Impressario set to impress in Monte Carlo

A year ago AVW was briefed to provide the Monte Carlo Ballet’s touring production of La Belle with six motorised revolving doors, three on each side of the stage plus a radio controlled stage truck.

Initially, due to budget restraints, the doors were primarily functional, operated manually by a switch to allow the dancers on and off stage. But as the tour progressed the motorised doors grew to be a central part of the show, so much so that the operator found it hard to keep up!

With this in mind, together with an increased budget, the artistic director was able to develop his original idea and approached AVW again to automate the doors using Impressario, AVW’s award-winning system. The work took place earlier this year and preludes a busy season of performances, including a tour of Europe that will visit Montpellier in October, Genoa in November, Monaco in December and Dijon in May 2003.

Technical director for the Monte Carlo Ballet is Nick Van der Heyden, who said: “In the days before Impressario all the scenery was moved via manual controls, which are not very precise, but with Impressario we can time all movements, giving us complete control. We’re now able to have a more adventurous set with increased movement, which makes the show more interesting for the audience. I am not only very impressed with AVW’s Impressario control system, but also with its outstanding after sales service.”

La Belle is Jean-Christophe Maillot’s take on the classic ballet masterpiece The Sleeping Beauty and explores all aspects of human relationships through dance and the music of Tchaikovsky. Since being invited to become director and principal choreographer of the Monte-Carlo Ballet in 1993, Jean-Christophe Maillot has broadened and enriched the company’s repertoire. La Belle opened on 27 December 2001 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco and has been praised by critics and audiences alike. During its eight-day run in Monaco last winter, more than 11,000 people flocked to see it, making it another big success in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s nine-year history with the company.

For further information about rigging and scenery motion control, telephone Anton on 01379 898340, fax 01379 898386, or email [email protected] Alternatively visit www.avw.co.uk.

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