101 fireworks to be theatrical: designer
CNATAIPEI--Taipei 101 Tower, one of tallest skyscrapers in the world, will stage a theatrical New Year fireworks show to celebrate the arrival of 2013, the pyrotechnic design company Groupe F promised Saturday.
December 30, 2012, 12:11 am TWN
The French company said it has designed a “theatrical” performance for Taipei 101 that is tailored to its shape and character, said Eric Travers, who is in charge of the New Year's Eve extravaganza in Taipei.
Ready to keep audiences “seduced and enthusiastic,” Travers told CNA in an email interview that his team has done its utmost to find the right balance between clear design and joyful power.
This year, 22,000 fireworks will be set off over 188 seconds, accompanied by choreographed music — an adapted version of “The Firebird,” the famous 1910 concert piece by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, according to Groupe F.
Having arrived in Taipei on Dec. 22, the French team finished setting up the fireworks Saturday, ahead of a show it hopes will both amaze and amuse spectators.
Groupe F is also in charge of the New Year's Eve fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.
The French team promised, however, that the two shows will not be similar because the distinct architectural styles of the two buildings call for different pyrotechnic designs.
Travers said his team anticipates “using very good pyrotechnical material, powerful and instead less smoky” in the Taipei 101 display to give the public a “theatrical” show.
The one factor that could adversely affect the quality of the show is the weather. Forecasters are predicting that visibility will be reduced on New Year's Eve because of low cloud cover and intermittent rain.
Taipei 101 has been selected by CNN as one of the top 10 destinations in the world for welcoming 2013.
Groupe F has been involved in several international events in the past, such as the opening fireworks show of the Asian Cup in Doha in 2011, the 120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 2009 and the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.