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Coming Spring 2015, the Lido will present a new Revue created by Dragone: a modern twist on the traditional Lido inspired by our muse, Paris.

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Dragone

Our Origins

From Franco
to Dragone

Today one of the world’s most sought-after artistic directors, Franco Dragone’s story began in Cairano, a small village in southern Italy, in 1952.

Franco's

Early days

As a young child, Franco moved to Belgium with his family during the wave of Italian worker migration of the 1950’s. They settled in La Louvière, in those days home to a flourishing mining industry, where Franco grew up. Franco went on to study drama at the Conservatory in Mons where he fell in love with commedia dell’arte and political theatre. By then, his hometown, like other mining towns across Europe, was slowly becoming a ghost of its past. It is at this time that Franco first created his own works, translating the sorrows and dreams of those around him into emotionally-charged, living works of art.

In the 1980’s, action theatre crossed the Atlantic and reached Quebec. Franco followed suit and set foot in Montreal where he became a teacher at the Circus of Immaculate Conception. Franco soon joined the nascent Cirque du Soleil and played an instrumental role in their planetary ascent during the 1980’s and 90’s by signing no less than ten shows over twelve years as their Creative Director: Le Cirque Réinventé, Nouvelle expérience, Saltimbanco, Quidam, Mystère, Alegria, O, … With these shows, Franco will re-invent a genre by mixing human performance, dance, the four elements of life, choreography, technology and music, all tied together by a story told without a single spoken word. The shows Franco created during that era forever changed the face of live entertainment in Las Vegas and decades later, these shows still receive standing ovations every night.

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The birth of

Dragone

In 2000, Franco returned to his hometown of La Louvière and founded Dragone. Our early days will be marked by two big successes in Las Vegas: first, A New Day… with Céline Dion, and then Le Rêve. Over the years, La Louvière became home to world-class teams involved in the entire production process of Franco's creations: from eye-catching illustrations to the manufacturing of costumes and the architecture of theatres, just to name a few.

We were soon creating shows of all shapes and sizes across continents. Then in 2010, Macau became home to our first permanent show in Asia, The House of Dancing Water, a show mastering water on a scale unimagined before. The House of Dancing Water is the very first show of its kind to have won the hearts of Asian audiences. The astonishing success of the show established Dragone as a truly universal cultural Company, humbly embracing local cultures to wow local audiences.

A new chapter

Dragone

Whatever we do, be it permanent shows in tailor-made theatres, cabarets in more intimate spaces or operas in historic opera houses, they all embody the creative vision of our Founder and Artistic Director. We all embody that vision. With the opening of The Han Show in Wuhan in December 2014, we are also inaugurating the first of a string of shows in Mainland China. But this is only the very beginning of an exciting new chapter in Dragone’s history.

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