Each Cirque du Soleil show is a combination of circus styles from around the world, with its own central theme and story line. Shows use continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing the props. We visited Las Vegas recently and we were determined to see a Cirque du Soleil show. We found that there were many shows in town but only one that was family oriented. Read on about my five reasons why I think Cirque du Soleil is unique.
1. Cirque du Soleil has amazing acrobatics
It is circus after all! And as such it has to be great circus at its core. Otherwise they would not even be able to start. They have the entire circus acts: clowns (sophisticated ones ), amazing acrobatics and jugglers. There is one traditional circus act missing: there are no animals period.
My understanding is that Cirque du Soleil hires the best acrobats from all over the world. They hire the best of the best. All their acts are awesome. But great acrobatics is not enough for a circus shows that stands out.
So they add more…much more.
2. Cirque du Soleil has awesome costumes and colors
Now that they have great circus acts, Cirque du Soleil starts to be different than any other circus shows. The first difference that is noticeable are the costumes. They are simply gorgeous.
It is true that all circus companies have colorful costumes and careful makeup, but at Cirque du Soleil costumes are way cool. They fit with the theme of the show and they are carefully thought out and crafted. Their costumes are beautiful.
The Mystere show by has beautiful costumes as shown by their poster
3. Cirque du Soleil has superb scene composition
Everything in a Cirque du Soleil show is well planned and thought out. It feels like a large Hollywood production where every detail is carefully crafted. Each circus act starts and end with a beautiful composition of bodies costumes,light and music.
4. Cirque du Soleil has creative lighting
Lighting seems like a nice touch in showbiz but in a Cirque du Soleil show lighting is very important. It is part of the show, like an actor. Lights bring everything important into focus and hide everything else. It is just beautiful.
5. Cirque du Soleil has beautiful live music
Every respectable circus company has a live band. Music brings every circus act to life and keeps the audience focused and engaged. However, when we talk about Cirque du Soleil music, the whole audio experience is taken to another level. The Mystere show has two live bands one on each side of the stage. The music is not regular circus music. It is not just noisy and loud but rather modern and melodious and fits perfectly with the story of each act.
Is it worth seeing a Cirque du Solid show?
We loved it! Our kids were glued to the show and they kept talking that it was too short even though it lasted an hour and a half. Yes it was expensive (about $80 per ticket) for a circus show…but what a circus show! If you are in Las Vegas take some time to see one of the many Cirque du Soleil shows it is well worth your time and money. You can save some money by finding budget hotels in Las Vegas.