La Perle Wins International Award for “Best Theatre”
An accolade for “Best Theatre” at the Mondo*Dr awards
Surpassing competition from theatres across the globe including Amsterdam, London, Helsinki, Sydney and Denmark, La Perle was crowned victorious. The winners were selected by an independent judging panel, made up of 10 professionals from the theatre and live entertainment industry.
La Perle is the fusion of venue and performance; a state-of-the-art, tailor-made theatre that seamlessly integrates with 65 world-class artists in a spellbinding performance in, on and above a 2.7 million litre aquastage. The 270-degree seating ensures a spectacular view from every seat – none of which is more than 14 rows from the action. The floors, walls and huge cyclorama of the 1,300 seat venue are a multi-faceted projection surface immersing the audience in an ever-changing environment and transporting them between worlds. And that is just what the audience can see. Behind the scenes is an engineering masterpiece powering 10 performances a week, 48 weeks a year for decades to come.
Craig Hartenstine, Executive Producer of La Perle said: “It is an honor for La Perle to receive international recognition as the best theatre in the world by Mondo*DR. Audiences have been enthralled by the beauty, power and sheer scale of the first resident show here in the Middle East. None of it could have been possible without Al Habtoor Group’s driving force and Franco Dragone’s boundless creativity and vision.”
Jean Marcouiller, from Dragone Studio, commented: "The Mondo*Dr Awards are the gold standard for professionals in the entertainment business and we are delighted with this success. La Perle was designed by the scenographer, Jean Rabasse, under the artistic direction of Franco Dragone and developed by the team of the Architecture and Design Department of Dragone. This long-term project was led through my leadership and the direction of Marc Provencher. This magnificent result is a collaboration of all our talented team members and especially the work of Stephane Beaulac of Square One Studio. We must give our thanks and appreciation to the indisputable support of our partner Al Habtoor Group, Yusef Shalabi and all the suppliers who made this concept a reality.”
This is the second award for La Perle within the month, having won “Best Theatre Performance” at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards in late-March.
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About La Perle:
La Perle is Dubai’s #1 show produced by cultural creative company Dragone, directed by the legendary artistic director Franco Dragone and brought to Dubai by the Al Habtoor Group. The first permanent show in the region, La Perle is a breathtaking fusion of artistic performance, creative imagery and ground-breaking technology. La Perle defines the future of global live entertainment, taking place in a tailor-made aqua theatre in the heart of Al Habtoor City.
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Dragone is a cultural creation company founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Franco Dragone, in La Louvière, Belgium. Today one of the world’s most sought-after artistic directors, he is renowned for having invented a new genre in the 1980’s and 90’s. The shows he created during his early days (Saltimbanco, Quidam, Mystère, Alegria, O) forever changed the face of live entertainment in Las Vegas and, decades later, these shows still receive nightly standing ovations.
From super-sized-shows in tailor-made theatres to operas in some of the world’s most historical buildings, Dragone’s unique creative approach carefully fuses the world’s human talents, artistic disciplines and technical innovations to serve local cultures and tell their stories. Among its most significant shows of the past decade: Celine Dion a New Day; Le Rêve (Las Vegas); The House of Dancing Water (Macau); Aida (Naples); The Han Show (Wuhan, China); The Dai Show (Xishuangbanna, China); Philipp Kirkorov – Me (Russia). Water has become a key component of Dragone’s artistic DNA and the company is now the world’s leading designer of aquatic theatres and shows.
The company creates, produces and operates shows and special events around the world. Its five creative centres of excellence — Casting, Illustration & Video, Costumes, Architecture & Design, and Talents & Trends — push the boundaries of performing arts and of the spectator experience with every new creation.
About Al Habtoor City:
Al Habtoor City is an upscale residential, hospitality and leisure development consisting of three five-star hotels (The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City), three luxury residential towers on Sheikh Zayed Road and on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal with unparalleled amenities, and spectacular leisure and entertainment venues. Further information available on www.alhabtoorcity.com
About Al Habtoor Group:
Al Habtoor Group LLC, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is one of the region’s largest and most respected conglomerates. Founded in 1970 by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, the Group has grown in unison with the UAE and today has a diverse portfolio of successful businesses operating in key sectors of the economy (hospitality, automotive, real estate, education and publishing). The AHG has an unwavering commitment to excellence, which is apparent throughout all its units. Further information on the Al Habtoor Group is available on www.habtoor.com