March 10, 2007

Flashback: KA Review

From 12-05-05:

Finally, I bit the bullet and forked over the cash to see KA at MGM. Figured the tickets would be a great birthday present for Frank. We attended the 10:30pm performance on Saturday, December 3rd. I purchased tickets 2 weeks in advance and requested seats in section 202 row EE. (Section 202 AA-DD are $150; EE-NN are $125) EE wasn’t available so I agreed to row FF and we were assigned seats 29 and 30 – just a few seats to the right from the center of the room. Our seats were great, no complaints whatsoever.

From the moment you walk into the theatre you feel, as though, you’ve been whisked away to a far-off village. Moreover, the pre-show entertainers help to pull off the feel of a working village. The lights dim and the epic journey begins…After the fall of the empire, twin brother and sister, are forced to follow their own destinies on separate paths. The tale of the twins takes you from sea, to the mountains and thru the rainforest. Along their journeys, each of the siblings learns to overcome fear as they learn to survive the elements, as well as, their enemies. Ultimately, the twins reunite, the battle is won, and the reconstruction of the village can begin -- Good conquers evil.

Throughout the show we were in awe. The stage is a technological modern marvel, and the cast of performers are full of tremendous strength and grace. Their talents are absolutely astonishing! KA is, of course, a Cirque du Soleil show, but it’s taken a step further and to an entirely new place unlike any show I’ve seen before.

My favorite scenes took place after the shipwreck. First, the feeling of being underwater felt so real I was completely taken back, the simplistic movements were of great beauty – it gave me goose bumps head-to-toe. Next, I adored the seashore scene. The sea creatures were comedic; I especially enjoyed the crabs and turtle. And later, the shadow puppets were amazing, I never thought I’d find shadow puppets so captivating, but I did. Without a doubt, the most interesting aspect of the show is the way the acrobatics are disguised within the story. You have to really think about what is really happening before your eyes. All the work that goes into making this show possible is extremely extraordinary.

The ticket price is high, but don’t let that deter you, its money well spent and I highly recommend the show. Frank thought it was a great gift and he thoroughly enjoyed the show, as well.

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