Riviera Maya, Mexico - Grupo Vidanta recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of JOY└ by Cirque du Soleil, a first-of-its-kind culinary and theatrical experience in Riviera Maya. Located at Vidanta's Riviera Maya destination, JOY└ is Cirque du Soleil's first resident show in Mexico housed at the award-winning, custom designed theater.
The production debuted in November 2014 as a result of a unique collaboration pioneered between Cirque du Soleil and Grupo Vidanta, a leading developer of resorts and tourism infrastructure in Mexico and Latin America.
In its first year, JOY└ has successfully attracted thousands of destination visitors to the region, and has garnered international recognition as one of the most unique Cirque du Soleil experiences in the world. To date, JOY└ has performed over 300 shows, which have been consistently sold out and met with rave reviews.
Renowned throughout Mexico for its innovative architecture and engineering, the 600 seat theater was custom-built for JOY└ and offers a one-of-a-kind, intimate experience with elements of Mexican art and heritage. Inspired by the natural beauty of Riviera Maya and rooted in the richness of the local culture, the Cirque du Soleil Theater, designed and constructed by Grupo Vidanta, was awarded the 2015 Building of the Year by leading Mexican architecture and construction magazine Obras by Grupo Expansiˇn, recognizing it as the most important facility constructed in Mexico this year.
JOY└ is an innovative theatrical experience, combining culinary and performing arts that engages the audience's five senses. Drawing on Mexico's history and heritage, JOY└ tells the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter embarking on a transformative quest to uncover the secrets of life. Mexico's culture inspires the entire show, from costumes and set design to the acts included in the production. Unlike any other Cirque du Soleil show, JOY└ provides a culinary and champagne experience for guests, featuring an inspired menu and the original MoŰt Champagne Mercier, available exclusively at the Cirque du Soleil Theater.
"We are thrilled about the enthusiasm surrounding JOY└ over the past year," said Yasmine Khalil, Executive Producer of JOY└, Cirque du Soleil Group. "The response has been extremely positive and our artists and technicians look forward to sharing the JOY└ experience with the audience at each and every show. This unique production and setting touches the audiences and offers each guest a unique culinary and entertainment experience."Grupo Vidanta, together with Cirque du Soleil, celebrated the anniversary of JOY└ on Saturday, November 21st with a celebration of 600 esteemed guests at the Cirque du Soleil Theater in Riviera Maya. Guests were treated to the JOY└ VIP dinner experience and show, followed by an after party.