than a year of closure and uncertainty, Mystère returned to the stage on June 28th, at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Cirque’s team shared, “‘It is an incredible moment to see the audience back in our theater again after more than 15 months,’ said Eric Grilly, SVP Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows Division. ‘The cast and crew are absolutely thrilled to be back on stage in the Entertainment Capital of the World.’”
And they are indeed back, with dozens of performances planned and audiences clamoring to get back to the theater to see their favorite acrobatic spectacle. Mystère’s website describes the performance; “Inside the imagination is a playful place to be. This world is a jaunty, music-filled adventure bright with color and athleticism. Heart-pumping acrobatics, curious characters and gut-busting gags abound. It’s a joyous funhouse…and you’re at the front door.”
But even that description falls short. In the audience of a Cirque show, especially the original Mystère, audiences float away from their worldly cares for a few hours.
Cirque in Vegas
Mystère isn’t the only show to triumphantly return to the stage in Vegas, merely the first. The following performances are returning to the desert city this year:
- “O”: This stunning theatrical adaptation of a romance is an ode to the beauty and majesty of theater. The website shares, “Inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water, world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers create a breathtaking experience. Only at Bellagio, Las Vegas.” Performances open July 1st.
- “Michael Jackson ONE”: This stunning blend of acrobatics, dance and visuals brings audiences on a journey through the world of Jackson’s music. Featuring the pop king’s biggest hits, and Michael Jackson-inspired choreography, this show is sure to delight audiences. It starts August 19th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
- “The Beatles LOVE”: As the name would suggest, this exciting journey happens against the backdrop of the Beatles’ greatest hits. The performance includes thrilling aerial acrobatics, daring trampoline & roller skate acts and more. With psychadelic ’60’s vibes and chill Beatles tunes, audiences will tumble back in time while enjoying all the integrated tech that makes a Cirque show cutting-edge. Performances begin August 26th at the Mirage Hotel & Casino.
Cirque Around the World
Vegas isn’t the only city seeing Cirque return, and the world is buzzing with excitement as more dates are announced by the day. Some of the world performance highlights include:
- Alegria: one of Cirque’s classic performances, Alegria explores the theme of a revolutionary youth standing up to the hidebound old guard and changing the world. This visual smorgasbord comes to Houston, Texas, in November and December.
- Crystal: Cirque on ice, Crystal is a mix of the fantastic and the Earthly, taking audiences on a heart-pounding journey of self discovery as the heroine explores her own imagination. Crystal is coming to Hanover, Germany, in September and Leipzig, Germany, in late September and early October.
- Joya: This show is the first resident Cirque show in Mexico, and has been open since January. With dozens more performances planned for 2021, audiences have the opportunity to see this five senses performance as many times as it takes to absorb the full effect. In the performance, an alchemist and his granddaughter journey together to discover the secrets of life.
Many more performances are planned around the world for 2022 as well. If you’ve never been to a Cirque performance, plenty of opportunities are coming, and they are not to be missed. If you need to tumble out of life and into a world of visual pleasures, auditory joy, and the occasional moments of whimsy and laughter, Cirque has a performance that will delight. Keep your eyes on Cirque du Soleil’s website as they announce even more over the next few months; Cirque is officially back.