There are so many “Cirque du Soleil” shows in Las Vegas now. When you hear “Cirque du Soleil”, you’d think it’s the acrobatic show with lots of people hanging from the ceiling, jumping, bending, etc., well, at least that was my ideal of the show until I saw the show “KA” at MGM Gland in Las Vegas in November.
Even before the show opened, the venue was set up to be more theatrical than acrobatic circus show with actors in costumes and balconies assembled with what looked to be lumbers and bamboos. I had no idea about the show “KA” before I sat in my seat at the theater, and I was in for a nice surprise with great performances and the best of all, by the overall quality of the show.
Unlike the most of “Cirque du Soleil” shows, “KA” seemed to follow a story line. We got to know the characters as story fold. The music and the sound effect were used very effectively to convey the emotion of the characters and the atomosphere of the scenes. What I was most impressed about was how the stage evolved from a scene to next. In some scenes, the actors came out to the seating area to make the audience feel like they were a part of the scene.
Though in most part, the story had somewhat serious note with tragedy, revenge, etc., the wash up on the shore scene was more comical and made the audience laugh. You could see a heavy Asian influence in the costumes and makeups as well as some of the scenes such as the Shadow play where characters play with hands shadow. The scene was very beautiful. One of the scenes that really stuck in my mind was the slave cage scene. This was one of the scenes that you could really see and appreciate the acrobatic and athletic side of the show. (You see that in other scenes, too, but they do it so effortlessly and don’t push it to the main focus of the show.) All the audiences were impressed and amazed by one of the guys on the giant rings. He was awesome! He received a standing ovation from many of us in the audience at the end.
I recommend “KA” to everyone has a chance to visit Las Vegas. Even if you saw other Cirque du Soleil shows, and think it was enough. You’ll have a completely different experience with this show.
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Accordion player, stiltwalker and fire-eater Guy Lalibert founded Cirque du Soleil in 1984 with the help of a small band of kindred spirits. He managed to convince financial institutions to back the audacious project and developed a network of partners around the world to help Cirque make a name for itself on five continents. Ever since, he has guided the creative team through the creation of every show and contributed to elevating the circus arts to the level of the great artistic disciplines. In 2004, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world today.