Cirque du Soleil is getting into EDM…or Skrillex is running away with the circus? I’m not sure which, but it’s kind of amazing. April 26th we’ll be seeing an opening of one of the first new offerings when it comes to luxury electronic dance music. Something’s going to happen but we’re not really sure what. Will it involve aerialists? Probably. Will there be bass? Bet on it. Confirmed residencies from Zedd, Sebastian Ingrosso and Baauer, with I’d imagine a laundry list of producers chomping at the bit to do crazy shit with Cirque du Soleil.
While most of the interwebs are busy making fun of a. Skrillex, b. Cirque du Soleil, c. Vegas, d. bottle service or e. Vegas some more, that’s not really why this struck me. Unlike a lot of people who just go to retail parties, the Gotham underground has quite a bit of performance in it, and I think a lot of people are being a bit more flippant about the possibilities than they should be. Burner parties, mega clubs and most specifically touring artists always have a cap when it comes to the size & scale of their performance. Amon Tobin’s ISAM is the most complex we’ve seen and you can still fit that into a shipping container. However, a fixed Vegas mega-club can do quite a bit more. Combined with tasteful use of the Cirque du Soleil staff, I think there’s a serious potential to put on some amazing shows. Not focused on the music or the performers or the alcohol, but the entire experience holistically.
It’s easy to miss the forest for the trees and discuss the exploitative nature of high-end luxury performance. However, I think if enough attention to detail is paid, the residents are chosen well, and the right people work with the right people, it could be a great thing. I have a lot of respect for Zedd these days, and Baauer had a fantastic remix on the Prodigy Remix project for the 15 year anniversary of “The Fat of the Land” (if that sentence made sense, you’re old). While there’s definitely a potential for some of the most massive-ego generated creative masturbation this side of the Balearic Islands I am going to reserve skinny-jeaned judgement (I don’t wear those. Ew.) for when Skrillex does something that’s actually pretentious, as opposed to just trying to do his thing. This is the other artistic render:
If someone can pull THAT off? I may not buy a bottle, but I will certainly consider a non-Jay-Z ticket.