Melco sees more job cuts as Dancing Water remain closed

Melco has confirmed that more jobs will be lost as the closure The House of Dancing Water show extending into next year.

Mr Dragone says that his team had been working on reimagining the show for a while now. But unfortunately he cannot come to Macau nor can any of his team.

casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd has confirmed that some jobs will be lost as the company will be extending the closure of The House of Dancing Water for “several months” into 2021. The resident production at the City of Dreams Macau casino resort was suspended on June 18, initially until January 2021.

The show was to be revamped by its creative director Franco Dragone, in order to provide an “unprecedented and further-enhanced entertainment experience,” according to a June press release.

had its premiere in 2010 and has been the longest-running large-scale stage show in Macau gaming sector, with more than 6 million attendees.

In a Sunday statement, Melco Resorts said that due to travel restrictions linked to the global pandemic, Mr Dragone and his team had “been unable to come to Macau and therefore the show will remain closed for the next several months.”

“Under these circumstances, colleagues whose work permits are expiring during the show hiatus will be departing,” added the company.

A Melco Resorts spokesperson confirmed that an aggregate of 137 non-resident workers would be leaving the show. A small number of non-resident workers and people holding Macau ID will remain with the company and “continue to support the activities” currently held at The House of Dancing Water theatre, added the firm.

Editing by Rachel Hu