Let your senses take flight as you discover an extraordinary world where dreams swim in the air and dance on water! Dazzling. Romantic. Intimate. Mysterious. Unexpected. These are just a few of the words used to describe Le Rêve – The Dream, a spectacular water ballet performed at Wynn Las Vegas in an intimate aqua theater in the round.
Join the Dreamer as she takes you on a journey into a world of romance, action and fantasy. Be ready to expect the unexpected as you experience the powerful emotions and dynamic relationship between strength and beauty. Immerse yourself in a realm of fantasy, danger and reverie as stunning performers and aerial feats of strength and agility literally take your breath away. From a thrilling high dive to an underwater tango, Le Rêve – The Dream will mesmerize you from beginning to end.
What it’s About
Le Rêve is French for “The Dream” and is inspired by the centerpiece painting by Picasso of the same name, which until recently was owned by hotel proprietor Steve Wynn. Le Rêve – The Dream, was specifically created for Wynn and was produced by Franco Dragone, the director behind many other spectacular shows such as O, La Nouba, Mystère, Alegría, and Quidam for Cirque du Soleil. The stage features a 1.1 million gallon pool built specifically for the show and no seat is more than 40 feet from the stage. So every member of the audience feels like a part of the dream. It’s an intimate setting where guests can witness the diving and feats of strength with spectacular lighting, staging, costuming, and state-of-the-art special effects.
A Peek Behind the Scenes
Health Beauty Life was granted backstage access to Le Rêve, undoubtedly one of the hottest shows in Vegas. Publisher Patrick Dockry joined Le Rêve performers Ryan Lyons and Kelly Phelan for an up close look behind the scenes and the huge amount of preparation needed to flawlessly pull off a show of this magnitude. A trampoline and tumbling expert on the national Cirque du Soleil team in Canada, Ryan was recruited and involved in some of the early creation process for Le Rêve. “Everything was developed by a full artistic team including various coaches and a choreographer to pull everything together,” said Ryan. “Director Franco Dragone developed the characters, which were cast from talent representing 13 different countries. The cast was involved in much of the collaboration and there was an extensive trial and error period, eventually moving here to Vegas to prepare. Months later and after much hard work, it all came together and we had this magnificent show.”
To synchronize the show with its intricate lighting, costuming, set movements, and feats of strength and agility, it takes a team to pull it off. And according to Ryan, for the performers it starts at a very, very basic level with a training facility in the back. “We rehearse and introduce all of those elements out back and then bring them on to the stage and slowly start introducing the show elements. Final rehearsals are usually at full show conditions making sure it all comes together later in front of the audience,” Ryan adds.
With a strong background in gymnastics, Kelly adapted her skills to include the medium of water, including becoming a certified scuba diver as is required for all performers. While showing Patrick the training facility, she chatted about what it takes to keep in top shape. “As a performer, every six months you have something called the baseline test to make sure you stay in shape for the show and to help prevent injuries. Everyone must take the test, including the clowns. There’s also a specific test for your part in the show and a swim test to be sure you are in shape and not going down the wrong path as an athlete,” Kelly said. According to both performers, the training is very functional to the show and there’s a whole athletic team that keeps them in shape and a nutritionist to assure that they eat right. They are also required to do a certain amount of workouts per week on premises, which is done in addition to the regular rehearsals.
Dressing the Characters
Between exposure to water and chlorine, and constant wear and tear during the performances, the wardrobe for the show is really put through the ringer, so to speak. According to Ronnie Grinie, assistant head of wardrobe, his department uses a lot of water-friendly fabrics such as neoprene and spandex to dress the characters and bring them to life. “There are two sets of costumes for each show night,” says Ronnie. “One for the first performance and another for the second nightly show. There are also rehearsal costumes and show costumes.” Kelly pipes in, “It’s important that we have the actual costumes we will be using in the show during rehearsal as it can change how we walk, move and perform.” Ronnie continues, “There are a lot of tricks that we’ve learned over the years to make it all work for the wigs, masks and clothing. Some of the items are built here in house, while some are done by outside vendors. Regardless, everything is custom fit to the performer so it all comes together flawlessly.”
Le Rêve – The Dream
Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109