Technological marvels give 'KÀ' wide-ranging appeal
Las Vegas is replete with memorable experiences you can’t find anywhere else in the world, but very few qualify as so spectacular and creative, you literally won’t believe your eyes. Best example? KÀ at MGM Grand, Cirque du Soleil’s action-packed adventure now in its 15th year dazzling audiences on the Strip.
The stage has always been the star at KÀ, a technical marvel that moves and shifts fluidly to form different environments and alignments, an adjustable canvas for the show’s skilled artists. Known as the Sand Cliff Deck, it weighs 80,000 pounds and measures 50 by 25 feet, yet it seems like it’s floating on air when it moves up and down 72 feet and rotates 360 degrees while tilting to angles of up to 100 degrees.
But the cast and crew of KÀ consider the Sand Cliff Deck just one of 10 stages that make up the production. There’s also the Tatami Deck, the rear stage space that measures 30 by 30 feet, weighs 75,000 pounds and slides forward up to 46 feet. There’s also the place where you’re sitting and taking in this spectacle, which isn’t one of the seven moving stages, but you never know when one of the warriors of KÀ will take a trip into the audience.
These are just some of the facts and behind-the-scenes bits you can learn at the recently updated free open house viewings every Tuesday at 11 and 11:30 a.m. and Saturday at noon and 12:30 p.m. at the KÀ Theater. The quick and exciting presentation also know as KÀ 360 provides guests the opportunity to spend some time in one of the most elaborate and technically advanced theatrical facilities ever built and enjoy a demonstration that details the art and inspiration behind the show. All ages are welcome.
Check out KÀ 360 and you’ll also discover the massive Earth Harp, designed by New York artist and musician William Close, which is played by two artists in the theater’s lobby 15 minutes before each show. KÀ also boasts one of the largest indoor archery displays for theatrical purpose in the world, with around 70 arrows fired by 11 archers and 60 other arrows fired by air cannons in each show.
Don’t worry, this behind-the-scenes presentation doesn’t diminish the wonders of the show, and if you’ve never seen KÀ before, your curiosity is sure to be piqued. When you hit the box office, consider the Imperial Experience package, which offers luxury box seating overlooking the theater, complimentary drinks and snacks, early access to the theater and VIP lounge, a dedicated host who will share even more historical and technical information about the show, and a post-show meet-and-greet with the artists of KÀ to be captured by a professional photographer. You may not believe what you just saw, but you’ll have the ultimate souvenir to prove your experience was real.
MGM Grand 7 & 9:30 p.m. Sat.-Wed., starting at $69 plus tax and fee. 702.531.3826