House of Dancing Water+ Back

(Last updated: November 1, 2015)


The City of Dreams House of Dancing Water performance is easily the biggest show in town.  Wildly successful with Chinese audiences, the theatre has been selling out ever since it opened in September 2010.  They had their 1000th show two years ago on February 22, 2013, with one of the spectators being Hong Kong celebrity Angelababy.  My friend actually taught her English about a year ago, and I would like to personally extend my invitation to Angelababy to be a Maven of Macau model or to visit the city anytime she wants with me so we can take pictures and party.  Angelababy, how about it? 


performers dangling from the rafters at the House of Dancing Water


Anyway, getting back to the House of Dancing water.  I saw it and didn't like it very much because I had no idea what was going on.  To me, there was no story, only an endless repetition of different scenes and stunts.  While I was utterly lost through all of the 90 minute performance, and couldn’t wait for it to end, don't let dissuade you!  There is literally nothing else going on in Macau entertainment wise, making the House of Dancing Water a must see by default.  If you lower your expectations and go in knowing it’s more like a circus performance, then you should be sufficiently entertained.  Simply put, story or no story, the House of Dancing Water is still one hell of a grand scale extravaganza.


performers diving off of ship sails at the House of Dancing Water performers dancing around a pavilion at the House of Dancing Water performers zooming down from the rafters at the House of Dancing Water performers falling from the rafters at the House of Dancing Water


First, as I’ve said, the stunts are absolutely amazing and worth the price of admission alone.  You had people zooming down from the rafters, diving from the sails of ships, flying across the stage on huge swings and of course, motorcyclists flipping over in mid air while others flew across the stage while only holding onto their handlebars....  I mean, it was some really amazing stuff.  Second, when the performance slowed down and turned more artistic, in the way of mime or complex choreographed dancing sequences, the show didn't let up either.  Not only were the actors spot on, but there was excellent use of sound, lighting, and colour to back them up.  From start to finish, the House of Dancing Water was a very impressive visual spectacle.


performer holding a light sword at the House of Dancing Water performers rotating 360 degrees on slides at the House of Dancing Water solo female performer onstage at the House of Dancing Water


The House of Dancing Water has two performance times, an early show at 5 pm and a later one at 8 pm, and is dark on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Adult tickets range from $580 to $1480, with children and senior's tickets slightly cheaper.  The next time I go I think I'll buy the ones for $580, since I don't think there's a bad seat in the house.  Although I think my foreign friends should temper their expectations for what they'll see, my Chinese friends won't have any need to do so.  The show sells out almost every night for a reason, and it's because mainland spectators love it.  While it's probably true they could have done a better job getting the story across, the House of Dancing Water is still worth checking out for its amazing stunts, vibrant presentation and special effects.  While you may not know exactly why you're seeing something, you will be seeing something spectacular and magnificent.  And for a lot of people, that's more than good enough.  


female perfomer in the spotlight surrounded by dancers at the House of Dancing Water motorcyclist holding on to his handlebars at the House of Dancing Water motorcyclist rotating 360 degrees in the air at the House of Dancing Water