Las Vegas: KÀ
Cirque Du Soleil
Multi-media acrobatic show created by Robert Lepage and produced by Cirque du Soleil in a theatre and production designed by STUFISH in 2005
- // 2005
- // Theatre Show and Interior Design
- // Las Vegas, USA
The story is located in a mythic oriental world. To support the story, the lobby and the theatre shift the mood of the audience: the promenade from casino to seat is staged along curving ramped corridors that allow views of the ceiling of the auditorium while concealing the room from direct view until the last possible moment. The auditorium is carved out as negative space within an imaginary forest of columns, inspired by the Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto. The result is a cathedral-like volume in which the rhythm of the posts and beams forms a seemingly endless space.
Lepage uses the constantly-changing geometry of the moving platforms to play with the audience’s point of view of the acrobatic action even as they remain fixed in their seats. Combined with Cirque du Soleil’s seemingly weightless performance skills, the result is an uninterrupted sequence of scenes that appear to defy gravity.
// 15-metre-wide main platform, 7.6m (25ft) deep and 1.8m (6ft) thick
// Main platform weighs over 125 tonnes
// Main platform can pitch, roll and travel 24m (80ft) vertically
// Smaller platform 9m (30ft) x 9m (30ft) cantilevers from upstage
// Stage is 36m (120ft) wide and deep.
// Grid is 30m (100ft) above the nominal stage level
Creator and Director Robert Lepage Director of Creation Guy Caron Theatre and Set Design STUFISH Costume Designer Marie-Chantale Vaillancour Composer Renè Dupèrè Choreographer Jacques Heim Lighting Designer Luc Lafortune