Welcome to a place where all the world is water and the stage is all the world.
Welcome to the turbulent waters of your imagination, the calm of happy memories.
Welcome to this uncharted realm.
Welcome to "O".
Beyond circus, beyond theatre, Cirque du Soleil has created an entirely original form of live entertainment with "O". The innovative team unveiled their most daring project to date with the premiere of "O" on October 15, 1998 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
"O" pays tribute to the magic of the theatre - from the simplest street performance to the most lavish of operas - where anything is possible and where the drama of life plays itself out before our very eyes.
Inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of its pure form, "O", phonetically speaking, is the French word for water (spelled "eau"). Written and directed by Franco Dragone, who has created 10 of Cirque du Soleil's previous productions, "O" has brought a new level of performance art to the Las Vegas Strip.
"O" is a homage to the theatre, the place where we try to entertain all of humanity," says Dragone. "For it is in the theatre where humanity tries to understand itself."
With an international cast of 81 artists, performing in, on and above water, Cirque du Soleil's "O" tells the tale of theatre through the ages and frees us to lose ourselves in a world without limits. Join Eugen, an ageless theatre guardian and Guif�, his eager, yet unsuspecting visitor, as they embark on a 90-minute voyage where dreams are not only encouraged, they come true.
An array of awe-inspiring images celebrates the vitality of the human spirit. Among these images are the visually stunning duo trap�ze, world-class divers and daring displays of highly specialized aerial acrobatics. The innovative "Barge" number, performed by eight women from the Ukraine and Russia, intrigues with a unique interpretation of traditional circus art and dramatic choreography. A spectacular visual treat, the fire sequence provides contrast to the ever-present element of water. The journey continues to the chaotic cadre number and through the poetic prowess of contortion. "O" features a team of synchronized swimmers, who, under the direction of Canadian gold-medallist Sylvie Fr�chette, bring an entirely original approach to the sport and to the theatre. The entire performance is narrated by the international melodies of a 10-piece orchestra.
Cirque du Soleil's first venture into aquatic theatre has been seen by more than 2 million spectators and has earned the acclaim of journalists from around the world. The Chicago Tribune says, "...as spectacular and inventive a live show as you're likely to find anywhere in the world right now..." while the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently honored "O" as the best production show for the second year in a row.
"O" is a spectacular feat of imagination and engineering. The 1.5 million-gallon pool is 25 feet deep and measures 150-by-100 feet. Three years of intense study and testing have resulted in a one-of-a-kind aquatic environment. The classical proscenium style of the Bellagio Theatre is another Cirque du Soleil first, with tiered orchestra seating, side galleries on two levels and a balcony.
The show reunites many of Cirque du Soleil's acclaimed creators from previous productions, including Franco Dragone, director of creation Gilles Ste-Croix, set designer Michel Cr�te, costume designer Dominique Lemieux, composer Benoit Jutras, choreographer Debra Brown, lighting designer Luc Lafortune, and sound designers Jonathan Deans and Fran�ois Bergeron.