Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— in United Arab Emirates
“A poetic, emotional and dreamlike experience in Dubai, the Samarkand of the 21st century”
A huge living installation, La Perle allows the spectator to participate in the performances of the 65 artists by filling the stage with sound, light and images projected from the stage.
La Perle is a fairy tale, addressed to all those who want to reawaken the child that lives inside them. The characters are inspired by traditional tales. A prince of pearls, a young fisherwoman, the museum of ancestors and a giant puppet populate the story which remains faithful to the atmosphere of the spirit of Dubai but also refers to a universal time frame, where artists and spectators can confront their emotions.
Everything has been set up to allow the viewer to live experience a unique immersive experience, in an atmosphere deeply marked with the mystery and charm of Dubai, a laboratory of the future at the crossroads of cultures.
— The Lion
This fantastic being, born from the traditional Chinese Lion Dance, is the king’s pet.
Courageous pearl comes from the real world, foreign to the kingdom, she will live an adventure through time and space to find the love of her life.
His loyalty to the king knows no bounds. A Gladiator with a tender heart he will do everything to protect the Princess Pearl, who he is in love with.
— The Butler
One of the King’s trusted aides, who will prove to be vicious and evil. He will try by all means to prevent the king from achieving his goals.
The people of the cyborgs reflect the future; they are recognizable by their bright and very showy outfits.
— The King
A greedy and childish pearl collector, he will do everything in his power to make celestial love triumph.
The 1300-seat water theater was designed by Jean Rabasse to allow the audience to live an immersive experience. This begins when you enter the theater, with walls that are customized to create and mimic the feeling of a diving into an organic cave.
This intimate experience is reinforced by the spectator’s proximity to the stage: a 270-degree vision and only 14 rows place the audience next to the water which is several meters deep and can hold 2,700,000 liters of water. Located in the center of the stage, it allows scenic elements to emerge from it and is the recipient of a succession of high-flying dives.
of all disciplines, dancers, circus performers, motorcyclists, made up from 23 different nationalities.
seats closer to the action
With a 270 degree vision.
motorcycles in a suspended sphere
4 meters in diameter.
The size of the giant puppet controlled by 7 performers.
To accommodate the high-flying divers and bring out unexpected scenic elements.
million liters of water
The volume of water in the center of the stage.
The height the high divers jump from.
the speed at which the artists fly over the stage.
Surrounded by an international team and artists from China, Franco Dragone wanted to bring the fluid movement of water, that lulls the old Dai stories and telluric forces of nature in a universal ode, to life. Characters were created and brought to life from the imagination of Dragon Studios illustrator, Martin Leroy, whose shimmering costumes, designed by Nicolas Vaudelet, reflect the mystery and depth.
“Humbly, we fed our imagination with Dai culture and built a unique artistic adventure on this fertile ground, on the water.”
Associate Artistic Director
Director of Creation
Theatre and Set Designer
Video Content Designer
Lighting Design Consultant
Creative Flight Director
Human Performance Designer
BENOIT SWANN POUFFER
Director of Film and Photography
Make-Up & Hair Designer
Globe of Death Act Designer
Special Water & Scenic Effects Designer