I might be a mild-mannered, blogging bunhead by day, but by night, I’m a fearless editorial intern, crusading for truth and accuracy at Best of Las Vegas, a website owned by Stephens Media Group. I wrote a story about the possible closure of Cirque’s “Viva Elvis,” which ran today. It looks like Aria might be pulling the plug on the show at the end of 2012. This would be the first time a resident show has closed in the city since “Mystere” came here in 1993, and it’s shortly before the new Michael Jackson show debuts in 2013 at Mandalay Bay.
If you’re interested in reading details and seeing what another one of my personalities gets up to, trot on over to the story here. For a copy of the memo that Cirque released on Wednesday announcing the changes, follow the link here.
Nevada Ballet Theatre will be adding to its spring season with two different shows, one on the company’s own Summerlin turf and one at the “Viva ELVIS” theater alongside Cirque du Soleil.
“Beyond Words and Text: The Studio Series” is an in-house event that will run for two weeks beginning April 7 and ending April 17. The dancers’ rehearsal studio at the NBT school will be transformed into a black box theater, thus affording patrons an unusual opportunity to see these dancers in a more personal setting. And Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” won’t be alone in the ballet world for long: The show will feature works inspired by fairytales and fables like “The Jungle Book,” “Three Little Pigs and the Wolf” and “The Velveteen Rabbit,” each selected and interpreted by the choreographer in an effort to correlate music, movement and text.
Choreographers Ashleigh Doede, Jeremy Bannon-Neches, Anthony Paparelli, Barrington Lohr, Kalin Morrow, Alissa Dale, Grigori Arakelyan, Sarah Fuhrman and Krista Baker will be presenting their pieces at the times listed at the link below. All performances will take place at the company’s Summerlin facility at 1651 Inner Circle, Las Vegas 89134. Tickets can be purchased for $25 to $45 (excluding convenience fees) by calling (866) 937-9610 or by logging onto nevadaballet.org.
Cirque du Soleil will be joining NBT on May 15 and 22 at 1 p.m for the fourth annual “Choreographers’ Showcase: A Project Designed to Stimulate and Encourage Artistic Growth.” The 90-minute show will be performed at Cirque’s “Viva ELVIS” theater at CityCenter’s ARIA resort and will feature five works each by NBT and Cirque. An additional matinee performance is available exclusively for Clark County students and is made possible by ticket sales for the May 15 and 22 productions. An estimated 3,000 students have been included in this program in previous years.
Tickets for “A Choreographers’ Showcase” are on sale now and can be purchased for $20 to $40 by calling (702) 531-3800 or by logging onto nevadaballet.org. Purchasing a $40 ticket will guarantee a preferred seat and will afford one student the chance to attend the May 20 performance. All proceeds benefit NBT and are tax-deductable donations.