04 June 2014

The House of Dancing Water

We took advantage of the long weekend to make a trip to Macau to watch The House of Dancing Water with the kids and my mother-in-law.  The tickets we got placed us five rows from the stage –near enough to get a very good view, but just far away enough that we do not get wet.

I didn’t really know what to expect beyond ‘an amazing show that involves water,’ but it was so much more.  Part of what made the show so incredible is its stage.  It’s alternately a ‘normal’ stage (on which the performance took place) and a pool (into which divers dove from way up high in the rafters and where whole sets got slowly submerged!).  The pool apparently holds “a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water, equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools.”

The sound was a bit loud and Zoë had her hands over her ears for a good part of the show, but we all absolutely enjoyed it.  Everybody was oohing and ahh-ing over the stunts and the performances –some aerial acrobatics, some diving from ridiculous heights, several motorcycles crisscrossing each other in mid-air (Josh thought that was the coolest bit of the show), a contortionist, some ballet…  All these seemingly unrelated bits were all somehow blended together into a seamless flow.


The princess dancing around gracefully on the water’s surface…

Rain was heavily pelting down as the ‘house’ slowly submerged…

A ghost pirate ship, with the pirates diving off at different heights, in coordinated sequence…
If you ever find yourself in Hong Kong, make the short trip to Macau and watch the show.  So worth it!


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