Cirque du Soleil is announcing today that René Richard Cyr will direct a Cirque du Soleil resident show at the New York-New York Hotel in Las Vegas.
With an eye to redefining the music hall genre, this intimate, exotic and provocative show will serve up an original mix of dance, humour and acrobatics. "Each act promises to be a sensual, artistic experience of the highest calibre," says Lyn Heward, President & COO of Cirque du Soleil's Creative Content Division. The New York-New York Hotel theatre is currently being renovated to house the production in 2003.
Creator, artist and communicator René Richard Cyr has been an active player in Quebec's cultural scene for over 20 years. He's an accomplished theatre director who has created over 100 shows. He has put his talents to work as an actor, director, author, creator and producer of variety shows aired on Quebec's major networks. In addition, he has garnered a number of awards, most notably for his work on Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. His most recent production, L'homme de la Mancha (Man of La Mancha), is currently a major success.
"I'm really up for this new professional challenge! It's an honour to be able to work on a Cirque du Soleil production, and I'm thrilled to create a show that will strive to redefine the music hall genre," says Cyr. "I'm joining an organization that has the utmost respect for the creative process, and showcases the talent of numerous Quebec artists on the international stage."
"René Richard will bring a fascinating artistic perspective to this creative project. We are all the more proud to be working with a Quebec director who wants to embark on Cirque du Soleil's international adventure," adds Heward.
In June 2002, Cirque du Soleil and its prestigious partner MGM MIRAGE Group announced plans to create two new resident shows in Las Vegas—the New York-New York Hotel project slated to premiere in summer 2003, and the 2004 MGM Grand Hotel project, to be directed by Robert Lepage.
Cirque du Soleil already provides a welcome oasis in the Nevada desert with two resident shows: Mystère at the Treasure Island Hotel, and "O" at the Bellagio Hotel.
Cirque du Soleil
Since its inception in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 30 million spectators in 130 cities on four continents. Cirque du Soleil has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix, and Rose d'Or de Montreux. Cirque du Soleil's International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.
In 2002, Cirque du Soleil is simultaneously presenting:
Varekai North American Tour
Dralion North American Tour
Quidam North American Tour
Alegría North American Tour
Saltimbanco European Tour
La Nouba presented at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando
"O" presented at the Bellagio in Las Vegas
Mystère presented at Treasure Island in Las Vegas
Other Cirque du Soleil productions since 1984 include Cirque du Soleil,
La Magie Continue, We Reinvent the Circus, Nouvelle Expérience, Fascination, and a collaboration with Cirque Knie.