Review: 'House of Dancing Water' is Macau's must-see show

By Karen Flores,

Posted at Jan 10 2014 12:25 PM | Updated as of Jan 11 2014 01:59 AM

"The House of Dancing Water" features a stage that can hold 3.7 million gallons of water. Photo by Karen Flores,

If you have to watch one show in Macau, “The House of Dancing Water” has got to be it.

Currently Macau’s most expensive show with a production investment of over HK$2 billion (around P11 billion), “The House of Dancing Water” combines acrobatics, water stunts, aerial arts and theater with the help of some 100 cast and crew members.

This show by Franco Dragone for Macau’s City of Dreams will keep you on the edge of your seat not only with its elaborate stunts but also with the dazzling costumes and props, which range from cages and swings to motorcycles.

Motorcycle stunts steal the show at "The House of Dancing Water." Photo by Karen Flores,

The most impressive thing about the show, however, is the stage, which can hold 3.7 million gallons of water or more than five Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Eleven hydraulic lifts are able to turn the pool into a stage complete with fountains in less than a minute, resulting in a seamless and uninterrupted theatrical performance.

The stage of "The House of Dancing Water." Photo by Karen Flores,

Expect to see houses, bridges and inclined planes popping up in the middle of the stage, only to be submerged in water a few seconds later.

Perhaps the only weak point of “The House of the Dancing Water” is its story, which is nothing but predictable. It seems that Dragone wanted to reach the largest audience possible with the very basic storyline which, by the way, also does not involve dialogue.

"The House of Dancing Water" revolves around a love story. Photo by Karen Flores,

Despite this, kids and adults alike will enjoy watching this show, which is 90 minutes of pure spectacular action. Sit on the front row if you want to get wet. 8/10

“The House of Dancing Water” holds two shows (5 p.m. and 8 p.m.) Thursdays to Mondays at the City of Dreams in Macau. For more information about the show, visit