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Almas Talks to News 3 About Re-opening of Major Vegas Productions

Here is a piece from the story by Matthew Seeman and Lauren Clark

Wednesday, April 21st 2021 (Watch the video segment)

For former "O" performer Malachi Durant, no words can express the magic of being on stage performing.
"One of the times I cried because I was doing my performance, and I hit my- there’s this pose I do at the end. And it was silent, then people just started clapping," he said. "It's just a beautiful and humbling moment to be the one entertaining the people who are watching me."
He says he's thrilled to have shows come back, as is lifelong performer Almas Meirmanov.
Meirmanov, who is now the vice president of MSA & Circus Arts, a professional circus training school, runs projects like Circus on Demand, teaching skills to inspiring performers online.
"It’s an amazing, amazing feeling," he said. "Everyone is excited, especially with Cirque, because it’s a really big production, a lot of cast members are going to get back on their track, back into their performing."
"Cirque du Soleil in the past 20 years has become intricate to the identity of the city," said UNLV professor Amanda Belarmino, "This is a big step toward the city going back toward something closer to 2019 than 2020."

Cast members from Mystere perform during the Vegas Strong Benefit Concert Friday, December 1, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena. [Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau]

Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group's CEO and president, said in a press release:

"This is the moment we have all been waiting for. Almost 400 days have passed since we had to take a temporary hiatus, and we have been anxiously awaiting our return to the stage. I am so proud of the resilience of our artists and employees who persevered during the most challenging times with stages dark around the world for so long. I just can’t wait to see the lights go back on."

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