I have seen "O", Mystere, and Ka twice each and Love once. Haven't bothered with Zumanity or Believe, and based on what I have heard from others, I don't think I would be interested. Thus far, I have not developed much interest in seeing Viva Elvis, but I might some day. I rate "O" as tops, but Mystere and Ka were excellent, also.
I have also seen Le Reve and liked it. I saw two smaller-scale shows that I understand were developed by someone with a Cirque connection, and they had many similar features. Each held temporary residence at Mississippi casinos: the Taganai Circus at the Gold Strike in Tunica back in 2006 and the Balagan Circus at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi in 2010. Both shows were quite good, but with the smaller scale and temporary venue, neither of them was directly comparable to the major Cirque shows on the strip.
Tonight I attended a performance of The Peking Acrobats, a touring company that has been performing for 25 years. This is the group that appeared briefly in the remake of Ocean's 11, with one alumnus continuing in the two sequels. It's difficult to keep track of how many performers are in the group, what with all of the movement, costume changes, etc., but I think there were 10 men, 7 women, and 2 boys, plus a puppeteer that I do not think was one of the acrobats. The musical accompaniment was provided by the Women's Peace Orchestra of China, consisting of six women and one man playing a variety of traditional Chinese horns, flutes, and stringed instruments, including a hammer dulcimer. (I have been told that in China this is called "the new instrument", since it has only been present in that culture for about 200 years.)
The performance had all of the tumbling, juggling, pole climbing/jumping, silk streamer dangling, and body contortion that you might imagine from Chinese acrobats. I was entertained and impressed, and my back aches just from watching this stuff. Some differences I noted from most of the strip Cirque shows was that there was very little focus on either humor or romance, and there was no story line at all. It was strictly physical performance, and that was carried to extremes. Also, as a touring company, they did not have the specialty venue features like "O" and Ka.
I just read a review by, I believe a gentleman named Nick on Zumanity. It was not a favorable review. He admitted he may have been too much of a prude. It that is true, I can understand.
I, however, could not disagree more. My girlfriend and I saw it about six weeks ago (mid-July being a lovely time in Vegas, if you happen to be a baked potato).
My girlfriend who always makes arrangements for everything made sure we were in the first seat (couch), closest to the stairs leading to the stage. Shortly after the lights went out the male "host" was sitting on my lap asking me how everything was going. He was very casual about the whole thing. We "chatted" for a while until the lights came on and then the female "host" (don't know the proper term) was standing in front of us on stage. Needless to say we were the opening act.
The show was a combination of humor, sex, incredible, unbelievable skilled performers showing strength, grace and dancing and a bunch pretty weird shit as well.
Something flew over my head, close enough to knock over my drink.
It was one of the best shows I've ever been to. If you don't mind raunchy, naked, vulgar, thrown in with incredible art, acrobatics, gymnastics and dancing, go see it.
Lastly, I got married once in Vegas many years ago and my now ex-wife and I saw Mystique, which I believe was one of their first shows. Yes, I still see her every few days and we have two wonderful children.
Love Cirque du Soleil.
My rankings: 1) Mystere 2) O 3) *Zarkana and 4) Ka.
*Saw Zarkana when it was at Radio City Music Hall.
I have also seen La Nouba at Disney World. It's great too.
I know this is an old thread, but I really want to share my experience. I've just seen O, and it was simply astonishing! Now I'm completely devoted to Cirque du Soleil, I want to see all their shows! They're the best!