Rigging and Staging News

litegear-btsLiteGear supports Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, 11 December 2019

USA - Every time someone buys one of LiteGear’s popular LiteMat fixtures they are helping an industry colleague who is seriously ill or injured. That’s because LiteGear has pledged a portion of the profits of the sales of all LiteMat fixtures to Behind the Scenes and at the recent LDI show they presented a cheque to the charity for $10,000.
LiteGear are designers and builders of LED lighting products for professionals in the ccinema, TV, and HD video industries and are pioneers behind the popularisation of flexible LED lighting for use in cinema and TV lighting applications. The LiteMat fixtures are designed to offer soft yet controllable light for location or studio work. Available in six sizes, these bi-color LED fixtures are made of a composite of polypropylene and sheet aluminum making Series 2 LiteMat and LiteMat+ one of the thinnest and lightest luminaires in its category.
On presenting the cheque, LiteGear CEO, Mike Wagner, stated, “Many of our customers are like family to LiteGear. As the company was started by a group of filmmakers, we take great pride in supporting charities like Behind the Scenes, which directly supports those in the field.”
Lori Rubinstein, executive director of Behind the Scenes, commented, “Once again LiteGear has demonstrated their heartfelt commitment to ensuring those in need won’t be evicted from their homes or have their heat and water turned off, that they’ll be able to afford medications and doctor visits. Their inclusion of information about Behind the Scenes in every shipment of LiteMat fixtures

ralph-stockleyRalph Stockley named Eurotruss Group CCO
Tuesday, 10 December 2019

The Netherlands - Eurotruss Group has appointed Ralph Stockley as chief commercial officer (CCO) and board member for the Eurotruss Group.
He will be responsible for group sales while offering support to all individual brands and will work alongside Martin Kuyper (CEO) and Frank Schrage (COO) to develop and implement the group's strategic international growth plan. "Ralph's role will be instrumental in the future global expansion planned in early 2020," explains Kuyper.
Stockley joins Eurotruss after over 20-plus years' experience in the entertainment industry. He comments: "I am excited to work with such an established brand serving international markets in the entertainment industry and feel privileged to join the team as we embark on the Eurotruss journey together."
Eurotruss is an entertainment solutions manufacturer based in the Netherlands with offices located around the globe.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ldi-winnerslowBroadweigh Bluetooth scoops LDI Award
Tuesday, 10 December 2019

USA - Broadweigh Bluetooth won Best Debuting Product award in the Rigging and Staging category at this year's LDI Awards. This latest win rounds of a successful year for the brand which launched its Bluetooth system at ABTT 2019, where it won Widget of the Year.
Speaking of the product's success, Robert Wilmington-Badcock, MD of Mantracourt commented: "We are extremely pleased to receive such a coveted award for Broadweigh Bluetooth. It's something that we've worked extremely hard on to get it just right. It's such an exciting time for us as a company - as we end the year and move towards 2020, you can expect to see a series of bold developments from Broadweigh as we strive to provide better solutions dedicated to the entertainment industry."
LDI 2019 recorded the highest number of registered attendees in the show's history. "We certainly felt it was the perfect platform for launching Broadweigh Bluetooth in the USA," says Wilmington-Badcock. "It was a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase our range of kit that we believe so strongly in, to such a knowledgeable audience. The scope to gain first hand feedback from existing and potential new customers is second to none. When we create our products, our aim is always to take a potential user's wish-list and see if we can turn requests into real products. Judging by the reception we got during our few days in Vegas, it seems we've succeeded."
Broadweigh's stand at the show was also a hit, welcoming visitors with live demonstrations of its products. The stand itself was designed by one of Broadwe

 
triple-e-lathe-delivery-2Fast track autumn for Triple E
Tuesday, 10 December 2019

UK - There are no signs of slowing down for Triple E as a busy year draws to a close. The Kent-based stage-engineering manufacturer reports a busier team and factory than ever in the run up to the festive season.
“The momentum we have seen in all areas of the business this year is continuing,” reflects deputy director, Lucy Edelstein. “The autumn has been incredibly busy and it’s been non-stop since the PLASA Show in September.”
At PLASA Show 2019, Triple E took the opportunity to present two product prototypes to the industry - the Points System and the Bocking Block.
“The Points System is a simple and elegant addition to our 2Way track system, allowing multiple drapes to be used on one track or to create different spaces in one room,” says Edelstein. “With both wired and wireless control all venues will be able to change the feel of their space quickly and easily.”
The Bocking Block has been engineered specifically for the film and TV industries and is the first product in Triple E’s new Grip Equipment range, providing the wider entertainment industry with a selection of useful widgets, tools and equipment. This product will be launched to the market early next year.
In October, Triple E was a major sponsor of the Theatres Trust annual conference. Conference 19: Centre Stage took place at Battersea Arts Centre - a venue which has seen a large installation of Triple E’s VariRoller acoustic banners as part of the refurbishment of the Grand Hall following the devastating fire in 2015.
“Supporting th

 
 
gormley-1Unusual Rigging's first foray into Royal Academy
Tuesday, 10 December 2019

UK - Antony Gormley Studio enlisted the expertise of Unusual Rigging for the sculptor's recent exhibition at the Royal Academy. Gormley's retrospective, which ran until 3 December, has wowed art lovers and novices alike, having been designed to put 'the visitor centre-stage'. It was spread across 13 rooms, all calling for physical and imaginative participation from those who visited the Academy to see his work.
Robin Elias, technical director, Unusual Rigging, comments: "This was Unusual's first foray into the Royal Academy. Antony Gormley Studio contacted us based on previous successful collaboration sand, of course, we were delighted to be able to bring our know-how - both to the artworks themselves and the beautiful Royal Academy building."
The centrepiece of the exhibition was Body and Fruit in the Central Hall. "The piece centres around two huge rusty steel apples - one weighing five tonnes and the other two tonnes," explains Elias. "Our task was to suspend the fruit to hover just above the floor. We started with a visit to see the pieces in a warehouse in the North of England. To hang the items, we specified 32 diameter and 22 diameter steel wire ropes - they had to terminate inside the artworks which were then sealed. The challenge was to ensure the rope was exactly the right length as once they were added and the pieces sealed, there would be no going back."
Unusual worked with a specialist company to fabricate the rope with a threaded end to ensure it could be inserted into the artwork with ease. The greatest difficulty, however, c

 
sts-stocks-sixty82STS to distribute Sixty82 in Lithuania
Monday, 2 December 2019

Lithuania - Sixty82 has entered into an exclusive partnership with Scenos Techninis Servisas (STS) as its distributor for the Lithuanian market.
Vilnius-based STS offers a variety of staging, trussing and rigging equipment as well as lighting, sound and video products. The company’s services include installations of stage, lighting and sound systems.
Sixty82’s CEO, Fokko Smeding, comments: “The best partnerships aren’t dependent on a mere common goal, but on a shared path of equality, desire, and a great amount of passion. Therefore we believe that STS is the perfect partner to service our customers. This agreement further iterates both the company’s enthusiasm to drive growth and extend relationships with its customers.”
Date Jonkman, executive account manager of Sixty82, adds: “With STS’s history of representing leading manufacturers of trussing and staging equipment, they have built an excellent reputation in the industry and form an opportune extension to our already existing distribution network.”
Laurynas Paskervicius, CEO of STS, says: “We are extremely excited to start this partnership with Sixty82. They have developed such a strong brand within just a few years of existence, which is magnificent, to say the least. Because they share the same values and goals as we do, we believe that together, we can have a real impact on the industry.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
shackles-play-buttonEric Porter tackles shackles on A4i.tv
Thursday, 28 November 2019

Europe - In the latest back-to-basics video release on Area Four Industries’ internet channel A4i.tv, Eric Porter tackles the main information you need to know about shackles in less than two minutes. He covers the two main types of shackles used for rigging, their proper use, the important markings found on them and where they should be used.
The video is available on www.a4i.tv/2019/11/26/shackles-eric-porter

 
lumiereUnusual solutions for 10th Lumiere festival
Wednesday, 27 November 2019

UK - This month saw the 10th anniversary of Lumiere - the UK’s largest light festival - take place in Durham. The event, run by Artichoke, has been transforming cities across the UK since 2009, with each Lumiere festival inviting local and international artists to create works that reimagine familiar buildings and public spaces, changing the way we experience our urban surroundings.
Over the 10 years since the first Lumiere, Unusual Rigging has been a key supplier in the delivery of specialist rigging and engineering for the festival in Durham. Engineers, riggers and technicians work with Artichoke’s production teams to design solutions to the most challenging projects, from working in delicate heritage environments such as Durham Cathedral to rigging artworks over the river Wear or across the historic medieval streets.
Kate Harvey, senior producer for Artichoke comments: “This year, Unusual has been working with us on a special edition of the festival to celebrate our tenth anniversary. The programme included a number of returning artworks from across previous editions of the festival, together with new commissions from artists specialising in the field of light related work.
“Led by Jim Dugan, the team designed and installed rigging systems for the French fire artists Carabosse in the interior of Durham Cathedral. They provided a rigging system to span the Cathedral nave on three levels and oversaw all work in the upper levels of the medieval building. Compagnie, Carabosse’s captivating fire gardens and flame filled installations have be

 
 
jte-multicubes-and-bookcornersJTE Multicubes increase corner strength
Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Europe - James Thomas Engineering’s conical truss Multicubes has been designed to increase the strength of truss structure corners, while offering six different truss connection points with integrated location holes for expanding your structure’s versatility.
All multicubes are available in regular and heavy-duty versions, and are compatible with JT22 Quatro, JT30 Quatro, JT30H Quatro and JT40H Quatro truss. “The heavy-duty multicube provides enough strength to reach the maximum loading capacity of your truss,” says the company. “Male and female receiver accessories are available for convenient, trouble-free connections.”
Bookcorners’ aluminium profile is constructed with bolted male or female receivers, compatible with the quatro and trio formats in the JT30 and JT40 truss series.
(Jim Evans)

 
bbldixit-creditgregorybatardond1a1062-low-1Béjart Ballet relies on Modulo Kinetic for Dixit
Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Switzerland - In the summer of 2019, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne gave new performances of Dixit, the ‘cinema-ballet-theatre’ show written and directed by Marc Hollogne, in tribute to its founder, Maurice Béjart. To embark the audience on the choreographer's story and work, the company relied on Modulo Kinetic and its real-time tracking module, KineMotion.
To pay tribute to its creator, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne worked with Marc Hollogne to write and direct Dixit, a show that combines dance, acting and video projection to tell the story of Maurice Béjart's life and work.
To bring this show to life, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne used Modulo Kinetic, Modulo Pi's media server solution, as well as KineMotion, its real-time tracking plug-in.
Lucas Borgeaud, technical director of Béjart Ballet Lausanne, explains: “We had already used video in some of our ballets, but never on this scale. For this show, the video is almost at the same level as the dance. That's a first.”
For one hour and 40 minutes, Dixit allows the past and the present of the company to interact with each other through a conversation between real and virtual life, choreographies of Maurice Béjart and Gil Roman (the BBL's artistic director), new original creations and archive
The show is performed on a 13m stage on which two screens are freely moved by the dancers and actors and tracked in real time. In addition, there are three screens suspended on DMX hoist in the theatre fly loft.
A 30,000-lumen PT-RQ32 video-projector from Panason

 
 
broadweighLDI: BroadWeigh offers ‘vision for the future’
Thursday, 21 November 2019

USA - At LDI this year, BroadWeigh will offer ‘a bold new look and new vision for the future’. This comes as the company prepares to give its award-winning Bluetooth system its US trade show debut.
BroadWeigh is collaborating with CassidyRig, one of its US product partners, with Dan Cassidy, founder and CEO responsible for the design and build of the stand - which of course will be monitored with BroadWeigh loadcells.
Speaking ahead of the show, Robert Wilmington-Badcock, MD of Mantracourt says: "BroadWeigh really came about as a result of some clever thinking by one of our employees, who happened to be a part time rigger. He saw the potential for Mantracourt to break into the entertainment technology market with our core wireless technology which, at the time, had just been released and was being rapidly adopted in the under hook industrial market. Little did we realise that our wireless load cell offering would become the success that it is today. You could say that BroadWeigh was never part of the original Mantracourt blueprint."
He continued: "However looking around in the market, it has become very clear to us that no one else is designing monitoring tools specifically for the entertainment market, or as successfully. As a company, we hold the engineering and manufacturing capabilities to bring really useful products to riggers and 2020 will mark the year that a series of bold developments will be released and continue to be developed upon.”
The timing of the rebrand co-incides with new feature releases on existing products as well

 
ldi-1LDI: Area Four Industries promotes portfolio
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

USA - This year’s LDI show in Las Vegas will be ‘really special’ for Area Four Industries’ portfolio of brands.
Milos is coming to the show with selected models from their extensive aluminium truss series’, as well as having almost all cell clamps they offer on display. A number of truss and truss accessory surprises recently introduced on the market will also be on show.
Litec will be on hand to provide information about their industry standard aluminium truss systems & self-standing structures. You can also learn more about their new, PR60 Revolution Pre-Rig Truss. Designed without bracing on the underside, the PR60 allows for moving or fixed lighting fixtures to be pre-rigged inside the truss before arriving at the venue. And due to innovative skate carriages that slide along “C” profiles that act as rails, one person can easily mount moving light fixtures by themselves.
Tomcat will be unveiling a totally new and innovative truss connection accessory that will allow you to be more creative with truss spans. The curtain will also be raised on two new, unconventional truss sizes you’re not expecting and two new accessories that help with the storage, rigging and movement of your truss stock. As always, selected models from their Light duty and Medium duty truss series’ will be on display.
JTE will feature selected truss from their GP and SuperTruss series.
The newest brand in the Area Four Industries portfolio, Prolyte, will be coming with their new team that is ready to meet with you. The spotlight will be on t

 
 
all-access-rebrandAll Access launches new branding
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

World - Live event staging company All Access has refreshed its visual identity - complete with a new logo and website - to better reflect the products and services it delivers.
The rebrand includes a new logo with 'All Access' in red and black and the company's classic strapline 'All the time' placed underneath.
"Many consider the original logo to be an icon in the industry and symbolic of quality," says the company in a statement. "However, just as the entertainment industry as a whole has evolved, All Access has evolved. The cleaner, more modern lines of their new logo are a better reflection of the brand today while paying homage to their past."
The new website, allaccessinc.com, highlights All Access' five main markets - concert touring, festival staging, special events, sports and activations, and broadcast - and features a redesigned database for its equipment as well as user-friendly product pages.
Founded in 1991, All Access provides custom sets and staging to events across the globe from its hubs in Los Angeles, New York, and London. The company has been involved in events such as the Super Bowl halftime show, the Grammys, and tours for Jennifer Lopez, Childish Gambino, and Garth Brooks.

 
doughty-ldiLDI: Doughty shows Scaff Boom Arm, Fifty Clamp
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

USA - Doughty Engineering’s latest pieces of kit - the Scaff Boom Arm and Fifty Clamp - are set to take centre stage on the company’s stand 2424 at this year’s LDI Show. This is the first time the Scaff Boom Arm will be seen in the US and, along with the Fifty Clamp which debuted at LDI 2018, will be the company’s star attractions.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty, comments: "We’re really focussing on these two products this year. The Fifty Clamp was launched last year and has been really well received by customers looking for a clamp that had the ability to support a greater SWL than our best-selling Twenty Clamp. The Fifty Clamp is in stock and ready for shipping and we feel it’s important to keep promoting the usefulness of this piece of kit as there will likely be some people who aren’t aware it exists.”
The Fifty Clamp has TUV approval, a safe working load of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm-51mm. Made from pressure die cast aluminium ensures it prevents damage to thin wall truss. It is captive with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit.
The Scaff Boom Arm has been a real talking point for Doughty customers since its launch this spring. It has been designed in response to customer demand - and is seen as a 'get out of jail item' which will allow a rigger to fashion their own boom arm out of materials they have to hand and simply cut it down to size. It will take 48mm aluminium barrel or scaff tube and is the perfect addition to any toolkit.
While Doughty is unable

 
 
etp-logoSixty82 appoints ETP distributor for Denmark
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Europe - Sixty82 has appointed European Tour Productions (ETP) as its exclusive distributor in Denmark.
ETP's main competencies are project management, rental equipment and engineering for the experience industry. Since 1994, the company has carried out projects for organisations and firms in Denmark and abroad and has an extensive experience with cultural events of all sizes.
"We chose to partner with ETP as they represent the strongest importing distributor in its territory, with a historical strength in the trussing and staging marketplace," says Sixty82 CEO Fokko Smeding. “This agreement further iterates both the company's enthusiasm to drive growth and extend relationships with its customers. With their extensive experience in the industry, we believe that the team at ETP is highly equipped to fulfil our customers' every need.”
Date Jonkman, executive account manager of Sixty82, continues: “We fully understand how incredibly important it is to serve our customers' needs for fast delivery times of high-quality products. And for the technical support from experienced people that comes with that. Only the right team of people can cater for these high standards. We therefore chose ETP carefully to be our new exclusive partner because we believe that they strive to meet the same principles.”
Flemming Pedersen, CEO of ETP, adds: “We were seeking a truss and staging manufacturer that could fulfil not only our day-to day needs, but especially help us with the many special requests we receive from our customers. When we learned about

 
litecad-evolutionLiteCAD Evolution aids structure creation
Monday, 18 November 2019

Europe - LiteCAD Evolution is a dedicated cloud-based truss configuration software with intuitive drag & drop architecture. It is a tool that allows for the quick and easy creation of technical layouts and visualisations of Litec truss structures.
Users can select from a wide database of products enhanced with a continuous expansion programme that provides access to the greatest range of truss solutions, so all of your creative and technical needs are met.
Automatic updates to the system library on each login gives access to the widest and latest range of products and accessories. The system also features a custom parts configurator for special set-ups. To ensure complete and valid information, the software features real-time processing of all Litec parts required for constructing your creative truss structures, such as truss, corners, connections and accessories.
LITEC’s configurator currently supports the following “American” LITEC products: QX25SA, QX30SA, QX40SA, QH30SA, QH40SA, RH40SA, L-Wall and Towerlift 3.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
fantekssiffFantek plays key role in film festival
Monday, 18 November 2019

Spain - Fantek International, a company that specialises in manufacturing tower lifts, trusses and stage platforms, played a key role in the success of this year's San Sebastian International Film Festival (SSIFF) by providing a custom-made truss frame for the festival's main projection screen.
Inaugurated in 1953 and held annually at the Kursaal Palace in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, SSIFF attracts numerous A list actors and directors whose presence brings star appeal and glamour to this week-long homage to celluloid. This year's top names included Penélope Cruz, Donald Sutherland and the director Costa-Gavras.
Over the course of the festival, approximately 200 films are scrutinised by judging panels who award different prizes in various sections. On the final night the winning actors and directors attend a closing gala at the Kursaal Palace, immediately followed by personal appearances at the Antonio Elorza velodrome where members of the public can watch the award-winning films on a massive screen.
In previous years, this screen was mounted on an old iron frame, but in 2019 the organisers asked Spanish installation company Loyola 21 to replace it with something lighter, more versatile and more functional. They, in turn, approached Fantek with an order for a 26 x 12m truss frame that could safely support the large screen and ensure that it stayed perfectly flat and smooth.
Carlos Verdú, from Fantek's technical department, says, "For this project we used a Fantek accessory that added a form of tubing that made it possible to lift a tarp wi

 
bbldixit-creditgregorybatardond1a1062-lowBéjart Ballet Lausanne relies on KineMotion
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Switzerland - In the summer of 2019, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne gave new performances of Dixit, the ‘cinema-ballet-theatre’ show written and directed by Marc Hollogne, in tribute to its founder, Maurice Béjart. To take the audience on the choreographer's story and work, the company relied on Modulo Kinetic and its real-time tracking module, KineMotion.
To pay tribute to its creator, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne worked with Marc Hollogne to write and direct Dixit, a show that combines dance, acting and video projection to tell the story of Maurice Béjart's life and work.
To bring this show to life, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne used Modulo Kinetic, Modulo Pi's media server solution, as well as KineMotion, its real-time tracking plug-in.
Lucas Borgeaud, technical director of Béjart Ballet Lausanne, reports: “We had already used video in some of our ballets, but never on this scale. For this show, the video is almost at the same level as the dance. That's a first.”
The show is performed on a 13m stage on which two screens are freely moved by the dancers and actors and tracked in real time. In addition, there are three screens suspended on DMX hoist in the theatre fly loft.
A 30,000-lumen PT-RQ32 video-projector from Panasonic deals with the projection. Media is projected onto a 13m wide by 7m high frame, the projection alternating between the entire frame, the three suspended screens, and the two tracked screens on stage in real time.
Borgeaud explains: "The screens serve as bubbles that help to understand

 
 
sixty82Sixty82 focus on Germany
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Europe - Sixty82 has opened a new office in Drachten, The Netherlands, to exclusively service the German market.
“The start of Sixty82 German Division is a reaction to the expanding needs of the live events industry for rapid delivery times of first-rate products and a service that is second to none,” comments Fokko Smeding, CEO of Sixty82. “With the German division, we believe that we can ensure our customers are provided with expert technical support from experienced people. Therefore we hired specialists Michael Kempe and Christian Schoof to provide extra service and attention to the German market.”
Sixty82 has also appointed Germany’s Cast as its official competence centre and premium reseller. This partnership will “ensure high availability of Sixty82 products all over the country, while simultaneously providing strong support and after-sales service”.
“The name Sixty82 stands for innovation and vision like no other manufacturer of trussing,“ says CEO of Cast, Heinz Siller. “For decades, we have known the founders of this company. From the beginning, we have been in an amicable business, and together we have walked a great distance. Our collaboration led to the development of new products, unified in the passion for trussing and constructions. I truly believe that Sixty82 is a perfect fit for us.”
“This is the perfect time for Sixty82, and we are happy and excited to launch our activities in Germany together with Cast,” comments Michael Kempe, sales engineer of Sixty82 German division. “I am looking forward t

 
plasa-industry-research-2019Industry marks steady growth - PLASA research
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UK - The market value of the UK entertainment technology industry has grown by an estimated 5% in the past 12 months, according to PLASA research.
This puts the industry’s value at £1.36bn in 2018/19, up from £1.30bn in 2017/18. The sectors with the largest growth include architecture, broadcast and corporate events, which are valued at £250m, £220m and £160m respectively.
Only a third of the businesses surveyed expect the industry to grow in 2019/20 however, the main concern being how and when the UK will exit the European Union.
The full report, which follows on from PLASA’s comprehensive industry research released in 2018, details sector by sector performance, investment in marketing and R&D, and the future outlook for the industry.
“We are delighted to offer this important resource,” comments PLASA managing director, Peter Heath. “It provides vital insight for business planning, budgeting and benchmarking performance - I encourage all businesses to download the full report.”
He adds: “Whilst it’s great to see that the industry has performed so well over the last year, we are clearly looking towards a period of uncertainty as Brexit looms over the sector. PLASA will continue to support our members to the fullest extent that we can.”
The 2019 PLASA industry research report is available to download free of charge to PLASA members or £500+VAT for non-members. For more information, visit <

 
 
brillant-tait-1-1024x537TAIT acquires Brilliant Stages
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

UK - TAIT has acquired Wakefield-based Brilliant Stages to create “an even more competitive platform capable of deploying a truly global suite of live event technology and solutions”.
The leadership and staff at both companies is expected to remain the same. It is unclear if Brilliant will continue to exist as a separate brand, but TAIT has stated that “the combined management teams see the value of building a global brand.” All existing projects will continue as scheduled and all points of contact will remain the same.
Ben Brooks, managing director of Brilliant, comments: “We have built the brand brick-by-brick with an equal focus on spectacle, design, employees, and customers. That is what makes being part of TAIT a perfect match, culturally we are 100% aligned.”
Adam Davis, chief creative officer at TAIT, adds: “This really is a perfect cultural match. We are excited to share with Brilliant our technology, assets, and lessons learned over our 40 years in the live event business. We found a true partner in Brilliant and share a deep belief in delivering excellence to our customers and their fans.”
Since 1978, TAIT has been a premier global provider of advanced creative, engineering, and automation services to the live entertainment industry. TAIT’s diverse group of clients and markets include Princess Cruises, Fortnite World Cup, Disney, Dubai Expo 2020 and the Olympics. At the core of its services is TAIT Navigator, a proprietary automation and show control platform that maximizes the client’s creative vision.
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jay-mcguiness-as-josh-baskin--kimberley-walsh-as-susan-lawrence-in-big-the-musicalUnusual Rigging backs Big the Musical
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UK - Big the Musical closed at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End this weekend following a successful nine-week run. The Theatre Royal Plymouth production opened in 2016 and played at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin into 2017. Finally after more than two years, it made its West End debut in September with production manager Hugh Borthwick bringing Unusual Rigging on board to handle the rigging elements of this ambitious production.
Hugh explains: "I brought Unusual Rigging on to this project right at the very start as I wanted them to be part of the design process for the production and not just to supply a rigging system. I've worked with Unusual for many years and know that their skill and ability to make the seemingly impossible happen is second to none. I've worked with Alan Jacobi and Simon Stone many times, and on Big the Musical, Mark Davies, Phil Tickle, Martin Mattingley and Emily Egleton formed the main team - all of whom were just outstanding."
Unusual are no strangers to working at the Dominion Theatre, having put in a new flying system and grid back in 2015 and having recently completed a new stage floor just before Big went in. "All of this knowledge certainly worked in our favour," says Hugh. "Knowing the venue system inside out, the Unusual team were fully aware of the rigging requirements for the whole production as well as specific elements such as the downstage Skyline header piece.”
As well as the truss for the scenic elements, Unusual created storage pallets in the wings to take the scenery

 
 
unusual-rigging-sixty82Sixty82 continues global expansion
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UAE - Sixty82 has appointed Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC as its exclusive representative in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, for its full trussing and staging product range. Unusual Rigging will exercise supervision on a broad scope of possibilities, advising customers on the best Sixty82 solution for their specific needs.
Unusual Rigging is a highly experienced provider of rigging and stage engineering solutions, working around the globe, principally in the entertainment, special event, exhibition and presentation industries. In 2009 Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC opened for business. Unusual Rigging’s specialist teams boast a wide range of disciplines, and all are passionate about what they do. “At Sixty82, we share this passion for the industry,” comments Fokko Smeding, CEO of Sixty82. “We therefore believe that Unusual Rigging & Engineering is a perfect fit to meet the needs of our ever-expanding customer base.”
Sixty82’s sales and marketing manager, Rainier Smeding, continues: “We are extremely excited to be working with a team that has this kind of knowledge and expertise, supported by an unrivalled track record. With these dynamic and experienced people, we can focus on next-generation structures, based on the highest knowledge and working skills, as well as safety regulations.”
Denis Bramhall, managing partner at Unusual Rigging LLC, comments: “We are delighted to take on the role of distributor for Sixty82 in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. By adding their products

 
restaurantChain creates Dutch dining experience
Monday, 4 November 2019

The Netherlands - One of best-known event venues in The Netherlands has been recently transformed into an intimate restaurant with high-tech decor. Madame Jeanette is the successor of dinner show Pandora, which ended early this year.
It is an intense evening full of visual spectacle, where visitors dine in the middle of a vibrant story that is told in a visual, musical and culinary way. In recent months, Studio 21 has been completely rebuilt especially for this show, with the kitchen in the centre of the room and a high-tech decor in which the stage, the video and audio are in a 360° setting around the guests.
Dutch lighting, audio, and rigging company Chain was responsible for the technical production. Because of the complete round set up, the decision was made to use six circles in the decor. In the middle of the room a 6mtr FD34 circle was used for the centre video. On the outside, a 270° LED screen was hung on a HD44 circle of 40m. Visuals are presented during the show that sets the scene. In between the smallest and biggest circle four additional HD44 circles of 8, 20, 30 and 36m were added for rigging the lighting fixtures.
Paul Chamalaun of Chain comments: “The entire creative concept is based on an ‘in-the-round’ scenario. This is also the reason that for the spacing and shape of the lighting plan circles were used.
“In practice, you will find a lot in a ceiling like Studio 21's, from air conditioners to suspension points and other steel construction parts. Lennart Lindhout, our rigger, has fully mapped the s

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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