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Presidential appointment for Electro Kabuki in France.

 

The French high-speed train network (TGV) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. That railway milestone was commemorated in style with a special unveiling of a new TGV train at an event attended by France’s President, M. Emmanuel Macron. The drop was rigged by our good friends at Blackout France using Electro Kabuki to ensure a faultless reveal.

As you can see from a post on President Macron’s own Instagram account, the result was ‘parfait’.

The train unveiled is the TGV-M, a new class of high-speed train due to enter service across France in 2023. President Macron’s Instagram post calls it “The TGV of the future” that will be “more accessible, more connected and more ecological.”

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New rigging company chooses Electro Kabuki.

We have a new direct Electro Kabuki customer in Erlend Webb, director of newly formed business Webb’s Rigging Ltd and a highly regarded professional in the rigging sector.

While Webb’s Rigging may be a new business in the events industry, Erlend is not. In fact, he’s a veteran with more than 20 years of experience in TV productions, theatre, film and live events including rock & roll tours and Olympic ceremonies – and he is acutely familiar with Electro Kabuki.

Erlend set up his business in March 2020, which unfortunately coincided with the arrival of the first coronavirus lockdown. Despite the difficulties imposed by Covid on the events sector, Erlend’s reputation and expertise have kept him busy over the past 18 months.

He has used Electro Kabuki many times over the years, predominantly with his work in TV using rented EK systems or EK kits belonging to studios or venues. That’s why the dependable system became his kabuki drop solution of choice for any rigging project that required curtains, drapes or props to be released with precision timing.

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Are those green shoots we see?

Some of the glimmers of hope we saw at Electro Kabuki HQ over the first couple of months of this year have turned into a reassuring resurgence of interest.

In the past weeks, we have received EK enquiries from companies in Norway, the United Arab Emirates and in the US. We know that the customer in Norway has rented Electro Kabuki systems in the past and is now looking to purchase its own system for tours planned later this year. We look forward to that order.

This week, we are packaging up a full Electro Kabuki demonstration system and sending it off to the Dutch National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam.

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Now UK customers can order Electro Kabuki online.

If you’re reading this news, you may have already noticed a change to the layout of the menu bar at the top of this website.

We have added a new Store function for online Electro Kabuki shopping. It allows the selection and purchase of Electro Kabuki systems, dropper modules, parts, accessories and spares, right from this website, with online payment options included.

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Joy as Japan’s Kabuki-za Theatre Reopens after Coronavirus.

As purveyors of the world’s most dependable kabuki drop system, it would be rude and disrespectful of us not to mention the good news from Japan this past weekend (Saturday 1st August 2020).

After five months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC reports that Tokyo’s famous Kabuki-za Theatre has reopened, to the palpable joy of many. The Kabuki-za is the city’s main theatre for performances of Japanese kabuki dance-drama.

Watch the BBC Online News coverage (courtesy of bbc.co.uk/news)

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Rigging Jump reveals new Ford Ranger Raptor Off-road Pickup in Chile

During a challenging time of coronavirus lockdown here in the UK and across many parts of the world, it’s reassuring to see some events teams continuing to operate and provide great staged reveals. None more so than our friends and Electro Kabuki enthusiasts Rigging Jump in Chile.

Rigging Jump shared images and video of setting up an Electro Kabuki drop for a reveal of the new Ford Ranger Raptor, billed as the ultimate off-road pickup experience. It was a launch event for the rugged new vehicle that was also aired on TV in Chile. Well done, guys!

Our thanks to Mauricio at Rigging Jump for allowing us to use the video from their Instagram feed (@rigging_jump).

With Covid-19 continuing to impact many aspects of daily life for many people, we’d like to let you know that we are still manufacturing and shipping Electro Kabuki systems and spares to our customers across the world. And yes, we are doing so while adhering to the British government’s strict social distancing and personal safety guidelines. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need information or support from us.

Stay safe wherever you are.

Earnest RADA students drop flowers on stunning production.

In one of the last events we were able to attend before coronavirus forced us all to stay at home, we were invited to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s impressive theatre complex in Chenies Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1, to see a performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. As you’d rightly expect, the entire production was staged, performed, produced and directed by RADA Acting and Theatre Production students. And what a professional show it was!

For one of the highly imaginative scene changes, the production called for hundreds of flower heads to be dropped to the stage. That signalled the transition of the play from Algernon Moncrieff’s rooms in Piccadilly to the garden of the Manor House, Woolton, where the actress Harmony Rose-Bremner playing ‘Miss Prism’ was sat at a garden table – protected from the falling blooms by the butler (RADA graduate Jack Flammiger) holding a parasol.

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Does what it says on the tin!

Wonderful feedback from John Plews, director of the recent revival of ‘42nd Street’ staged at Upstairs at the Gatehouse – an award-winning London Fringe Theatre situated at the top of Highgate Hill.

Asked why he opted for Electro Kabuki for the show, John simply said: “We chose the model because it does what it says on the tin.” For us, that sums up Electro Kabuki perfectly.

John explains that Upstairs at the Gatehouse is a small theatre, and they needed to stage a small kabuki drop to open ‘42nd Street’. “It worked really well and was a great effect at the beginning of our musical. I was very happy with it,” he reports.

Performances of ‘42nd Street’ played to packed houses through December and January.

Electro Kabuki Refurbishment Service

We engineered Electro Kabuki to be rugged and tough. But many EK systems exist in rugged and tough environments, so heavy-handed treatment and the odd breakage is almost inevitable.

On occasions, a dropper module inadvertently gets dropped itself. Yes, they usually bounce but a post-trauma check-over might be prudent. Sometimes cables are wrenched unceremoniously from their connectors. We designed them to separate cleanly at a specific force and shed the retaining ring so all should be well, but again, a test is advisable.

At Electro Kabuki HQ, we offer a full test and refurbish service for every component within the EK system. No one knows Electro Kabuki like us. So no one is better qualified to test, refurbish and certify the EK dropper modules, link cables and all other parts for your peace of mind.

Contact us to take advantage of our refurbishment service. It will ensure that your Electro Kabuki system continues to operate perfectly – guaranteeing a flawless kabuki drop first time, every time.

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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