Macau: The House of the Dancing Waters

Macau has many attractions, including a number of different shows including Zaia and The House of the Dancing Waters. While we had seen Zaia in April 2011, it took us a while to go to the City of Dreams and watch the House of the Dancing Waters.

I would not recommend the show for its story (there is not much, except an obvious love story that everyone can easily understand, even without being able to speak Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin or English) but for its amazing technology.

I thought it was really amazing, one minute the water pool is many metres deep so the performers can jump over 10m into the pool. A few seconds later the pool is closed and a solid surface. A few minutes later, water fountains appear through the floor, and performers run and dance around them.

At a cost of more than USD$250 million, taking 5 years of planning and 2 years of rehearsal it is an expensive and amazing show. It combines water stunts, acrobatics, aerial arts in a purpose-built theater with the world’s largest commercial pool.

I’ve read that there are 258 automated fountains and 8 elevators, which make it possible to convert the aquatic stage to a solid floor in the blink of an eye! This is so amazing to watch, the actors swim and within seconds walk on a solid floor, incredible. The show includes dives (from great heights), aerial arts as well as motorbike stunts, so there should be something for everyone!

Here is a trailer that you can watch:


2 thoughts on “Macau: The House of the Dancing Waters”

  1. We are going there next sunday. Looking forward to that very much! We saw the Cirque du Soleil show ‘O’ in Las Vegas, which sounds a lot like this and which we absolutely loved.

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