2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the first (and many would still say the best) of the multiple Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil productions. Although there have been some tweaks here and there and a few new acts were added in 2012, the show is pretty much the same as it always has been, which, in a word, is stunning. It is the closest to the original ethos of the Montréal-based company’s unique circus experience, which focuses on gorgeous feats of human strength and agility all wrapped up in performance art elements both surreal and absurd. The show features one simply unbelievable act after another (seemingly boneless contortionists and acrobats, breathtakingly beautiful aerial maneuvers), interspersed with Dadaist/Commedia dell’arte clowns. All this and a giant snail! The thesaurus runs dry trying to describe it: dreamlike, suspenseful, funny, erotic, mesmerizing, and just lovely. At times, you might even find yourself moved to tears. We’re not ashamed to admit we were. Catch it Saturday through Wednesday at 7 and 9:30pm.
- Rick Garman