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One Night

Year 1 (2013)
Year 2 (2014)
Year 3 (2015)
Year 4 (2016)
Year 5 (2017)


A philanthropy event to ensure that water is accessible across the globe!

For one extraordinary night, and in an unprecedented manner, all the Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas resident productions become one for ONE DROP, the non-profit organization established by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté for the conservation of water. ONE DROP partnered with MGM Resorts International and Lamborghini to present "One Night for ONE DROP", a global philanthropy event in 2013 to raise funds and awareness to ensure that water is accessible across the globe. For one incredible evening, international leaders, neighbors, philanthropists, and global citizens come together to make a dream a reality – a world where every human being has access to water and can live in dignity and health.  
Premiere: March 22, 2013 (Year 1)
March 21, 2014 (Year 2)
March 20, 2015 (Year 3)
March 18, 2016 (Year 4)
March 3, 2017 (Year 5)
Type: Special Event
Status: One Night Only


2013 | Year 1

      Title: "A Solitary Kite..."
    Date: March 22, 2013
    Location: "O" Theater, at Bellagio
    Director: Krista Monsonr
    Earned: $5.3 million

    It was only one night, but it might have been the most ambitious production Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte had ever dreamed up. The evening featured more than 230 artists from the seven Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil productions (and other guest performers, plus 60 in the crew backstage, and another 75 in creative roles for everything from makeup to costumes) in an once-in-a-lifetime performance on World Water Day, Friday, March 22, 2013, at the "O" Theatre at Bellagio Resort & Casino. There were no previews. There wasn't lion's den for family and friends to identify flaws. From conceptual planning last August to the start of rehearsals in December, it all came down to 90 minutes in the "O" theater in the Bellagio with everything on the line.

    Las Vegas resident Krista Monson, who began her Cirque career in 2004 as the artistic coordinator of "O," directed "One Night One Drop." A busy director, producer and collaborator, she has choreographed more than 40 musicals in her native Canada, L.A., Tokyo, Paris, and now Las Vegas. She was the choreographer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Championships in Athletics. "It may be one time," said Krista. "but the Olympics is similar. Years of training and one race! There are many, many events in the world that have that one night, that one moment, that one inaugural pulse associated with them." Guy also wanted to really increase the ripple effect of ONE DROP by having one centralized, concerted event that brought awareness and funds to the cause, but also was linked to its mission with artistic expression. "[The show' brought those key elements together. It really allowed Cirque du Soleil to do what we do best and to entertain people and to move people and to transport people, but to do it in a way with a certain resonance that's really linked to this important message."

    The show, an original creation of Krista Monson (Creator and Director), Yago Pita (Creative Advisor), JK Kleutgens and DJeff Houle (Music Directors), Moment Factory (Multimedia), Ruben Permel (Costumes), Sean Jensen and Donald Leffert (Lighting) and Roger Stricker (Hair and Makeup) amongst others, was divided into three acts: "Solitary Kite", "What If The World Was Full of Water" and "Imagine If The Party Stops", each featuring music from Cirque du Soleil's repertoire and guest musical artists and other original compositions. While the dominant theme was water as the essence of life, the plot also charts the trajectory of Alex the Complacent, an artist who has lost his way and enters the world of Cirque to find and reclaim his artistic passion.

    "This [was] really important for Guy. It [was] a massive commitment," said Monson. "Guy was very clear to say to his team -- everybody who lives here in Las Vegas -- ‘create this show to make the world aware of the dangers of water disappearing.' We had one night with one show to move people and help change the world. The cause is a really urgent one."

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2014 | Year 2

      Title: "One Thought, One World"
    Date: March 21, 2014
    Location: MJ ONE Theater
    Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas
    Director: Mukhtar Mukhtar
    Earned: $6.0 million
    "In 2014, there are still at least 780 million people around the world who do not have access to a safe and steady water supply," said Laliberté. "It is one of our planet's most urgent problems, but there are sustainable solutions to be had if we focus our efforts and our resources."

    Highlights included a heartfelt musical performance from vocal super group The Tenors, alongside more than 100 talented Cirque du Soleil performers, as they brought together the message of "ONE THOUGHT, ONE WORLD" as a metaphor of time and it's effect on society. Violinist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling, "America's Best Dance Crew" Season 6 Champions IaMmE Crew and award-winning spoken word artist IN-Q were also featured in the extraordinary extravaganza created and directed by Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar.

2015 | Year 3

      Title: "Through the Eyes of One"
    Date: March 20, 2015
    Location: The Beatles LOVE Theater
    At The Mirage Resort, Las Vegas
    Director: Mukhtar Mukhtar
    Earned: $6.0 million
    Walking for water has been the life story of many women from developing countries. Who are they? A woman living in a world of water hovers above our world. Who is she? What is her connection to these women who spend their days gathering water for their families?

    Through the eyes of a woman from her world of water, an exploration into the lives of six different women on their journey to find water is taking place. Each of these women has encountered uniquely different life experiences from their explorations, gatherings and surroundings. It is through her eyes that we see stories of love in its many infinite forms and the sacrifices that we must make in our determination to survive. The beautiful discovery of realizing one's individuality gives way to the daily 9 to 5 grid of systematic existence. Some will follow their dreams, while others will choose to forego their dreams to the realities of their life. At the end, what will your memories hold for you?

    Through her eyes, we experience their lives.
    Through her eyes, we experience our lives.
    Through her eyes, we are all connected.

2016 | Year 4

      Title: "AMANZI – A Quest for Water"
    Date: March 18, 2016
    Location: Smith Center
    Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
    Director: Hassan El Hajjami
    Earned: $6.5 million
    This year's annual Cirque du Soleil one-night-only spectacular "One Night for One Drop: Quest for Water" has several new elements. It's the first time that performers from other Strip productions will join Cirque artists. It's the first time that British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis joins the cast along with young dancer Miles Brown of ABC's "Black-ish."

    And it's the first time that former "The Beatles Love" at the Mirage dancer and choreographer Hassan El Hajjami will be the show's artistic director, and because he speaks from experience of caring for his grandmother in a water-less village in Morocco, the show will be named "Quest for Water." In fact, in his contract with Cirque, he won the right to a funded water system for her village so that the residents there would have running water.

      When I was young, I was visiting my grandmother in Morocco. I was shocked by the fact she didn't have water at home. I had to walk with her to the well every day to bring water back home. I was shocked because I was living in France, and it's the same in America — we have everything. You have water, you brush your teeth, you wash your food, you do dishes, you bathe, everything. In Morocco, she didn't have any access to running water in her home. Her quest, my quest for water, became the theme for this new fourth "One Drop" show. She lived in Moulay Yacoub, a smaller village in the center of Morocco. We had a donkey, and I walked with her three miles to the well. It was six miles back and forth every day.

    About 100 artists — 50 from Cirque and 50 from other Las Vegas shows, including "Jubilee" at Bally's — teamed as the cast for the March 18 performance at the Smith Center. It's an all-volunteer cast and crew led by Hassan, whose stage name is Haspop.

2017 | Year 5

      Title: "Screw It, We’re Moving to Mars"
    Date: March 3, 2017
    Location: Zumanity Theater
    Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
    Directors: Nicky & Laetitia Dewhurst
    Earned: n/a
    It’s 90 minutes of nonstop veteran circus acts and entertainment as daredevils dice with death, although the banana-chomping, mouth-tossing antics of the truly weird-and-unusual duo known as Daredevil Chickens provide outrageous, gross hilarity, quick clothes changes and near-nudity to take the edge off the white-knuckle, rollercoaster ride of amazing aerialists and acrobats.

    More than 200 performers and other volunteer stage crew units from rigging, costumes, scenic props, hair, makeup, lighting and sound departments all play a vital role in tonight’s one-time-only “One Night for One Drop” clean-water benefit production presented by Cirque du Soleil at “Zumanity” Theater at New York-New York.

    The inspirational time-machine journey had its one-and-only dress rehearsal Thursday afternoon (March 2nd) after six months of behind-the-scenes preparation. Juggling heart-stopping circus acts from around the world, putting all the logistics into place and ensuring that everything runs smoothly is the responsibility of Krista Monson, who directed the first “One Drop” at Bellagio in 2013.

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