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The Technology of Cirque du Soleil

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 21st May 2007 5:19pm
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Wired magazine has an interesting article in this months issue about the technology that goes into Cirque du Soleil styled shows. They profile the Beatles/Cirque collaboration Love at The Mirage and Le Reve over at Wynn Las Vegas.

A very compelling quote on how the war of the spectacular is not waged in plot lines but instead in the scenery and set decoration:

In 2005, 40 million people came to Las Vegas. Half of them saw a big production show, spending more than $100 a person on tickets ó that's $2 billion for the casinos that house the theaters. Shows have gotten bigger and wilder in the past decade, with Wayne Newton and the Rat Pack replaced by... well, by Cirque du Soleil. The Montreal-based juggernaut currently has five shows running in Las Vegas. Love, the newest, opened last summer.

But Cirque has competition. Up the street from the Mirage, the new Wynn Las Vegas has its own razzle-dazzle show. It's called Le RÍve, and like Cirque it features acrobats doing impossible-looking things in the air, onstage, and underwater. Created by Franco Dragone, a former Cirque stalwart, Le RÍve is casino impresario Steve Wynn's attempt to work some Cirque-like magic.

Le RÍve and Love don't compete on story ó neither show really has one ó or on the considerable acrobatic skills of the performers. They battle over spectacle, and in the Vegas theatrical world that means gigantic, multimillion dollar theaters packed with astonishing technology. The war for tourist dollars is waged behind the scenery.

Definitely click the link to read the article - and pick up a subscription to Wired while your at it... its great stuff to loosen your mind while you're loosening your bowels.



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