October 21, 2002, La Louvière, Belgium - Celine Dion and Franco Dragone today offered the world a glimpse of their new entertainment spectacular - A NEW DAY… - as they invited international media to view rehearsals-in-progress. The show, an unprecedented combination of live performance and state-of the-art technology, will premiere on March 25, 2003 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. The show is produced by Concerts West, an AEG company.
“Our goal with this project is to create a spectacle like no other - a fusion of song, theatre, dance and technical innovation” said Franco Dragone. “I see Celine as a satellite who captures images. She will use the stage to create her own universe and share it intimately with the audience. A NEW DAY… will expose Celine`s immense talent in a new art form. We hope to heighten and intensify the senses so that each spectator leaves the show “seeing” more than they did the day before,” Dragone added.
Designed by Marie-Josée Gravel of TRIPLEX communications, the A NEW DAY… visual took its inspiration from Celine and the DRAGONE creators` vision for the show. “At the heart of the illustration is a mouth - lips formed by the suggested pulse of a heartbeat, vocal chords, the vibrations of an instrument. We discover an image of Celine that is grand and pure in its simplicity. The silhouette evokes a force, a passion, a fragility. Celine emerges from amongst the brilliant lights of Las Vegas. Her rhythm is internal… she is listening, watching.”
Celine Dion was moved by the final result of the visual. In her words: “For me, this image represents the moment in music when all instruments are in harmony - a strong and intense moment. I see a heartbeat in the fire of the desert, a soft but powerful feeling in the center of Las Vegas, the city of lights and passions. I see my old self to the left, the new to the right. This show marks a turning point in my personal journey. It will guide me to self-discovery, to push the limits of performance and offer a new stage experience to my devoted fans.”
A NEW DAY… is a spectacle created for, with and about Celine Dion. It will be a subtle balance of concert, dance, theatre and multi-media in which the audience will be transformed to a virtual world. Each song will evoke a different visual experience, a universe of its own - live and alive. A NEW DAY… will feature the largest indoor LED screen in North America. DRAGONE will use this innovation to baffle and tease the imagination of the audience, to transport them to Celine`s new universe. There they will reunite to share the common experience that can be explored through a single song. They will witness the songstress as a “grande dame”, a storyteller who will share her experiences in a visual feast for the senses!
Celine Dion now joins a cast of sixty dancers, musicians and artists who have been rehearsing in La Louvière, Belgium since June. Rehearsals include dance, aerial, vocal, percussion, acrobatic and theatrical workshops. The cast hails from around the globe, the individuals renowned in their various disciplines. They were chosen from among thousands through auditions in Montreal, London, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and La Louvière. Rehearsals will continue through mid-November in Belgium after which Celine and the team will re-locate to their new home in Las Vegas, the Caesars Palace Colosseum.
Celine will be releasing a third single, Goodbye`s (The Saddest Word) in November - from her No. 1 album `A New Day Has Come`. To date, Celine has sold over 150 million albums worldwide, making her the biggest selling female artist of all time.
Park Place Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: PPE), a leading owner and operator of world-class casino resorts, is building The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. A contemporary interpretation of one of antiquity`s architectural wonders, the 4,000-seat entertainment and event venue has been specially created for A NEW DAY…. The Colosseum will feature a vast performance space that is at once intimate and immense.
Park Place is building the $95 million Colosseum as the centerpiece of a new construction program at Caesars Palace that began when Park Place acquired the resort on December 29, 1999. “With construction more than ninety percent complete, The Colosseum already is changing the landscape of the Las Vegas Strip,” said Park Place President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas E. Gallagher. “Caesars Palace built its world-wide reputation by presenting the very best. With A NEW DAY… at The Colosseum, we`re creating a unique theatrical experience that will live up to that high standard of excellence.”
Based in Los Angeles, Concerts West is one of the world`s largest producers and promoters of live music events and tours. Run by veteran tour promoters John Meglen and Paul Gongaware, the company`s primary focus is indoor arenas and theaters, which allows for an extension of artists` tours and increased revenue by eliminating seasonality. Concerts West has promoted tours for everyone from Neil Diamond to Britney Spears, Eagles, Barry Manilow, Dixie Chicks and Yanni, to name just a few. Concerts West is an AEG Company.
Tickets are currently on-sale to the public worldwide at www.celinedion.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For international tour and travel packages contact, The Newmarket Group for the United Kingdom at 44-(0) 20 8335-3030 or visit www.newmarket-group.co.uk; Gilbert Coullier Productions for France, Belgium and Switzerland at 33-(0)1-40-68-68-07 or JETSET Voyages at 33-(0)1-53-67-13-00 or visit www.celinealasvegas.com; and in Canada, please call you local travel agent or contact Artistours at 1-877-441-2787 or visit www.artistours.com.
Starring Celine Dion ; Directed by Franco Dragone ;
Yves Aucoin Lighting Designer ; Pavel Brun Associate Director ;
Michel Crête Set Designer and Projection Content Designer ;
Dirk Decloedt Projection Content Designer ; Claude (Mégo) Lemay Musical Director ;
Dominique Lemieux Costume Designer ; Mia Michaels Choreographer ;
Denis Savage Sound Designer.