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Cirque du Soleil performers create music video for out of work Vegas entertainers

Posted at 7:06 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 02:23:00-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil performers are making a music video to show support to all of the Las Vegas valley entertainers who have been without work since the pandemic started.

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Dozens took part in the music video Tuesday, with hopes to raise funds and collect donations for many waiting to return to the stage.

It was filmed in the backyard of William Hulett's home, who is an acrobat in the Zumanity show.

Jenny Arata of the Skating Aratas at Planet Hollywood, says some out of work performers can't get unemployment during the pandemic.

"There are some performers that are on visas, and don't qualify to get unemployment," Arata said. "They have to pay rent, and we know families that struggle."

Also, many performers have to keep their bodies in proper condition so they can be ready when they return to work.

But it's been a challenging task for them, as gyms have been closed for weeks.

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A performer told 13 Action News that performers are like athletes. They need to stay active and in shape for their acrobatic jobs.

Luckily for those performers, gyms will now reopen with new safety protocols on Friday, as part of Nevada's Phase 2.

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"It's very important to bring everybody to show that we've been ready, that we are ready, and can't wait to get back to work," said Loukas Kosmidis, choreographer.

While Las Vegas Strip properties have started to release their reopening plans, many have not revealed when their show curtains will open again.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help those employees who can't receive unemployment benefits.

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