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Thursday, April 2, 2020

La Perle by Dragone

by Joanna Andrews

It’s the dawn of a new era of entertainment in Dubai. Al Habtoor Group unveils Dubai’s first permanent aqua-based show coming soon to Al Habtoor City.

La Perle, a new show produced and created by Dragone, one of the world’s most revered cultural artistic directors, will be permanently located in the heart of Al Habtoor City. It will be the region’s first permanent show boasting 450 performances per year in a tailor-made state of the art aqua-theatre.

Directed by the legendary artistic director Franco Dragone and brought to Dubai by the Al Habtoor Group, the production will be exclusive to Dubai and will embody the spirit of Arabia.

The production credentials for La Perle are first class. It will feature a cast of 65 world-class artists performing breath-taking aqua and aerial feats with the assistance of 70 specialised technicians in the tailor-made, state of the art, intimate 1,300 seat theatre.

The theatre itself will feature an ‘aqua-stage’ filled with 2.5 million litres of water, powered by hydraulic lifts and fountains that enables the stage to change from a dry platform to an aquatic stage and vice versa. Daredevil performers will dive into the water-filled stage from a height of 35 metres and fly around the auditorium on high-powered winches at a speed of four metres per second. With this cutting edge stagecraft and state of the art technology fused together La Perle will be a visually stunning spectacle in, on and above water.

Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group said, “Together with Dragone, the Al Habtoor Group is leading the way to herald a new era of theatrical entertainment for Dubai and securing the city as not just a tourist destination, but an epicentre for unique world-class theatre similar to Las Vegas and Macau. La Perle will fill the gap of quality live evening entertainment in the region and will be an extraordinary offering to tourists, business travellers and residents wanting an uplifting theatrical experience that will give them life-long memories.”

Franco Dragone, Artistic Director and Founder of Dragone said, “La Perle will be the most awe-inspiring and technically advanced theatre production I have ever produced and directed. New and unique for the region with the world’s best creative team and incredible performers, La Perle is inspired by the spirit of Dubai and will reflect the beauty and flavours of Arabia. It will be the soul of Al Habtoor City.”

The name La Perle reflects the high-calibre and elegance of each performer in the show, who have distinguished themselves from other artists around the world and become treasures in the creation of this masterpiece. In addition, the logo’s pearl-shaped fluidity and futuristic connotations are an acknowledgement to the legacy of the UAE and Dubai’s positioning as a city of the future.

La Perle will be an unmissable visitor experience and an iconic show for Dubai, offering an unmatched immersive production that can only be delivered in a state of the art purpose-built theatre. London, New York, Las Vegas and Macau all have iconic shows that attract millions of visitors a year. In 2015, 65 per cent of the 41 million visitors to Las Vegas bought tickets to see resident shows.

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