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Grupo Vidanta's Cirque du Soleil theater coming to Mexico's Riviera Maya

Artist's concept of new Vidanta Theater. Photo courtesy of Vidanta and Cirque du Soleil.

Visitors to the powdery beaches of eastern Mexico's 80-mile-long Riviera Maya will soon be oohing and ahhing at eye-popping acrobatic spectacles – thanks to Cirque du Soleil's first resident show operating outside Las Vegas and Orlando. What's more, the shows will be in a 600-seat dinner theater designed to offer “a level of intimacy between audience and performance never before seen in a Cirque du Soleil show.”

Set to debut this November, the custom-designed theater is a joint project of Cirque du Soleil and Grupo Vidanta, a leading developer of world-class resorts and tourism infrastructure in Mexico. The theater is being built near one of the Vidanta resort properties on the Riviera Maya some 10 miles south of Cancun International Airport.

“We believe the entertainment offerings for our region’s guests and visitors should rival any in the world,” said Grupo Vidanta founder Daniel Chávez Morán. “This entirely new category of entertainment will be an experience one must see, hear and taste. We are extremely proud to bring this dream to life.”

Said Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil: “We were asked four years ago by Grupo Vidanta to imagine something different, something new, something unprecedented for this destination. We’re excited that our partnership will unveil a new intersection for us between performance and culinary creativity.”

Grupo Vidanta operates more than 30 resort properties in Mexico's top beach destinations. Its resort and hotel brands include Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, The Bliss, Mayan Palace, Ocean Breeze and Sea Garden, with more in development. Among other units of the company, Vidanta Golf is the largest golf course operator in Mexico, Grupo Vidanta's real estate division has built and sold more than 2,000 vacation homes, and the company developed Mar de Cortés International Airport (the country's first privately built and owned airport) in Puerto Peñasco on the coast of the Gulf of California.

Based in Quebec, Canada, Cirque du Soleil provides high-quality artistic entertainment. Since its beginnings in 1984, close to 150 million spectators in over 300 cities on six continents have been thrilled by Cirque du Soleil productions.

Getting there: Cancun International Airport, near both Cancun and the Riviera Maya, is served by nonstop hops from major U.S. gateways including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Phoenix and San Francisco, among other domestic airports and dozens of overseas terminals.

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