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Great Video from Riggers 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 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.

 

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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The Flints Team Gets Hands-on with Electro Kabuki

Just before Christmas, we hosted a team from our London-based Electro Kabuki distributors Flints at our HQ in Surrey. This was the first of what we expect will be many training sessions on the EK system over the next few years for Flints and other distributors.

Our distributors have staff who field questions on Electro Kabuki from their customers. Sometimes they’re technical queries; sometimes it’s about price and quite often it’s about what’s possible with the Electro Kabuki system. We took the opportunity to bring the Flints crew up to date.

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Electro Kabuki – Always Ex-Stock

Sometimes the day after tomorrow isn’t soon enough. It may be a small point, but we know fast delivery is often a big issue for professionals in an industry that’s famous for tight deadlines. That’s why all Electro Kabuki components, parts, spares and systems are held in stock at our UK headquarters in Surrey, ready for immediate despatch worldwide.

In addition, our distributors also hold stock of Electro Kabuki parts and spares. That gives you plenty of ‘just-in-time’ options should you ever need something in a hurry.

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Silence is Golden!

Apologies to 60’s pop group The Tremeloes, but yes, silence really is golden. Especially so if you’re staging a theatrical reveal during an opera or ballet. Or a conspicuously quiet moment during a stage play, for that matter.

Did you know that Electro Kabuki’s dropper modules are completely silent? They go about their job reliably and 100% dependably without so much as a whisper, let alone a shout.

But we really should shout about it!

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PLASA 2018 – all about automation

A visit by the Electro Kabuki team to this year’s PLASA exhibition at London Olympia revealed an industry as loud and lively as ever. Automation seemed to be a recurring theme. That notion was supported by what appeared to be even more companies offering automated solutions for staging events, large and small.

That’s good. Automation is at the centre of our ambitions with Electro Kabuki. Even a modest investment in an Electro Kabuki starter pack or a basic system automates the reveal effect, making it dependable. Adding a DMX firing box automates it further.

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