Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited has informed Macau News Agency that its House of Dancing Water show at its City of Dreams Cotai property will be suspended starting from June 18 until January 2021 with a revamp to be conducted by creator Franco Dragone.
The water-based stage production was written and directed by Franco Dragone – know for his work with Cirque du Soleil – premiered in September 2010, with over 6 million spectators attending the production.
The gaming operator informed Macau News Agency that the changes will entail a reduction of the show’s staff with non-resident blue card permit holders employed in the show to be impacted but with the operator to focus in hiring local workers.
Information provided by the show previously indicated that it employed nearly 100 international performers working alongside 200 production staff, technicians and professional divers.
Most of the show’s staff labour contracts were transferred from the company previously in charge of the show, Dragone Macau Limitada, to TDAB Sociedade Unipessoal Limitada a company controlled by Melco last year.
The renewal maintained Dragone as the show’s artistic director, with founder remaining responsible for the artistic and creative director of the production, but with the show managed under a new and separate artistic show management entity.
“We are honored that our collaboration with Franco Dragone has flourished through the immense success of The House of Dancing Water. The show will be re-imagined to offer new energy and excitement, enhancing its status as Macau’s must-see performance. As a sign of Melco’s commitment to local people, the re-imagined new show will also benefit from the continuous development of local talent,” David Sisk, Chief Operating Officer, Macau Resorts said in a company announcement sent to MNA.
The new production will debut before the 2021 Chinese New Year, set to start in February 12.
Melco also underlined that the announced suspension and revamp was not prompted by the current Covid-19 pandemic, but in order to create a “more exciting and fund show” for the city.