Theatre arts has always been my biggest passion. From a young age, I was on the stage during talent shows, choirs and musicals, and it was in fact my greatest dream to be on the stage. I have seen a number of incredible Cirque du Soleil shows over the years, however none have left me completely captivated like La Perle, Dubai’s first permanent show, did a few weeks ago. Created by Franco Dragone, the world’s most revered cultural artistic directors, specially for Dubai, La Perle is the region’s first permanent show, located at Al Habtoor City. The 1,300 seat theatre is set up in only 14 rows, which means the audience will have an up close experience of the show, no matter where they sit.
The 90 minute show is filled with breathtaking graphics, beautiful music, incredible acrobatics, and daredevil components such as motorbikes racing each other in an enclosed metal ball, suspended in the air! Although the story-line is not 100% clear, I believe it was the creative team’s vision, to keep the audience on their toes, and to be honest with all the acrobats, stuntmen, aerial dancers, puppets, tanoura dancers, and even a Chinese dragon – you won’t be too concerned with the story 🙂 Taking centre stage is the impressive on-stage pool, used by performers to defy gravity as they dive from a suspension of 25 metres in the air! The graphics are incredibly impressive, beautifully projected across the stage, walls, floors, seats and building’s dome, and with surround sound, the entire experience makes you feel as if you are in the show yourself!
Here are some amazing facts about the show:
- The troupe is composed of 65 of the world’s greatest artists from 23 countries
- The aqua stage holds 2.7 million litres of recycled water
- It takes less than 1 minute to drain the stage
- Artists fly on stage at a speed of 15km / h
Franco Dragone has changed the game when it comes to live entertainment, incorporating cutting edge technology and stagecraft while working with the world’s best artists. La Perle is an incredible addition to Dubai’s offering and is an unmissable spectacle which every resident and visitor, must experience. My words, will never be able to match the true experience, but I hope the below pictures captivate you.
And if the pictures did not impress you, here is a sneak peak of the show!
In short, La Perle left me speechless and in tears with joy. It was pure magic.
- Show times: Tues – Fri, 7pm & 9:30pm and Sat, 4pm & 7pm
- Location: Al Habtoor City (plenty of parking and valet is available)
- Website: http://www.laperle.com
- Ticket sales: click here
- Dining options: click here to learn more
Disclaimer: All views are my own and all photographs are © My Pink Diary, unless otherwise stated.