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Christie projectors support struggle to control world

Ian McMurray 27 October 2011
Christie projectors support struggle to control world

A to V (UK) have dipped into their inventory of Christie Roadster HD10K-M series projectors to help deliver one of the most unusual productions in the company’s history.

‘As The World Tipped’ is a new outdoor show, using five aerialists and climbers, which has been touring UK towns and cities throughout the summer as part of their festival celebrations. It made its world premiere at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May.

Supported by an Arts Council grant, the 45 minute-long outdoor spectacle, written and directed by Nigel Jamieson and featuring the performers of the UK’s Wired Aerial Theatre, combines dramatic film visuals with aerial performance over a huge stage which literally tips up from horizontal to vertical as, suspended above the audience in the night sky, the performers enact a struggle to control an increasingly precarious world. They stand, then slide, then eventually hang in front of a giant crane-manipulated moving stage onto which dramatic projections complement the aerial dance performance.

Two stacked pairs of the HD10K-M were rigged on a front-of-house scaffolding structure, 40 metres from the stage, and fitted with 2.6:4.1 semi long throw HD zoom lens. The frame, constructed from standard box truss with steel plating screwed to it, starts horizontally on the ground and slowly gets lifted and tilts until it is in the vertical plane.

All the blending and keystoning takes place within the projectors themselves. On As The World Tipped, A to V have kept the signal path basic, firing the content, made by Inflammable Films from a MacBook Pro running PlayBack Pro, with just the aid of switchers and scalers.

As The World Tipped is co-produced by Without Walls and is a TippingPoint/Without Walls co-commission. The production has been so successful that producers, XTRAX are now looking to take it to Australia in 2012.

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