Delving deeper into the world of The Blue Man Group

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The one element that made the show global is the fact that the characters don’t talk. The group will continue to perform until July 18. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 06 July 2019

Delving deeper into the world of The Blue Man Group

  • The reality-defying shows attract fans from across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: The Blue Man Group’s presence at Jeddah Season has attracted fans from across Saudi Arabia.
The group has only performed in the Kingdom once before, taking in Jeddah and Riyadh. Their shows are strange, reality-defying and confusing when you experience them.
The troupe’s “Captain,” Scott Speiser, said: “There are always challenges in getting it up and running, no matter where we are. But the local team and the people have been so incredibly kind and supportive.
“We know our show is very different to what people here might be used to, but the people here have done a great job in helping us make it happen.”
As impressed as the group was by the organizers, they were also surprised by the audience’s reactions — quite something for a troupe that has entertained 35 million people worldwide.
Speiser explained how they have to alter their show according to where they are traveling, which gives a better understanding of its functions.
The one element that makes it so global is the fact that the characters don’t talk.
“Through music and comedy and exploration, the character finds a way to connect to everyone on some level,” he said
“There may be certain moments in the show that might not work in every city around the world. But we can’t always know that until we actually do the show in each city for a little while. We take note and learn from that so the next time we visit a city maybe we connect in an even better way.

HIGHLIGHTS

• As impressed as the group was by the organizers, they were also surprised by the audience’s reactions — quite something for a troupe that has entertained 35 million people worldwide.

• ‘The Saudi people seem to have really embraced the show, and that makes it even more fun and fulfilling for us to perform. The audience here loves to clap in rhythm to the music,’ says the troupe’s captain Scott Speiser.

• The group has only performed in the Kingdom once before, taking in Jeddah and Riyadh.

“As a ‘Blue Man,’ we get to wander through the audience during the show and see everyone’s eyes up close. There seems to be joy and intrigue from every pair of eyes I look into.
“I have seen young children with huge smiles on their faces sitting next to their grandmother who has an even bigger smile on her face. No one seems too young or too old to enjoy our show.
“The Saudi people seem to have really embraced the show, and that makes it even more fun and fulfilling for us to perform. The audience here loves to clap in rhythm to the music. This is something that is not as common in other places around the world. We weren’t really ready for it. And well, we just love it!”
The Blue Man Group’s manager, Jonathan Screnci, said he was thrilled to be in Saudi Arabia for his first visit.
“We perform internationally; it will be a very interesting thing if Saudi Arabia becomes a regular fixture.
“People everywhere are the same: The audience likes to be entertained and they like to interact with the performers. And since it is relatively new, we are honored to be bringing such performances to the Kingdom.”
The Blue Man Group will continue to perform at Jeddah Season until July 18. 


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.