House of Dancing Water: Secrets behind the world’s biggest water show

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For Gary Bower, technical director at Macau’s acclaimed “The House of Dancing Water” show, it’s the spectacle that takes place below decks that’s the real knockout performance.

“Sometimes I feel that the best show is under the water,” says Bower, of the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group. “You can hear the music and the instructions. The pagoda sinks and the Princess and Jean — the protagonists of the show — sink with it and the divers come out and give them respirators.”

Not only the most expensive show in Macau, “The House of Dancing Water” is the biggest and most spectacular water-based show in the world.

Produced under the direction of veteran Las Vegas wondrous show-maker Franco Dragone (he directed Cirque du Soleil’s most prestigious shows in the 1990s), it combines water stunts, acrobatics, aerial arts and theater.

Thirty professional divers are the unsung stars of the show and, like much of the water wizardry that keeps the show afloat, the audience never gets a glimpse of them.

The behind-the-scenes team is double in size of the cast, with 160 technicians, production staff and divers working to make the daring leaps and magic moments possible.

It’s Bower’s job to make sure the twice nightly stunt-packed show at the City of Dreams entertainment complex runs smoothly and safely.

More than 2 million spectators have watched “The House of Dancing Water” since it opened three years ago.

 

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