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The Fantastical Journey of Joya

May 11, 2016

We’re willing to bet your tropical getaway at our Riviera Maya resort has included plenty of beach time and who can blame you? It’s hard to say no to turquoise water and powdery white sand. Consider, though, injecting your perfectly relaxing days with a hint of whimsical fantasy with dinner and a show at Cirque du Soleil’s Joya. The story begins as a rebellious teenager is sent on a fantastical and transformative quest by her mischievous grandfather. The show evokes a sense of adventure as the characters must go through trials to complete the quest, and plays up the audience’s emotions through the use different colors and rhythms throughout the journey. In true Cirque du Soleil fashion, the audience can expect stunning acrobatic feats that are at once beautiful, frightening, and awe-inspiring. However, the intimate setting built specifically for this spectacle is unlike that of any other Cirque du Soleil show. The theater was constructed as an island, its architecture based on naturally occurring shapes and forms. The stage was meant to recall an old-fashioned library, a place of knowledge, where the audience shares the space with the characters. Here, the audience is almost part of the show, feeling the thrilling danger of the artists’ performance, being transported to a different world during its duration. Guests who reserve the dinner package will be thrilled to discover that the culinary experience is not an after-thought. Every dish is carefully crafted and artfully plated for a delicious meal that follows along the same whimsical themes of the show. Dinner begins one hour before the curtains open, so guests can fully enjoy both their meal and the following performance. For a truly unforgettable night, which you can only experience in the Riviera Maya, treat yourself to an evening of fantasy and wonder, courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.

Address: Km. 48 Carretera Federal Cancun, Playa del Carmen