Holo-Gauze made its West End debut in September 2014 as part of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece. Premiering at the legendary London Palladium with an exclusive and limited run starting on September 3rd 2014, ahead of a world tour, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games boasted incredible holographic effects from Holo-Gauze, including a dance battle featuring a holographic triptych of Michael Flatley.
Other effects utilising Holo-Gauze included fire, burning trees, sunbeams, an exploding clock, giant floating head and The Matrix-style text appearing to float in front of performers. Holo-Gauze was utilised for the duration of the Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games world tour, with the producers exploring new and different ways of deploying the metallic, highly transparent gauze throughout the run.
Theatre blogger and journalist Terri Paddock commented on her popular blog: “In addition to the pounding Irish dancing – performed by a 40-strong company of world champions – and evocative music, there are some truly mind-blowing holographic projections (care of a new screen design technology called Holo-Gauze).”
The London Palladium run also featured new costumes, new choreography and a special appearance by former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle, as well as Michael Flatley in his final West End performances. The world tour began at the SSE Arena Wembley, London, on October 30th 2014, followed by shows in Belgium, Israel, Scandinavia, Dublin, Belfast, and South Africa, before Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games returned to the UK in 2015.
“I was delighted to see Holo-Gauze at such an influential venue as part of such a well-respected show,” explained Stuart Warren-Hill. “Michael Flatley really bought into the Holo-Gauze concept, and the 3-battle segment of the show is very believable and has had audiences in raptures.”