UAE National Day 50
They don’t come much more audacious than this. The 50th UAE National Day celebration required 300 tonnes of performer disc to spin, as it floated on the waters of the Hatta Dam. Which for context, is situated in a mountain range on the UAE’s eastern border.
The vision of artistic director and designer Es Devlin provided a canvas for projections and a stage for the performers. Making room for 100 cast members and the massive projection meant we had to build big. The structure was in excess of 19 metres tall.
It required months of engineering, fabrication, and automation to deliver a show that would do justice to the celebrations. But it was the complexity involved in its installation that remains one of our crowning achievements. The mass co-ordination needed to construct and float something this size, in such a difficult location, is staggering.
Size doesn’t mean taking our eye off details though. Far from it. Moving this amount of mass requires not just vast amounts of experience but a keenness for detail. Down to the precise angle of grinding for the conical wheels, allowing it to run smoothly over the three concentric tracks upon which it rotated.
The end result was a powerful celebration of independence for those in the UAE. And an immense sense of achievement for us.