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October 22, 2010


While we were in Las Vegas last week we had the opportunity to see the Cirque du Soleil show Zumanity at the New York New York Hotel & Casino. There are a lot of Cirque shows to choose from in Vegas, but Zumanity is described as "the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil" and "a sexy thrill ride full of sensational acrobatics and naughty fun", so we figured that one was perfect for the ESC. We definitely weren't disappointed - the show was funny, sexy, and entertaining - so we thought we'd give you a taste of what it was like.

What We Liked

~Our hostess (excuse me, Mistress of Sensuality) for the evening was a fabulous drag queen, so we knew we were in good hands right from the beginning.

~There's no shortage of chances to see half-naked women in Vegas, and we're not complaining about that, but it was nice to see a show with some equal opportunity skin-baring going on.

~There was a great mix of different styles of dancing, from ballet to African dance, plus all of the acrobatics and gymnastics and stunts that you'd expect from Cirque du Soleil, only sexier.

~The contortionist was really impressive, even if his contorting did totally freak us out.

~We learned how to make some gorgeous and functional fake boobs with the simple use of booze, plastic bags, and duct tape.

~There was some really fun audience participation, from the guy who assisted with the boozy boob demo to the woman in her late 60s who got up on stage (and up on some of the male dancers) to the adorable couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

~The Waterbowl routine was amazing - apparently just balancing and posing on a tiny little surface isn't cool enough, so they decided to up the ante by doing it while soaking wet. As our hostess said at one point in the evening, you won't get this at Donny & Marie.

What We Didn't Like

~There were a few points in the show where we felt like they went a little overboard with the lighting effects. (In particular when they flashed the house lights, not just the lights on the stage.) Maybe it was just where we were sitting, but it's hard to enjoy what's happening on stage with bright lights shining right into your eyes. Not a huge deal but mildly annoying.

~It was just our luck that we ended up sitting behind That Guy. You know, the guy who thinks that the enjoyment of everyone around him will be greatly enhanced by his loud commentary on everything that's going on. There was one scene where two guys do this fight/dance routine in a cage. They start out fighting over a woman but by the end of it they've decided that they're more into each other. They kiss, and then That Guy morphs into That Homophobic Guy and yells out "not cool!" At that point we finally had to tell him to shut up. I mean, really? First of all, shut up and keep your homophobia to yourself. Second, we didn't hear you saying it wasn't cool when it was two half-naked women who were all over each other. Third, you're in Vegas. There are plenty of places to see a show that features naked women only if you're going to be so horribly traumatized by seeing two men kiss. Fourth, have we mentioned shut up yet?

~This show has kinda ruined certain sexy archetypes for us for awhile. For example, if we see any women dressed as sexy schoolgirls on Halloween this year, we're not going to be impressed at all unless they can also twirl a dozen hula hoops around their bodies while hanging from a tiny strap in mid-air.

~We wanted more! We totally weren't ready for the show to end when it was over.

Okay, yeah, so you might have noticed that those last two "didn't likes" aren't actually bad and are really just positives masquerading as negatives. We had to balance out this side of the list a little bit!

Overall we really enjoyed the show, and of course we loved the message that sexuality is a beautiful and natural thing that should be celebrated. (Cheesy but true.) We would definitely see it again the next time we're in Vegas.

Disclosure: We received free tickets to see Zumanity. This had no bearing on the content of the review and our opinions are our own. Honestly, we would've paid full price... it was that good.


Heather in BC said...

I saw Zumanity a few years ago - definitely entertaining with acrobatic sexiness going on - and I'd see it again!

Someone told me they didn't like the suggested beastiality from the show a few years ago - I don't remember that part... was it still part of the show?

I'm linking to your post :)

Deb said...

How come I didn't wise up and go to Vegas to stalk you? Sounds fab. More updates!!!

Roxy the Killer said...

The last time I was in Vegas, I saw a Cirque show. It was nowhere near as fun as Zumanity, though.

And as for guys like that loudmouthed jackass... perhaps he's in the wrong town? And only there to "accidentally" get lost in the gay part of it?