Epic live show to be staged in wa­ter

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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

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