Dubai's first permanent aqua-based show: La Perle
65 performers. 2.5 million litres of water. A custom-built theatre. There’s a new show coming to Dubai and it’s mighty grand.
Dubai’s first, wait for it, “permanent aqua-based show” will be in the new Al Habtoor City and will kick off at some point later this year.
Produced by cultural creation company Dragone, La Perle will see over 450 performances per year in a custom-built state-of-the-art aqua-theatre in the heart of Al Habtoor City near Business Bay.
The show will feature a cast of 65 world-class artists performing a variety of aqua and aerial feats with the assistance of 70 specialised technicians.
Inside the 1,300 seat theatre you’ll find the ‘aqua-stage’: this giant pool will be filled with 2.5 million litres of water and powered by a series of hydraulic lifts and fountains that change the stage from a dry platform to an aquatic stage, and vice versa.
Unsure of what an aqua-show involves? Expect dives from heights of 35-metres into the water-filled stage, as well as performers flying around the auditorium on a series of high-powered winches.
La Perle will be similar in style to the House of Dancing Water in Macau, another aqua-based show.
Acrobatics around pirate ships in the Macau show.
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.”
Check out the trailer for La Perle below:
Some incredible stats about the show:
– The speed of every dive will be between 85 to 100 kilometres per hour.
– Artists will dive from a height of 35 metres into the aqua-stage.
– The aqua-stage holds 2.5 million litres of water – enough to fill an olympic pool.
– Artists will fly from a tower weighing a whopping 60 tonnes. That’s the weight of a Boeing 737.
– During every performance, artists will at one point experience more G-force than an astronaut at take off.
See laperle.com for more information.