Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited has informed Macau News Agency that its House of Dancing Water show will remain closed for the next several months and will not resume operations in January as the gaming operator as previously expected.
As a result, the blue card holders “whose work permits expire during the show hiatus will be departing”, the company said in a statement, adding that Macau residents involved in the project “will continue to support the activities held at The House of Dancing Water theatre”.
Melco added in a statement that the reason behind the change of plans is the fact that the show’s creator and director Franco Dragone “has been unable to come to Macau”.
This takes place against the background of restrictions imposed upon the entry of non-locals, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic control measures adopted by the authorities.
The company stresses that it is “fully committed to bringing world-class entertainment offerings to Macau, its community and visitors”, however, “the pandemic continues to have a significant impact across the world, with travel restrictions negatively impacting the entertainment and tourism business environment”.
In June the gaming operator announced it expected the “re-imagined new Show would return with an unprecedented and further enhanced entertainment experience in January 2021, after a temporary closure”.
These changes had already led to a reduction in the show’s non-resident workforce, with several others seeing their contracts changed and extended until November until a follow-up decision on the show’s future was to be announced.
Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited quotes Mr Dragone as saying that he has been working on reimagining the show for a while now. “Unfortunately, I cannot come to Macau nor can any of my team”.
“The global pandemic has created a situation that is very difficult for all of us, seeing talent leave greatly saddens me”, he said, while saying he is hopeful the reimagined House of Dancing Water show can be brought back to Macau.
The Chief Operating Office for Melco’s Macau Resorts, David Sisk, stressed that it is “with a very heavy heart” he sees “ amazing talent leave”, while expressing gratitude to the “continued efforts and for having been willing to stay with the show during these difficult times”.