DUBAI | For the first time, Dubai will see a Black Light Show. This uniquely visual performance was at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) in the Mall of the Emirates, starting on January 3rd.
Black light shows usually come from the Czech Republic. Dubai, however, will see a spectacular show from a renowned Hungarian black light company, called Attraction, which is performing it for the first time in the UAE and the Middle East region, says event organizer Sarmad Al Zadjaly said.
The Organizing Committee of the show said Black light Theatre actually relies on one simple optical illusion called “black box trick,” as the performers who are dressed in black cannot be seen against black background. The actors in black use various props and objects, which are lit by ultraviolet light or by moving spotlights. Actors themselves cannot be seen though and so objects seem to be moving on their own, making viewers believe that the actors can fly or perform other seemingly impossible feats through the performers skill.
The light performance relies on the actors innovative dance movements creating with their bodies’ shadows different spectacular views with the help of light, colour, sound effects, and music to bring the world and Dubai’s major tourist attractions, such as Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and others to life.
Black light theatre first appeared in 1950s in France pioneered by French artist Georg Lafaille, who is known as “the father of black light theatre”. During the 60’s and 70’s the idea of black light theatre was further developed in Prague where it was honed to perfection with the introduction of new effects like purple colours and various theatre effects, thus gaining wider popularity and worldwide acclaim for performances at many international black light theatre festivals.