When I know I will be in Las Vegas, one of the things I always plan in advance for is an evening at a Cirque du Soleil show. These theatrical productions are amazing to me in their artistic celebration of human talent; I am always awestruck, and think to myself, someone had to create this, and they did!
This time, I gladly shelled out the $165 per ticket for four of us to see “O” on my last night there, and it was a terrific impression to leave “Sin City” with. From their official website:
Cirque du Soleil weaves an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in the timeless production, “O.” Inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water’s pure form, “O” pays tribute to the beauty of the theatre – from the simplest street performance to the most lavish of operas – where anything is possible and where the drama of life plays itself out before our very eyes. World-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers and characters perform in, on, and above water to create a breathtaking experience. Only at Bellagio, Las Vegas.
Watch a trailer here.
It’s my understanding that each Cirque show tells a story, and I’ve yet to understand what the story is actually about when I see each production for the first time; I’ll admit that I didn’t “get it” this time either. As I usually do, I get lost in all that happens on stage at one time, for the scenes are not singular, and like KÃ€, in which a massive stage tilts, lifts, and goes completely vertical (and as tons of sand slide off it), “O” completely reinvents how we normally think of a ‘stage.’ Water covers it in part and then completely, and then to unimaginable depths as actors plunge into it from dizzying heights. And how in the world does that makeup and costuming stay on in all that water?
As a mom, I’m also very appreciative of how Cirque du Soleil contributes great family value to the Las Vegas experience; the older my own kids get, the harder it is to amaze and entrance them, and “O” did just that. Priceless, and worth every cent of those tickets.