Monday, August 17, 2015

Bellagio Kabuki Spectacle Videos

The Bellagio fountains Kabuki performance I wrote about last month took place this past weekend. Kabuki star Ichikawa Somegoro performed a show called "Fight with a Carp" on a specially designed stage in front of the fountains.

The shows were very popular. A Japan Times article recapping the event estimated attendance of 10,000 per performance. That number seems a little high, but it looks like they did shut down the right lane of Las Vegas Boulevard to allow for more standing room.

The visual effects of the carp, both on the display in the center and projected on the fountains looked pretty cool. Other than that I'm not exactly sure what was going on. I can't decide if I would want to see something like this if it were a permanent show in Las Vegas. It probably wouldn't be super high on my list.

The first video from vegas.com gives a five minute summary of the performance:



The second video is a standard shot of the show from front and center by Shochiku, the company that was involved with the performance:



The third video is a bird's eye view by Shochiku:



The last video was shot by a drone. The drone takes off from near the Paris balloon and hovers over Las Vegas Boulevard. After getting some footage of the Kabuki spectacle the drone does a nice 360 degree turn to show off most of the Strip:



An interesting side note about the drone video - the photographer was questioned by hotel security shortly after shooting the video. After arguing with them for about five minutes he just decided he was going to leave and they didn't stop him.