Monday, April 18, 2011

Hannibal

Last Friday April 15th, the historical spectacle of Hannibal was performed again on the giant open-air stage at Sölden's Rettenbach Glacier. The performance of "Hannibal – The Crossing of the Alps" is all about the historical facts of the Second Punic War and its protagonist Hannibal, who is described in a biographical way with all modern theater settings on a really incomparable Nature Arena.
500 actors took part in the new production of Carthage's epic attack on Rome by crossing the Alps. Instead of elephants the spectators will see snow-grooming machines, the modernized warriors are represented by skiers, climbers and skydivers. Brave horsemen ride on their skidoos across the glacier fields while acrobatic skydivers try to stop them heading towards the south. The entire show is completed by an array of light effects, music, videos and pyrotechnical shows.
A semicircle with a high-towered palace forms the center of the stage. Right in front of the spectators' area you find an antique site made of snow and ice. On the right you see Dido's Palace similar to a Maya Pyramid - the Castillo from Chichen Itza was its model.

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