Issue #201: OCT 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter.

Once again there’s little to talk about regarding the day-to-day affairs of the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. The company and it’s new-new owners remain relatively quiet regarding the future of the company and the direction they may take it in after the COVID-19 fiasco, with one exception so far: the relaunch and retooling of CirqueConnect, Cirque du Soleil’s online distribution portal, which the company had been using since its shutdown to showcase 60 Minute specials, Behind the Scenes peeks, and acrobatic Best Of videos. The re-launch comes with a few new series – information for which you can find within.

Will Las Vegas shows soon return?

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced on September 29 that shows could reopen, pending state approval. Compliance mandates include capacity restrictions and performers to stay 25 feet from the audience. MGM released this statement from George Kliavkoff, President of Entertainment & Sports, MGM Resorts International: “Entertainment is in our DNA. We welcome the governor’s decision allowing for the beginning of a return for the entertainment industry in Las Vegas. We will take some time to review the specifications of the executive directive and plan for how to best proceed with getting shows back on stage, employees back to work and audiences back in their seats, the way it is supposed to be!” However, Cirque du Soleil has not announced reopening plans, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, continue diving with me into the Cirque du Soleil archives with the second part in a seven part series that takes a look back at the experiences and oddities that Cirque has announced (or were rumored to be happening) over the years but never came to fruition. (And for those looking for more of “The Cirque Sound”… don’t worry, there’s more to come soon!)

Let’s get into it!