We had heard about a new show at the Riviera—called DAO—but were not sure what to expect. What an extraordinary performance! After attending the performance, we had to write about this show for two reasons: First, to thank and congratulate the performers for an awesome experience and, second, to help spread the word that this is a show that should not be missed. From the beginning of the show until its end, we were treated to non-stop action which included mesmerizing acrobatics, intriguing martial arts routines, and integrated dancing—as well as lighter moments of fun. The smaller scale of the theater gave the show an intimate feeling. The colorful costumes and unusual props kept one’s eyes from wandering from the action on the stage—as well as added to the mystique of the performance.
Hou’s performance on the stack of chairs brought both an air of suspense (as he climbed precariously higher and higher) and an admiration of the acrobatic skills that he has acquired since he began his training as a small child. One could swear that the young contortionist has no bones in her lithe body as she bent, folded, and twisted into unbelievable positions. Those performing the martial arts routines provided moments of dazzling suspense during the show. The entire troupe filled the stage as they flew across it. Each used his/her skills to enhance the performance of the entire troupe. What came across is how well they work as a team and the mutual respect that they have for one another. All of these performers (or should we say athletes) began their training at an early age and have completed intensive training at special acrobat schools in China.
The performers gathered to meet the audience after the show and posed for a group picture for us. They were most gracious in their display of warmth and hospitality as we introduced ourselves. Later, during our stay at the Riviera, we encountered members of the troupe outside the venue (without their costumes) and were charmed by their interaction with us. We have traveled widely and seen many performances, but DAO will always remain one of the highlights of the shows that we have seen!
Vera & Sam