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Bellagio Fountains Take Part in Japanese Kabuki Masterpiece

Bellagio Fountains Take Part in Japanese Kabuki Masterpiece

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Larger than life imagery crossed with old school theatrical tradition — this latest Vegas show was an elaborate, high-tech outdoor performance unlike anything Sin City has ever seen!

One the largest water screen projections ever recently took place at the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas as Panasonic presented a powerful spectacle — utilizing 15 of their PT-DZ21K for its backdrop — for a Kabuki style theatrical event featuring Japanese actors Somogero Ichikawa and Yonekichi Nakamura.

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Last week, on an immense water backdrop image that was about the size of three NFL Football fields, three live performances of the death-defying “Koi-Tsukami” (or “Fight with a Carp”) wowed in tandem with the Bellagio’s stunning fountains, which were transformed in the spectacle into Japan’s Lake Biwa.  A large fish and turbulent sea were projected onto the Bellagio Hotel Fountains in a battle scene.

The attraction featured a total of 1,214 fountains that can soar to 460 feet and span more than 1,000 feet and interactive onstage backdrops via Panasonic’s projectors.


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The event’s aim was to raise global awareness of Kabuki, which is classical Japanese dance-drama, but equally as impressive was the blending of a traditional art form with new high-tech elements — all as part of a prelude to the 2016 Kabuki Festival, which will be held in Las Vegas next year.

Photo credits: Shochiku; teamLab

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