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August 16, 2010

Ka by Cirque du Soleil review

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 10:40 pm
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Ka had one of the highest ratings of the six Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas but turned out to just be highly disappointing (and below lower-rated Zumanity, which is the only other Cirque show I’ve seen).

Story

A slightly confusing story with some extraneous scenes solely for comic relief, the parts that were comprehensible were very structured and predictable (e.g. the passage of time with scenes of the extremities of the different seasons of the year). The final battle scene was tedious, and the ending was open. (Sequel? Oh wait, never mind.)

Rating: 3 stars out of 4

Aesthetics

I was told that the show was built around the stage, which doesn’t surprise me

Stage at about 60-75 degrees.

with this amazing, innovative platform that can rotate in any angle up to 90 degrees (thus, frequently forcing the actors to be on high wires), move wherever it needs to (including disappearing from the stage, if need be) and be the central piece for almost every scene. You can just catch a glimpse of what it can do on the better-than-it-really-is preview on its website. It’s really hard to do this stage justice, but let me try by saying that this stage stole the show. It outshone the actors’ performance and enhanced the show by providing this extra dimension with its range of flexibility.

Rating: 4 stars out of 4

Routine

This is where the show bombed. You go to a Vegas show and don’t have any

Biggest standing ovation went to the biggest stunt of the night.

reservations with paying $120 to be amazed for 90 minutes. Not including the stage, there was no oohing and aahing here. It made the mistake of being more focused on art than acrobats, and even the few stunts that were in the act were botched on the first try. The fight scenes were cheesy; call me picky, but I like my swords to be closer than three feet from the person before he pretends to get hit. The whole performance and execution was sloppy and uninspiring, and Ka should have been embarrassed to be called a Cirque show.

Rating: 1 star out of 4

Overall

I can’t agree with any of the positive reviews this show has received. It was

I don't like the way he's looking at her. Eyes up here, buddy.

everything short of spectacular and look forward for Cirque to redeem itself with Mystere and O. I’m glad I got a deal to pay less than half price to see this or I would’ve been even more disgruntled. Save your money on another Cirque show. I’ll get around to watching Peepshow, Holly.

Rating: 2 stars out of 4

BJ

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1 Comment »

  1. i agree. sucked.

    Comment by Chris Le — August 17, 2010 @ 12:10 pm | Reply


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