Cirque du Soleil Opening Dinner Spectacle in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Mexico’s Riviera Maya, on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, is becoming a great family-travel destination.  With its pristine miles of beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and archeological treasures, the Riviera Maya has a little bit of everything for the family.  Now, Cirque du Soleil brings its international blend of theater and artistry to the region, giving one more attraction for families to check out.  Continue reading below for the announcement from Cirque du Soleil of their latest permanent resident show coming to Mexico’s Riviera Maya in November 2014.

Update May 8, 2014

Cirque du Soleil unveiled additional details regarding their entertainment experience called JOYÀ, an intimate and immersive theatrical and culinary experience to open this fall and take residency exclusively at the Cirque du Soleil Theater in Riviera Maya near The Grand Mayan resort.  Continue reading for more details including ticket prices.

Cirque du Soleil - JOYA

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 an alchemist 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 alchemist’s granddaughter will discover joy and wisdom by sharing an extraordinary experience in an unlikely place.

Stage Director Martin Genest and Culinary Designer Alexis Bostelmann of Grupo Vidanta, who created the culinary experience, will begin preview performances of JOYÀ on November 8, 2014, and it will Premiere on November 21, 2014.

“This new creative collision of cuisine and immersive performances is tailor made for Cancun and Riviera Maya,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil.  “We reveled in the creative challenge of introducing something completely different in JOYÀ.  Through the integration of premium food and beverage service into a Cirque du Soleil theatrical experience that draws on Mexico’s rich culture and heritage, JOYÀ will deliver an immersive, multisensory offering beyond anything that currently exists for residents and visitors of Mexico, or elsewhere in the world.”

JOYÀ will be housed in a 600-seat theater custom-built for Cirque du Soleil, which draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the surrounding jungle.

The premium dinner service will feature international gastronomy and the finest beverages – including champagne from Mercier, one of the world’s most renowned champagne producers, located in the Épernay region of northern France – incorporated into a theatrical prelude to JOYÀ.

Ticket prices (in US$) are currently:
High Stools – Show: $65
Show: $80
Show and Champagne: $110
Show Dinner and Champagne: $165
VIP Show Dinner and Champagne: $225

Original post from February 16, 2014 follows below…

Cirque du Soleil Riviera Maya

From Cirque du Soleil’s Press Release

Cirque du Soleil, a leading entertainment company, and Grupo Vidanta, a leading developer of world-class resorts and tourism infrastructure in Mexico, announced plans to introduce a new brand of cultural and culinary entertainment to Mexico and Latin America.  Housed in a custom-designed theater currently under construction in Riviera Maya, the first-of-its-kind intimate dinner and spectacle will be Cirque du Soleil’s first resident show operating outside Las Vegas or Orlando.

“We believe the entertainment offerings for our region’s guests and visitors should rival any in the world,” said Grupo Vidanta founder Daniel Chávez Morán.  “Through our partnership with Cirque du Soleil we will deliver an entertainment experience beyond what currently exists in Mexico or the world in the Vidanta Theater in Riviera Maya.  This entirely new category of entertainment will be an experience one must see, hear and taste.  We are extremely proud to bring this dream to life.”

“This is the marriage of two creators of unique entertainment and world-class experiences,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil.  “We were asked four years ago by Grupo Vidanta to imagine something different, something new, something unprecedented for this destination.  We’re excited that our partnership will unveil a new intersection for us between performance and culinary creativity.  The setting is the most intimate, custom-built theater of all the Cirque du Soleil resident theaters in the world.”

The Vidanta Theater in Riviera Maya is a 600-seat architectural marvel planned and built by Grupo Vidanta to house this new and unique Cirque du Soleil production.  Grupo Vidanta’s chief architect, Arturo Hernandez, designed the theater to deliver a level of intimacy between audience and performance never before seen in a Cirque du Soleil show.  World-class dining and champagne service will be integrated with the spectacle.

This unique partnership was imagined to build new tourism offerings in Mexico.  The Première is scheduled for November 2014.  For more information, visit

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.