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© Julie Aucoin / Cirque du Soleil
© Julie Aucoin / Cirque du Soleil
© Julie Aucoin / Cirque du Soleil

MGM CityCenter, Cirque du Soleil Viva ELVIS™ Theatre

Las Vegas, Nevada

Integrated with the ARIA Resort and Convention Center and specifically designed to accommodate the unique design and production requirements of Cirque du Soleil for the production of Viva ELVIS™, the 1,840-seat Viva ELVIS™ theatre is the seventh permanent venue in Las Vegas for Cirque du Soleil.

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander collaborated with Cirque du Soleil, the MGM MIRAGE Design Group and architects Pelli Clarke Pelli, Gensler and HKS, Inc. on the implementation of Cirque du Soleil’s theatre design, the development of the theatrical, technical, lighting control and audio-video systems to support the production and the concept for the audience areas.

The large cruciform stage, one of the largest proscenium stages in North America, required extensive flexibility for the show; this was achieved with an array of 17 stage lifts, performer lifts and sloats and an overhead track and trolley system with horizontal-vertical travel capabilities for dynamic aerial acrobatics. An integrated automation system allows for safe and three-dimensionally choreographed acrobatic and scenic moves.

In addition to the design and specification of the theatrical systems, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander also managed the facilitation of the theatrical contractor’s work during the construction process.

Architect: HKS Architects
Acoustics: Jaffe Holden
Completion: 2010