O by Cirque du Soleil
Witness a surreal aquatic circus unfold before your eyes.
The aptly named "O" by Cirque du Soleil is a phonetic play on "eau," the French word for water. The water theme, which is the leitmotif of the Bellagio — with its lake and the pools — is glorified in the "O" show by the versatile artists of the Cirque du Soleil, who display their talent on a unique stage, a marvel of engineering. Twenty-five feet deep, it contains 1.5 million gallons of liquid and transforms itself endlessly within seconds. The aquatic-themed production wows audiences with watery stunts such as synchronized swimming and 60-foot high dives, as well as acrobatics, trapeze, martial arts and contortion. The massive spectacle requires 85 performers and 150 stagehands from across the globe to bring the magic to life.
Starting on a circus template, "O" opens up into a celebration of life integrating the different forms of art by which the human body and mind can express sensations, reflections, emotions and vibrations. While water is the source of life, its antagonist element fire is the other element that conditions our existence.
Taming the flames as well as mastering water are the two great victories of mankind that made us able to survive. The magnificent and flamboyant entertainment is not only a circus show that fills us with wonder, it also opens the door to reflecting and dreaming. Guests are transported to an enchanted world through colorful imagery, special effects, imaginative costuming and an innovative soundtrack performed by live singers and musicians. We enter into a surrealist flight where all is possible: gravity seems to be abolished and pianos surge from the bottom of the oceans oozing melodies while cavaliers gallop on the waves. Our human limitations are bypassed. We are angels and fly, we are fishes and swim. Difficult to return to reality even in the sumptuous lobby of the Bellagio lit by a colossal Murano multicolored flower chandelier.