Dubai to debut La Perle by Dragone

Posted: 28-Oct-16 10:30

Dubai is a city known throughout the world for doing things in an epic, extravagant fashion. The debut of La Perle by Dragone in 2017 will be no exception. Previously known for work with Cirque de Soleil and numerous other Las Vegas productions, Franco Dragone will direct the Middle East’s first permanent show in a state-of-the-art performance venue and exceptional performers and artists.

Dubai to debut La Perle by Dragone

The Middle East’s first permanent show will launch in mid-2017 when La Perle by Dragone opens in Dubai. For the uninitiated, Dragone’s shows, which have premiered in locations around the world, are Cirque de Soleil-esque feat of technology and artistry.

Franco Dragone, founder, says that La Perle is:

“...not just a theatre, it’s an incredible machine.”

The building itself has been under construction for three years and will be home to a vast array of technical resources. To prepare the theatre, a 35-member creative team, 70 skilled technicians, 65 artists, and numerous cast members arrived in Al Habtoor City, Dubai.

The theatre is being tailor-made for the performances of La Perle. The show will involve numerous aquatic and aerial feats in the state-of-the art, 1,300 seat theatre. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the new theatre will be its “aqua-stage,” which will be filled with 2.7 million litres of water and will have the capability to go from dry platform to aquatic stage and vice versa. Performers will dive from a height of 35 metres and will also have the ability to fly around the theatre from high-powered winches.

Franco Dragone, the theatre’s founder, has a long history with such performances. Prior to launching his own performances, Dragone directed almost a dozen shows for Cirque de Soleil. He was also the artistic director for Celine Dion’sA New Day” and produced the lavish aquatic show, “La Reve” at Wynn Las Vegas. For Dragone, Dubai was an obvious choice for La Perle.

Dragone stated:

“In Dubai, we are living and experiencing what will happen in the world in ten-20 years from now, it’s a city of the future, so that is why Dubai is the right place to do this show.”

Dragone’s production is expected to embody the heart and culture of Arabia.

La Perle will make its debut in mid-2017, with 450 performances a year. There will be two performances per day, five days a week. The Al Habtoor Group, which brought La Perle to Dubai, expects that having a world-class resident show such as La Perle will enhance the city’s image as a major tourist destination.


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