Friday, June 26, 2015|2 a.m.
Robin Leach at Le Reve
Le Reve high dive
They are the nighttime warriors of the water: courageous, brave and filled with unique courage. For 10 years, the stars of Steve Wynn’s aquatic masterpiece “Le Reve– The Dream” have delighted more than 5.2 million people from around the world.
Today, they return from their annual holiday to continue commemorating their 10th anniversary, the last five which has seen them called the No. 1 program in the Home entertainment Capital of the World.
It’s an extraordinary accomplishment, all the more when you recognize that they dive into round pools of water from nearly 100 feet, and there’s no phase left or stage right for instructions. They produced their own clock-numbering system to be able to find 12, 4 and 8 immediately.
Unbelievably in the decade, in spite of the dangers, there have actually been no injuries, and just two performers have actually missed in the tough rising-and-falling sphere– but just once.
More on that secret numbering system and an unique sticky tape that holds the show together in water for a twice-nightly, riveting 90 minutes of disbelief.
The performers spend six hours a day in the water for daily rehearsals and two efficiencies. If they’re not dancing in the synchronized-swimming routines, they are flying through the air with fantastic acrobatic action.
It’s a spectacular screen and all built on amazing trust. So it’s little surprise that from the 94 cast members from 17 countries, there have been remarkable loves. Twenty cast members satisfied and wed throughout the run. Their households are continuing the adult traditions.
Alberto del Campo of Barcelona, Spain, is married to Genevieve Garneau of Quebec, who produced the hypnotic spinning “Sphere” show fellow entertainer Amelie Major. All 3 are 10-year veterans of “Le Reve.” Alberto and Genevieve’s oldest boy, Alex, 8, has actually simply debuted in the rival Cirque du Soleil reveal “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage as one of The Beatles kids from Liverpool.
Benoit Beaufils of Montbaum, France, and his partner from Cirque’s “Mystere” at Treasure Island have simply invited their very first little girl, Stella. In just days, Benoit goes to Kazan, Russia, to compete for France in the FINA World Championship for integrated swimming, the very first time that guys are enabled to compete with women.
Benoit retired from competition 17 years earlier, however, since nobody in France has met his technical levels, he is still hailed as one of the most accomplished male integrated swimmers in the world.
In one of the most awesome and unique interviews I’ve carried out in my 55-plus years of journalism, we put together the 10 entertainers who have actually been with “Le Reve” from prior to the first Las Vegas performance– when it was just a dream in development at a little stockroom in Brussels, Belgium.
Ten matchless years– and 10 truly exceptional performers:
Didier Antoine of Dijon, France, who plays “Morpheus” and “Collector” in the production who produced “Le Reve’s” aerial acts and was in charge of the research study group in developing the aerials with now-wife Amelie, of Montreal, and fellow performer Genevieve, wed to Alberto, who represents “Dagone.”
English swimmers Kelly Shaylor-Straszewski and Natalie Kourpa; Benoit; Poland’s Sebastian Zarkowski, the “Dark Prince” (who is wed to fellow performer “Dreamer” Valerie Volmar now expecting their second kid); Ludivine Perrin-Stsepaniuk of Nimes, France (who is married to fellow performer Raman Stsepaniuk) and is the mother of twins; and finally Jon Bookout of Rock, Colo., who plays “Winnie.”
For when they were on dry ground and above water as we rested on the circular stage of “Le Reve” for exactly what ended up being among the most remarkable show-business conversations I’ve ever had. I started with a discussion about the awesome high dives.
Didier, I’m going to ask you the very first question. Ten years earlier, you were in Belgium working on the production of the show. Did you believe it would run One Decade when you moved from Belgium to Las Vegas?
I was hoping. We had to create everything from ground zero. All the ideas we produced needed to be the first time we thought of them. We didn’t know; we were terrified however had incredible individuals to work with– we hoped it would last for a long period of time.
When you were practicing and developing the show in Belgium, did you have the exact same water levels and height to deal with, or was it all brand-new when you showed up in Las Vegas?
We had a small pool and small building to work with– we had to picture, “How will this work in a huge space?” The theater was under remodel. We could not even concern see it. We had to think if things were going to work.
You make use of the word “scary.” I constantly believe there is a particular quantity of risk involved with “Le Reve.” Who is the individual who jumps from far up in the sky?
Kelly Shaylor-Straszewski: I’ve done the high-dive scene.
What is that feeling like when you’re up there looking down at what is literally a puddle?
It’s nice to do it in program conditions when the theater lights are on. When your home lights are on, you see everything. You see the structure of the structure above and the depth of the pool listed below. Rehearsal is a lot scarier than actual show conditions. When you’re hanging from the other cast member, you trust in him and rely on yourself. When he says, “1, 2, 3, go,” you go. You do not hang on.
Exactly what’s the feeling like in the pit of your stomach?
The first time, you’re really nervous. Everything is in the pit of your stomach. As long as you trust your ability, trust your judgment and go into the water correctly, it’s thrilling. As soon as you’re previous your very first one, it’s thrilling. In rehearsals, they take you up gradually step-by-step. If I did it from 30 feet, I can do it from 35 feet, now 45 feet. The training is excellent.
Exactly what is the height of the highest leap?
D.A.: An 80-feet free-fall!
Is it unsafe?
As Kelly said, all of the people have actually been slowly trained for this. We don’t drop someone from 80 feet right away. These are individuals who have a lot of expertise of the acrobatic world, and we train extremely slowly.
Do you think the high-dive is the most exciting for the audience? Can you physically hear the consumption of breath from the audience?
Benoit Beaufils: Whenever someone concerns see the show, that’s always the question they have. “How high was that? Who is the person who does it? This is crazy.” It’s very crazy. It’s a big jump.
When you dove the very first time from 80 feet, what does the size of the pool appear like below you?
K.S.: It definitely gets smaller the higher you go up. There’s a method when you’re rising, if you will, you never wish to look all the way down. You keep your head neutral, so the majority of the time I look at the beyond the stage, and I see the entertainers.
There is so much taking place that I need to understand when I land in the water where a certain character is. When I pop out of the water, I have to go to that character. If I had not been viewing my way down, I ‘d be swimming everywhere. There is so much going on. The water ends up being irrelevant in a sense. You understand it exists, you understand it’s huge enough. You know that it’s deep enough.
You admit that it’s crazy, but I state it looks incredibly unsafe. Are there safety things that you have amongst yourselves as cast members?
Natalie Kourpa: Trust is a big part of everything. We are like a household, the 10 people especially, since we have actually been together for so long. But likewise the remainder of the cast. There is an internal security system where I know that if something were to take place to me that someone, anybody, would be there for me. That makes carrying out a lot easier and pleasurable.
Just how much of the day do you invest in water?
Ludivine Perrin-Stsepaniuk: Most of my day is in the water. I am in the water the entire show.
So that’s two programs nightly. 3 hours in the water.
L.P.: Then, of course, rehearsals. I am the captain of the synchronized-swimming group, so I rehearse with all the women. And, on the side, I’m also a swim instructor. So a total of six hours a day.
How do you stop your fingers from wrinkling? How do you stop your body from wrinkling?
L.P.: There are no techniques. You just don’t understand it anymore. You get used to the natural chlorine scent. It’s my perfume now. A lot of moisturizing, a great deal of hair conditioner.
This is going to be difficult, but, in one word, explain the emotion you have of being in the show for One Decade?
Amelie Major: Passion.
Genevieve Garneau: Joyful.
L.P.: Hard work.
Alberto del Campo: Devotion.
Jon Bookout: Adventurous. Even after 10 years, this place never ever gets old for me.
Sebastian Zarkowski: Experience.
To state “remarkable” after 10 years, it really has to be incredible. Why is it astonishing?
D.A.: I’ve done many shows in the past, but this is the first one where we constantly develop. We never ever stop improving, so I’m amazed with all the technical elements of the program and all the concepts we remain to find. I’m surprised with the cast. The problem with having a big show generally is that individuals turn on auto-pilot after so many programs.
But this is the very first cast I’ve worked with where they offer One Hundred Percent every night for One Decade. When I see them onstage, I feel like it’s the very first time I have actually seen them onstage. There is so much power and so much energy that it amazes even me.
Jon, I consider skiing in Colorado, not so much swimming. That you call it daring, is the adrenalin brand-new each night?
Every program, although it alters a little each year, you never ever understand exactly what’s going to take place because program, so you need to be awake and mindful. In the Webs act, I do Tritons, a high-flying acrobatic act where you fly off an apparatus into the water.
You don’t have the opportunity to not be present. I need to exist for that every moment. It’s such a blessing in a manner due to the fact that in some cases we can enter ruts as individuals. All of us have to be really present on the phase every night.
How do you psych yourself up to get the adrenalin going on your 5th show night after you’ve done it all week?
I prepare to go. I like doing this. It’s naturally in me.
G.G.: We feed off each other. As soon as you get onstage and look around and see everyone into it, it provides you energy.
K.S.: Backstage, too. It’s such a great cast that there’s always something interesting taking place. It’s a great cast backstage and onstage.
J.B.: If you think of it, One Decade into the show, you have to discover different methods to make the show imaginative every day. We’re constantly discovering methods to communicate with each other onstage that make us feel alive onstage every day.
I note that the men in the program are bald. Is it easier to swim every day without hair? 10 years of living and working in water, exactly what does that do to your body? Does the body in fact change athletically?
D.A.: The initial idea was for the females to have shaved heads, too. They said, “No chance.” Franco Dragone didn’t such as variations of long hair, short hair, blonde, brunette. It’s easier. We do not need hair conditioner!
N.K.: Athletically, yes. I have actually absolutely altered in One Decade. I was a dancer to start with, so finding out ways to swim all the time and do aerial work was difficult for me. However it’s become my career, and I like it a lot. My hairdresser tells me I have “Barbie hair.” However the pleasure of everything– “Le Reve” as a whole, the carrying out, the people, the crew– makes it worth it.
What is the lifespan of a male acrobat in a water show like this?
ADC: You can progress your function over time. Ultimately, when you’re 37, jumping from 80 feet is harder than just dancing on the stage. So, you progress into various functions. Look at Didier. He’s 52.
You’re 52?! Your life expectancy in athletic show business spans Three Decade? Your bones must be hurting?
Yes, but I have actually done gymnastics and trampoline even prior to that. That’s when you do more character functions and become a coach. Like Alberto stated, we have various aspects in the show.
We always try to find a method to keep people as long as we can because they have a lot expertise, we do not want to lose them. We discover a compromise where they can still offer 100 percent.
How much more difficult is it to do a production show in water than one that’s on a routine stage?
ADC: It’s various because water brings a danger and a safety element.
B.B.: Being cold throughout the early days of creation in Belgium was a concern. As soon as there was a draft anywhere, it got freezing cold.
Do you have backups in place if someone’s out with a cold?
Every act has more people than what is required. For example, the Red Man number needs 6 people onstage every night, but there are 12 entertainers who understand the number. We also go in rotations, so we do not have to do the exact same act every night.
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Our conversation with the veterans of “Le Reve” continues Saturday and Sunday when we discover more secrets above and listed below water that keeps the spectacular on time, in tune and at the top of the must-see list in Las Vegas. Pleased 10th!
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has been a reporter for more than 50 years and has spent the previous 15 years giving readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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