Arriving at the theater of City of Dreams Macau, I stepped inside the specially designed 270-degree-view venue for The House of Dancing Water. The high-tech roundhouse pool stage brings magical special effects to life as it rises, sinks, splits and sprouts fountains to accompany a love story that entwines elements that reflect Macanese culture and heritage. The stage holds a pool with over 4 million gallons of water (equivalent to 5 Olympic swimming pools). I was amazed by how the stage transforms seamlessly between dry and wet scenes, allowing for highlights such as breathtaking dives into the pool and show-stopping scenes with colorfully lit water jets blasting high in sync with the music.
As I took my seat at the front row, a small boat slips back and forth across the frothy water stage. A shroud of mist then envelops the stage and dissipates outward into the crowd, as an enormous ship rises from the water’s depths amidst a tumultuous storm. This is where the fun starts where the main story of the show revolves around a fisherman whose small boat becomes caught in a whirlpool, transporting him into a mythical world of pirates, princesses, evil, and romance. For most acts, the ferocious cast scramble into the water and claw up the masts before catapulting off, as the water drenches them.
It was breathtaking how the acts are crafted beautifully with diaphanous water jets and rainbow lighting to enhance the dancers’ movement. It’s incredible knowing that it took more than five years and $250 million to build the 2,000-seat theater for this show. Although it is a 15-level space, it feels intimate. The first few rows are so close to the action that the audience gets drenched several times (towels are provided). The action-filled House of Dancing Water unfolds with an impressive mix of visuals, acrobatics, aerial stunts, and classic dance and theater elements that kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire 85-minute performance.
More than the production design, the performers played their characters well and delivered a dazzling spectacle while performing jaw-dropping circus acts that I definitely enjoyed from start to finish. The backstage crew is also double the size of the cast, with approximately 150 technicians, scuba divers and production personnel that make the magic happen, a feat as impressive as the show itself. Overall, The House of Dancing Water is so far the best acrobatic water show I’ve seen and would love to watch it for the second time when I visit Macau again.
What you need to know when planning to see The House of Dancing Water:
- You can check out the seat plan and ticket prices by booking online via the official site
- You have a choice of two show times each evening (5PM & 8PM)
- The venue of the show is a 270-degree view theater
- Limited VIP Reserve tickets offer the theater’s best view with a complimentary drink and cookie
- Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
- The first 4 rows of zone 300 and 500 are splash seats; spectators seated in the first four rows of other zones may also get wet from water splashes during the show
- Buying a ticket entitles you to a complimentary ride on the figure-8 Ferris wheel Golden Reel at Studio City before Dec 31