Faith was happily restored during my recent visit to Vegas after receiving an invitation to Ka, the Cirque du Soliel show staged at the MGM Grand. I feared I’d never say this again and am therefore thrilled to report that KA is nothing short of spectacular.
The story is built on ancient legend whereby twins, a boy, and a girl are separated and taken from their peaceful home after the king of the underworld sends his minions to wreak havoc. Orphaned during the battle, one child is carried away by the most acrobatic guardian ever known to myth and legend, while the other is ushered to safety by an adorably plump, rosy-cheeked nursemaid, the quintessential nurturer.
Each is carried to exotic worlds, the boy to a tropical deserted island, where a force of native birdlike creatures joins the battle to reunite him with his sister. Meanwhile, we follow the journey of the sister as she is carried to the north, where a society of snow dwellers nurse her and her guardian back to health before being carried off in a magnificent birdlike vessel five stories above the audience.
The costumes, pageantry, dance, and acrobatics would be enough to put this production in the ranks of best ever, but the mechanical theatrics, specifically the stage platform that moves, turns, and provides a parallel universe, requiring performers to climb, slide, dive, roll, and even fight the final battle while scaling it, are the most remarkable I’ve ever seen.
When the players, suspended by flying cords, rappel off the sides of the parallel stage, they seem to float above the audience. The opening scene gymnastics prove that video game antics are not beyond belief, as they manage to mimic the unreal acrobatics of that genre a la Matrix without the benefit of distortion or special effects. The show closes with onstage pyrotechnics, an elaborate fireworks display typically reserved for outdoor venues.
Ka is a performance not to be missed. The story is told without words, as most Cirque du Soliel performances are. The reason is simple: with such outstanding theatrics and performances, words would only get in the way. Miming the story also commands close attention. Absence of dialogue intensifies the surreal effect, with everything happening so fast that it becomes like a dream. Afterward, it’s difficult to recall everything you saw, but you remember one thing with certainty. It was fabulous and you want to see it again.
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by LA guy
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September 10, 2005
The theater is very well designed, with a "boat" theme. For pre-show entertainment, multiple performers ran across, dangled from, and jumped down the entirety of the stage, performing little tricks until the show was about to start.
I won't give away the show, but let’s just say that the set is just incredible. It’s a giant floating stage that showcased the numerous acts that follow. A lot of thought must have been given to the design of the stage. Throughout the show, there were many sword plays, battles, acrobatics, and dangerous stunts, as well as a grand finale that left us wanting for more.
It is a different experience than Mystere. As Mystere was more intimate and offered skillful acrobatics as its centerpieces, Ka was more focused on its story telling with acrobatics only serving to bring out the storyline. But, overall, it was quite an enjoyable show.
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by smmmarti guide
May 28, 2005
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by E. B.
February 3, 2005
I was not as pleased with Kà as I was with the other resident shows that I have seen (Mystère and O). I have not seen Zumanity yet, but that will happen in the near future. My main complaint with Kà is that there are no acrobatics in it. It’s mostly a story played out with computer-generated images and neat staging. It’s real theater, rather than a circus. I really missed the contortionists that you see in the other shows. The flying trapeze artists were the only thing that was reminiscent of the other shows. A full script is fine, but since I'm a writer, I will be a harsher judge of the storyline and script than your average audience member. The storyline was hard to follow unless you read the program, so it was obviously not fully developed for theater.
Luckily, my father, aunt, and uncle had not seen the other Cirque shows, so they were not as disappointed as I was. They enjoyed themselves. My uncle even bought a program for me. They cost $15. Sheesh... whatever happened to those $5 programs, or even free programs? No such thing in Vegas. Everything will cost you a buck.
See this only if you want to see the latest experiment with Cirque theater. The theater is dark Wednesdays and Thursdays. Shows are at 7pm and 10:30pm. Call 877/264-1844 for show reservations.
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