The arts are such an important and fulfilling part of people’s lives, good art changes peoples perceptions, opens our minds and helps us discover and travel without leaving our seats. It’s food for our souls, nourishing parts of your spirit, heart and even your brain you don’t know how to until you experience them. Art makes us think more deeply, strive more intently, and feel joy more profoundly.
When we were planning our trip to Las Vegas, we knew we wanted to see a show, but which one? Like so many things in Vegas, there’s an incredible abundance of options and truly something for everyone, no matter your tastes or inclinations. I knew we had to go to a Cirque du Soleil show. And after a quick search, it had to be KA!
Cirque du Soleil shows are notorious for their amazing acrobatics, mind binding stages and effects, cultural inclusive story lines and they pioneered the animal free concept to an extremely cruel field. And KA did not disappoint.
We started by attending the open house they offer, which is a great thing to do if you’re on the fence about attending a show. It is free and nothing short of amazing. The guided tour shows elements of the show you would miss otherwise, like the tons of sand they use every night, an explanation on the story line, the amazingness of the theater when it’s not completely full and you get to hear lots of interesting details and learn what makes KA once of a kind. Guests of all ages are welcome. (free things to do with kids in Vegas!) Each tour lasts 20-30 minutes.
The lobby features original costumes used on the show, allowing you to check out every intricate detail you wouldn’t notice from stage. There’s also a huge, colorful dragon originally a prop in Zaia, a Cirque du Soleil show from Macau, China, which was mended and given new life to welcome everyone to KA. Also in the lobby is one of the world’s largest Earth Harp, created by William Close, and it is played by two musicians before every performance of KA.
Here are some incredible facts we learned:
- KA is the first Cirque du Soleil show to have a cohesive storyline.
- Throughout the show they use a rotating stage, that is reactive to touch, like a giant iPad. One of the techs even gave us a demo.
- They have the highest choreographed fall at 70 feet.
- KA has more than 10,000 costume pieces, including shoes.
- There are 74 artists in KA including eight musicians.
- The “sand” in the show is made out of granulated cork, because regular sand would obviously be too slippery
- The entire production budget for KA was $165 million and approximately $1 million of that went into designing the theater.
Excited after the open house,we arrived 30 minutes early that evening, to account to the lines and make sure we didn’t miss the musicians playing the gigantic harp. Once we entered the theater, performers were greating everyone without breaking character for a even a second, it gave the experience an amazing feeling, like we were actually part of the show.
Once the lights came off we got a pretty cool and funny reminder to enjoy the show and not the pictures or video. The performances were both thrilling and touching. Some moments left us on the edge of our seats and gasping at the seeming danger and amazing skill of the performers. KA is by far the best show we’ve ever watched. I hope all these details and amazing facts help you decide and make you check it out. KA will never tour, because of their amazing stage this just wouldn’t be possible, so make sure you catch it before it’s gone.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend both the KA open house and the show as their guest. All opinions are my own.