The ancient Japanese art form of Kabuki will debut on the Las Vegas Strip in a never-before-seen spectacle this August.
Larger-than-life animations and stunning water choreography will deliver an extraordinary rendition of Kabuki masterpiece Koi Tsukami or “Fight with a Carp” as an enormous fish and turbulent sea are projected onto the Fountains of Bellagio in an epic battle scene.
Renowned Japanese actor Ichikawa Somegoro will clash with the giant carp from an impressive 165-foot stage constructed inside Lake Bellagio during the 30-minute production, which will run August 14-16.
Shochiku, Japan’s premier Kabuki producer and global ambassador – with artistic partners Panasonic, teamLab and WET – and support from MGM Resorts International, aims to raise worldwide awareness for the art by orchestrating an elaborate, high-tech performance unlike anything Las Vegas and traditional Kabuki have ever seen. Projection mapping by Japanese artists and masterminds teamLab and spectacular water effects by WET will bring the historic Japanese narrative to life in a Vegas-style production.
The Kabuki Spectacle performance schedule is as follows:
- August 14: 9:15 p.m.
- August 15: 9:15 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
- August 16: 9:15 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
The upcoming Kabuki Spectacle is part of MGM Resorts’ larger commitment to celebrating Japanese culture and the arts, which also includes recently debuted art installations by renowned sculptor Masatoshi Izumi and the first-ever Japanese-inspired display at Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.