Sunday, August 22, 2010

KA at the MGM Grand - Las Vegas

When we were in Vegas a couple weeks ago we got tickets for the Cirque du Soleil's blockbuster show KA, shown at the MGM Grand Hotel.  The theatre itself is a work of art, with its showpiece being the huge Tatami Deck and Gantry Crane and the Sand/Cliff deck custom built stage.  The crane can travel 70' vertical to high above the audience.  It can rotate to be perpendicular to the floor and also 360 degrees on its axis, regardless of its orientation - horizontal or vertical.

During various acts in the show, the stage/deck becomes a storm tossed sea, an underwater scene, a tall blizzardy mountain, (spitting REAL snow), a  deep dark forest full of wonderful glowing creatures, a prison, a battleground — everything and anything the story demands. It is a spectacular piece of equipment, and almost could steal the stage from the wonderful Cirque acrobats and performers.  But not quite.  True to Cirque du Soleil  form, the artistry of the performers is second to none.  The dance, they fly, they flip  and not once do you see anyone out of step, miss a landing or drop a spear or baton.  This is Cirque du Soleil.  Amateurs need not apply.

This stage show is unequaled, and because of the 19 million dollar specially designed stage and theatre, it will probably never be shown anywhere else.  Do yourself a favor, if you go to Vegas, do not miss a chance to see KA.

Here is a clip of one of the beautiful aerial acts.  Firefly boy rescues then falls in love with the Imperial Twin Sister.   This clip is number nine in a series of twelve.  If you have time, I'd suggest watching the whole series. It is magical.

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