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Show Review: "O" at Bellagio

Cirque du Soleil's "O" at the Bellagio is a mesmerizing and aquatic spectacle that transcends the boundaries of traditional performance art. I first saw "O" about 24 years ago, close to its debut in Las Vegas, so I was excited to get to experience this iconic show again. Set in a custom-built theater that seamlessly merges with the elegance of the Bellagio resort, "O" takes the audience on a journey into a dreamlike world where water serves as both the stage and a central character in the performance.


The show begins with a breathtaking display of synchronized swimming, acrobatics, and artistic expression, all set against the backdrop of a massive pool that covers the entire stage. The use of water as a central element adds an enchanting and dynamic dimension to the production, creating a visual feast that is unlike anything else in the world of live entertainment.

The performers of Cirque du Soleil demonstrate unparalleled skill and agility as they effortlessly execute gravity-defying stunts, aerial maneuvers, and synchronized swimming routines. The seamless integration of these elements with the ever-present water transforms the stage into a constantly shifting canvas of color, light, and motion.


From moments of pure wonder and awe during gravity-defying dives to the serene beauty of synchronized water ballet, the show manages to create a captivating narrative without uttering a single word. The accompanying music, composed specifically for the production, enhances the emotional impact and complements the visual spectacle with a rich and evocative soundtrack.


The set design and costumes are a visual feast, with intricate details and vibrant colors that add to the overall sensory experience. The lighting and special effects are masterfully executed, creating a dreamlike atmosphere that transports the audience to a fantastical realm where the boundaries between reality and imagination blur.


"O" is a celebration of human creativity and the limitless possibilities of performance art. It seamlessly weaves together elements of theater, dance, acrobatics, and water spectacle to create an immersive experience that captivates the audience from start to finish. Cirque du Soleil's "O" is a journey into a world where the impossible becomes reality, leaving spectators with a sense of wonder and amazement that lingers long after the final curtain falls.

Photos by Tomasz Rossa and Denise Truscello


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