The first official renderings from inside the La Perle by Dragone theatre in Dubai have been released, and they exceed even the wildest dreams of those who have followed the project closely.
Set to launch in mid-2017, the Las Vegas-style theatrical residency will be the heartbeat of The Atrium development at Al Habtoor City, on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal.
When up and running, the custom designed 1,300-seat performance space will run 450 shows a year (two a day, five times a week), and feature 65 performers and 70 specialist technicians producing a show using 2.5 million litres of water, hydraulic lifts, fountains and high-powered winches.
And the renderings offer a small insight into exactly the kind of aerobatics and awesomeness we can expect. Check them out below...
Unlike anything to have appeared in the Middle East before, La Perle is the brainchild of one the most recognisable names in live entertainment of this kind, Franco Dragone, a founding father of the iconic Cirque du Soleil brand.
Reflecting on this latest step forward, the man behind it said: "Dubai is the laboratory of the future, a crossroads of cultures where 21st century people live. In Dubai, we are living and experiencing what will happen in the world in 10-20 years from now, it’s a city of the future, so that is why Dubai is the right place to do this show."
HERE'S WHAT WE THOUGHT WHEN WE TOURED THE VENUE IN OCTOBER: "Even though it's still under construction, it was obvious the auditorium will look spectacular. Just standing in the 55-metre tall venue and gazing at the technology and machinery being built especially for it, we imagined the performers whizzing through the skies above our heads. When it’s finished, performers and acrobats will dive from heights of 35 metres, landing in an 11-metre deep pool right in the centre; of course, the audience members in the first few rows will get a little wet, but that’s part of the fun – and they’ll be given ponchos before they go in."
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