Last updateMon, 08 Dec 2014 1pm

Cirque de Soleil plans permanent Nuevo Vallarta mega-production

Montreal-based circus arts company Cirque du Soleil is teaming up with a resort developer to host permanent shows at a new theme park to be built in Nuevo Vallarta.

“Grupo Vidanta is offering us an amazing sandbox in which we can unleash our creativity,” said Guy Laliberte, Cirque du Soleil’s director, in a statement this week.

Plans for the one-billion dollar attraction include water and nature parks, and an outdoor theatre with capacity for 3,000 to 5,000 people to watch Cirque du Soleil shows.

Vidanta and Cirque du Soleil are already partners in “Joya,” a show that opened this week in the Riviera Maya, close to Playa del Carmen.  Making full use of the natural jungle habitat, the show provides an unique performance/dining experience, say its creators.

“Joya” is Cirue du Soleil’s first permanent production outside of Las Vegas and Orlando.

Daniel Chávez Morán, founder of Grupo Vidanta, said prior bookings for “Joya” have been encouraging and that he expects future collaborations with Cirque du Soleil to have similar success.

The Nuevo Vallarta theme park will provide jobs for between 150 and 200 people.