The Riviera Maya, so rich in cultural traditions and heritage, is about to get even richer. Come November, the hot spot of Caribbean hospitality and tropical adventure will be the proud host to one of the world’s premier spectacles: the great Cirque du Soleil.
As if the majestic remains of the great Maya civilization and the breathtaking beaches of the Mexican Caribbean weren’t already enough attractions to draw visitors from around the world, now Cancun and Riviera Maya have something else to boast their credentials as one of the top international tourist destinations.
Cirque du Soleil, Caribbean Style
On November 21, 2014, those lucky enough to have purchased tickets will witness a historic event in the Riviera Maya: the grand premier of JOYÀ at Latin America’s first Cirque du Soleil Theater.
JOYÀ will be housed in a 600-seat theater custom-built for Cirque du Soleil in the Riviera Maya, near the Gran Mayan resort. The theater’s design draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding jungle.
Bringing together a team of 15 creators and 24 artists in a performance that will captivate people of all ages, the show will combine culinary and performing arts in an intimate theater setting to engage the audience’s five senses.
The premium dinner service will feature international gastronomy and the finest beverages – including champagne from Mercier, one of the world’s most renowned champagne producers, located in the Épernay region of northern France – incorporated into a theatrical prelude to JOYÀ.
30 Years of Spectacular Performances
For over thirty years now, the Canadian-based Cirque du Soleil has provided world-class circus entertainment to people throughout the world. In fact, since its beginnings in 1984, close to 150 million spectators in over 300 cities on six continents have been thrilled by Cirque du Soleil.
And now Cirque du Soleil will be a permanent part of the cultural fabric of the Mexican Caribbean.
“This new creative collision of cuisine and immersive performances is tailor made for Cancun and Riviera Maya,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil.
“We reveled in the creative challenge of introducing something completely different in JOYÀ. Through the integration of premium food and beverage service into a Cirque du Soleil theatrical experience that draws on Mexico’s rich culture and heritage, JOYÀ will deliver an immersive, multisensory offering beyond anything that currently exists for residents and visitors of Mexico, or elsewhere in the world.”
JOYÀ: The Pearl of the Mexican Caribbean
The name JOYÀ is rooted in the Spanish joya meaning jewel or pearl, and alludes to a person or event of great value.
Drawing on Mexico’s history and heritage, JOYÀ tells the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter embarking on a transformative quest to uncover the secrets of life. Through their wonderfully disorienting journey they will discover a hidden gem in the mangrove, passing along the poetry of love and life to future generations.
What You Need to Know about JOYÀ
- JOYÀ is a joint production between Cirque du Soleil and the Mexican-based hospitality consortium, Grupo Vidanta.
- Stage Director Martin Genest and Culinary Designer Alexis Bostelmann of Grupo Vidanta, who created the culinary experience, will begin preview performances of JOYÀ on November 8, 2014. The show will premier on November 21, 2014.
- JOYÀ will have a duration of approximately 70 minutes.
Don’t miss out on this incredible cultural addition to the Riviera Maya! Contact your Amstar representative for more information and organize your trip to the Mexican Caribbean today!