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KÀ by Cirque du Soleil

Location: Las Vegas, USA
Date Commenced: May 2003
Date Completed: October 2004
Website: www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/ka

KÀ™ by Cirque du Soleil® at the MGM hotel in Las Vegas pushes every boundary in theatrical performance and has set a new record for automation technology. KÀ™ has over 200 axes of automation, arguably one of the largest automated productions created, and all controlled by Stage Technologies Nomad control consoles.

Mark Fisher designed the extraordinary sets for this show, creating performance spaces and platforms that rise up from an enormous void (the ‘pit’) where a stage would normally be. There are two main platforms, the ‘tatami deck’ (30ft by 30ft, weighing around 75,000lb) and the ‘sand cliff deck’ (50ft by 25ft, weighing around 80,000lb).

Another remarkable automated effect is used in a scene where five performers transform their tepee tent into a giant, flying bird in order to make their escape. The bird uses five winches to fly out over the auditorium, while the five performers travelling within it flap the wings, creating another crowd-pleasing blend of technology and high-energy performance.

 

More information: Cirque du Soleil trailer, Really Big Things video

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Photo by Nils Becker ©Cirque du Soleil Inc.
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