Franco Dragone, creator of "Cirque de Soleil", Celine Dion's "A New Day", and the Euro-Disney parade, has revolutionized the world of theater with his mesmerizing shows. His dazzling aquatic show, Le Reve, opens in Las Vegas on April 28, 2005 at mastermind Steve Wynn's new resort. The men have collaborated with phenomenal success on "Mystere at Treasure Island" and "O at Bellagio", which Dragone followed with Dion's record-breaking opening at Caesars Palace. "Le Reve", which assembles sixty-five artists and 2000 audience members in a spectacular but intimate theater, will be Dragone's fourth show on The Strip, joining arguably the most successful performances in the world. Featuring photographs by the renowned Jean-Marie Perier and anecdotes from behind the scenes, this book tracks the events leading up to the performance, from the initial rehearsal in Belgium, to the artists' arrival and on-site rehearsals in Vegas, to opening night. The text and photographs also chronicle intimate moments in the artists' lives. A ten-part television series about the making of "Le Reve" is currently in production.
Jean-Marie Perier, photographer, began as media mogul Daniel Filipacchi's assistant. He wrote for Jazz Magazine and Paris-Match, and photographed leading artists and musicians of the 1960s before turning to filmwork for television and advertising. He moved to the U.S. in 1980, and directed more than 600 advertising shots for brands ranging from Ford Motors to Coca-Cola. Perier now lives outside Paris and photographs for Elle, Paris-Match, and Le Figaro Magazine. Leading French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere earned Academy Award nominations for his collaboration with director Luis Bunuel on the films The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), and for his work on Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).