2013 Backstage Las Vegas

Fasten your seatbelts and hold on to your hats for a whirlwind tour of some of the hottest shows and venues in Las Vegas. LDI kicks off with Backstage Las Vegas, an exciting, fact-filled insider’s look at what’s happening in Las Vegas, home to some of the most challenging applications for cutting-edge entertainment design and technology. Go behind the scenes to meet the creative and technical teams that make it all possible, from two great shows by Cirque du Soleil — Zarkana and Michael Jackson ONE — to the rock ‘n roll sounds of Rock of Ages, with tours of theatres and clubs. Backstage Las Vegas is produced in conjunction with Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas… another great opportunity to network with industry professionals!


Monday, November 18:

6:00pm Backstage orientation meeting at Las Vegas Convention Center

6:45pm Bus leaves for Aria Resort

7:30pm Dinner at Aria Resort

9:30pm Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana

Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil is an acrobatic rock experience that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange. Zark, the ringmaster of an extraordinary circus coming back to life, guides us in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. Among other attractions, he introduces the Mutants, four sirens as sinister as they are fabulous. Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a twisted musical and acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration. The Zarkana design team includes: Stéphane Roy, sets and props; Raymond St-Jean, projections: Alan Hranitlj, costumes; Steven Dubuc, sound.

Live Design’s Project In Focus On Zarkana At Radio City Music Hall   

Tuesday, November 19:

Lunch followed by afternoon tours of the Zarkana theatre** at Aria Resort and the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace

6:30pm: Dinner at The Venetian

8PM: Rock of Ages

Set on the infamous Sunset Strip in LA in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! Post-show Q&A featuring projection designer Zachary Borovay. The design team also includes costume designer Gregory Gale, sound designer Peter Hylenski, set designer Beowulf Boritt, and lighting designer Jason Lyons.

Live Design’s coverage of Rock Of Ages on Broadway:

Rock Steady, Part 1

Rock Steady, Part 2 

Rock Steady, Part 3 

Rock Steady, Part 4 

Wednesday, November 20:

Lunch and lighting demo at Le Reve, Wynn Resort

Afternoon tours: Rock of Ages theatre; new clubs in Las Vegas

7:30 pm: Michael Jackson ONE, Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay

Michael Jackson ONE is a sonic, tonic fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that takes the audience on an immersive journey through the music and spirit of Michael Jackson. Driven by Michael's powerful, multi-layered music – heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment —ONE takes the audience through a series of seamless visual and musical tableaux, at the heart of a world that is in turn majestic, playful, magical and heart-warming. In Michael Jackson ONE, Michael's spirit is channeled through the vibrant energy of the cast of 63 dancers and performers, underscored by aerial performance, driving acrobatics, and vivid choreographies that use the urban/hip hop idiom as a springboard for exploration. ONE is heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit, and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.

The design team includes: Raymond St-Jean and Jimmy Lakatos, projections; David Finn, lighting; Jonathan Deans, sound; François Séguin, sets and props; Zaldy Goco, costume

9:00pm Post-show cocktails and dinner

*Subject To Change

**The Zarkana tour is limited to the first 30 people who register for Backstage Platinum. All others will go on an alternative tour.