Enormous Stadium Show: Dubai World Cup
Trip Start Mar 29, 2008
1Trip End Mar 31, 2008
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I will never forget the feeling of hearing the audience (approx. 50,000 spectators) collectively all say "oooohhh... wow" as the internally lit flying characters came in thirty meters over their heads on the crane. I was ready in costume and had about four minutes left before going onstage
The entire piece was twelve minutes with Vanessa Mae as the show centerpiece, while our characters exploded and flew, played and cavorted in time with fireworks, music and projections around her. We had firedancers surrounding the trophy itself, pyrotechnic stilt characters that danced and detonated, projection costumes and a range of fantasy characters as well as the flying performers that elevated the show and audience to a state of unforgettable, audio-visual, high-end impact.
The event was a spectacular succes - Vanessa Mae's appearance and the show surrounding her were much celebrated in the press in Dubai and around the world. The American horse, "Curlin", went on to win the World Cup, whilst at the racetrack itself no betting actually took place due to strict gambling laws within the Emirates. Despite this the feeling in the crowd was at fever pitch the whole day. We managed the whole thing from a tiny backstage pavilion totally crammed between the press and the throng of racegoers.