The spectacular entitled “From Flames… To Light" performed in the Haudainville quarry in Verdun is the largest event of its type in Europe on the subject of the Great War. It is a brilliant, very moving depiction of the Battle of Verdun in 1916.
The show pays a poignant tribute to the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who fought here, more than 300,000 of whom died in the tragic standoff in Meuse.
A major event in our History is played out before your eyes, in a grandiose sound and light show performed by more than 550 volunteers including 250 French actors on the stage and ending on a note of hope for reconciliation and peace.
Lasting 1hr 20 minutes, it gives an insight into the events in the early 20th century leading up to the Great War. Then you’ll be taken into the centre of the fighting, the ”Hell of Verdun” with its everyday share of suffering and anguish. The soldiers suffered the same fate in both the French and German trenches – icy temperatures, mud, fleas and rats, sometimes with R&R at the rear, although their nights were haunted by memories of bloody, and often pointless, fighting.
You’ll see the dramatic evacuation of civilians who would never be able to return to their villages. Then, finally, comes the immense joy of the Armistice and the happiness of a return to peace that cost the lives of millions of men and created millions more who were disabled or homeless.
The show ends with a handshake between two soldiers, one French, the other German. Yesterday’s enemies have become today’s friends.