LAS VEGAS – It may be one of the longest running productions in Las Vegas, but Mystère by Cirque du Soleil doesn’t feel old and is as entertaining as any other show on the Strip right now.
Mystère has been a fan favorite for nearly 25 years as it offers a vibrant kaleidoscope of athleticism, high-energy acrobatics and incredible imagery.
My wife and I recently attended a performance and weren’t sure what to expect. We had read gushing reviews of Cirque du Soleil shows but were skeptical if Mystère could really deliver.
As we entered the theatre at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, where Mystère has permanent residence, we were instantly impressed by the massive 10,000 square foot revolving stage that seems to continually move during the performance.
Over the next two hours, our eyes were glued to the 75 dancers, singers, musicians and acrobats who showed us what, just hours earlier, we would have said was impossible.
From the Aerial Cube, where a performer effortlessly turns and spins a cube while doing gravity-defying aerial maneuvers, to the Chinese Poles, where artists crawl up and down poles like sprouting vines. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, or more jawdropping, it did.
The show has managed to stay fresh over the years by making minor, and some major, changes. Last year, Mystère introduced a new version of its world-famous Teeterboard Act. The new shorter teeterboard allows more powerful acrobatic sequences and faster paced choreography.
The board catapults artists higher and faster into the air, nearly 20 feet, whereas the old board could only shoot them 10-15 feet up.
In the midst of all the action, a clown full of mischief, played by Brian Le Petit, weaves his way into the performance. We also meet Les Bébés – children who represent the primitive human state of being selfish and hungry.
Mystère is a powerful show you won’t forget and is suitable for family members of all ages. You can catch the production Saturday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Heather Kelly, CNN
Lindsey Ellefson, CNN
Michael Nedelman, CNN