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Cirque du Soleil O at the Bellagio - Las Vegas Events

Las Vegas as a Cultural Experience

The Bellagio fountain If you finally decide to leave your oh-so-quiet and luxurious room at the Bellagio with its marble bath and sweeping view of the mountains, you'll find everything at your doorstep. Everything lavish and plentiful. One week will not suffice to take advantage of all that's offered within the Bellagio. More than a large hotel, it's a little world with an infinity of attractions from musical waterworks on a five-acre lake evocative of the Italian northern region at the foot of its majestic structure to the six swimming pools, the flower garden, the posh boutiques, the art galleries, the sculptures, the spa, the top-notch restaurants run by stellar chefs and the incredible "O" show.

O is a shortcut for the French word for water: eau (pronounced o). 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 (acrobats-clowns-swimmers-divers-comedians-musicians-dancers) 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. There's no spectacle like "O," probably the best contribution Las Vegas has ever made to the scenic arts.

A scene from Cirque du Soleil's O at The Bellagio in Las Vegas
Playing with fire during Cirque du Soleil's O at The Bellagio in Las Vegas

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 new circus show that fills us with wonder, it also opens the door to reflecting and dreaming. 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.

Cirque du Soleil's O at The Bellagio in Las Vegas

One way to extend this bewildering session is to visit Picasso. The imagination of the great artist revealed by the (authentic) paintings decorating the restaurant named after him is another emotional shock. Who would ever have thought of Las Vegas as a cultural experience?

Picasso restaurant at The Bellagio in Las VegasWe stay on a similar elevated level with Julian Serrano's gastronomy. While the fountains of the lake jump to the sky, we indulge in a potato blini topped with caviar, discover an extraordinary langoustine aside mini tomatoes and fava beans, savor an incredibly tasty and delicate asparagus cream with crab meat and almonds, love the cauliflower mousseline with the roasted bass, let the foie gras that accompanies a tender squab on a risotto bed melt in our mouth and enjoy the succulent lamb chop in a Pinot noir reduction with curried potatoes, artichoke and a subtle final hint of rosemary. And then come the desserts. They are incandescent. We have not seen such a firework in a long time. Chocolate, mousse, opera, sorbets with a presentation worthy of the master-painter, succulent. With a glass of Beaume de Venise, the touch is perfect.

The man on the Picasso painting with a wink in his eyes seems to approve of this (obviously expensive) lifestyle. It's worth it. It's unique. A Picasso painting at Picasso restaurant in Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil's "O" — resident show at the Bellagio
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3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
888-987-6667, 702-693-7111

Reservations suggested.
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(Updated: 01/30/12 BH)

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