MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

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MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

I’m quite choosy when it comes to watching theatrical shows.  During elementary and high school, we were trained to perform plays of varied adaptations to a huge number of crowd as if I have enrolled for acting classes and not for academics.  With this, I know how hard and costly it is to produce a show. 

For big productions of cultural theatrical shows (water-based stage), the House of Dancing Water in Macau will be my second after the world’s largest stage production, Siam Niramit of Bangkok, Thailand. 

In partnership with the Franco Dragone Entertainment Company through a recommendation of a friend and drinking buddy, we were invited to experience this once in a lifetime water extravaganza at premium seats.

The world-class show is housed at the City of Dreams Macau in a purpose-built theater designed with many breakthroughs including a stage pool that holds a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water(equivalent to 5 olympic-sized swimming pools).  Before we went to Macau, I was curious of how extravagant this show is, and so I made the research and was particularly amazed of the stunts.  What more if I witnessed it personally and up close?

The show starts at 8 in the evening.  Hours before, we had our dinner at Belcancao Four Seasons Hotel.  It has been an unplanned itinerary that before we watch theatrical shows, we are treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner, ending up full and sleepy heads.  Fortunately, the shows can awaken our senses with delight.  It appears like a déjà vu but obviously of a different country.  The last time the group watched a theatrical show together was at Resorts World Manila for Bituing Walang Ningning and dinner was served at Marriott Manila where we stayed for a weekend.

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW
THE TICKETING OFFICE
MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW
THE CITY OF DREAMS
Passing by the City of Dreams and approximately thirty minutes walking distance (in our case), we arrived at the House of Dancing Water Theater.  We did not line up since I got the tickets three hours before the show.

The theater’s capacity is approximately 2,000 seats and I could say we have the best seats, being at the center and close to the stage, but not too close otherwise, we will be required to wear raincoats.


MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW
THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER THEATER
The show started on time.  It runs for almost one and a half hour of continuous acrobatic elements and original acts.  I was amazed of how the stage transforms into different sets, land and literally water-based.  Gymnasts, circus artists, dancers, divers, actors and motorcyclists are featured in the breath-taking show.


MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Among the highlights of the show (at least for me) are the acts on The Human Chandelier, The Human Pyramid Act, Swans, Bungees, Fountain Dance, Straps of Prisoners, Bamboo Dance, the Boat (a great opening), the Motorcycle Act, the War, the Crowning and the High Dive Finale.


MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW
MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

After all the stunts (with no harness), we begin to ponder on the plot.  There appears to be a princess rescued by his prince from the antagonists and they live happily ever after.  The love story may appear simple, yet the execution is not.


MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

So what then is the storyline? It goes like this…

The story begins in the coast of Coloane where a fisherman traveling with his boat enjoys his journey.  Suddenly, a mysterious energy from the water creates a terrible whirlpool, grabs the fisherman and pulls him to a place and a time of legend.  He does not realize for a while what is happening at that moment. He observes, lost and intrigues, when a storm brings a survivor from a shipwreck, a stranger to this magical kingdom.  The young, brave stranger encounters and falls in love with a beautiful princess who was thrown into a cage by her evil stepmother, the Dark Queen.  Without hesitating, the fisherman decides to help the stranger fight against the Dark Queen and rescue the Princess.  With his help, the Stranger and the Princess defeat the Dark Queen, and the fisherman obtains an unexpected reward.

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

They have acts never been seen before on theaters and can be said as a setting for a journey through time as well, with backdrops comparing the traditional and modern landscapes.


MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

MACAU | MESMERIZED AT THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER SHOW

I may sound like doing some book reviews for a high school project, but really, it is worth watching especially when visiting Macau with family and you’re not into casinos.  My family haven’t watched this spectacular show and I hope when we get back to Macau, they find time to experience the same.

This is truly highly recommended.


THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER
House of Dancing Water Theater
City of Dreams Macau
Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Tel.: (853) 8868 6688

Email: showenquiry@cod-macau.com

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1 comments

  1. Wow! This seems truly amazing! The only show I've seen so far that resembles this in a minuscule way ( though I truly enjoyed it the first time I watched the show) was the Water World at Universal Studio in Singapore. Tho it was action packed, I doubt that it was comparable to this. I cant wait to experience this show if given the chance!

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