It's hardly surprising that this aqua spectacle is called Le Rêve (French for "The Dream.") The 92 strong cast of athletes in this provocative performance may come from 17 different countries dotted around the globe, but they all have one thing in common: They are all certified scuba divers.
Why? This is no ordinary stage. The domed Wynn Theatre in Las Vegas holds an impressive 1.1 million gallons of water, 15 underwater speakers as well as many of the props for the performance.
The performance follows the 'everyman' character Wayne as he tries to follow his dreams without leading down the path of temptation. Strong acrobatics and impressive scenery sets help the story come alive.
Since its opening in 2005, The Wynn Theatre has surely got to be one of the most, if not the most technologically developed stages in the world. Not only does it take 12 hours to fill the pool, the water is kept at a constant temperature of 89°F and gets filtered four times a day. Add in the extra 16 scuba divers (and 32 air tanks) that are required for each show and logistically you are almost ready to go. Just don't forget about the waterproof make-up, shoes with holes in them so that the water drains out and the costume repairs that happen every 2 weeks.
Don't believe what you're reading? This is the best part. Contact us and you could, (for a small fortune - tickets do not come cheap) gain the unparalleled opportunity to dive the live show yourself! With a maximum depth of 26 feet, it's fair to say that you will be immersed at the forefront of all the action!
The man behind this dream is founder and artistic director, Franco Dragone. I think it's fair to say that he has pushed the boundaries of theatre as the modern world knows it, which was of course his intention. He wanted to make people think and evoke emotion.
Whatever your opinion, I can't imagine that there will be many other opportunities to mark down in your LogBook that you were inches away from synchronised swimmers doing the tango in red high heels.
Photos by Tomasz Rossa