I knew I was in for an entirely new Cirque du Soleil experience as I took my seat to watch KA at MGM Resort, post absorbing rave reviews from a few of my theatre-addictive friends with phenomenal tastes in drama. For the umpteenth time, not surprisingly, the audience was treated to a flawless narrative, replete with a dazzling display of acrobatics and some exceptional music. You can't help getting teleported to a realm never seen before.
The central theme of KA is woven around twins, one male and the other female. An achievement of sorts, it was the first time that Cirque du Soleil traversed the path of cinema (rising beyond theatre!). With a story line reminiscent of the glorious movies that talk about twins who are estranged and seek to reunite with each other, KA is based on an ancient Egyptian concept – KA (spiritual replication). Sure as eggs, fantasy doesn't seem to hold any boundaries in Egyptian folklore.
Retaining all the signature elements of Cirque du Soleil, the story unfolds in a world of adventure and magic, something that has always captivated me. And with a hybrid design of both Mad Max and Miyazaki, KA will enthrall and excite you like never before.
In a journey of a lifetime, the twins set out to explore the duality of life and the frissons that come as an integral element. With an eclectic travel companionship in the form of a court jester and a nanny, the twins weather every storm, surpass every hurdle and overcome every challenge for a date with destiny. Dramatization is at its best, with archers, spearmen and every other potent foe existent in the age of kings playing their part to destroy the twins and their purpose.
Reality takes wings with perfectly accentuated landscapes and stunning lights that add to the austere feel of the drama. KA couldn’t have got a better start with platforms rising from an abyss and transforming into a virtual stage for the 'journey of the twins'. Weird creatures and sea animals sashay on the screen, some playful and others confused about their existence.
The twins, unimaginably acrobatic, are on death’s edge, symbolized appropriately by the 'wheel of death'. They battle their foes, come to terms with the reality of life, experience love and play the 'good', on higher planes – dancing perilously on tree stumps and evading the devil's deathly arrows with dexterity. And the martyrs meet their end, gracefully descending into the abyss. The final battle of the 'good' and the 'evil', as always, is the triumph of the human spirit over the forces that work to defeat it. The dream lasts till the drapes come down!!