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Review: Cirque Du Soleil : KA : MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

mgmka.jpgCirque Du Soleil’s “KÀ”
November 8, 2007
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV 

Unlike most Cirque shows, KÀ was created with the Vegas stage in mind. Maybe that’s why the cupholders were big enough to fit a beer glass larger than your head.

Billed as the story of “conflict and love” told through water, earth, air and fire, we’re not entirely sure what KÀ was about.

However, more than once we considered standing up in our $150 seat, holding our super power ring in the air and shouting “Heart!” — thus by our powers combined, summoning Captain Planet.

What was cool about KÀ was the offstage orchestra’s precision (we want to believe there was an offstage orchestra, so if you know differently – shut it), and the fact that each theater seat is equipped with a pair of stereo speakers at ear level that took the surround sound experience to the next level. All that was missing was a rumbler in the seat bottom and a fan blowing air and water at the crowd.

Ponchos aside, KÀ is basically trapeze, martial arts and acrobats duking it out on a giant rotating platform. It’s Flying Tiger Hidden Dragon meets, well, real life gravity. Our coworkers slept through most of it, but we only yawned twice.

Cool show and superb score. Just wish the audience could see the orchestra to prove that wasn’t a fancy tape.

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