Before the curtains rise...
Early on in the show, we were given a taste
of the spectacle about to unfold
Look at the orange speck near the top
-- it's actually a man about to dive down
into the pool of water several meters below
A HK$2 billion production created by Las Vegas showman Franco Dragone, The House of Dancing Water opened in Macau back in September 2010. Going strong (unlike the Cirque du Soleil's Zaia -- which opened in August 2008 but closed in February 2012 because it didn't attract the audience that was hoped and envisioned for it) into the last week of 2012, it boasts a storyline that involves Asians along with exotic foreigners in the form of white and black people alike -- and includes in its cast former Hong Kong Ballet senior principal dancer Faye Leung.
If truth be told though, I found the entertainment spectacle's plot to be on the lame side -- not least because of the Orientalism on display in the form of a white man spending a large percentage of the story attempting to rescue a beautiful Asian princess. But while I can imagine that the major attraction of the show for many people actually are the often pretty breathtaking stunts on display -- notably those performed by the acrobatic (high) divers and also the motorcycle stunt jumping team, I truly was most impressed by the main stage/theater space that multiply transforms from a deep pool (which, at its largest, is bigger in size than five Olympic-sized swimming pools combined) -- sometimes (but not always) with shallow sides -- to a solid surface on which people can walk, dance, run and even ride motorcycles -- and thus constitutes a super special effect in and of itself.
Housed in a large complex called the City of Dreams (that is located across the street and consequently within walking distance of the Venetian Macao), The House of Dancing Water actually is one of those shows where you can see how the money was spent. The world's newest, largest and most spectacular water-based show, it most definitely aims to be a major crowd pleaser.
My mother and I enjoyed the show for the most part. However, there are two elements that we both would love to see improved. Firstly, we are agreed that the music was on the repetitive side -- so much so that it contributed to our nodding off for a few minutes during the performance! Secondly (and possibly relatedly), even while we understand the need for the auditorium to not be too cold since many of the show's performers spend a significant amount of time in the water, we do wish that it wasn't so hot -- and, more importantly, stuffy inside.
Indeed, we wonder if lack of oxygen was the major reason why we fell asleep -- or, rather, lost consciousness! -- at certain points during the show! At the very least, we both are sure that it's not coincidental that we perked up considerably during the section of The House of Dancing Water during which motorbike stunts were performed. Put another way: even while the stunts were really cool and fun to watch, we're convinced that what got us to feel very much awake then was the fact that the doors were opened and much welcome (relatively) "fresh" as well as cooler air was allowed to waft into the space!! ;O