“O” vs KÀ by Cirque Du Soleil: Which Is Better?

By Elle
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If you’re debating between “O” vs , there’s a reason why — these are arguably the top two Cirque Du Soleil shows in all of Las Vegas.

Let’s start with some basics as to why. “O” and KÀ have the most unique stages (the “O” stage incorporates water and the KÀ rotates and even goes vertical).

Compared to the other Cirque du Soleil shows, they’re the most “Vegas” in style, in the sense that their high production value and quality are hard to recreate. Both these shows incorporate infrastructure that contributes to the wow factor of the overall experience — the stages and the theater rooms have been custom-designed just for them.

So in a nutshell, regardless of which show you go with, you’re definitely going to be wowed.

But obviously, you are here because you want to dig deeper to understand which is “better”. We’re going to do that below!

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Key Takeaways

“O” is the most expensive of all the Cirque du Soleil shows. KÀ is more affordable.

If you want a strong storyline and plot… go with KÀ.

If you want more action… go with KÀ. If you want more dreamy vibes, beauty, and grace… go with “O”.

If you want a show with lots of wow factors and water elements… go with “O”. The seamless transitions of the stage from a massive pool to a normal-looking stage are truly impressive.

The Bottom Line: If you plan on visiting Vegas again and eventually watching both shows, take your pick freely because you’ll have a good time at either. But, if you don’t plan on going back to Vegas any time soon, I’d consider splurging for “O” — you won’t see anything like it anywhere else.

Before we dive into all the nitty-gritty, keep in mind the show dates! Depending on when you visit, this might just pick the show for you.

  • Showtimes for “O” are available every Wednesday to Sunday.
  • Showtimes for KÀ are available every Saturday to Wednesday.

“O” by Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque Du Soleil O at Bellagio Las Vegas
Courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil

In a nutshell: “O” by Cirque du Soleil at The Bellagio is a theatre show like no other. “O”, phonetically speaking, is the French word for water (spelled “eau”). Inspired by the grace of water and the concept of infinity, the show incorporates world-class divers, synchronized swimmers, and acrobats to weave together a show of surrealism, romance, and grace.

Highlights Of The Show

Aquatic Theme: “O” is the only Cirque du Soleil show with a water-centric theme. The stage features a 1.5-million-gallon pool, allowing for aquatic performances and synchronized swimming unlike anything seen in other Cirque shows.

An Immersive Set That Takes Place “Underwater”: Be captivated by skilled underwater performers, creating a world beneath the waves. The stage for “O” is designed to transform seamlessly from solid ground to water, and then back again in less than a minute.

Aerial Hoop Acrobats: Gaze in wonder as acrobats glide gracefully across the water’s surface, dancing in the air with stunning agility.

The Ghostly Bateau: Experience the enchantment of a spectral boat gliding through the mist.

Dances Above the Waves: Witness the surreal elegance of synchronized underwater dances on the Cadre, a ballet of fluid motion and grace.

High Diving: Be thrilled by the daring divers as they plunge into “O’s” wondrous aquatic world.

Where is the “O” Cirque du Soleil show?

The “O” show takes place at O Theatre at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.

How long is “O”? When does it play?

“O” is 90 minutes long without intermission. It plays every Wednesday to Sunday.

Is “O” appropriate for children?

“O” is suitable for children aged 5 and above. Note that the show includes loud sounds and periods of darkness which might be unsettling for some children.

KÀ by Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil KA Las Vegas
Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

In a nutshell: KÀ by Cirque du Soleil invites you to witness an unprecedented, gravity-defying production that takes the art of storytelling to a whole new level. The plot revolves around a set of twin siblings that get separated and have to find their way back home. The show combines acrobatic prowess, martial arts, puppetry, interactive video projections, and pyrotechnics to tell the story of a boy and a girl embarking on a perilous journey to fulfill their shared destiny.

Highlights Of The Show

The Vertical Battle: Witness a unique battle, where combatants showcase their strength and daring in an unparalleled display of vertical choreography. During this scene, the stage goes from horizontal to totally vertical!

Aerial Duet: Be captivated by the elegance of aerial acrobats as they glide through the air in a mesmerizing duet act.

Balancing Wheel Acts: Marvel at the warriors as they skillfully climb, balance, and defy gravity on the wheel of death. Your hands will most definitely be sweating during this scene, we know ours were! We were nonstop gasping here!

Sword Play: Engage with the imperial twins as they cross swords in a display of skill and artistry!

The Archer’s Daughter: Watch in awe as the Archer’s Daughter performs acrobatic feats with her baton, leaping and gliding with grace and agility.

Where is the KÀ Cirque du Soleil show?

The KÀ Cirque du Soleil show takes place at KÀ Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

How long is the KÀ show? When does it play?

KÀ is a 90-minute show without an intermission. It plays every Saturday to Wednesday.

Is KÀ appropriate for children?

KÀ is not suitable for children under the age of 3, due to scenes with loud noises and darkness.

“O” vs KÀ: Which Is Better?

First off, I think it’s important to point out that there are a ton of factors to consider when it comes to determining which is better. Price, quality of the acrobatics, quality of the storylines, innovation of the stages and the theater rooms — the list goes on and on.

So let’s talk about them.

Price of the shows

The real elephant in the room is the price difference between the two shows. “O” is significantly more expensive than KÀ.

One of the reasons it took us so long to see “O” was because of their high ticket prices (and they rarely, if ever, go on discount!). But there’s no denying it, “O” is an incredible show!

If the shows were the same price, our pick would be straightforward — we would choose “O” as our overall pick. But that’s not the case!

If budget is of no concern to you, go with “O”. If you’re mindful of your budget, you’ll probably want to keep reading to determine if KÀ could be a better choice for you.

Coolness of the stages

Both “O” and KÀ feature really innovative stages that contribute massively to the overall show experience.

For “O” the stage incorporates water, which is something that you’ll rarely find in other shows. Somehow, they’re able to seamlessly transition the stage from the massive pool scene to a normal-looking stage in less than a minute.

For KÀ, you’ll get to witness a colossal, 360-degree rotating stage—an unprecedented performance space that forms the backdrop for perpendicular acrobatics. You read that right… perpendicular — like vertical!

Both stages are going to be very unique, but in very different ways.

Storylines and Acrobatic Skills

KÀ has more of a story line while “O” offers slightly more awe from the skills of the divers in the show.

If you enjoy a good storyline when it comes to shows, you might like KÀ more. The way the show plays out is like a quest or adventure that the two siblings have to endure in order to find their way back to each other.

Both shows have a decent amount of acrobatics and skill, but we thought “O” showcased Cirque-style skills more because of the divers and all the interactions with the water.

KA places a lot of emphasis on the vertically rotating stage. There was even a long 5-7 minute scene where the good guys and the bad guys are “fighting” while the stage is rotated completely vertically. While it was a cool concept, it didn’t really showcase any acrobatic skills that made us go “wow” — it was mostly showcasing the vertical stage!

Between the two, we felt that “O” was the more unique option due to the water element and the acrobatic skills showcased.

Overall vibe / themes of the show

KÀ is a much more action-oriented story. While watching, you’ll find that there’s definitely a mission and a side of good and evil fighting against each other. It’s like a movie, complete with story arcs, a conflict, and a resolution.

“O” has a lot less of that, but it’s more your average Cirque du Soleil show in that the point is to showcase the surreal world, beauty, and grace of the performances.

The Bottom Line: Which Show Is Better?

I personally found “O” to be more my vibe. When I think of Cirque du Soleil shows, I imagine watching performers with mesmerizing grace and agility as well as whimsical settings that transport me to another world. “O” evoked that feeling out of me more than KÀ was able to!

I did find KÀ to be quite entertaining as well, there were just a few more parts that I found to be ‘just okay’ compared to O.

But that’s just me. You may very well feel differently! I hope you take the breakdown above and choose the show that fits your preference the most.

Ultimately, if you plan on visiting Vegas again in the future and plan on watching both shows eventually, take your pick freely because you’ll have a good time at either.

But, if you don’t plan on going back to Vegas any time soon and this is a one-and-done kind of experience, I’d consider splurging for “O” — you won’t see anything like it anywhere else!

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About The Author - Elle
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My name is Elle and I'm a travel blogger based in California. I love helping people plan trips and create unique itineraries based on their interests and their budgets. I'm a huge fan of outdoor adventures and doing off-the-beaten-path things in Las Vegas (and around the world too)!