Las Vegas, Nevada - Cirque du Soleil
To the minds of many, the astounding Cirque du Soleil
is an enormous acrobatic act. However, it is so much more.
If you have an image of the old time circus with clowns and acrobats,
be prepared for a shock. Cirque du
Soleil has this, and more, but in a form that is wildly different from
anything you might be familiar with.
With a cast and crew which includes dozens of artists - tumblers,
firebreathers, clowns and others - the show has many of the traditional
entertainers. However, the similarity to conventional circuses ends
there. The difference is immediately and plainly visible the moment you
first see the entertainers. Mystical figures with carefully crafted
makeup and costumes which must be seen to be appreciated.
Deep blue, royal purble, or orange suits with tie-dyed designs, Chinese
red capes and kaleidoscopic makeup are only the beginning. Every color
of the rainbow, every texture of fabric and material is utilized to
create and enhance the spectacle.
The performers of Cirque de Soleil are among the best acrobats in the
world, gathered from more than a dozen countries. They display their
vast, and sometimes seemingly impossible, talents inside huge
arenas that seat over 1,600.
Not only impacting the visitor with the variety and theatrical
diversity and power of costume (or lack of it) and makeup, they astound
audience members with their skill. But that skill is in service of the
most unusual, individual and innovative choreography around.
Whether it's an Aerial High Bar
act with performers making death-defying leaps that make it seem as if
they truly can fly, or the Alexis Brothers
with their amazing tumbling the show's amazine pace and performance
never lets up for a moment. For 90 minutes at the Mystere Theatre
audience is agog with wonder as they watch the show unfold. At the MGM
show, a heroic tale of twins who embark on an adventurous journey to
fulfill their destinies, dazzles the eye. The "O" performance is as
wondrous as its title signifying 'everything'.
The many dancers of the Cirque du Soleil are one of the highlights.
Combining traditional movements from their native countries together
with modern twists and turns that surprise at every pas, the artists
leave you with something to remember for a long time afterward.
But the show at Cirque de Soleil isn't all just about the traditional
high wire acts, comedy or dancers in new costumes. Each show is themed
in a unique way which weaves and tangles and then resolves
like a complex detective story. It is not unusual for someone to attend
several times to unravel all the mystery and awe that's packed into
Be aware that performances can be crowded. Once a novelty
Cirque du Soleil has taken center stage in Las Vegas and became an
important part of the whole 'Vegas experience'.. Like a lot of the
shows found in Las Vegas, tickets can be a bit high but an Internet
search might yield a discount for your visit.
Well worth the price, with a lifetime of memories included in the cost,
the Cirque du Soleil is an unforgettable theatrical experience. Don't
miss seeing it in the Desert City of Lights.
Tickets to the various performances are available from many sources,
and many of the larger hotels have their own perromance goin' on. For
example, Mystere is at the Treasure Island, and "O" is at the Bellagio.
Whether "O", KA, Zumanity, Viva Elvis, Mystere, or any of the
several other shows that are created over the months and years, Cirque
du Soleil will always leave you guessing what's next.
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