Just as all fine things get better with age (OK, maybe not all things…yep, that’s definitely just whiskey), “Le Rêve – The Dream” at Wynn Las Vegas has absolutely just made its way onto that exclusive list of things that age well. Nearing its 10th anniversary in 2015, the production has unveiled a multimillion dollar show element that uses water and fire elements to summarize the lucid journey of the production’s main character, The Dreamer.
Titled the “Dénouement,” French for finale, the tremendous new display includes 172 high-powered fountains and shooters, 120 individual LED lighting fixtures and 16 fire-shooting devices. It took nearly 60 designers, technicians, engineers, dancers and choreographers more than 3,000 hours to create, install and rehearse, bring the show’s water element to full life to provide an aesthetically stunning visual penultimate scene.
More than four minutes, the $3 million act evolves from a sense whimsical enchantment, to chaotic hazard ignited with fire fixtures, to a colorful celebration that eventually concludes the scene.
And while dancers briefly appear for select moments, for the most part, “Dénouement” is a grandiose water show. Wanting to do something special for the 10-year anniversary of “Le Rêve” the artistic directors and design team hoped to put together a scene that complemented the show and complemented Mr. Steve Wynn, and that desire resulted in the show’s first water act.
But even though the four minutes are primarily dedicated to the entrancing water elements, the implementation of daring fire components cranks the heat on the already spectacular production.
Among various flame torches bursting around the 360 degree-stage, hundreds of pipes of red-lit water rising and falling in choreographed harmony, and ominous music booming throughout the auditorium, are the several columns of fiery water. Yes, the columns are constructed of blazing fire and an intense, steady upward surging of water that the dancers fearlessly pass through during the act.
With this special effect exclusive to their production and unseen anywhere else in the world, this new scene is just another example of why “Le Rêve” has maintained its unbreakable entertainment longevity.
And while walking through fire sounds like something straight from a bizarre circus act, the feats achieved by the enchanting, fantasy-filled production are just an insight on why this show really is a dream. Making the impossible possible with unparalleled elegance and allure “Le Rêve” will undoubtedly captivate audiences for decades to come.