Command Centre: Cirque du Soleil
Sunday, 6.30pm, 7TWO Hurrah for circuses that don’t use animals. Cirque du Soleil has been performing O (pronounced eau, the French word for water) twice every night at the Bellagio in Las Vegas since 1998. The 1800-seat O theatre was designed to look like a 14th-century European opera house, only instead of a stage it has an enormous pool. It’s the focal point of an incredible array of daring acts in, on and above the water. No harnesses and no safety nets. Frightening when you consider some of the acrobats perform 72m above the water. We’re taken behind the scenes to see how 145 technicians make everything work smoothly. The show has earned more than $US1 billion ($1.06bn) — and so far, no disasters.