Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ Battle San Diego: Chan’s Review

Once I heard about this free off-site event, I had to check it out.  I have been a huge fan of Cirque du Soleil for years and years – I have seen at least six or seven of their shows and my dream for a long time was to be a costume designer for a Cirque show.  Living in Las Vegas also has a huge Cirque influence since this is KÀ’s home city.  Though I have not seen KÀ, I have seen the behind the scenes DVD and have heard from multiple people about the concepts – the stage, costumes, theme, etc.  Paired with my knowledge of other Cirque shows I have seen, I have a solid grasp on what Cirque shows usually entail.

With that, I was expecting really awesome visuals and choreography from the KÀ Battle San Diego.  We headed to Petco Park about 2 hours early to secure good seats on the lawn (it was packed!) and got to snag the free masks they were giving out for the event.  The crowd was very mellow and many people had kids, there was a small scaffold set up for professional photographers/videographers that did not hinder anyone’s view, and the overall set-up was well done.  One concern that arose was closer to the showtime the walkways became congested and it was extremely hard to maneuver if you left and came back.  I think they could have picked a better place to have the performance; somewhere with more space for the amount of people that came.

At the hour marker, a video came on the screen in a steampunk style with gears and whatnot that counted down to the show.  It was nice, but we also realized that it was half an hour late.  The show was supposed to start at 9:00pm and the hour marker came on at 8:3opm.  Hmm.  We continued to hang out because we were already committed.

Once the 1 second marker ticked by on the video, the image promptly had a smash effect and went into darkness followed by some comic book pages.  There was no sound and the pages were flipping by pretty fast, but it looked cool nonetheless.  Suddenly, the video stopped and for a few minutes there was nothing.  Then it came back on with sound, which made a lot more sense as the text was being read and you could focus on the cool animation in the comic book video.  I definitely liked this part the most – to see Cirque du Soleil in a comic book style is pretty awesome.  The video told about a ball and how there was supposed to be a fight, then the image turned into this long rectangle of water where two performers came down from the top of Petco Park on what looked like a belay-type system.  One went to the bottom and the other stayed at the top of the image.  The image shifted and it looked as though several more fighters came out of the water but the only two live performers were the two fellows that originally came down.  This bit of vertical fighting was neat between the two live performers, and the video feed had the “3D” performers which enhanced the overall feeling.  It was a fun battle, the musical was straight from Cirque du Soleil, and gave an overall B- sample of the lesser parts of a Cirque du Soleil show.

Sadly, the entire event from beginning to end was 5 minutes and 30 seconds.  I recorded the entire show.  This was rather disheartening since it was built up to be an event.  Of course at the end of the show was an advertisement to go see the full show in Las Vegas, NV.

Chan’s Camera Rating: 7 cameras out of 105 minutes of free Cirque du Soleil is nice, but not worth the 2 hour wait… especially with technical difficulties.


Damsel Chan


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