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Slowmo Wushu

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KA’s Imperial Officers. Quick tip: Don’t mess with ‘em.
Photo: Eric Jamison / Cirque du Soleil Inc.

My college buddy Ryan teaches martial arts. Shaolin Kung Fu, T’ai Chi, Wushu, Chinese weapons, open hand—you name it, Ryan studied it. He visited me in Vegas this week, so I, of course, took him to KA.

What most impressed him? The slow motion scenes.

“A lot of Kung Fu movies speed up fight scenes because it hides flaws,” Ryan said. “But in KA, they really slowed it down, so you could see the technique. You could see the Capoeira mixing with the Wushu.”

“And those are traditional Chinese martial art forms…”

“Capoeira’s Brazilian. But it wasn’t all traditional. Throwing spears across a group and kicking them back isn’t part of stage combat, but the show was about blending the old with the new. A lot of the humor actually reminded me of Jackie Chan movies. But I guess even that come from the Beijing Opera tradition…”

Ryan loved KA. But will you? Maybe. To find out, consult Cleverboy’s No-Fail, 100% Guaranteed, Constantly Updating Cirque Recommendation System:

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