Cirque du Soleil’s Parade the Collective Returns

The annual art exhibition, now in its 12th year, will feature works from Cirque Du Soleil's local performers, technicians and staff.

Photography by Antonio ‘Turbo’ Allen

Cirque du Soleil’s annual art exhibition Parade the Collective, which features works from its local performers, technicians and staff, is now in its 12th year. On exhibit at the Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas this month are sculptures, paintings, photography, video and mixed-media, including a jester-patterned aluminum chainmail shirt by Michael Rawlins of O and a 3/4-scale animatronics robot by Preston Altree of Michael Jackson ONE.

“It’s an opportunity for our employees to exhibit their own original work,” says Brooke Wahlquist, project coordinator of community events at Cirque du Soleil. “Although [the Collective] is primarily a visual art display exhibition that is hung up on the wall, we also open it up as an opportunity to present work in a more live-action way.”

And what better way to make it alive than with a fashion show. On June 29, four African-inspired collections hit the runway at the Collective’s Haute Neon Nights event, which also takes place at the gallery. Modeled by both Cirque employees and nonemployees, expect all shapes and sizes showcasing the looks, as well as dancing and even a contortionist—this is Cirque, after all.

Lillian Love Dennis and Marisa Townsend, wardrobe technicians at Michael Jackson ONE, designed the collections, which are inspired by Ankara fashion and wax prints as well as their African heritage.

The event is free, though donations are encouraged and benefit the Las Vegas Fashion Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the local fashion industry.

Parade the Collective

Through June 30, Wed.–Sat., 12–5 p.m.

Haute Neon Nights

June 29, 7–10 p.m., Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas, 450 E. Fremont St., Suite 270, donations accepted,