An Epically Extraordinary Adventure

“Epic” is a word that’s often overused in our current vernacular. Social media is awash with terrible uses of the word “epic”, from hangouts to vacations – even concerning selfies. When used within the city limits of Las Vegas, however, “epic” is almost unanimously – and appropriately – tied to KÀ by Cirque du Soleil, showing at the MGM Grand. The word “epic” depicts an incredible storyline and characters, along with action-packed visuals, suspense, and dramatic displays of physical prowess.

Without question, KÀ is one of Las Vegas’ most popular and beloved production shows and the lynchpin of MGM Grand’s theater offerings. The centerpiece of this high-flying adventure is, far and away, the 360-degree rotating stage, which forms the backdrop for a jaw-dropping cinematic journey. Seeing the stage for the first time in action (and in the third dimension) is truly awe-inspiring. As the show unfolds, guests quickly realize that the cast of characters, choreography, music and special effects are equally as breathtaking.

Unlike many production shows on the Las Vegas Strip, KÀ features a central plot (albeit a smooth plot that ensures unfettered viewing) and characters that are both interesting and heroic. Around every turn, a relentless enemy hunts the central characters, known as the Twins, as they embark on an adventure to fulfill their destinies. At its core, the story is a beautiful manifestation of the eternal struggle between love and conflict.

KÀ, featuring some of the most innovative and gravity-defying feats ever performed, also showcases performers who spin through the air in a captivating display of perpendicular acrobatics and aerial adventure. Set in a custom environment that cost $165 million dollars to create, the KÀ Theater was built with the intention of imitating a Cathedral setting, grand in size, with illuminated stained glass.

One of the most spectacular aspects of KÀ is the Wheel of Death sequence, where two independent sets of circular cages rotate around a common axle and are manipulated and controlled by the artists inside. The incredible set weighs 10,000 pounds. Another stunning element of the action is the Sand Cliff Deck, in which performers navigate in an exhilarating chase scene. The deck fires 80 steel pegs that are used as acrobatic handholds by performers, while cleverly creating the illusion that arrows are striking the Sand Cliff Deck. The scene is definitely a crowd favorite.

Another crowd favorite is the KÀ Theatre Spectacular/Open House, available every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Experience a 20-25 minute (FREE!) guided demonstration that transports guests into the world of KÀ, learning about the history, background and grand nature of this $165 million production. The Cirque du Soleil spectacular is performed Saturday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $69 - $230, plus tax and fee. For more information, call (702) 531-2000 or visit online at ka.com.