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Cirque du Soleil to open permanent show Mexico


CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Cirque du Soleil will base a permanent troupe in Mexico's Mayan Riviera, south of the Cancun resort area in the Yucatan Peninsula.

"Joya" will be the first permanent production in Latin America for Cirque du Soleil, which also has several permanent troupes in Las Vegas and one in Orlando, Florida. It is scheduled to start on Nov. 8.

Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre said Wednesday that "Joya" will display Mexico's heritage. The show will tell the magical story of an alchemist who teaches his granddaughter the secrets of life after they find a gem hidden in a mangrove.

Lamarre says a tent will be built near the Grand Mayan Resort for the show, which will include the option of having dinner.

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