Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas

Every so often, we talk about going to Vegas. It was Andy who put the idea into my head, actually. I'm not a gambler (I'll play cards for pennies, literally, but no more), so it hadn't really occurred to me that it might be fun to visit the casino capital of the world.

There are loads of obvious attractions in the general area: the Grand Canyon, for instance, is only a few hours' drive away. That's practically next door, on an American scale. Arches National Park, in Utah, is about twice as far - and is very close to the top of my dream travel list. The Mojave desert and even the Mexican border are also near by... this is definitely top-quality road trip territory.

But Las Vegas itself? I hadn't even thought of it, until Andy pointed out that the hotels, as well as the obvious casinos, also have some amazing shows and concerts, and they're usually relatively cheap. For example, the Aria hotel actually has its own Cirque du Soleil show.

This came as a surprise to me, because although I've seen Cirque du Soleil a couple of times and consider myself a fan of their work, I hadn't realised that there was more than one troupe out and about at any given time. Did you know? According to their site, they currently have nineteen shows on, including eight in Las Vegas.

I love the mix of acrobatics and dance, beautifully choreographed into a dramatic spectacle. Based on the preview video and photos, Zarkana looks dark and atmospheric, as well as being vastly ambitious in scale. The video drew me right in. Even the size of the stage is impressive - but that's Vegas for you, I guess.

We've been to London just for the theatre before now... going to Vegas for a show would be a bit further (and I'd definitely want to combine it with that road trip), but it's certainly tempting.

If you love Cirque du Soleil as much as I do, by the way, you might enjoy their YouTube channel, which has previews for all their shows.


Claire said...

I saw Ka in the MGM casino November 2011, the same trip I officially got engaged on. It was a really beautiful, memorable performance, but quite expensive, each of our tickets was about 100 USD. I think it was worth it though, there were some really innovative sets and amazing performances.

Emma said...

When we went a few years ago we didn't spend any time in casinos, slots etc. There's enough to see and do apart from the gambling, but I think we exhausted a lot of it in the one visit. Grand canyon is definitely worth a trip out :)

Charlotte Klein said...

I went to see Love there about two years ago, the Beatles-themed Cirque show, and it was hands-down the best Cirque show I have ever seen. Perhaps even the best show I have ever taken in; I think about it all the time! I think the difference between seeing a show in Vegas is that the stages are actually designed with the show in mind, as opposed to a traveling show which settles wherever it can.

Rachel said...

I'd love to see a Cirque de Soleil show, although in truth I'm not sure I'd go all the way to Las Vegas just for that!

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