If you are looking for family fun in Las Vegas , you should definitely visit Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ. KÀ is easily the most accessibly, husband and kids friendly of the Cirque shows, with an exciting mix of pirates, sailors, flying machines and, of course, incredible acrobatic performances. The most fantastic part of KA, Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular show atthe MGM Grand, is the stage itself. Amazing human feats of acrobatics, trapeze arts, dancers, martial artists, and tumblers aside, the gravity defying stage itself is the main attraction in this stunning theatrical experience. Built by a mining equipment company, the stage alternately twists and turns, stands on its side, spikes emerging and disappearing as the performers climb, chase, and fall in a surreal, dreamscape — Spellbound meets Mad Max at Thunderdome.
The plot itself is right out of Gilbert and Sullivan or Twelfth Night : Twin Sister and Twin Brother of royal descent separated at a beach head after a pirate attack aboard the sailing vessel which quickly becomes the stage; their loyal nursemaid and court jester, guardians throughout their perilous and phantasmagoric journey. While the Brother is learning the art of shadow puppets, hanging out in caves, and running from the creepy Archers, the Sister is climbing a mountain (the aforementioned amazing stage tilted to a 90 degree angle) scrambling and swinging up the spiked wall pursued by the vicious Archers.
Perhaps the most exciting moment in a 90 minute gripping-the-edge-of-your-seat extravaganza is the burlap tent which is magically transformed into a human flying machine powered by the forest people and the Firefly Boy. I am not one easily given to hyperbole but honestly there are not enough superlatives to describe the experience: amazing, spectacular, stunning, and very cool. Go see it when you are in Vegas. Though she has not seen the other shows in town yet, my wife is making me take her back to see KA again when we go back in the summer. KA-Boom!