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Bev Cohn: La Reve

Le RÍve At the Wynn Hotel
A Veritable Sensory Delight
By Beverly Cohn

n describing Las Vegas, someone once coined the expression “Man’s monument to poor taste,” and while there is unquestionably the garish component to the city, Las Vegas could easily also be described as one of the entertainment capitals of the world, for the shows are second to none, as the artistic teams, using state-of-the-art technology, create mind-blowing theatrical experiences.

water dance scene amidst a kaleidoscope of colored lights from La Reve at the Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas
Aquatic dancers perform a stylized version of the Tango. Photo: Tomasz Rossa

Case in point is the luxurious Wynn Hotel’s production of “Le Rêve,” created by founder and Artistic Director, Franco Dragone, who assembled a creative team from all points of the globe. The show, performed in the round, is an aquatic spectacle, dazzling to the senses from the opening kiss to the very last dive from the high grid, 80 feet above the over 23-foot deep pool, filled with 1.1 million gallons of filtered water. The stage is a giant circular platform that rises and submerges from deep within the pool according to the sequence being performed. The 90-member talented cast comprised of athletes and entertainers capture the imagination with their outrageous antics, while live music and elaborate special effects immerse the audience into a world of fantasy, adventure and intrigue.

Amid all the incredible theatrics lies a love story that is interwoven throughout the performance, beginning with a couple dancing. They bid each other good night, the woman lies down on a bed, slowly disappears underwater, and her dream state begins.

Claude Santerre’s theatre design is comprised of 60 sound effects, designed by Peter Hylenski. Coupled with the light design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, which uses 20 miles of underwater lighting cable, powering 450 pool lights, work together to fill the senses with a kaleidoscope of changing colors and sounds, beautifully supporting the precision water ballet routines, created by Dacha Nedorezova, some of which are reminiscent of the very famous water choreographer, Bugsby Berkeley. Other members of the creative team include choreographers Giuliano Peparini and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Production Designer Michel Crete, and Claude Renard who designed the marvelous costumes.

acrobats supported on a cable performing aerial gymnastics high above the pool
Eye-popping aerial acrobatics performed high above the pool. Photo: Tomasz Rossa

two male acrobats performing incredible balancing act on the pool
An awesome balancing act. Photo: Tomasz Rossa

Twenty-two acrobats, who are supported by the same cable used to build aircraft, execute eye-popping daring feats of aerial gymnastics, created by Didier Antoine. Performed on multiple grid levels, requiring 14 riggers and 60 harnesses for each performance, safety for the performers is paramount.

The majority of the 92 cast members, all of whom must be scuba certified before performing, represent 17 countries and have experience in competitive gymnastics, swimming or circus backgrounds, including National, World and Olympic competitions. The exciting music, by composer and Musical Director Benoit Jutras, spans all genres, from rock to chorale singing, including Carl Orff’s haunting “Carmina Burana.”

“Le Rêve,” French for dream, is a magical, mystical experience that allows you to dream with your eyes wide open and coincidentally is the name of owner Steve Wynn’s Picasso painting with the same name.

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Let Bev know what you think about her traveling adventure.

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Thanks so much for those lovely tourism photos, especially of Ireland. I certainly enjoyed all the places you suggested, and am working towards my next vacation. Don’t forget Cuba. That’s an exciting place.

Rosalie, Los Angeles

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Enjoyed your article on Mira Sorvino. Such an interesting background – family, education, career and now human rights activist. I'm not a gossip mag fan so getting more meaty news about movie celebrities from you gives me hope that there are some inteligent life forms in Hollywood.

Peter Paul, Pasadena, CA

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Thank you, Bev. This reminded me to go see the movie, "An Education," which I had already almost forgotten about, having seen the preview a few weeks ago. I enjoy this actress quite a bit--she has a uniqueness about her and she pulls me in. I enjoyed this.

Sandeee, Seattle, WA

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Thank you Beverly,I really enjoyed reading about your intimate conversation with Forest, of whom I am a great admirer. I look forward to seeing the film "Our Family Wedding."

Yoka, Westlake Village, CA

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Thank you for the sending me the beautiful article you wrote about Ireland. We will use your recomendations for hotels in the Southern part. We plan to also go to Dublin and some other Northern cities so I will get some recommendations for these from others. After reading your article, I am getting more excited about going. I think we will be in Ireland for 8 days altogether.

Leah Mendelsohn, Santa Monica, CA

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Very much enjoyed Ms. Cohn's article about Munich, especially the visuals. Though it has been 25 years since my last visit, the piece brought back countless pleasant memories of the city and the people!! Many thanks.

Lawrence, Los Angeles

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Marianplatz and that general area is truly one of the best Christmas celebrations in the world. Between that and Oktoberfest (which I can only imagine) Munich is one of the greatest cities in the world for major annual events.

Christopher Dale, New York, NY

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Hi Bev, you have done some wonderful pieces on some great celebs...Great work. The travel articles are just wonderful too.

Scott Mueller, Huntington Beach, CA

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Your great Zurich article makes me want to go there for the holidays! I love the photos, too, especially the ones of you in the sleigh, the view over the houses and the zoo!

Anna Marie, Santa Monica, CA

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Lovely article! As a European, and having been to Zurich (albeit in summer) I can vouch for this lovely city. Great pictures, too!

Helene Robins, Santa Monica, CA

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Hi Bev,

Nice review, nice seeing you, nice website interface "...Talk to Bev" - Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Richard D. Kaye, Marina del Rey, CA

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Hi Bev,

Your interview with John Cusack is very interesting. I always wondered why these actors/actresses always get top billing when really, if you think about it, the real work come from the animators, writers and tech whizzes who spend far more hours on the movie than those actors. I know, I know, it's the all about marketing. The names of these actors are what bring in the big bucks. Still, I think these actors are way overpaid for the "little" that they do.

I remember that once upon a time, the early animation classics never mentioned the voices behind the characters. I think it was only later when Walt Disney tapped into the voices of known celebrities like Walter Matthau in the Jungle Book or Zsa Zsa Gabor in The Rescuers that the voices became a marketing magnet.

Keep up the good work. I enjoy your interviews as you peer into the lives of the Hollywood celebrities.

Peter Paul of South Pasadena, CA

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