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Running rings around Mafia

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Production News
January 28, 2020

For Swedish House Mafia’s closing performance at Riyadh’s 30,000-capacity Diriyah Festival, the production team built a stage set dominated by three five-metre diameter trussing rings, each representing a member of the group.

Fabricated from 40cm by 40cm heavy duty aluminum, the rings were suspended above a DJ booth cantilevered outwards five metres from the edge of the stage, while a 56m wide by 15m high screen framed the upstage area.

United Arab Emirates-based mediaPro International in Dubai, which provided full technical production, including audio, video, lighting, rigging and trussing, chose Kinesys automation system to move the truss rings.

“Kinesys was on the original specification for the rings, and MediaPro has a growing inventory of that product,” says mediaPro’s Hugh Turner.

The rings were flown from a special 10.5 ton mothergrid, suspended from three large 120 and 130-ton cranes, 24m above the cantilevered stage.

“At 60m, the reach of the cranes needed to extend from behind the screen and suspend the mother-grid at 24m in its show position,” says Turner. “Added to this, we built the entire mother-grid with Kinesys sub hangs on the ground in front of the cantilever stage, before it was lifted to its operational height, involving a further extension in the distance away from the crane.

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