Rockettes Dance To New Projections

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The Rockettes are more technology savvy than ever before in the latest version of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which opened on November 16, 2011 and runs through January 2, 2012.

As noted in Variety: "Last revised in 2007, the show now literally wraps the walls and ceiling of the glamorous hall in digital projections, with a 3D videogame adventure as the piece de resistance."

Design credits include: sets, Patrick Fahey; costumes, Frank Krenz & Martin Pakledinaz; lighting, David Agress; and sound, Dan Gerhard. The LED and video design is by Batwin + Robin Productions, working with Visual Acuity, an independent media and design consultancy. Their work includes architectural-scale projection mapped onto Radio City Music Hall’s proscenium arch and art deco interior giving the audience the feeling that they are being immersed in an array of sound, lighting, theatrical, and pyrotechnic effects as each scene transforms to the next.

In explaining the significance of the project from a technology point of view, Blair Parkin, managing director at Visual Acuity, adds: “This project takes architectural scale projection, the newest application of high power projection and warp and blend media servers, and applies it to the live stage and theater environment, directly adding to the excitement of this 79 year holiday production.”

There's also new 3D-technology for the Rockettes, take a peek:

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