OK, something completely unconnected with memberships, renewals and ScreenCastsOnline!
1st Disclaimer – Whilst I was over in Las Vegas for the BlogWorld and New Media Expo, I was delighted to receive some complimentary tickets for one of the Cirque Du Soleil shows. These were being offered to various bloggers free gratis in exchange for a quick write up or mention on their blog.
I sort of wondered if I should take up the offer but in all honesty, I was going to buy a ticket for one of the shows regardless and no doubt, I would have written something up anyway, so I accepted their gracious offer and saved my self some cash!
2nd Disclaimer – I’m a huge Cirque Du Soleil fan.
My 1st Cirque show was at La Nouba at Walt Disney World Resort at Florida, many years ago. I was blown away, not only by the artistry of the performers but by the technology – Wow! I’d never been to a purpose built venue before and the impact was stunning. That show certainly set the bar high.
Last year, I paid to take the family to “Love” – The Beatles themed show at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The show had a special meaning to me being a Liverpool lad, but I wasn’t expecting to see the technology on the same scale as La Nouba as after all, this was in a hotel, not a specially designed theatre.
Boy was I wrong! Absolutely amazing!
My good friend Victor Cajiao of the Typical Mac User and Typical Shutterbug podcast was lucky enough to score some tickets for “Love” this year, but he was also lucky enough to get a backstage tour as well. Victor has created a fantastic Photo-Audio presentation of his backstage tour – well worth checking out.
So this year, I got tickets to see KA at the MGM Grand. Again, although it a hotel (mind you, can you call Vegas hotels, hotels? More like resorts!) the theatre looks to have been purpose built. It’s difficult not to give too much away, but aside from the skills and talents of the obviously world class performers, the true star of the production for me is the stage itself. If you have any appreciation for engineering and large structures, this is the show to see.
I could hardly believe my eyes at the staging of this production. Phenomenal! I can only imagine that the void that contains the stage must extend to at least 150ft below the auditorium. The sheer mechanics of moving the amount of hardware around to such extremes and with such smoothness and precision is truly mind boggling!
I don’t want to detract from the artistery and skills of the obviously world class performers, but the geek in me just marvelled at the technology of it all! Speaking of the performers, how on earth they manage to do that performance for two shows a night is beyond me.
So as you might expect, KA gets a big thumbs up from me, but if you’ve ever seen a Cirque Du Soleil show before, you’ll have expected that already!
Thanks to Cirque for extending this welcome to all the bloggers and podcasters at Blogworld and New Media Expo.