After competing in gymnastics at high school and college, Stacy Magiera joined Cirque de Soleil where she performs as an acrobatic performer in one of the biggest shows on the strip. She performs ten shows a week to audiences of around 2000 per show. She feels proud to be working in one of the most respected shows in town and lucky that what she loves to do is also her job. While she doesn't see Vegas as somewhere to live, being part of the show is something she can't turn down, although she finds life away from the Strip to be quite normal and refreshing.
Posing the simple question to their subjects: 'What does Las Vegas mean to you?' photographers Adam Patterson and Greg Funnell collaborated on a project that sought to discover if the American Dream was still a plausible notion. They choose Las Vegas as their microcosm as there they found the extremes of western capitalism. It is a 24 hour city that sees 150,000 people pass through its airport every day on their way to sample its proffered pleasures: gaming, entertainment and hospitality. However, in contrast to its bright lights there exists a shadow city that is the ninth most dangerous in America (31st largest by population) and has had the country's highest unemployment rates since 2008. With this in mind the two photographers asked: 'Does America still dare to hope?'