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Christie projection solutions make ‘digital curtain’ come alive

Kawasaki-based Senzoku Gakuen College of Music has adopted Boxer projectors equipped with Mystique

Christie has announced that Kawasaki-based Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (SGCM) has adopted its 4K projection and auto calibration solutions for the ‘digital curtain’ of its new theatre, MUSIC POOL CINO. The 19 metres wide and 4.84 metres high curtain is enabled by two Christie Boxer 4K30 3DLP projectors installed at the rear of the theatre, both equipped with Mystique, Christie’s automated camera-based alignment and recalibration solution.

SGCM chose to use a ‘digital curtain’ instead of installing a traditional Japanese tab curtain (made from fabric with elaborate embroidery) with projector delivery and control delivered by Ushio Lighting Inc and content – based on ‘Nanban Byobu’ by renowned 15th century Japanese artist Naizen Kano – produced by Naked Inc.

“When audiences enter MUSIC POOL CINO for a performance, a still image is displayed so it looks like a normal stage curtain,” explained Professor Makoto Shinohara, Head of Musical Theatre Course at SGCM. “The surprise comes when visuals on the curtain begin to move a few minutes before the show starts.”

Michael Bosworth, executive vice president, Enterprise, Christie, added: “We are delighted that SGCM has chosen our Boxer 4K30 projectors and Mystique to deliver extraordinary digital projections on the stage curtain of MUSIC POOL CINO. This is a brilliant demonstration of how Christie’s various technologies can breathe new life to a traditional art form, and enable our partners and customers to transform their creativity into reality.”