Friday, June 4, 2010

Cirque Du Soleil, O

Cirque du Soleil, O
at Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

Cirque du Soleil weaves an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in the breathtaking production, "O".

unused, from 2009

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O (pronounced the same way as eau (French for water)) is a Cirque du Soleil show. It is in permanent residence at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States since October 1998. "O" is Cirque's first and only aquatic show, which features underwater acts such as synchronized swimming as well as above-ground acts.

Since this is a water based show, every member of the cast is SCUBA-certified. The costumes have a lifespan of 20 shows, with multiple costumes per performer costing about $10,000 to produce. In order for the platform stage to rise and fall without a wake, the surface of the stage has thousands of tiny holes.

Heaters under each seat help control the theatre temperature for the audience; the goal is to maintain two temperature zones in the theatre. The stage is kept at a higher temperature while the audience area is kept at a lower temperature. A temperature sensor every few seats in the theatre helps ensure the audience area is maintained at the correct temperature.

Some of the props are actual boats like the umbrella that Eugen rides on the water and the horses that the Comets ride in the show.

The show has a cast of 85 acrobats, synchronized swimmers, and divers performing in and above a 1.5 million-gallon pool. The pool is kept at 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius) and has an underwater communication system and regulators that allow performers to breathe underwater.

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