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Cirque du Soleil to open permanent show on Mexico's Mayan Riviera, its first in Latin America

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CANCUN, Mexico - Cirque du Soleil will base a permanent troupe in Mexico's Mayan Riviera, south of the Cancun resort area in the Yucatan Peninsula, organizers announced Wednesday.

"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 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.

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

The venue's architecture will be inspired by the surrounding jungle and will hold 600 seats, he said.

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