One De Musical 2021
Theatre & Musical
A successful première in the Aalsmeer Studios near Amsterdam for ONE THE MUSICAL, latest arrival of an increasingly popular genre in many countries and a tradition in the Netherlands. A far from mainstream production that could count on solid press coverage and a tsunami of enthusiastic comments on socials as a well deserved reward. Unique in its kind, ONE defines itself on the home page as ‘a magical theatre experience’. The plot is situated in ancient Egypt. The perfect setting for an explosive love story but also the perfect setting for far reaching visual imagination.
The production of ONE delivers a 360° interactive spectacle to begin with thanks to an impressive top cast of singers, dancers and acrobats. The audience is completely drawn into the ‘experience’ by the perfect harmony between human interaction, immersive music and spectacular dynamic landscaping thanks to LED technology. Innovative theatres nowadays don’t go for passive performance watching anymore. Spectators are literally submerged into a story that lives and moves around them on the dynamic rhythm of the script.
The immersive experience created by ONE THE MUSICAL is the result of a smart interaction between actors, motion technology and synchronized video content.
WI were asked to provide the stage automation for this truly beautiful and creative set design. A video floor made up by 7 frames (6 x 2m x 5m and 1 x 1,5m x 5m) and 7 matching LED frames hung from the ceiling that can either move individually, in formation or all together under different angles.
To create the moving video floor, a new system has been developed to tilt the floor under a 45° angle. That same tilting movement is endorsed by the LED frames in the roof creating an extension effect in combination with the video content. Imagine the potential when 14 moving screens can be deployed to form decor settings.
Check this one: a scene with a pyramid as video content and 6 of the 7 panels tilted and 1 still in horizontal position, the video roof being also set under a 45° angle. The effect is a nice pyramid with an entrance that can actually be used to step in and out. An nice example of smart interaction between actors, motion technology and synchronized video content.
WICREATIONS also delivered performer winch, automation of the vertical moving videowall and central bridge. The entire motion set is controlled by WIMOTION and can be directed by only 1 operator.
The various positions and formations of the wall, bridge and floor frames are the underlying gear that made this holistic experience possible. ONE THE MUSICAL is therefore a pioneer in the world of theatre and musicals as to immersive audience experiences.
To conclude it is surely relevant to know is that the entire ONE set has been realized with rental equipment out of the WI stock in combination with only a few custom built elements. Mission accomplished to build a production as cost efficiently as possible Also worth mentioning : the circumstances in which both cast and technical crew had to combine a tight rehearsal period with a challenging installation of the motion gear. Kudos for the team play!
A project managed by Raf Peeters