The House Of Dancing Water

macau spectacle

For those who are unfamiliar, The House of Dancing Water is essentially the Cirque du Soleil of water-based performances, and a truly one-of-a-kind acrobatic spectacle. Here, we'll provide a brief introduction to what all this legendary performance entails. 

The House of Dancing water has been described as a "part synchronized swimming competition" and "part Evil Knievel stunt show," so you can only begin to imagine its dynamic and complex nature. While there is technically a story being told throughout the performance, any semblance of plot takes a back seat to all the acrobatics, lights, and music at play here, such that the story becomes an almost subconsciously-absorbed aspect of it all. 

As with many other circus and circus-like shows, the performers at
The House of Dancing Water swing from trapezes at great heights and do impressive gymnastics - but often end their stunts by diving into a deep pool of water (and sometimes splashing spectators in the first few rows). Due to the intensity of some of the acrobatic stunts, performers train for a minimum of two years, with some of the trainers even being licensed scuba divers. So essentially these performers are combining multiple complex disciplines, adding strong swimming to acrobatic challenges. As a result, this may be one of the most physically demanding shows out there for its performers. One of our favorite bits is when some of the cast members appear to be walking on water, but are really just holding onto a rope so tightly (and moving so quickly) that they seem to defy the laws of nature. 

The home location for this production is unique as well: the City of Dreams resort in Macau, China. In addition to the Dancing Water Theater, the City of Dreams complex is home to a wide variety of other entertainment options, as well as luxury hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants. The Altira Macau casino is also on the premises, and includes and seems to be thriving despite
high-end international casino sites becoming increasingly available online.. In fact, this may to some extent explain how an attraction like The House of Dancing Water comes to be. While Altira Macau still boasts hundreds of table- and machine-based casino games, the venue as a whole has incorporated additional attractions, which have undoubtedly helped it to maintain strong business in the face of the challenge of online gaming. 

Whatever the case, it's a good thing this show came to be, because it really is one of the most artistic and exceptional acrobatic exhibitions in the world. If it's one you feel like you'd enjoy seeing in person, we'd certainly suggest putting Macau on your travel list. And also of note if you end up attending is that should you visit the Dancing Water Theater, you'll have the option of taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, which can be a real treat for anyone interested in the performing arts. It's always fascinating seeing what goes into creating the magic onstage - even if that magic itself is the main attraction.