Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 11, 2005

In This Issue: Mystere by Cirque Du Soleil, Readers Rants and Raves, Wynn Photos Coming, Winning At Craps, Dining Discounts Book, New Crazy Girl, Britney At La Cage, Matt Dusk Returns, more …
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We are reprinting Ted Newkirk’s review of Mystere this week. In light of all the hoopla surrounding Le Reve (the new Franco Dragone show at Wynn Las Vegas), a look back at Mystere is particularly timely. Franco Dragone created the Cirque du Soleil shows Mystere and “O” for (then) Steve Wynn resorts Treasure Island and Bellagio. Dragone went on to create his own company … which brought him back to Las Vegas where he created Celine Dion – A New Day and now Le Reve.Special Bonus: Click and listen to Kunya Sobe (32k streaming sample) from the CD Mystere: Live In Las Vegas while you read this. You’ll feel like you are there!

Mystere Live In Las Vegas by Cirque du SoleilMystere by Cirque du Soleil – It was December, 1993. Treasure Island Las Vegas. A city still best known for cheap buffets and cheap rooms. No Mandalay Bay, no Bellagio, no Venetian, no Paris Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil was popular in art and theatre circles but few in regular walks of life were familiar with the French Canadian company and their unique brand of human-based circus theatre. Boy, did that all change!

Over a decade later, Mystere is still one of the hottest shows on the Las Vegas Strip and with great reason. This troupe of highly skilled athletic actors combine drama, rhythmic music, and fantastic feats that defy gravity.

The “Aerial Cube” features Paul Bowler suspended high above, spinning in a glistening steel cube at amazing heights. In the “Chinese Poles,” highly costumed performers use amazing muscular strength and control to mimic what may be insects on stalks of grass or wheat. They cling to, climb, and spring between the poles in superhuman fashion using only their own power and balance.

Marco and Paul Larador (brothers from Portugal) perform “Hand To Hand.” This strength and balancing act done on a rotating dome must be seen to be believed. But just when you feel you can’t be more amazed, “Bungee” takes center stage. Six performers suspended high above spring deep from trapezes in an amazing choreographed routine.

Other segments include the traditional circus act “Korean Plank” performed in a new and more complex way, the “Aerial High Bar” (a gymnastics inspired swinging high bar routine), and the “Trampoline and Fast Track” where a huge winged trampoline set let’s performers fly sideways between upright trampolines.

Mystere by Cirque du SoleilSo save some cash and catch Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey next time they hit your town, right? WRONG. The circus style acts are performed in a custom theatre with amazing costume, masks, color, and original live music that pulls at every sense and emotion. These acts just help paint part of a bigger canvas.

We are escorted through the show by a nontraditional clown. His disdain for the hoopla and childlike mischief (set off by the appearance of being an aged character) provide both comic relief and provoking thought. Babies (actors playing them) take us to the innocence and simplicity and hope for a bright tomorrow. Mysterious creatures remind us of childhood dreams, fantasies, and bedtime stories.

Mystere has earned worldwide respect and will leave you with lasting memories. This show was continually voted the best in Las Vegas until sister show “0” opened at Bellagio. Even then, it is still a top show and a highlight of a Las Vegas trip. If you have yet to experience a Franco Dragone production, start with Mystere.

Readers Rants and Raves – We have the best, most informed readers in the world. Enjoy hearing what they have to say, help answer a question or just chime in with your opinions or tell us about your trip on our message boards!

Wynn Las Vegas Photos – Coming Next Issue! We’ve already had some great photos coming in from readers and we thank everyone. If you’ve visited Wynn Las Vegas (or are going to in the next few weeks), send in a pile of photos and we’ll share them with everybody! Email to and if you have a video, email us and we’ll tell you how to get us a copy. Legal note: Submission does grant publishing in this newsletter and on (so we can share it with everyone), but grants us no further rights or uses.

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