Sunday, April 27, 2008

Las Vegas

My time in Vegas was one of the highlights of this trip. (So Far)
On my way to the San Francisco airport I discovered my flight to Vegas was scheduled a day before... How stupid can you be?!
I had to purchase a new ticket, and I arrived at the airport and started inquiring about the added cost after a refund of the original ticket. I had to pay 190$.
I got the money out of my wallet, and just before handing it over, I thought for myself: "wait a second, what is the cost of a NEW ticket alltogether?"
Turns out it is just 140$. Fuck. The girl at the desk didnt even think of letting me know that.
I purchased a new ticket and she asked me to check in my bag. I put it on the scales and it was 18 pounds over weight. I took it off and transfered some of the stuff into my carry on bag. I put it on the scales and noticed it was still 10 pounds over weight. Before the girl at the desk noticed I slipped my foot under the bag and lifted it a bit so it passed the allowed weight limit. I checked in and went to security check.
When the security guy saw that I was from Israel, he sketched a small doodle on my ticket and sent me to the x-ray area. When I got there I was pulled into this transparent fiberglass room and they started to take my things apart and check everything. Because I had to transfer my things from the big bag to my carry on bag, it was full of liquid, powder and pill supplements (nutritional) and they started to smell and check everything. This wasnt really my day.
Eventually I got on board and was on my way to Vegas.
My friend and 'Le Reve' performer Yuval Ayalon picked my up from the airport.
We went right away to a small get together in a local hotel of the cast of the show. Everyone was really nice, dressed up, drinking and talking. I got to know some interesting characters - clowns, acrobats, synchronized swimmers and other talented people.
In the next couple of days I got to see 3 Cirque du Soleil shows (well, one is a Dragone show, but its in the same spirit) - 'Le Reve' (my second time seeing it), 'Ka' and the show 'O'.
Each show was different and interesting.
Le Reve was my favorite. It is a very emotional show, and you get involved to a much more intimate level in it as a spectator. Also, because I already knew many performers in it, and I was sitting in the 3rd row, It was a great experience.
Ka was an amazing technological show. The physical abilities are not the center of this show, but the stage and techno stuff are something out of a hollywood movie set. Also, It had a Capoeira practitioner in it, so it was interesting to me on a professional level also. (I got to meet him and talk to him a bit after the show. We scheduled to train together but it didnt turn out at the end)
'O' was amazing in its acrobatics and the stage is also amazing. It is the most successful show in Vegas and one of the first shows here. The high diving pieces were amazing. The clowning I didnt like so much.
Over my time in Vegas I also trained daily with Yuval on the art of handbalancing, something I've been playing with for the last months. Yuval is an amazing equilibrist and he realy helped me alot with his guidance. I think I've made a small improvement in my work, but only after returning home and implementing all of this new knowledge will I know for sure.
Besides training and seeing shows, we went everyday to a cirque du soleil party or get together, and I met some more amazing people, with whom I have a lot in common. I was again deeply impressed with their abilities, but also amazed at how little do their training, nutritional and life style habits contribute to their success. People here are really talented, they can use a bit of a more professional approach to their lifestyle, eating and supplemental training. They do know how to work hard and are very technical and artistic, I'll give that to them.
I'm now in Flagstaff Arizona in my student and good friend house - Avi. Will update the next couple of days with photos and clips.
If you read this, comment please!

Me doing my set:


Now Yuval doing the real thing:


Me and Yuval at the 'Le Reve' theater:


Outside of the 'O' show, near a statue of Victor Key:


Pictures from the 'Red Rock' outside of Vegas:




8 comments:

Anonymous said...

this Red Rocks are amazing views...
and u, Ido, amazing too :)

Congelado said...

Hi Ido,

Its good to hear from you!
I'm glad your having fun, Cirqus du solei sounds great, and the picture from red rock is very beautiful , i like the 1st and 4 pictures...
If you can , please poust some picter with Avi...
Keep having fun , learning new thinks ...

Miss you alot

Congelado

Albert said...

Hi ido,
I am gladd that you are having a great time in vegas.
the pictures and the movies you posted are amazing,
please say hi from me to avi & moran.

Cant wait until you will come back already.

See you soon,
Albert.

Ido Portal said...

Thanks for the props, guys.
I'll be posting some of the Flagstaff stuff with Avi soon.

Ido Portal said...

Who is my anonymous poster? I'm intrigued...

Pantera said...

hey Ido,
really beautiful pics from these Red rocks!
wow!! Cirqus du solei? Amen....
it's sounds amezing to be in thire crowd!
send peace to Avi and his lovley family from all of us!
keep having fun, training and experience!
peace-
pantera.

tal said...

Hi Ido,
Seems you had a great time there in L.V despite the checks in the airport.

The pictures are really beautiful and the shows probably was beautiful too!

Waiting to see you here..
Tal.

bobby said...

I love reading all of your blogs. Such a great timeless treasure chest of information. Thank you Ido. Years down the road these blogs will be known around the world and will have inspired millions.

Your friend with the red hair,
Bobby