Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Las Vegas Friday Night - Le Reve The Dream at Wynn

The first show that Anthony booked for us was on Friday night at Wynn Las Vegas called Le Reve - The Dream.  The site for the show best describes the spectacular water performance:

Voted "Best Production Show in Las Vegas" for an unprecedented five consecutive years, Le Reve – The Dream welcomes you into an exciting and mysterious world inside an incredible aqua theater-in-the-round. From a thrilling high dive to an underwater tango, the stunning performers and breathtaking aerial feats of strength and agility will mesmerize you from beginning to end. You'll be sure to notice something you've never seen before in this liquid, and ever-evolving show. Experience Denouement, the newest act in Le Reve – The Dream, which features a daring dance through spectacular water and fire elements that stands as one of the greatest advancements in the show's history.

They allow photographs during the performance as long as you do not use your flash.  Although my pictures (taken with my phone) are not the best quality they do give you an idea of how visually stunning the performance is.  With the seating in the round the theater has an intimate feeling to it and I doubt there is a bad seat in the house.  I have no idea how the performers managed their performance being wet to some degree almost the entire show.  The gymnasts, aerialists, and synchronized swimmers appeared from above and below so you never knew where they would appear or disappear to next.  It really was amazing and full of surprises.  They also incorporated fire elements and the stage and props were constantly changing.  I would highly recommend this show for anyone visiting Las Vegas.

Sharing some fun facts and highlights I learned about the show:

The show features 90 athletes and entertainers from 17 countries.

The highest dive is a heart-stopping 80 feet into the 89-degree, 68-foot circular pool 26-feet-6-inches deep.

It takes 12 hours to fill the pool and 8 hours to empty it, and it is filtered 4 times a day.

Synchronized swimmers performing a tango in the water while wearing red high heels.

There are 75 to 105 white homing pigeons in each show. There are some 320 birds in the cast rotation, with 30 pairs breeding to provide new recruits. The off-site pigeon facility is 4,800 square feet, and the birds walk themselves into the traveling cages to go back and forth to the theater. They live about 15 years, and 28 of them have never missed a show.

There’s life underwater with 16 divers aiding performers and changing production elements. 

They use 14 air tanks per show with 70 regulators to help performers move under water.

Twelve infrared cameras monitor divers and performers. They have 422 in-pool air outlets and 3 miles of tubing to create the bubbles. The three underwater lighting tunnels have 207 moving lights with 900 dimmers. There are 20 miles of underwater lighting cable with 9 electricians on duty at every show.

The cast changes 40 times each show, which means almost 1,000 towels a day and 11 dressers to assist them with the 2,000 costume items, headpieces, shoes and masks -- all custom made for each performer. A wardrobe attendant will walk 12 miles on an average night performing cue track changes around the theater.

With skirts and fabrics lasting only 8 to 10 weeks, there’s a full-time costume shop with 14 seamstresses for repairs. Every day, they repaint and re-glue the soles of the 66 pairs of red shoes, which have dozens of holes drilled in them to drain the water. It takes 105 laundry loads running 4 hours nightly to care for the wardrobe.

In each show, 60 performing harnesses are used with 11 riggers running each show and 4 miles of wire rope used for equipment and flying effects.

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