KA is playing at the KA Theatre inside the MGM Hotel and Casino. It is the latest show from
Cirque du Soleil to hit the Strip, and it is an amazing technical achievement. A
departure from previous shows, this is a piece of theatre that tells a story. KA combines martial
arts, acrobatics, puppetry, interactive video projections, technology and
pyrotechnics to tell the epic saga of Imperial Twins---a boy and a girl---who embark on an
adventurous journey to fulfill their destinies.
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KA is created and directed by acclaimed theatre and film director Robert Lepage. Lepage
("Bluebeard's Castle," "The Far Side of the Moon") describes the story as "the coming of
age of a young man and a young woman through their encounters with love, conflict and the duality
of KA, the fire that can unite or separate, destroy or illuminate." The Twins'
journeys take them through a succession of challenging landscapes and ever-changing performance
spaces that conjure an entire empire on stage.
As the plot of KA unfolds, danger lies in wait for the Twins at every turn. Archers and Spearmen
hunt them relentlessly. As the villains give chase, the artists show off their
climbing prowess with an incredible ascent to safety. As a distraction from danger, the Twin
Brother learns the art of shadow puppets in a tender, yet poignant moment. The
action resumes during the Pillars scene, where artists perform daring acrobatic maneuvers while
leaping on and over multiple pillars.
The Twin Sister, protected by her Nursemaid, manages an escape in a miraculous man-powered flying
machine, releasing her into a surreal forest populated with bright, luminous
creatures on Bungees and Swing Poles. Meanwhile, in the Archer's Den, captives perform on the
Wheel of Death with breathtaking displays of gravity-defying feats. In the
culmination of the Twins' extraordinary journeys, a battle takes place on an enormous vertical
stage offering a unique aerial perspective. Video projections react to the
artists' touch while the adversaries spin through the air in a stunning display of perpendicular
acrobatics and aerial adventure.
The show's title, KA, is inspired by the ancient Egyptian belief in the "ka," an invisible
spiritual duplicate of the body that accompanies every human being throughout this
life and into the next.
The show is an amazing achievement of human ability and technological advancement. It is
beautiful and awe-inspiring. The incorporation of the acts into the story is sometimes a
bit forced, and the pacing seems dreadfully slow at times, but these are minor quips within the
major achievement of this show.
The performers are wonderful. Many of them seem to possess superhuman abilities...and that is
even before the incorporation of the aerial work. They often appear to be working
on the edge of disaster, and the controlled chaos is great to watch.
The theatre and the stage are astonishing. The budget for the show ballooned enormously, but it
seems that it was ultimately all well spent. The theatre is large, but good
attention was paid to the seating so that there are no "bad" seats.
KA is a wonderful experience, even though it feels a bit long at times. The most discerning of
palates, as well as the entire family and children can enjoy it. The shape of
entertainment in Las Vegas is changing and advancing, and Cirque is on the forefront of this new
wave in the theatre. Many believe that there are too many Cirque show in town,
but let's face it...they do produce brilliant shows.