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Robe MegaPointes illuminate KVIFF Opening Ceremony
Those who attended the Opening Ceremony (OC) of the 2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) were treated to a vertical dance performance featuring large-format projection and eight aerialists from Jednotka Rychlého Nasazení (Rapid Action Unit) who were directed by brothers Michal Caban and Simon Caban, collectively known as ‘Cabani’.
To light this choreography, they chose 24 x Robe MegaPointes, which were installed, together with custom trusses, motors and a bespoke people flying system into the Great Cinema Hall at the Thermal Hotel in the Czech spa city. The MegaPointes were delivered by Prague-based rental/production company AudioLight Service and operated by LD Ladislav Horak.
The OC involved eight aerialists who were attached to eight specially adapted harnesses, each flown on a Cyberhoist motor. The piece ran to a special soundtrack comprising eight different versions of the song ‘Sweet Dreams’ which Cabani remixed for the show.
Cabani also created and edited the projected video content that provided distinctive backgrounds and textured and shaped light for the performance in conjunction with Studio Najbrt and XLAB, and they consulted closely throughout the process with Ladislav Horak, who is their long-term lighting designer.
In addition to all the lighting, AudioLight Service also delivered sound, rigging and video equipment. The special projection screen flown upstage of the acrobats was supplied by décor company Stary & Stary.
Each performer’s harness was attached to a Cyberhoist, with three MegaPointes assigned to each one. The lights were positioned on special trusses installed and tailored to the Great Hall’s roof void which enabled them to be rigged right at the top of the ceiling, with 14 metres of airspace below.
In charge of designing the trusses and rigging needed to get the motors, acrobat harnesses, and MegaPointes and motors in the right place was Petr Znamenacek from AudioLight. The lights created mood throughout the work and were also synchronised with the projection cues and looks. Ladislav Horak controlled the MegaPointes via a GrandMA2 console.
The initial show programming took place at Audiolight’s studio facility where video operator Patrik Hlousek and motion control programmer Tomas Richter worked together with Cabani and Horak. They put everything in place and rehearsed for four days on-site.
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