An Inside Look at Cirque du Soleil's KÀ

We're big Cirque du Soleil fans here at DS for many reasons—stunning costumes? Check. Insane acrobatics? Check! Jaw-dropping, breath-taking moments? Check and check. But one thing that both Cirque performers and dancers often have to tackle is performing with a prop (and making it look effortless, at that!). This new video takes us behind the scenes of , with an in-depth look at the prop weapons the cast members must carry around onstage.

in action (photo by Eric Jamison)

The craftsmanship of these pieces is stunning, and the thought of having to maneuver around stage with them is slightly terrifying. Anything can go wrong, but rarely does (and if you find yourself having an onstage performance mishap, we've got you covered). There's something so captivating about the beauty of martial arts combined with dance and acrobatics, and KÀ embodies all of it. Check out the video below.

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