Behind the veil of the lush Mayan jungle exists a world of crystal-clear water
pools, coral rocks, and rich flora and fauna – an oasis within an oasis. A wooden
walkway leads to a theater perched above a massive lagoon cascading in a majestic
waterfall. This is the world of JOYÀ (Hoy-ya): a unique entertainment and
culinary experience by Cirque du Soleil.
Welcome to a place where anything is possible. Here, up is down. Left is right.
Backwards is forwards, and the past is really the future. Our guides on this whimsical
journey are sweet Joya and her zany grandfather, Zelig. They’ll take us on a whirlwind
of adventures through time and space where we’ll meet peculiar creatures with
superhuman powers. They will do things that bend the mind and baffle the eyes. We’ll
battle pirate ships, cannon fire, and dinosaurs. Rockets will shoot across the stage.
We’ll swim under the sea and breathe just fine. In this magical new world, statues come
to life, giant flowers grow in seconds, and paper butterflies fall like soft rain.
But what is JOYÀ? Is it theater? A circus? A musical? Comedy or drama? History or
science fiction? Maybe fantasy? The beauty of JOYÀ is that it is all of those things
and much more. It is a mind-bending, genre-blending show that has truly created a new
category of immersive entertainment. JOYÀ invites you to leave this world for a while,
forget what you know, and trust your imagination. We are guests at a Parisian art deco
theater in 1920. Then we’re aboard a traveling spaceship. Next we are inside a giant
machine, the belly of a robot. Maybe we’re all just small creatures in an ancient,
Inhabited by entrancing characters that work hand-in-hand to
perpetuate the love of life, JOYÀ abounds in subtle allusions to the
history and culture of Mexico, from the 5,000-km migration of the monarch
butterflies (from Canada to Mexico) and the 66 million year old Yucatán
asteroid believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs (a
dinosaur puppet that trots on stage also refers to this cataclysmic
event) to artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo (vines, giant
flowers and jungles are oblique references to the artists), and with
mariachis, masked wrestlers, pirate legends (famous pirates took refuge
on Isla Mujeres – the Island of Women – in the 17th and 18th centuries),
and the rhythms and sounds of Mexico: cucaracha, marionettes, horror
films (in reference to master of horror Guillermo del Toro), and even
the underwater sculptures of Jason deCaires Taylor.
Welcome to JOYÀ. Take your seat. You’re in for a wild ride.
|Premiere: ||November 8, 2014 (Previews) |
November 21, 2014 (Gala)
|Type: ||Resident / Theater|
|Location: ||GRAND MAYAN, Mexico |
Bob & Bill
Set & Props