We talk to lead performer Halili Gashi about the world premiere of new circus and cinema live show at Meydan
Time Out Dubai staff
When and why did you decide to put together this act? The act is actually the brain child of our chief creative and director Alexander Stroynov.
The ‘why’ is simple, it’s because it’s what we’re passionate about. Even though Alexander will be able to elaborate on the inception better than me, I can share a few insights.
The show was originally intended to be produced and performed in Las Vegas and was being written for that audience. Alexander was playing around with the script almost a year ago, when he took a trip to Dubai and instantly fell in love with the culture and its people.
We’re very excited to showcase what we’ve all been working on for the last couple of months and believe we have something truly unique that will have a lasting impression on the audience.
How would you describe it, and how does it differ to something like Cirque du Soleil? The Imagineer is an original story. Without giving away too much, it’s a high energy circus show set in the surreal fantasy world of the lead character’s imagination.
The difference in approach by Le Petit Cirque and Alexander’s directorial vision, is that the show combines raw acrobatic elegance, mixed with modern technology to deliver stunning performances that immerse the audience into a dreamscape reality.
What is unique about it? The marriage of the two disciplines: circus and cinema. The show takes place in the Meydan Theatre, which will utilize the full potential of the largest screen in the region.
Who is the show best suited to? The show was designed for all audiences. Whether you are kid or an adult, the show is designed to stimulate your imagination. The show is guaranteed entertainment for the whole family.
What are the challenges in the show as a performer? Apart from Alexander’s perfectionism, some of the challenges that we face, is the emphasis the show puts directly on the individual performer. The Imagineer puts a significant amount of on-stage focus to individuals on each performance, which can be very demanding. Having said that, this is also the very thing that every artists dreams about: the spotlight.
The biggest challenge we face on this particular show is the coordination between on-stage and the visual production that takes place off the theatre screens. It requires milliseconds of precision – but I believe the final output will be breath-taking.
This is the first time the show will be seen anywhere. Where do you hope to take it next? The show was designed for the audience of the region. While we are looking forward to the showcase, back in Las Vegas, we are already in discussion to take the show to Muscat and potentially Doha as well. The Imagineer debuts at Meydan Imax Theatre on Thursday April 17, and runs until Saturday April 19. Tickets from Dhs150 now on sale at www.timeouttickets.com