On October 15, 1998, Cirque du Soleil beat the odds
an introduced an exciting new production to the world -- «O»
At first glance, "O" is nothing more than another
Cirque du Soleil production inside a fancy theater built
to specifications for a hotel project on the Las Vegas
strip. When you take a second glance, "O" becomes much,
much more. The mere utterance of the show's title conjurers up a barrage of
chaotic images, spectacular performances, and
heart wrenching melodies. Every aspect surrounding it is finely tuned;
detailed to exactness. It seems inconceivable that within
a $1.6 billion dollar hotel resides a production never before
attempted. Never before imagined even; until now.
"O" is the brainchild of Franco Dragone and Gilles
Ste-Croix, and the title itself, "O" is a phonetic play on "eau" -
the French world for water. And the show, like the host
resort, drips with it! Set to water in a $70 Million dollar
theater, "O" pays tribute to the magic of the theater -
from the simplest street performance to the most lavish of operas. Anything
is possible. The drama of life plays itself out before your very eyes within
a $20 Million dollar production.
The fantastic story of "O" centers around an unsuspecting
theatre-goer named Giufa - our unwitting guide through this
magical realm. When Giufa is chosen to give the show's opening
speech, the curtain is suddenly swept away carrying him high up
into the air. As his laughter echoes through the theatre, the
stage dissolves to reveal an aquatic universe teeming with
amphibious creatures and larger than life characters. The
incredible adventure has begun.
On the other side of the proscenium, Giufa is no longer a mere
onlooker, but a witness, a conspirator, an actor in a world that
changes constantly before his eyes. While Giufa guides us
through "O", each spectator undertakes his or her own odyssey.
"O" frees us to lose ourselves in a world without limits - where
dreams are not only encouraged, but where they come true.
|Premiere: ||October 15, 1998 (Gala)
October 19, 1998 (Public)
|Type: ||Resident / Theater
|Location: ||Bellagio, Las Vegas
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