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Safety key as screens fly

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August 28, 2018

ITALY     

Performing at venues including Rome’s Stadio Olimpico (cap. 72,700) and Padua’s Stadio Euganeo (32,400), singer Vasco Rossi aimed for a stark, industrial style set using flying screens-cum-lighting pods as a key effect.

Designed by set designer Claudio Santucci of Gioforma and lighting designer Giovanni Pinna, the screens flew horizontally as well as vertically to change the architecture of the stage, controlled by a Kinesys automation system supplied by PRG Belgium.

UK-based rigger Jimmy Johnson operated sixteen half tonne Kinesys ApexHOISTS, which moved four “satellite” video screens weighing 850kg each at 30 metres per minute. The central screen measured 18 metres wide by 10 metres high, while two side screens were 12 by 12 metres, all moved using a total of 20 Kinesys-converted Liftket 1 tonne motors, fitted with Kinesys LibraCELL load monitoring shackles to ensure accurate and vital safety feedback.

“Apex was selected for the latest Kinesys technology with all the required safety features to fly above the performers,” says Johnson. “Above all they wanted the confidence that you get with a trusted brand, that the system was absolutely safe.”

Johnson used a Kinesys K2 controller because of its “excellent and flexible visualisation” of the satellite screens, while also allowing an accurate preview of all the movement cues during pre-production.

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