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Paul Alexander of AMPS wins the PLASA GoPro

The prize draw has been made. It was a curiously exciting process of selecting a name at random from all the visitors at PLASA last month who took the time to come to our Electro Kabuki stand and witness one of our many, many Flop & Drop demonstrations. These demonstrations proved to be highly popular and engaging and remain the source of many continuing conversations.

Anyway, to the business of the lucky winner of the GoPro Hero 7 White action-cam…

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Our first time back at PLASA was exciting!

Our timely return to PLASA as exhibitors proved to be a rewarding experience. Even on the first day, a Sunday, we flopped & dropped too many times to count. And Monday and Tuesday were even busier.

Our live Electro Kabuki demo was exceptionally well received. In all, we estimate that several hundred people watched the EK system flop & drop flawlessly. It certainly attracted a great deal of interest, as did our prize draw for a GoPro camera. We are delighted with the number of leads we acquired – well into three figures.

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You can win a GoPro Action Cam from us at PLASA.

Next week, we’re attending PLASA for the first time in a few years. And we’re running live demonstrations of our now-famous Electro Kabuki Flop & Drop on the show floor. You can find us on Stand No. N20.

But that’s not all…

As you can tell by this blog headline and the image above, we’re planning to give away a smart GoPro Hero 7 White action-cam. Visitors to our stand who watch our short but impressive Flop & Drop demo will be automatically entered into a prize draw. If you’re attending PLASA, be sure to pop along to our stand to be in with a chance of winning this smart new GoPro.

Like Electro Kabuki, GoPro cameras are the leaders in their field. And again, just like Electro Kabuki, they are beautifully engineered to perform flawlessly. And they’re easy to use. And they’re waterproof. And…

Okay, enough of the parallels between GoPro cameras and Electro Kabuki; suffice to say that we look forward to seeing you at PLASA. The show takes place at London’s Olympia from 15th to 17th September. The Electro Kabuki team ins on Stand N20.

One last thing: free visitor registration for PLASA is now closed – but you can still register for free with our compliments by using this link. Enjoy your visit.

RADA Production uses Electro Kabuki reveal.

Here at Electro Kabuki, we’re enthusiastic when anyone expresses an interest in our kabuki drop system. And we’re keen to encourage the next generation of inspirational and creative people into the staging and theatre industry.

That’s why we immediately agreed to a very polite request from the students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London for the loan of an Electro Kabuki system. RADA was to stage one of its biggest musical shows of the year – Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods.

The entire production was down to the students – actors, stage crew, producer, director, musicians, the whole lot. The staging in the second act called for a kabuki drop of a painted backcloth drape the full width of the stage; an effect made all the more dramatic by strobe lighting and powerful audio to represent a storm, during which the rear of the stage was revealed.

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Great Video from @Rigging_Jump in Chile

We always ask our customers how they are getting on with Electro Kabuki. While we’re happy to say that every response is positive, we sometimes get back even more than we expected.

For example, take the video put together specifically for us by Mauricio Cofre, Head Rigger for Rigging Jump – DG Medios & Gran Arena Monticello in Chile.

Mauricio says, “the truth is, I am very happy with the Electro Kabuki and I hope to make several projects with it. I send you a small video that we made.”

Just like Electro Kabuki, it seems Mauricio is prepared to go the extra mile. We are always grateful to such dependable customers.

You can find Rigging Jump on Facebook and Instagram (@rigging_jump)

 

Electro Kabuki Flops & Drops Streamers for Kylie on Golden Tour.

Among a wealth of innovative laser choreography and dazzling special effects for Kylie’s recent Golden Tour, award-winning ER Productions used a two-stage Electro Kabuki drop to reveal golden mylar streamers, before dropping them to the stage.

As the official supplier of lasers and SFX for Kylie’s 15th concert tour, ER Productions rigged 16 of its Electro Kabuki dropper modules to the grid above the stage to provide a ‘flop & drop’ effect for 15-metre-long gold mylar streamers.

It all happened during the track ‘Spinning Around’. The Electro Kabuki system dropped one end of each streamer perfectly on cue for the dancers to interact with. Then, at the end of the routine, phase two of the kabuki drop released the streamers from the grid. They fluttered impactfully to the stage.

We know that Electro Kabuki has become the mainstay of staging professionals who need to rig a dependable theatrical drop effect. This high-profile event for the Princess of Pop provides more evidence.

ER Productions supported all 27 of Kylie’s glamorous shows across Europe, from the inaugural event in Newcastle in September to the final show in Hamburg in November.

Parachuting Brussels Sprouts!

We are hugely grateful to one of our prestigious Electro Kabuki customers, London’s Old Vic Theatre, for sending us some fascinating video clips. these show how the theatre crew rigged and tested various kabuki drops, including parachuting Brussels sprouts (yes, we kid you not!), used in its recent festive extravaganza – a staging of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (starring Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge) that received an impressive succession of 5-star reviews.

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Flexible enough to send you round the bend!

With Electro Kabuki, riggers can go right round the bend! Unlike some systems, Electro Kabuki dropper modules are individual units, each featuring independent mounting options.

Use a Manfrotto clamp fixed to the top or back of the module. Mount dropper modules back-to-back with our special bracket (ideal for two-stage flop & drop reveals). Or use your own mechanism to attach the module to a truss.

Whatever the mounting preference, it puts no constraints on rigging a series of Electro Kabuki dropper modules on a curved path. Or in a complete circle, as used in many prestigious shows.

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Absolutely no problem if it rains on your parade.

Yes, unlike other theatrical reveal systems, Electro Kabuki dropper modules and cables are fully weatherproof.

We use military-grade, sealed connectors in the design, and industrial levels of weatherproofing for the dropper module housing – the action-end of an Electro Kabuki system (that’s one of them, above, lying in the snow to prove its hardy credentials).

It means you can rig Electro Kabuki outdoors and use it dependably time-after-time, come rain or snow. No more fiddling with plastic bags as clouds loom over your festival. The show will go on.

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