Experience Le Rêve at the Wynn Resorts

Be prepared to enter an imaginary world when you see Le Rêve – The Dream at the Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas. The show begins with a man asking a gorgeous girl in a red dress to marry him, and while she ponders her response, she falls asleep on a bench floating on water. Next, the show takes the audience into her dream to experience mesmerizing effects and breathtaking aerial acrobatics, as performers dive from 80 feet into a 26’ 6’’ pool and synchronized swimmers dance the tango on water.

Le Reve - Legs

The show’s performers have a level of skill, strength and agility that is simply extraordinary. They’re young too, between 21 and 35 years old, and experienced – some are former Olympians, pre-Olympians and recruits from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Throughout the show, underwater cameras monitor all divers and performers in the pool, and 16 divers help change elements underwater as the performers complete mind-blowing stunts.

Humans aren’t the only one doing the tricks in Le Rêve – 75 to 105 White Homing Pigeons are used in each show, 28 of which have been around since the opening night in April 2005. These specific birds were used to deliver messages from the battlefield in World War I, and can live up to 15 years and fly 300 miles back to their loft.

Le Rêve Dancers

LuxeInACity took an exclusive tour of the Wynn Theatre, which was completely customized just for this show and remodeled with a warm environment. We found out it takes 1.1 million gallons of water to fill the pool, and at the request of the performers, the water is always maintained at 89 degrees Fahrenheit. There are also 5,000 holes drilled in each 4 x 8 rectangle on the stage to keep the area dry.

Le Reve - Feature

Designed by world-renowned architect Mark Fisher, and Roger Thomas, executive vice president of design for Wynn Resorts, the theatre is intimate with seats no more than 12 rows from the stage. We sat in the VIP seating (last row of the theatre) for the show, and it was a luxurious experience with reclining seats, champagne bottle service and snacks. The best part, though, were the private video monitors in front of us that show the performers underwater and behind-the-scenes footage.

Backstage at Le Rêve, we toured the wardrobe area, walked up 80 feet where the highest dives take place, and watched the cast practice in their flying harnesses. Even while hanging upside down 80 feet high, the performers seemed fearless and as if the stunts came naturally to them.

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The wardrobe area is always busy – for each show, 11 dressers are needed to help the performers with 2,000 individual costumes, headpieces, shoes and masks. Because of all the water used in the show, wardrobe attendants also spend a lot of time repairing costumes and doing laundry. Here are just a few tasks they need to complete for the shows:

  • Re-paint 66 pairs of red shoes and re-glue the soles each day
  • Add a protective coating on the wigs to keep the style while underwater
  • Drill dozens of holes in the shoes to drain all the water during the show
  • Sink a sample of fabric for the costumes in the pool for 48 hours to make sure it can endure the water
  • 105 loads of laundry each show night between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m.

Shoes

Le Rêve – The Dream was created by Franco Dragone, whose signature brand of visually stunning and innovative entertainment is at the core of the production. Tony Award-winning lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, with the team from their company Third Eye Ltd, further enhanced the experience of the show by creating an entirely new lighting design. Maksim Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing with the Stars” choreographed three dance scenes, including “Tango”, “Paso Doble” and “Piece Montèe.” And Michael Curry, mechanical flower designer, created the beautiful silk flowers used throughout the show.

The show performs Friday – Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The show is dark (no performances) on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Le Rêve photos provided by Wynn Photography Services.

Veena Bissram

Veena's two biggest passions are writing and traveling, but after living in Strasbourg, France, she acquired a third passion – food.Veena combined her three passions to create FoodAvecFlair.com, her own food website where she now writes about the meals that make an impression on her. She is also a freelance writer who previously wrote for Mashable. Follow Veena @FoodAvecFlair.