Epic live show to be staged in water
ive theatre in Dubai is about to get more exciting – and a little wet – as the aquatic theatre show La Perle by Dragone is set to be staged next year. La Perle will be the region’s first theatre water show, comparable to Le Reve in Las Vegas and The House of Dancing Water in Macau.
But La Perle aims to raise the bar for the entertainment industry with its artistic and architectural marvel.
Still under construction and located in Al Habtoor City, the theatre is purpose-built specifically for the permanent show, which will run twice a day. Speaking at the press conference last week, founder and artistic director Franco Dragone described it as an “incredible machine” with an aqua-stage holding 1.7 million litres of water that has the ability to change to a dry platform and vice versa in less than a minute. Performers will dive from a height of 35m into the 11m deep pool and fly around on highpowered winches at 15kph.
Dragone, who has staged Le Reve, Celine Dion’s A New Day concert (USA) and acrobatic Dai Show (China), says the UAE is the right venue for this futuristic undertaking. “In Dubai, the story is happening; it is the laboratory for the future,” he says. “This is the kind of project that sends the message that people working together can do a beautiful thing for the world. I know how difficult it is, but that is the only way to build this magnitude of a show.” Apart from the technical wizardry involved, La Perle promises to be a creative, cultural masterpiece. He adds: “It has to be a show that will touch the soul and heart of the people. It has to be sophisticated, but also mainstream – two words not often put together.” The production will embody the spirit of Arabia as depicted by a cast of 65 artists from 23 countries, the youngest being an 18-year-old contortionist. In preparation, La Perle’s acrobatic designer and head coach Arnaud Pacquet says the team of acrobats,
A SHOW LIKE NO OTHER: La Perle took us behind the scenes and showed the artists in training. Inset: Operations Resident Artistic Director Tara Young with some of the talents