OK, if you’ve seen a Cirque du Soleil show, “simplicity” isn’t the first word used to describe their shows. The Canadian-based company features acrobats, dancers and artists from around the world performing feats that leave audiences not only breathless, but constantly diverted by multiple staging acts. For me, Cirque can be a visual overload at times – not so with one of their newer shows, KA.
Last week, we saw KA in a custom-built theatre based in Las Vegas. “Mind-blowing, phenomenal and amazing” are the words I use to describe this visual feast. Yet KA is markedly different from other Cirque performances. While the company markets the show as the first “themed” storyline throughout, that’s not what intrigued me. It is their use of a simple, universal and transformational staging element that kept the audience riveted for almost 2 hours – not an easy task. (more…)