The world premiere of a spectacular new show by Les Commandos Percu will be one of the opening events of the London 2012 Festival. It will follow the arrival of the Olympic Torch at Lake Windermere earlier in the evening.
On The Night Shift is not a firework display. And it’s not a concert. It’s more than that. Les Commandos Percu combine the two to create a magnificent spectacle for your eyes and ears. Their shows perfectly blend musical rhythms and amazing effects, as fireworks dance to a thumping soundtrack. This new show, featuring specially selected artists from the UK takes the company to a new level.
The show will include thousands of fireworks, which will be played as part of the musical score, by the show’s nine drummers. The cast’s seven dancers will also use handheld fireworks as part of their highly choreographed routines.
Each of the percussionists will be using hand-made instruments created especially for the show. These include special drums called satellidrums, which have been hand-crafted using several kinds of tight skins fixed on flat sounding boards to create their own individual sound and rotoguns – drumsticks and percussion devices attached to an electric drill.
Raymond Gabriel, the director of On the Night Shift, says “This show will combine all the hallmarks of Les Commandos Percu - fire, motion and rhythm. Our shows are about the fusion between music and fireworks. The science of rhythm gives us the opportunity of using fire like a musical instrument and to include it in the musical score. We did the same with dancers. I didn’t ask them to follow the music, but to be the music. They have to be the music and also to be the fire.”
The show will follow the arrival of the Olympic Torch, concerts by British Sea Power and Katy B and other celebrations in Bowness-on-Windermere earlier in the evening.
On The Night Shift will also be shown as part of the WE PLAY Expo on 9 September in Preston - everyone is welcome!
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