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Sand Aeration

Dragone’s 2023 production Terhal pioneered a custom-designed theatrical effect using sand aeration.  Dragone created the effect with Luminous Show Technology, based in the UK.

In our research for Terhal, we saw smaller scale experiments with sand aeration on YouTube that made us ask: could we do it on a massive scale?

A transcription of Dragone Senior Creative Director and Terhal show director Filippo Ferraresi describing the effect can be found below.

Okay, so this is the first time we use the sand aeration system in the live entertainment industry…  It’s a system that we have invented.  

Basically, it’s blowing air inside the sand creating bubbles and an effect of quick sand so artists can sink immediately, very fast, inside it… then we can stop it, and they can be tight into the sand…

And then we have also another feature…we have geysers… so sand explosions. 

It’s very nice because we invented that last summer – that’s an idea that came brainstorming with Franco.  

So that’s Franco’s legacy as well.

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Perhaps best known for reinventing a genre of spectacle theatre that forever changed the face of live entertainment around the world (A New Day, Le Rêve, House of Dancing Water, La Perle, etc.), Dragone’s creations play to sold-out houses and receive standing ovations each and every night.  Creating shows of all shapes across continents, Dragone continues to humbly embrace local cultures to entertain and wow global audiences. Its vast portfolio includes permanent shows in tailor made spaces, and other signature experiences.

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