Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Presents Gibbon Slacklines Megastunt over Las Vegas Strip
Exhilarating spectacles will be taken to new heights Wednesday, Oct. 16 as Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil teams with Gibbon Slacklines to showcase a record-breaking highline walk attempt from the exterior of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 63 floors above the Las Vegas Strip. As the kick off to the 2013 World Slackline Federation (WSFed) Slackline World Cup Finals taking place the following day inside the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre, Andy Lewis, the daredevil Gibbon athlete and slackliner made famous for his Super Bowl XLVI halftime show performance with Madonna, will attempt to set the world record for the longest urban highline walked. Lewis will thrill spectators by forging a 480-ft. high, 360-ft.-long slackline, running parallel to the Las Vegas Strip, rigged from two of Mandalay Bay's resort towers.
Simultaneously, three of the world's top professional slackliners, Hayden Nickell, Josh Beaudoin and Mickey Wilson, will perform tricks on individual slacklines rigged at the same breathtaking height.
"We're no strangers to executing gravity-defying stunts," said Emilio Torres, vice president of sales at Gibbon Slacklines. "However, this Megastunt brings slacklining to a new level and will showcase what the incredible Gibbon athletes can pull off. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Mandalay Bay and Cirque du Soleil to show the world what we can do."
Presented exclusively at Mandalay Bay, the cast of Michael Jackson ONE, featuring professional slackline athletes Igor Zambelli and Gabriel Amaral, will participate in a special performance of the show's slackline act choreographed to Michael Jackson's iconic No. 1 hit "Bad," during the 2013 WSFed Slackline World Cup Finals at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Michael Jackson ONE, a fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that takes the audience on an immersive journey through the music and spirit of Michael Jackson, is the eighth and most recent Cirque du Soleil production in Las Vegas. Heralded by critics as "a remarkable sonic experience" (Chicago Tribune) and "A virtual parade of 'wow' moments" (Rolling Stone), the show features Michael's artistry and spirit expressed 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.
Open to the public, the competition puts the world's best slackliners against each other as they compete for the title of overall World Cup Champion. With the biggest slackline purse to date up for grabs, the athletes will battle head-to-head, executing their best tricks as they vie for the competition's top spot. Judges include Hayden Nickell, a slackliner who was featured on the 2012 MDNA Madonna World Tour, Josh Beaudoin a top Gibbon slackline athlete and Damian Cooksey, owner of Bridges Rock Gym, the premier slackline facility in the United States.
The world-record attempt and the 2013 WSFed Slackline World Cup Finals are open to fans of all ages and offer complimentary admission. Details regarding spectator viewing for both events can be found at http://www.gibbonslacklines.com/Vegas.