Avolites celebrates 10 years of Arcadia
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
arcadiaLighting, video and pyro for all stages were operated using Avolites' Titan and Ai control systems
UK - This month the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London was transformed into an immersive spider's den of video-mapping, robotics, pyrotechnics, acrobatics and high energy music as the Arcadia Spectacular landed to celebrate its 10th anniversary with its only two UK dates of 2018.
The production's award-winning visual feast of a show, Metamorphosis, took centre stage alongside a performance by an Australian Aboriginal tribe, the Whadjuk Noongar and sets from DJs including Leftfield and Rudimental.
Alongside the Arcadia team was the show's long-term lighting and visuals control partner, Avolites, celebrating five years of partnership with the Arcadia team as continuous providers of the latest lighting and media server control technology and support. This, combined with the creative minds of founders metalwork artist, Pip Rush and concert structure specialist, Bertie Cole, has seen this event become the visceral three-dimensional experience it is today.
"As Arcadia has grown we have realised that we are not building a stage but creating sculptures which are a magnet to people who specialise in all different types of disciplines," says Rush.
"The Avolites team knew we were passionate about what we were doing. They also realised that there were easier ways of doing things - ultimately they became a technical mentor to us."
"Avolites is comprised of many different people," says Koy Neminathan, sales director at Avolites. "Software developers, salespeople, engineers and more. Our common passion is projects like Arcadia. Helping to create exciting experiences for audiences is why we do what we do."
Since 2013, Arcadia has visited a plethora of sites from the Miami Ultra festival to the aboriginal tribes of Australia, performing its hybrid mix of music and aerial acrobatics. Throughout its journey, Avolites has remained a well-respected and trusted technical partner, advisor and advocate.
Arcadia's 10-year anniversary show took place on 5-6 May 2018 in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
The two-day festival featured the Arcadia Spider as well as The Bug - a self-contained mobile, amphibious dance stage that hosted acts including London Sound, Stanton Warriors and others.
Lighting, video and pyro for all stages were operated using Avolites' Titan and Ai control systems.
(Jim Evans)

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