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Vasco Rossi on the Move

Concerts by Italian megastar Vasco Rossi are usually a full-on emotional and engaging experience, but the ‘Non Stop Live’ summer stadium tour by the artist was also ‘moving’ from a completely different perspective … a large Kinesys automation system was used to dramatically change the architecture and shape of the stage through the show. Lighting designer Giovanni Pinna, set designer Claudio Santucci of Gioforma, d3 operator Marco Piva and other key members of Vasco’s creative team including live camera director Peppe Romano were instrumental in the implementation of the Kinesys system to maximise the dynamic movement they wanted as part of the show aesthetic. The hardware and control was supplied by PRG Belgium and operated on the road by Jimmy Johnson a UK based rigger / automation specialist.

The central was screen measured 18 metres wide by 10 metres high (a perfect 16:9 aspect ratio), with two side ones at 12 x 12 metres. These were all moved using a total of 20 x Kinesysconverted Liftket 1 tonne motors, all fitted with Kinesys LibraCELL load monitoring shackles to ensure accurate and vital safety feedback, which was sent to the Kinesys K2 controller and the Mentor series 4 Estop controller, another part of the Kinesys system. The video mapping facility in K2 was utilised to link to the d3 server, so the images appearing on the screens could be aligned to the individual surfaces as they moved, so both the playback video and the IMAG mix stayed in place and in proportion on the moving screens. They also had four 12-way DigiHoist controllers and hand-sets for general lifting and a Mentor Series 4 E stop across the entire system. A Kinesys Vector PC was used during get-ins and tear-downs for more simple direct control of the motors. AVL WORLD 28 Vasco Rossi on the Move

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