La Perle Wins International Award for “Best Theatre”

On the 11th April 2018, La Perle by Dragone won the accolade for “Best Theatre” at the Mondo*Dr awards, held by the international publication for technology in entertainment. The awards, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany, celebrate the best technical creations produced by the industry.

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.

By Hannah Shanks
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