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Cirque du Soleil fans have an added bonus in store when “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” premieres Saturday. Not just the first-ever King of Pop Fan Fest, but by wonderful coincidence, it also is the second annual Cirque Week -- 10 days of extraordinary events with cast members from all seven Cirque productions on the Strip. It’s an experience of a lifetime with VIP backstage access to high-flying acrobats, whimsical characters, costume creations and state-of-the-art technology.

“We are excited to offer fans Cirque Week for the second year,” said Jordan Fiksenbaum, vice president of marketing and public relations for Cirque du Soleil. “We were able to take comments from last year’s attendees and make Cirque Week 2011 even better with exciting new workshops and guest speakers, including President and CEO Daniel Lamarre.”

The official headquarters is at Revolution Lounge in the Mirage. Expect to see the Spermatos from “Mystere” at Treasure Island at valet or the groovy characters from “Love” at the Mirage at the check-in desk. The dancing Elvi from “Viva Elvis” at Aria will sign you up for the M Life rewards card, with the Imperial Officers from “Ka” at MGM Mirage serving as security.

Here’s the Royal Robin Rundown of the Cirque Week experiences that begin today:

“O” Artist Workshop, Dec. 1, 2 to 3 p.m. at the “O” Theater at the Bellagio. In a workshop given by characters in “O,” attendees will learn how to mime, dance and clown their way across the “O” stage. After the workshop, artists and coaches will host a Q&A.

Custom Theater Technology Demonstration, Dec. 2, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Love Theater. Visit one of the most technically advanced theaters in Las Vegas and listen to a state-of-the-art sound demonstration through more than 6,300 speakers. Additionally, the technical presentation will showcase the 11 lifts that make up the custom-built stage featuring 360-degree seating.

Inside Cirque: An Exclusive Peek at the Business Side of the Show, Dec. 3, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Zumanity Theater in New York-New York. Fans will get an in-depth look at the myriad components that make Cirque an global success through a discussion led by President and CEO Daniel Lamarre and a panel of key executives from departments including casting and marketing.

Mystere Bungee Demonstration and Costume Q&A, Dec. 4, 4 to 5 p.m. at the Mystere Theater. Guests enjoy a demonstration of the bungee act at “Mystere” and a chance to talk to the artists who take flight 10 times each week. There also will be colorful costumes on display, and the head of wardrobe will be on hand to talk about the bungee costumes and the challenges of maintaining costumes.

Go Behind the Scenes With Zumanity, Dec. 5, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Zumanity Theater. Guests will have the opportunity to sit through a rehearsal followed by a Q&A with the artists and crew.

Viva Elvis Rocks the Jailhouse, Dec. 8, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Elvis Theater. With an onstage demonstration of the Jailhouse Rock set, attendees will see what it takes to move a three-story, 90,000-pound set piece and learn how the artists perform upside down.

“Ka” Battle 2011 Q&A, Dec. 9, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ka Theater. The finale of “Ka” -- the gravity-defying battle between good and evil -- has been undergoing a major transformation for more than a year, preparing for new characters to the scene. Members of the cast, artistic and technical teams will discuss what it takes to make such a large change after more than six years and 3,000 performances.

Meet-and-Greet With Criss Angel, Dec. 10, following the 9:30 p.m. performance of “Believe” at the Luxor. Magician of the Century Criss will host a rare meet-and-greet for the first 100 guests who register.

Cirque began in 1984 as a group of 20 street performers in Quebec and has grown to 5,000 employees with more than 1,200 artists from 50 countries. Its shows have been seen by nearly 100 million spectators in 300 cities on five continents.

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