RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grupo Vidanta celebrates the one-year anniversary of JOYÀ by Cirque du Soleil, a first-of-its-kind culinary and theatrical experience in Riviera Maya. Located at Vidanta's Riviera Maya destination, JOYÀ 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, JOYÀ 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, JOYÀ 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 JOYÀ 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 Expansión, recognizing it as the most important facility constructed in Mexico this year.
"Vidanta is proud of the success that JOYÀ and its magnificent theater have experienced in the first year," said Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta. "The show has had a positive impact on the economy in Riviera Maya through the creation of jobs and increase in destination visitors, and we look forward to the continued growth and success of our partnership with Cirque du Soleil."
JOYÀ is an innovative theatrical experience, combining culinary and performing arts that engages the audience's five senses. 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. 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, JOYÀ provides a culinary and champagne experience for guests, featuring an inspired menu and the original Moët Champagne Mercier, available exclusively at the Cirque du Soleil Theater.
"We are thrilled about the enthusiasm surrounding JOYÀ over the past year," said Yasmine Khalil, Executive Producer of JOYÀ, Cirque du Soleil Group. "The response has been extremely positive and our artists and technicians look forward to sharing the JOYÀ 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 JOYÀ 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 JOYÀ VIP dinner experience and show, followed by an after party.
About Grupo Vidanta
Founded in 1974 by the tourism industry's leading visionary, Daniel Chávez Morán, Grupo Vidanta is the preeminent developer and resort operator in Mexico and Latin America specializing in vacation destinations, luxury hotel brands, golf courses, real estate, tourism infrastructure, and entertainment.
The company owns and operates multiple properties in Mexico's most sought-after beach destinations including Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlán. Grupo Vidanta's portfolio is also comprised of six distinct resort hotel brands: Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, The Bliss, Mayan Palace, and Sea Garden. With AAA Five Diamond award-winning hotels to an internationally recognized collection of golf courses throughout Mexico, Grupo Vidanta continues to be a pioneer in the tourism industry. Grupo Vidanta also collaborates with some of the world's top organizations, including Cirque du Soleil, with whom Grupo Vidanta created JOYÀ (a first-of-its kind experience in Riviera Maya); Nicklaus Designs; and Greg Norman Golf Course Design. Grupo Vidanta also developed Mexico's first privately built and owned airport in Puerto Peñsaco.
Frequently named one of the "Best Companies to Work for in Mexico," Grupo Vidanta maintains a strong commitment to its 15,000 employees and surrounding communities, through its environmental and philanthropic efforts, including its long-established non-profit foundations, Fundación Vidanta and Fundación Delia Morán. For more information, visit www.grupovidanta.com.
About Cirque du Soleil
JOYÀ is Cirque du Soleil's 36th production since 1984. Cirque du Soleil is primarily a creative content provider for a wide variety of unique projects. In addition to shows, the company, which has its International Headquarters in Montreal, extends its creative talent to other spheres of activity. While maintaining stringent standards of artistic quality and originality, Cirque du Soleil brings to innovative projects the same energy and spirit that characterize each of its shows. Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Since its beginnings in 1984, close to 150 million spectators in over 300 cities on six continents have been thrilled by Cirque du Soleil. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com. To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.
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SOURCE Grupo Vidanta