I’ve been to Vegas five times now, four times for work and one time for pleasure. My first trip to Sin City was with my mom, two of my friends and their moms over our Spring Break in College. I remembered being taken aback by the beauty of some of the casinos there and realizing that it was the only place I’ve ever been that I truly could lose all track of time. Little did I know, a year later, I would land a job that sends me to Vegas at least once a year – and twice a year in 2015!
I think I had been to almost every casino on the strip, dined at numerous restaurants and lost plenty of money. But, in all of my previous trips, I never saw a Vegas show. Not once. This is something I’ve wanted to do every time I was out there, but after all, it is for work and not for pleasure. WELL, during the work trip last week, the conference had ended around 2pm and we couldn’t fly out until the next day. It was show time!
My coworker and I debated back and forth being seeing a Cirque du Soleil show or Britney Spears (that was the inner 13 year old in us thinking about how awesome it’d be to see Baby One More Time and Oops I Did It Again! live). I heard from several sources that Britney Spears’s Vegas performance is actually pretty amazing, but we decided to go with a Cirque du Soleil, because we can go to a concert any time and neither of us had been to a Cirque du Soleil show.
The problem was that we weren’t sure which one to attend. We waited until the last minute to buy tickets and were told that some of the shows weren’t even performing that night. I heard from a couple friends that the best Cirque du Soleil shows were ones that included a water aspect, which were the shows that weren’t performing. Of course. The concierge at the Tropicana told us about Zarkana at the Aria and explained to us why that was his favorite show. We decided to take his word for it and buy the tickets!
We had a nice dinner at one of the restaurants in Aria before heading to the theater. We got a drink and settled into our comfortable seats right before Zarkana was to begin. It was about an hour and a half long, and it was amazing! I was aw-struck for the majority of the performance. I still can’t wrap my head around some of the acrobatic feats those characters are able to accomplish. Zarkana has everything from balance beam flippers, tight-rope walkers, trapeze groups, awesome singers, break dancers and more! I was nervous (someone was going to fall), happy and excited all at once. I loved this show, and I would recommend it to any one visiting Vegas!
Take a look at some of the pictures I took at the amazing Zarkana show by Cirque du Soleil at Aria.
Before the show started, we were greeted by a beautiful red curtain.
The ‘Balance Beam Flippers’
Trapeze Artists in a spider web dream of sorts.
This was insane. I’m not even sure what was happening.
Tight rope walkers with a flaming ball of fire – now you see why I was nervous.
The end of the show – APPLAUSE!
Oh, and did I mention my coworker got called on stage by two clowns?!
Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil is a spirited journey through an abandoned theater where an extraordinary circus comes back to life. Populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats, Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration.
Zarkana is a quintessential Cirque du Soleil spectacular featuring an international cast of 70 world class acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, high wire and trapeze artists set on a grand stage at ARIA Resort & Casino.