Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows (Complete List)

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Published on: April 15, 2009

This article is part of my Cirque du Soleil Information Primer Articles Series.

Resident Shows of Cirque du Soleil

Resident shows are in contradiction to the Cirque du Soleil touring show, performed at one specific location/venue throughout it’s run. A resident show does not come to visit people around the world, you have to pay it a visit yourself and travel to the location of the resident show, if you want to see it live. The venue is usually specially constructed and build from scratch for the Cirque du Soleil show and only that show is performed at that venue location.

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This allows Cirque to do things that are impossible with a touring show on the road that need to be packed up and moved to another city every couple months. Good examples of resident shows that take special advantage of their fix location are “O” with the big swimming pool as the stage and “KA” with the stage that is vertical and capable of rotating 360 degrees.

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Mystère (1993-…, 25.December 1994, Las Vegas)

Location: Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Director: Franco Dragonè
Director of Creation: Gilles Ste-Croix
Music Composer: René Dupéré
Set: Michel Crête
Costumes/Props: Dominique Lemieux
Lighting: Luc LaFortune
Sound: Jonathan Deans
Trainer/Choreographer: Debra Brown

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Mystère is French and means “Mystery

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“O” (1998-…, 19.October 1998, Las Vegas)

Location: Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Director: Franco Dragonè
Director of Creation: Gilles Ste-Croix
Music Composer: Benoit Jutras
Set: Michel Crête
Costumes/Props: Dominique Lemieux
Lighting: Luc LaFortune
Sound: Jonathan Deans, François Bergeron
Trainer/Choreographer: Debra Brown

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O” is inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water’s pure form. The name “O” also represents the expression “Oh” that humans use when they are struck with awe, excitement, surprise or pleasure.

La Nouba (1998-…, 23.December 1998/28.January 1999, Orlando)

Location: Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL
Director: Franco Dragonè
Director of Creation: Gilles Ste-Croix
Music Composer: Benoit Jutras
Set: Michel Crête
Costumes/Props: Dominique Lemieux
Lighting: Luc LaFortune
Sound: Jonathan Deans, François Bergeron
Trainer/Choreographer: Debra Brown

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The show name La Nouba originates from the French phrase “faire la nouba,” which means to party, to live it up. It is a world where dreams and reality intertwine as the urban and circus worlds meet on stage. Blending acrobatics, dazzling choreography, whimsical characters and live music, La Nouba stimulates our imagination from beginning to end.

Zumanity (2003-…, 31.July 2003/20.September 2003, Las Vegas)

Location: New York, New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Directors: Dominic Champagne & René Richard Cyr
Director of Creation: Andrew Watson
Music Composer(s): Simon Carpenter, Anna Liani
Set: Stéphane Roy
Costumes/Props: Thierry Mugler/Normand Blais
Lighting: Luc LaFortune
Sound: Jonathan Deans
Trainer/Choreographer: Debra Brown, Marguerite Derricks, Cal McCrystal

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Zumanity explores the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil and is the first and only Cirque du Soleil show that is designed for mature audiences only. It is provocative, sexual, esthetic, beautiful, lustful and emotional, touching every aspect of human sexuality that each of us wants to experience, but often does not, due to social codes that do not allow the free expression of your inner feelings and desires. Zumanity deals with this conflict in a cabaret-like way and lets people forget about the codes, at least for the duration of the show itself.

(2004-…, 26.November 2004/03.February 2005, Las Vegas)

Location: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Director: Robert Lepage
Director of Creation: Guy Caron
Music Composer: René Dupéré
Set: Mark Fisher
Costumes/Props: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt/Patricia Ruel
Lighting: Luc LaFortune
Sound: Jonathan Deans
Trainer/Choreographer: Jacques Heim, Michael Curry (Puppets), André Simard

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is the story of two imperial twins who lost their parents, discover life and love on their journey to regain back their kingdom from the evil counselor and his son who invented a magic super weapon. They used this magic weapon to assume power of the people who helped them to take control over the kingdom of the twins. It is about the duality of KA, the power that has the ability to destroy and to create, war, love and the struggle in life itself. stands for “Life Force” in Egyptian mythology and is one of the five parts that make up a human soul. The other four parts are LB = heart, Sheut = Shadow, REN = Name and BA = Personality.
is also the word for “Sun” or “King” in Sanskrit (Indian mythology), which is the title of Brahma (Hinduism).

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LOVE (2006-…, 02.June 2006/30.June 2006, Las Vegas)

Location: The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Director: Dominic Champagne
Director of Creation: Gilles Ste-Croix, Chantal Tremblay (Assoc.)
Music Composer: The Beatles, Sir George Martin, Giles Martin, Neil Aspinall
Set: Jean Rabasse
Costumes/Props: Philippe Guillotel/Patricia Ruel
Lighting: Yves Aucoin
Sound: Jonathan Deans
Trainer/Choreographer: Hansel Cereza, Dave St-Pierre, Geneviève Dorion-Coupal, Daniel Ezralow, Margie Gillis, Michael Curry (Puppets), Daniel Cola/André Simard

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The Beatles “Love” starts with the last live performance of The Beatles on the roof at the Apple Studios in London on January 30, 1969. The Beatles songs itself inspired the acts of the Cirque performances, particularly their lyrics and their historic backgrounds or meanings to the individual members of the band. The title “ Love ” is derived from The Beatles single “All you need is Love”, which is also the song for the shows final and closing.

WINTUK (01.November 2007 – 02.January 2011, New York City)

Location: WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
               (Seasonal Show, was only performed during the Winter, Nov-Feb)
Director: Robert Lepage
Director of Creation: Fernand Rainville
Music Composer: Simon Carpenter, Jim Corcoran
Set: Patricia Ruel
Costumes/Props: François Barbeau/Patricia Ruel
Lighting: Yves Aucoin
Sound: Jonathan Deans, Leon Rothenberg
Trainer/Choreographer: Daniel Cola

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Wintuk is a whirlwind winter adventure about a boy-Jamie-and his quest to find snow.Jamie lives in an imaginary city where the arrival of winter has brought intense cold, but no snow! He interacts with a cast of high-energy urban street characters, including acrobats, dancers and talking lampposts. Jamie embarks on a journey to an imaginary North called Wintuk.

He is joined by three companions-a female Shaman with magical powers, the girl he has fallen head over heels for and a timid young man called Wimpy, destined to discover his own courage. Jamie’s goal: bring the snow back to where it belongs.

Zaia (2008-…,26.July./28.August.2008 Macao)

Location: Venetian hotel and Casino in Macao, China

Working titles “Cosmos” or “Macao I”. Resident show at the COTAI ARENA® at the Sands Venetian Macao Hotel and Casino Resort at THE COTAI STRIP® in Macao, China

Director: Gilles Maheu
Director of Creation: Neilson Vignola
Music Composer: Violaine Corradi
Set: Guillaume Lord
Costumes/Props: Dominique Lemieux
Lighting: Axel Morgenthaler
Sound: Steve Dubuc
Trainer/Choreographer: Martino Müller, Leonid Leykin, Jeff Hall, Rob Bollinger

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ZAIA is the dream of a young girl who journeys into space on a strange, yet familiar voyage of self-discovery. As she travels, she encounters the beauty of humanity and eventually brings it back with her to share with the inhabitants of earth. The title of the show, “ZAIA”, comes from a Greek name meaning “life”. It also sounds close to “Gaia”, which is the name of the living and self-aware, spirit of the earth.

Zed (2008-…,01.October.2008 Tokyo)

Location: Cirque du Soleil Theatre @ Disney Tokyo Resort in Tokyo, Japan
Director: François Girard
Director of Creation: Line Tremblay
Music Composer: René Dupéré
Set: François Séguin
Costumes/Props: Renée April
Lighting: David Finn
Sound: François Bergeron
Trainer/Choreographer: Debra Brown, Jean-Jacques Pillet,
                                        Serge Lamothe (Playwright), Florence Pot

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The name ZED is the name of the lead character of the show, the white fool called Zed. The inspiration for the show comes from the world of Tao, symbols, elements and also various characters, such as Zed.

Believe (2008-…, 10.October. 2008 Las Vegas)

Location: The Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Director: Serge Denoncourt, Criss Angel (Illusions)
Director of Creation: Pierre Phaneuf, Christiane Barette (Assoc.)
Music Composer: Éric Serra
Set: Ray Winkler
Costumes/Props: Mérédith Caron/Michael Curry
Lighting: Jeanette Farmer
Sound: Jonathan Deans
Trainer/Choreographer: Wade Robson, André Simard

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Believe is the dark and gothic style magic show of Criss Angel in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil that is not like a traditional magic show that people are used to. It is also not like a traditional Cirque du Soleil show either. It is also not like Criss Angel’s TV show “Mindfreak”.

Believe” is the secret word that the legendary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini was giving to his wife at his death-bed before he died in 1926 to enable her to expose charlatans claiming to be able to communicate with the people in the afterlife. Only he and she knew the code word and the self proclaimed mediums did not.

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Banana Shpeel aka VAUDEVILLE in Chicago
(19.November 2009 – 10.October 2010)

Locations: The Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois
                and Beacon Theater in New York City, New York
Director: David Shiner
Director of Creation: Serge Roy
Composer/Music Director: Simon Carpenter
Costumes: Dominique Lemieux
Set/Props: Patricia Ruel/Jasmine Catudal
Lighting: Bruno Rafie
Sound: Harvey Robitaille
Choreographer: Jared Grimes
Make-Up: Eleni Uranis

From the official Cirque du Soleil web site:

Banana Shpeel is a roller-coaster mix of styles that blends comedy with tap, hip hop, eccentric dance and slapstick, all linked by a hilarious narrative that ignites a succession of wacky adventures. This is not circus, or a musical or a variety show, or even vaudeville. It is Banana Shpeel!

The Name of the show: The meaning of the show name “Banana Shpeel”

Banana *peel“– from Banana Peel, a symbol of traditional slapstick comedy and the Yiddish word “Shtick“, meaning a comic theme or gimmick, derived from the German word “Stück” (Stueck), which translates to “piece” or “thing”.

Viva Elvis (18.December 2009 – 31.August 2012)

Location: Aria CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nevada
Director: Vincent Paterson
Director of Creation: Armand Thomas
Composer/Music Director: Erich Van Tourneau
Costumes: Stefano Canulli
Set/Props: Patricia Ruel/Mark Fisher
Lighting: Marc Brickman
Sound: Jonathan Deans
Choreographer: Napoleon & Tabitha Dumo/Mark Swanhart/Catherine Archambault
Make-Up: Nathalie Gagné
Rigging: Guy St-Amour
Projection: Ivan Dudynsky
Acrobatics Designer: Daniel Cola

From the official Cirque du Soleil web site:

Viva ELVIS, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.

Iris (22.July 2010 – 19.January 2013, Los Angeles)

Location: Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, California
Director: Philippe Decouflé
Director of Creation: Jean-François Bouchard
Composer: Danny Elfman
Costumes: Philippe Guillotel
Set/Props: Jean Rabasse/Anne-Séguin Poirier
Lighting: Patrice Besombes
Sound: François Bergeron
Choreographer: Daphné Mauger
Rigging: Pierre Masse
Projection: Olivier Simola/Christophe Waksmann
Acrobatics Designer: Boris Verkhovsky/Shana Carroll

From the official Cirque du Soleil web site:

This new production from Cirque du Soleil is a lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art. Bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation, the show takes spectators on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres, taking them into the heart of the movie-making process. From illustration to animation, black and white to colour, silent films to talkies, fixed shots to swooping camera movements, spectators witness the poetic construction/deconstruction of this art as an object and as a way of transcending reality.

Zarkana (9.Juny 2011, New York City)

Location: Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY
Director: François Girard
Director of Creation: Line Tremblay
Composer: Nick Littlemore
Costumes: Alan Hranitel
Set/Props: Stéphane Roy
Lighting: Alain Lortie
Sound: Steven Dubuc
Choreographer: Debra Brown/Elena Kolyadenko
Make-Up: Eleni Uranis
Rigging: Danny Zen
Projection: Raymond St-Jean
Acrobatics Designer: Florence Pot

From the official Cirque du Soleil web site:

Zarkana is a fantastically bizarre world where we follow the adventures of Zark, a magician who has lost his love and, with her, his powers. As he cries and begs for her return he is plunged into a world inhabited by surreal creatures. The diverse cast of 71 international artists transports the audience into a fantastical and suspenseful world, blurring the boundaries between the real and imaginary.

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The name Zarkana is a fusion of the words “bizarre” and “arcana” (arcana means “mystery” or “secret“). The twisted fictional world of Zarkana is an elusive destination that is fantastic yet bizarre. The name refers to the irresistibly odd and delightfully strange aura of this place and its inhabitants.

Michael Jackson – ONE (29.Juny 2013, Las Vegas)

Location: Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Director: Jamie King
Director of Creation: Welby Altdior
Musical Director: Kevin Antunes
Costumes: Zaldy Goco
Set/Props: François Séguin
Lighting: David Finn
Sound: Jonathan Deans
Choreographers: Travis Payne/Rich & Tone Talauega/Parris Goebel/Sidi Larbi                             Cherkaoui/Ivan “Flipz” Velez/Olivier Simola/Ben Potvin
Make-Up: Nathalie Gagné
Rigging: Pierre Masse
Projection: Raymond St-Jean/Jimmy Lakatos
Acrobatics Designer: Germain Guillemot/Rob Bollinger

From the official Cirque du Soleil web site:

Michael Jackson ONE is a sonic, tonic fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that takes the audience on an immersive journey through the music and spirit of Michael Jackson.

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ONE is heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit, and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.

JOYÀ (08.November 2014, Riviera Maya, MX)

Location: Cirque du Soleil Theatre, Riviera Maya, MX

From the official Cirque du Soleil web site:

JOYÀ combines culinary and performing arts in an intimate theater setting to engage the audience’s five senses. Drawing on Mexico’s history and heritage, JOYÀ tells the story of a naturalist 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.

The name JOYÀ is rooted in the Spanish “joya” meaning jewel or pearl, and alludes to a person or event of great value. Through the performance, the granddaughter will discover joy and wisdom by sharing an extraordinary experience in an unlikely place.

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