Clusters of Light - Sharjah 2014
Spinifex was commissioned to devise, develop and stage a 90-minute stage spectacular from start to finish in under 5 months on the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad.
Using a clever combination of set builds, scrims, screens, stage lifts, stretch cloth, and lights, accompanied by a composed score of music, this production has raised the bar for live theatrical events in the region.
The show involved an international team of over 200 cast members and 190 creative, production, technical, site and logistics personnel from: UAE, Lebanon, Australia, Austria, USA, Canada, Germany, Morocco, Scotland, Ireland, England, Italy, Wales, Tunisia, France, Egypt, Jordan, and Romania.
The 3500 seat purpose built outdoor amphitheatre venue had not even started construction when the project commenced, and was completed just over a week before the first performance.
The show content required 100s of hours of 3D modelling and testing; multiple shoots in various locations; castings in 3 nations; and over 200 costumes that fit the period circa 570 C.E.
The score was pre-recorded in Berlin using a 64-piece orchestra, accompanied by traditional Arabic instruments. The choir was recorded in the UAE and Lebanon. The show also featured four star singers of the Arabian world.
The show was no.1 on regional social media on its first night, and the success of the show has led to a re-staging later in 2014, with a possible tour in 2015.
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