News: Emmy® Award-winning Netflix documentary Our Planet to become live concert

General Entertainment Associates and Senbla are delighted to announce a spectacular new live experience, Our Planet Live in Concert. The production will re-imagine the Emmy® Award winning series as a live experience, combining highlights from the series with some brand-new arrangements to create an immersive journey across Our Planet.

Specially developed by the series producers Silverback Films, and Oscar® winning composer Steven Price, Our Planet Live in Concert is narrated on screen by legendary broadcaster, David Attenborough. Combining the outstanding natural world visuals of Our Planet with creative innovations in live production, this concert will be a live experience like no other.

Our Planet Live in Concert will tour international arenas with the world premiere in London’s The O2 on Sunday 18 October 2020.

The landmark eight-part Our Planet documentary series is being reimagined into a two-hour arena show with beautiful visual and sound effects and will be accompanied by a breath-taking 66-piece orchestra and live vocalist, the magnificent Lisa Hannigan. Three giant screens will present the incredible cinematography of Our Planet on a scale that has never been seen before, allowing audiences to be fully immersed into the wonders of earth’s wildlife and their habitats. Intelligent lighting will heighten the visual experience beyond the screens and around the arena, programmed to run in sync with the footage.

All net profits from the Our Planet live project will be donated to WWF’s global Our Planet education and awareness initiatives. These include providing a wealth of educational materials for schools and young people, based on the series, with the aim to inspire and motivate the next generation to protect our planet. The creators of the live events are also introducing measures to ensure the production is environmentally-friendly, working with host venues to minimise the environmental impact of each event.

Our Planet took the world by storm when it was released in April 2019. Taking viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery, showcasing the beauty and increased fragility of our natural world, the series explores the fact that humans have become the greatest threat to the survival of our planet, and all the species that inhabit it. The series also highlights the fact that there is still time to address the challenges that we have created, if we act now. The series helped people to understand what is at stake and realise how imperative it was to lobby businesses and governments to start paying attention.

Our Planet Live in Concert brings together some of the world’s greatest creatives, filmmakers, musicians and conservationists to provide an experience like no other.

Concert producer Floris Douwes at GEAlive commented: “All past and current natural history shows offer an orchestra with video clippings on a screen and static overhead lighting. Our Planet Live in Concert truly is an event! Audiences will feel like they are fully taken in by it. Three large screens will provide razor sharp video footage from across the series, in a narrative that is exclusive to this live event, interspersed with live camera direction of the orchestra and soloist performances. A huge quantity of smart lighting fixtures will extend the visual experience throughout the arena. Add a sound system that surrounds the audience with effects from 36 positions and nature will be as close as it can get. Last but certainly not least, we are thrilled and honored that David Attenborough has agreed to record an exclusive audio-visual narration especially for the live show.”

Colin Butfield, Executive Producer for Our Planet at WWF, added: “We’ve seen first-hand the impact this series has generated by showcasing the wonders of our planet while also addressing the urgent need to protect it for future generations. We hope to elevate this message and deepen the audience’s engagement with the natural world by bringing the documentary into the event space on such a phenomenal scale.”

Alastair Fothergill of Silverback Films is a pioneer in creating concerts around landmark wildlife series with his previous projects Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. He says, “Our Planet will be the most ambitious concert performances we have ever created combining the advanced sound and visual technology with Steven Price’s wonderful score and the powerful images from the series. We are very excited by the ambition of the Our Planet concerts to take the quality of the audience experience to a new level”.

Composer Steven Price’s Emmy®-nominated score has been reworked for an epic two-hour performance and will be performed by local orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow. Irish vocalist Lisa Hannigan will sing alongside the 66-strong orchestra as music and special effects are delivered through 250 speakers to create a complete surround sound experience for the audience, allowing them to be further immersed in the production.

Academy-Award® winning composer Steven Price said: “I can’t wait to bring the music of Our Planet to live audiences for the very first time. Using a combination of the most memorable sequences from the Netflix series exclusively designed for this show, our incredible musicians and I plan to take you on a journey that celebrates the wonders of our planet- the one home we all share- whilst showing the urgent need to treasure and protect it. It’s going to be an emotional and immersive experience and I hope to see you there.”

CEO of Senbla Ollie Rosenblatt commented: “I’m so excited to bring this spectacular programme that holds such important messages about the world we live in to live audiences with an incredible live symphony orchestra and exquisite visual effects. It’s going to be special!”

The ground-breaking Our Planet series premiered on Netflix to a global audience in 190 countries worldwide. It focuses on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world – from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America – giving an unprecedented look at the planet’s most precious species and fragile landscapes. More than just a showcase of the Earth’s natural wonders, the series also reveals why the natural world matters to us all and what steps must be taken to preserve it. Our Planet was watched by 33 million households in the first month of its release inspiring people around the world to connect to the one place we all call home.

To coincide with the release of Our Planet on Netflix in April 2019, Decca Records and Universal Music released the powerfully moving soundtrack composed by Steven Price on CD and vinyl. Keeping in theme with the series and its exploration of the current environmental issues facing earth, Decca created an innovative album packaging which is made from entirely ecological materials, algae and FSC fibres. Our Planet – The Official Soundtrack to the Netflix Series is offering Our Planet Live in Concert audiences the chance to purchase this wonderful CD or LP as part of a gift bundle with pre-sale or general sale tickets. You can purchase the bundle from Ticketmaster the price of £16.50 (+£1.95 p&p) for the CD or £30.00 (+£3.95 p&p) for the vinyl soundtrack.

Our Planet Live in Concert is making a conscious effort to reduce the environmental impact of its events in many ways and this includes working with venues who are also committed to sustainability. The O2 Arena has now removed a wide range of single-use plastics from the venue and will continue these conversations about waste in the coming years. At The O2 a state- of- the- art waste compound, green cleaning program, ongoing energy reduction projects and on-site Wormery and Eco-Digester are just some of the actions in place that have contributed to a 40% reduction in transport to the site and less than 1% of waste going to landfill per year. Glasgow’s SSE Hydro will host Our Planet Live in Concert on 19th October 2020, the venue will also be welcoming the COP26: UN Climate Change Summit in the same month. In preparation for this historic summit, the arena will be introducing many positive changes around sustainability with details to be revealed over the coming weeks and months. The venue is also entirely paperless and focus entirely on innovative digital assets for event promotion.

There will also be a discretionary environmental levy from all ticket purchases. All proceeds from this discretionary levy will be used to help conserve forests by supporting the Trillion Trees programme, a joint venture between WWF, BirdLife International and Wildlife Conservation Society who are fighting deforestation.

Tickets for Our Planet Live in Concert go on sale at 10am, 29 November 2019 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.



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