Com­mand Cen­tre: Cirque du Soleil

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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