UAE: eclipse Staging Services was called in to deliver the video, lighting and rigging components to the opening of the big Eid Al Fitr holiday celebrations, which saw the return of Kuwaiti artist, Nawal Al Kuwaitia to the Dubai World Trade Centre.
“We had to rework the designers vision to work within Rashid Hall at DWTC, as the rig was very ambitious and far too heavy to hang out of the roof of the hall.” Explained Project Manager Duncan Shortt. Five substantial scaffold structures were built to install approximately 400m of truss and 70 chain hoists, which were required to support the majority of the lighting and video equipment.
The lighting rig consisted of an impressive array of over 350 lighting elements, including Clay Paky Sharpys, Super Sharpys, Mythos’, Mac vipers and auras, Lycian Follow Spots and two GrandMA 2 Full size for control, outputting 24 universes of DMX.
On the video side, the crew utilized 180 panels of 20mm LED for the stage backdrop, and over 90m² of 3mm LED for the main content outputs, all of which was driven by two Green Hippo TAIGA Media servers and controlled by a GrandMA Lite console. Head of the eclipse video department, Lee Worthington comments, “The Hippo came into its own in this situation as it made mapping each LED tile extremely quick and easy. Having such powerful hardware utilizing six dual link outputs and the flexibility of the Hippo’s output manager we were able to run all of the LED processors from one server.” He continues, “It was great to work on a production like this, and being able to use the Hippo in its natural habitat. We were able to pre-program almost all of the video mapping before arriving on site, which made for a smooth transition from set up to live show.”
“This was one of the biggest productions we have delivered in terms of fixture numbers and data networking, and the result was incredibly satisfying, concluded Mr. Shortt.
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