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  • This evening I went to see “The House of Dancing Water” at the City of Dreams hotel and casino in Macau. On almost every level my photograph fails to convey the scale, color, and energy of this incredible water show.

    The reason for my poor picture is a good one. You see I was lucky enough to get a complimentary ticket to the show because my friend Lucy works in the wardrobe department of the production. So along with her boyfriend Ash, the pair of us were just one row away from the stage/pool which is a great place to watch the show, but an awful vantage point from which to photograph it. (The people in the front row get very wet!)

    The show itself is hard for me to explain, not because of its complex story or astounding performances, but because I truly had no real idea of what the heck it was about! In many respects, the story seemed secondary to the spectacle.

    What I can tell you is that the production is like a carefully choreographed collision of Singing in the Rain, an old Chinese folk tale, and a motorbike stunt show. Impressive on many levels, the show features high diving water stunts, circus acrobatics, dancing, singing, and even Kung Fu fighting, all of which takes place in, on, and around a giant purpose-built pool that holds approximately 3.7 million gallons of water. It’s no Phantom of the Opera, but there’s no denying this is an impressive show, perfect for this blinged-up town of tinsel and glitz.

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