Featuring 80 performers from around the world, KÀ combines martial arts, acrobatics, puppetry, interactive video projections and pyrotechnics to tell the saga of Imperial twins—a boy and a girl—who embark on an adventurous journey to fulfill their destinies.
KÀ is created and directed by acclaimed theatre and film director Robert Lepage, "Bluebeard's Castle," "The Far Side of the Moon", who describes the story as "the coming of age of a young man and a young woman through their encounters with love, conflict and the duality of KÀ, the fire that can unite or separate, destroy or illuminate." The twins' journeys take them through a succession of challenging landscapes and ever-changing performance spaces that conjure an entire empire on stage.
The show's title, KÀ, is inspired by the ancient Egyptian belief in the "ka," an invisible spiritual duplicate of the body that accompanies every human being throughout this life and into the next.
Show FactsEvery seat in the KÀ theatre has speakers built into the headrest for customized sound effectsThe video projections in KÀ are an intricate mix of computer-generated effects and human input that turn the performance space into a cinema screen.Approximately 1,300 hours went into the making of each of the human-sized crab puppets. There are 160 harnesses (of 21 different kinds) worn by the KÀ performers.The Spearmen's shoes are created to look like they are barefoot, with molded rubber toes affixed to a shoe base.For the beach scene, the sand is created using 350 cubic feet of granular cork from Portugal.Facts courtesy of Cirque du Soleil