During the show’s annual dark, the technical team on Mystère undertook a major project: replacing the 17-year-old stage floor. The new floor is made from a recently developed material, poured on site to eliminate joints. The sub-floor, meanwhile, is made completely out of recycled materials such as tires and soles of shoes.
March 2011 marked the 10th edition of the “Run Away with Cirque du Soleil” event at Springs Preserve. The attendance record for this event—which celebrated its anniversary by becoming a ONE DROP World Water Day Event—was quickly surpassed with over 1,700 participants, supporters and volunteers, including many Cirque du Soleil employees, on hand to witness the public unveiling of ONE DROP in the Las Vegas community. Over 20 artists playing their respective roles—most of whom had performed the night before and were due to perform twice again that evening—were on site to cheer on participants and take pictures of the crowd.
Over a dozen members of the ZAIA team generously lent a hand in organizing the Macau Fringe Festival, an event showcasing local artists and promoting the arts within the community. This year, over 350 people from 24 different community groups took part in creating movable works of art, which were paraded through downtown Macau.
Benefit events held during resident shows’ dress rehearsals brought in over $185,000 in 2011, which was distributed to local non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations such as the Gay & Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada, Operation Homefront Nevada, Safe Net, A Gift for Teaching, the Orlando Ballet, ONE DROP Canada and Machincuepa Circo Social.
For a second consecutive year, Cirque du Soleil has underwritten part of the cost of the Las Vegas Philharmonic orchestra’s Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. One of the musicians from Mystère sat on the judge’s panel for the competition, where six of the 28 participating young people were rewarded for their talent.
As part of the Angel Tree program during the Holiday season, Resident Shows Division employees joined forces with the Women’s Development Center and Street Teens in Las Vegas, the Boys and Girls Club in Orlando and My Friend’s Place in Los Angeles. A total of more than 30 families and 50 kids and teens benefited from Cirque du Soleil employees’ support.
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