Die grosse Show aus 1001 Nacht!
On April 5, 2005 I produced my most lavish and most expensive show in recent years for over 2 million EUR in production costs in the Sheikdom of Qatar.
In "Die große Show aus 1001 Nacht", over 200 dancers from 57 countries of different religion jointly promoted more understanding between cultures in the world according to the theme of "artists for tolerance".
Yet in the final rehearsal before the planned live broadcast that was to be transmitted from the Qatar TV satellite to the entire Arab states region, a half-hour tornado and sandstorm destroyed the huge open-air stage on the golf course and demolished all the camera, lighting and sound equipment.
But during the night of the catastrophe, all the artists declared that they were willing to stay in Doha for an extra night to give the production a chance. They wanted to stage the spectacular dance show with a day's delay and to broadcast it live via Qatar TV.
The "Show aus 1001 Nacht", presented to an enthused live audience of 3,000 viewers at the golf club and, of course, millions of TV viewers, was a smash success. In the grand finale, drummers from Japan's "Yamato"; dancers from Ireland's Riverdance, Turkey's "Night of the Sultans", Spain's "Ballet Teatro de Espanol", Australia's Tap Dogs and Germany's "Fernsehballet des MDR" embraced each other in relief.
Presenters: Erol Sander and Massouma Abdulkarim