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Hey, Cirque fans! If you’re interested in knowing more about the iconic entertainment company, check out Cirque Week, a series of behind-the-scenes demos and discussions of all things Cirque du Soleil. (Ticket information and a schedule is available here.)

Company executives chatted about what it takes to keep a company like Cirque going. Participants checked out costumes up close, watched rehearsals of bungee routines from “Mystere” and saw exclusive footage of the Cirque mother-ship in Montreal. These are a few examples of the breadth of programming Cirque has put on to let superfans get to know the company better.

The 10-day series is almost over, but stop by Best of Las Vegas to see my coverage of a few of the events. There’s nothing wrong with living vicariously, right?

The secret behind Cirque is yours to seek

More to ‘Love’ for Cirque Week

Cirque’s insight = serious business

Cirque coach shares secrets


Update 7/22: 

“KA” artists took a brief hiatus from their Las Vegas stage and took up the mantle on the side of a building in San Diego instead. The performance of the show’s final fight scene, adapted for comic-enthusiasts from around the world, was part of the opening festivities for the 2011 Comic-Con and fit in well with the audience of fantasy-lovers.

The scene may be a familiar one to Vegas locals, but the adaptations made by the artists were impressive. After all, there is a world of difference between an elaborate and expensive stage designed specifically for the show and a wall of PETCO Park. For footage of the performance kindly generated by Comic-Con goers in the audience, check out the video below. (More and different videos are available on YouTube, naturally.)

Original post 7/6:

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Artists and technicians from Cirque du Soleil’s show “KA” will be reproducing the final battle scene from the show for Comic-Con attendees in San Diego from July 21 – 24. For cosplay fans, this could be an acrobatic dream come true, but the circumstances present a few challenges for the performers and the tech team.

In “KA,” the battle atmosphere is projected onto an angled surface suspended above the audience, giving onlookers the perspective of watching the combat from above. Replicating this arrangement in San Diego is impossible, as the wall of the building where the scene will be performed is entirely vertical, which isn’t the case in the show.

If you want to see the show in person, you’re out of luck: badges for the convention are already sold out online. But to find out how performers are adjusting, what technicians are doing to compensate for on-site differences and for interviews with “KA” artists and technicians, follow the link here for the original video on Wired.com.

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You walk into the theater and are confronted with wrought, industrial-looking sets that frame the stage. Performers in elaborate garb survey the audience and casually drop 30 feet, then rebound on a bungee. The air is charged, the stage is filling with fog, and the show is about to begin.

Welcome to “KA” by Cirque du Soleil.

For Cirque, this particular show represents a step in a more tangible direction. A clear storyline leads the audience into the depths of the show and both featured characters and peripheral roles are easier to relate to than, say, enormous inflatable snails. A short monologue at the beginning of the show introduces two Imperial twins who, throughout the show, will face trials and tribulations in order to fulfill their shared fate.

The stage is itself a study in the unexpected, which is a common theme in Cirque shows. The central platform transforms from a stationary plane to a beach, a battleground and a plunging ship, allowing for an unprecedented dynamism that exemplifies the other-worldliness of “KA.” A hut seen midway through transforms seamlessly into an airborne craft that traverses the space with a soundless, serene soar, and a beach scene is usurped when the platform tips and sends a cascade of sand tumbling down.

The show is also not devoid of humor; the seriousness of the Imperial twins’ story is offset by clown-like characters with a European vibe. A couple of mimes in the beginning bumble through a series of shenanigans to remind audience members to silence their cellphones, and one of the most memorable scenes in the show involves a human-sized centipede, crab, starfish and turtle.

The twins perform a delightful act of shadow puppetry toward the beginning of the show, deftly manipulating their own and each other’s hands. This swirl of light-heartedness brightens “KA” and keep the overall tone from becoming too serious.

The physicality of each of the performers is exemplary. This is combined with the efforts of visionary Robert Lepage, the director of “KA,” and the results are beyond what an average person would even conceive. Martial arts are mixed with hybrids of dance, aerial work and abstract movement that conveys emotion commendably.

A pinnacle of impossibility is showcased when the stage, tipped and rotating, is studded with points around which performers can pivot. A battle scene commences, with characters sliding perilously close to the platform’s edges before snagging an outcropping and hurtling in a different direction. “Jaw on floor” is an understatement at that point.

A pantheon of aerialists twirling around gargantuan bamboo-like stalks, a lyrical baton act to emotional strings, and fliers zooming around the theater seals the deal with a signature Cirque flourish.The effect is a stunning, pleasantly mind-bending foray into a perfectly three-dimensional alternate world. If this sounds like a world you’re interested in exploring, find more information here.