On September 27th, Vidanta Riviera Maya will be celebrating the beginning of the 4th season of Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ. Since debuting in 2014, this show has had an incredibly successful run, leaving more than 470,000 spectators in awe and becoming one of Mexico’s most popular shows.

Due to its incredibly unique, multisensory experience, Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ is ranked as one of the most in-demand touristic attractions of Riviera Maya and Mexico. With a story inspired by the migration of the monarch butterfly, traveling through generations from the highest mountains in the North America to the forests of Mexico, the audience enjoys various visual elements that reference the culture and nature of the country. The music that is featured throughout the show is performed live and composed by Bob & Bill as a reflection of the trumpet lines prevalent in mariachi music.

JOYÀ performs nightly in the Cirque du Soleil Theater, an amazing state-of-the-art structure built specially built for the show in just 18 months. Every night the show surprises and thrills the 600 audience members filling the marvelous venue, which is built in the image of a palm tree emerging from the surrounding jungle. Winner of the “Building Project of the Year” award given by Obras Magazine, the interior of the Cirque du Soleil Theater, including much of the stage design, is inspired by the paintings of Diego Rivera and the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). The set, which was built in Montreal, took more than 4 months to get to Riviera Maya.

As part of the story that Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ has told from its debut in 2014 until now, we would like to share 10 interesting facts about what goes on behind-the-scenes of this magnificent production.

1. The champagne that is served during the show is produced by Moët & Chandon in France and is imported exclusively for JOYÀ.

2. During the average show, almost 200 bottles of champagne are consumed.

3. The artists and technicians are from more than 15 perse countries, including Mexico.

4. The JOYÀ experience is completely unlike any other theatrical production offered throughout the world and seeks to awaken all five senses in its audience—including smell—throughout the show.

5. It took more than 300 hours to program the lights for the show.

6. Some of the artists featured in JOYÀ are Olympic athletes.

7. The artists dedicate one to two hours to getting into character every night and use more than 110 colors of makeup.

8. An artist may wear more than 7 costumes in one single show.

9. Each mask of the “Maestros” (characters from the show) contains more than 10,000 hand-sewn stones and took 6 months to make.

10. JOYÀ has more than 100 costumes for 40 artists.

This show is the first long-term project in the strategic partnership between Grupo Vidanta and Cirque du Soleil.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ or to make a reservation, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/JOYÀ.

You may also call 1-844-247-7837 in the US or Canada, or 01-800-247-7837 in Mexico.