Grace Bascos, Special for USA TODAY
Two firsts happened in Las Vegas this week, and both were accomplished by Le Rêve — The Dream, the resident spectacle at Wynn Las Vegas. The first has gone viral, and the second hopefully will catch on along the rest of the Strip as well.
Tuesday, riding high on the popularity of Pharrell’s infectious, award-winning tune Happy, the aquatic acrobat show released its own fun,Le Rêve-style video set to the catchy song, the first of its kind to come out of Las Vegas.
“When this song hit, there was no denying its contagiousness,” explains Rachael Simon, a synchronized swimmer who choreographed the video. “The catchy rhythm just makes people want to move and dance – and that is what we do best! It came to mind that this could be a fun creative project to showcase our talents that are not presented during our nightly routine in the show and we had a blast doing it!”
The nearly three-minute video includes many of the cast and crew of Le Rêve in their natural habitats: backstage, in the water and even under water. Dancers, clowns, synchronized swimmers, divers and acrobats all have their moments.
“It doesn’t take much coaxing to convince this group of creative, artistic personalities into participating in a project like this,” Simon says. “We are quite supportive of one another’s ideas and virtually always work exceptionally well together. We know that with everyone’s minds, we can produce amazing collaborations and I think this is a clear example of that.”
The power of social media has spurred this video on quickly in Las Vegas circles, sure to inspire other shows and Strip acts to produce their own versions soon.
The power of social media is also what had a bit of a hand in Le Rêve changing its policy on photography during performances — a mandate that applies to just about every show where physical stunts require their utmost concentration to avoid injury.
“Le Rêve contains many elements of potential risk and danger to performers,” Simon says. “And an unexpected flash from a camera can be quite distracting.”
But now if you want to take photos during Le Rêve to commemorate the moment or share via your social media, you are completely welcome to do so — as long as the flash remains off. A common announcement before many shows on the Strip informs audiences that photography is prohibited, but Le Rêve has bucked the trend on the ban, when late last year they quietly began allowing show-goers to take pictures during performances. Essentially for show producers, it came down to “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
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“Prior to this, we did not allow any photography inside the theater” says Rick Gray, the general manager of entertainment operations at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas. “But of course people will always sneak a photo when they can. So, why not let them indulge? We like the idea of having thousands of amateur photographers in our theater every night helping to tell our story”.
Though it may be nice to finally be able to take a pic where you’re not rushed trying to not get caught by an usher, remember: don’t be that person who watches the entire performance on your phone screen.
“There is nothing that compares to the experience of sitting in our theater for the first time – it’s breathtaking,” Gray says. “And while a photograph may be worth a thousand words, it only begins to capture the magic of Le Rêve. We don’t want our audiences to spend their time with us watching the show through a screen but we do want them to be able to take their favorite moment of the show with them once they leave.”
Get a sneak peek of the show below: