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Guest Vocalist Lisa Hannigan Announced for Our Planet Live at 3Arena

June 17, 2021

GEAlive and MCD Productions are delighted to announce special guest vocalist Lisa Hannigan with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra for the spectacular new live experience, Our Planet Live in Concert at the 3Arena on 21st January 2022. Tickets for Our Planet Live in Concert cost from €46 including booking fee, and are available now.

The production will reimagine the Emmy Award®-winning series as a live experience, combining highlights from the series with some brand new arrangements to create an immersive journey across Our Planet. Specially developed by the series producers Silverback Films, and Oscar®-winning composer Steven Price, Our Planet Live in Concert is narrated on screen by legendary broadcaster, David Attenborough. Combining the outstanding natural world visuals of Our Planet with creative innovations in live production, this concert will be a live experience like no other.

Composer Steven Price’s Emmy®-nominated score has been reworked for an epic two-hour performance and will be performed by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra with Irish vocalist Lisa Hannigan singing alongside the 66-strong orchestra as music and special effects are delivered through 250 speakers to create a complete surround sound experience for the audience, allowing them to be further immersed in the production.

Our Planet Live in Concert will tour international arenas with the Irish premiere in Dublin at 3Arena on 21st January 2022.

The landmark eight-part Our Planet documentary series is being reimagined into a two-hour arena show with beautiful visual and sound effects and will be accompanied by a breathtaking 66-piece orchestra and live vocalist, Lisa Hannigan. Three giant screens will present the incredible cinematography of Our Planet on a scale that has never been seen before, allowing audiences to be fully immersed into the wonders of the Earth’s wildlife and their habitats. Intelligent lighting will heighten the visual experience beyond the screens and around the arena, programmed to run in sync with the footage.

All net profits from the Our Planet live project will be donated to WWF’s global Our Planet education and awareness initiatives. These include providing a wealth of educational materials for schools and young people, based on the series, with the aim to inspire and motivate the next generation to protect our planet.

Our Planet took the world by storm when it was released in April 2019. Taking viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery, showcasing the beauty and increased fragility of our natural world, the series explores the fact that humans have become the greatest threat to the survival of our planet, and all the species that inhabit it. The series also highlights the fact that there is still time to address the challenges that we have created, if we act now. It helped people to understand what is at stake and realise how imperative it was to lobby businesses and governments to start paying attention.

Our Planet Live in Concert brings together some of the world’s greatest creatives, filmmakers, musicians and conservationists to provide an experience like no other.

Concert producer Floris Douwes at GEAlive commented, “All past and current natural history shows offer an orchestra with video clippings on a screen and static overhead lighting. Our Planet Live in Concert truly is an event! Audiences will feel like they are fully taken in by it. Three large screens will provide razor sharp video footage from across the series, in a narrative that is exclusive to this live event, interspersed with live camera direction of the orchestra and soloist performances. A huge quantity of smart lighting fixtures will extend the visual experience throughout the arena. Add a sound system that surrounds the audience with effects from 36 positions and nature will be as close as it can get. Last but certainly not least, we are thrilled and honored that David Attenborough has agreed to record an exclusive audio-visual narration especially for the live show.”

Colin Butfield, Executive Producer for Our Planet at WWF, said “We’ve seen first-hand the impact this series has generated by showcasing the wonders of our planet while also addressing the urgent need to protect it for future generations. We hope to elevate this message and deepen the audience’s engagement with the natural world by bringing the documentary into the event space on such a phenomenal scale.” 

Alastair Fothergill of Silverback Films is a pioneer in creating concerts around landmark wildlife series with his previous projects Blue PlanetPlanet Earth and Frozen Planet. He says, “ Our Planet will be the most ambitious concert performances we have ever created combining the advanced sound and visual technology with Steven Price’s wonderful score and the powerful images from the series. We are very excited by the ambition of the Our Planet concerts to take the quality of the audience experience to a new level”.

Academy Award®-winning composer Steven Price said “I can’t wait to bring the music of Our Planet to live audiences for the very first time. Using a combination of the most memorable sequences from the Netflix series exclusively designed for this show, our incredible musicians and I plan to take you on a journey that celebrates the wonders of our planet- the one home we all share- whilst showing the urgent need to treasure and protect it. It’s going to be an emotional and immersive experience and I hope to see you there.”

The ground-breaking Our Planet series premiered on Netflix in April 2019 to a global audience in 190 countries worldwide. It focuses on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world – from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America – giving an unprecedented look at the planet’s most precious species and fragile landscapes. More than just a showcase of the Earth’s natural wonders, the series also reveals why the natural world matters to us all and what steps must be taken to preserve it. Our Planet was watched by 33 million households in the first month of its release inspiring people around the world to connect to the one place we all call home.

Tickets for Our Planet Live in Concert priced from €46 including booking fee, and are available now.

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