Notre-Dame de Paris was staged at Palazzetto Fevi, Locarno, Switzerland by the SFG Biasca gymnastic company. It was performed by 52 gymnasts and 6 actors, who sung live over original backing tracks by Riccardo Cocciante.
It was essentially a gymnastic, cultural and artistic show, freely adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel. It tells the story of Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, and his impossible and tragic love for Esmeralda, a beautiful gypsy girl: a love condemned by injustice and hypocrisy.
Lighting designer Paolo Battaglia, of Sound Light Services, used only Clay Paky motorized lights to illuminate the show: Stage Zoom 1200s, Alpha Spot HPE 575s, Alpha Wash 300s, Golden Scan 1200s and Shadow Basics.
Lots of changes have been made to the lights since the first edition in 2008, especially regarding their programming. The organization of the theatre was also quite different both as far as its size and the possibility of hanging the lights themselves were concerned.
Paolo Battaglia also illuminated the 2010 edition of the Starlight Circus, one of the best known and most loved circuses in Switzerland. It distinguishes itself for its remarkable acrobatic choreographies and the sets that accompany the performances. For this edition, Paolo added the new Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 700 to the lighting equipment.