Lisbon, Portugal, 1998
The magic show
The Utopia pavilion was one of the most noticed of the five theme pavilions
at Portugal's World Exhibition in Lisbon. For the first time at a World
or Universal Exhibition, a show was staged for over 3 million spectators.
In a specially-built, covered stadium, the show was performed 520 times
for an average audience of 6500, four times a day, 130 days running.
It took co-author and artistic director François Confino three
years during which he worked with American, Canadian, French and Portuguese
staff to see this incredible challenge through.
Soaring effects and gigantic special effects were specially designed,
and extremely complex mechanical systems bred movement into flexible materials
and stage sets at an unusually large scale. Through close collaboration
with Philippe Genty, the director, Oceans & Utopias enticed the audience
on a fascinating journey through mythology, conquest and the anguish of
those at sea known to everyone faced with the boundlessness of the ocean.
Philippe Genty, director
Mary Underwood, choregraph
Nuno Rebelo, composer
Gaëlle de Malglaive, light
- Juste Pour Rire
site, Lisbon, Portugal
286 386 spectators in 4 months