It’s testament to the broad appeal of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing that the show’s spin-off live tour still attracts arena-sized audiences after 11 years. I must admit, having resisted the programme’s charms for many years, this winter even I found myself tuning in to see just how far behind her head our cover star ‘the lovely Debbie McGee’ would get her leg that week. To get the scoop on successfully scaling up a TV hit to arena proportions, Kate Lyon caught up with the production team as the show waltzed in to Birmingham Arena this January.
From Birmingham, we travel to the Far East as Mike Clark reports on Xi’an’s new Shaanxi Performing Arts Center - the biggest of its kind in northwest China. Opera: Passion, Power and Politics - the V&A Museum’s latest sell-out immersive exhibition - also features this month, as does a projection mapping project that saw one of Rimini’s ancient Roman monuments brought to life.
We have a trio of company profiles: Steve Moles visits Nexo’s Paris HQ to learn more about the company’s latest developments; Kate Lyon meets the team behind UK lighting distributor Ambersphere Solutions; and Phil Ward embarks on a Polar expedition - to West Sussex - to report on pro audio solutions provider Polar’s recent rebrand and relocation.
On the tech front, Simon Allen takes a look at the latest trends and developments in audio networking; Richard Cadena gets to grips with MadMapper pixel mapping software; and Wayne Howell’s Help Desk addresses concerns about lost gateways.
Also inside, Teodora Lyubomirova rounds up the news from PLASA Focus Glasgow.
Kate Lyon reports from Birmingham Arena as Strictly Come Dancing’s live tour sashays through the winter gloom . . .
Mike Clark reports on the operatic inauguration of Xi’an’s new Shaanxi Performing Arts Center . . .
Simon Allen dissects audio networking protocols and their crucial role in live entertainment . . .
Phil Ward steps outside to explore an industry axis, and he may be some time . . .
LSi immerses itself in the multi-dimensional, sell-out V&A exhibition . . .
Teodora Lyubomirova reports from the SEC on the fourth instalment of PLASA Focus Glasgow . . .
LSi meets Avolites’ new MD Paul Wong to discuss his aspirations for the job and his vision for the company . . .
Nexo has learned from experience the benefits of embracing change, as Steve Moles discovers . . .
Mike Clark discovers how AV technology helped to bring one of Italy’s ancient Roman monuments to life . . .
Kate Lyon charts the rise of UK distributor Ambersphere Solutions . . .
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