Mystere by Cirque Du SoleilMystere is one of the best Cirque Du Soleil shows in Las Vegas.

I watched many Cirque Du Soleil shows and enjoyed most of them, so it was difficult to decide on a favorite. Each has a unique story and ambiance, but they all have great performances by skilled acrobats and actors.

My latest experience was at the Mystere show, which plays at TI (rebranded from Treasure Island).

This high-energy show is filled with circus acts, dance, elaborate sets, booming music, and slapstick comedy.

The show opened in 1993 and is considered the longest-running Cirque Du Soleil show in Vegas.

The stage itself is a work of art and technology, with its moving parts continuously changing with each scene. 

The word Mystere is the French way of saying mystery. So, what is the mystery here? I have no idea!

Mystere by Cirque Du SoleilThe show starts with babies making noises and strollers rolling onto the stage, but I didn’t see any reason for this introduction. 

Later, a chubby baby interrupts the show several times while the stage is being reset. There is no cohesion to the story, or more accurately, there is no story.

Despite all those shortcomings, the performance was mesmerizing.

All the performers excelled and delighted us, from the dancing duo on straps to the thundering drums or the flying acrobats.

The dancing duo flying over the stage and above the audience was well choreographed and performed but brought up a crucial point about seating. Booking the first row next to the stage is not always a great idea. We had to crane our necks to see the action above and behind us.

I recommend this show to the whole family, but some young children may be frightened by the loud noise and dark scenes. 

Interesting Facts:

  1. Premiere Date: Mystère debuted on December 25, 1993, making it Cirque du Soleil's longest-running show in Las Vegas.
  2. Unique Blend: Mystère combines circus skills, dance, elaborate sets, opera, worldbeat music, and street theatre-style comedy.
  3. Theatre Design: The theatre seating 1,541 audience members was specifically built for Mystère at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
  4. Unique Stage: The stage floor is made of a layer of Base Mat, which is rubber made from recycled old tires and sneakers, giving it some bounce for tumbling.
  5. Largest Drum: The largest drum in Mystère, the ōdaiko, is 6 feet in diameter, 15 feet in length, and weighs half a ton. It's so large that it had to be brought into the theatre during construction and cannot be removed due to its size.

Tips for Spectators:

  1. Arrive Early: To fully immerse yourself in the experience, arrive a bit early to soak in the ambiance of the theatre.
  2. Dress Comfortably: While there's no strict dress code, it's always a good idea to be comfortable to enjoy the show to the fullest.
  3. Stay for the Entire Duration: The show is packed with breathtaking performances, so ensure you don't miss out on any part of it.
  4. Avoid Flash Photography: To ensure the safety of the performers and to not disturb other audience members, avoid using flash when taking pictures.
  5.  Engage with the Show: Some parts of the show might involve audience interaction. Don't be shy; it's all part of the fun!