The 2000-seat House of Dancing Water was custom built to accommodate the new Dragone aqua-acrobatic spectacular that is conducted in and around a liquid stage. Stage Technologies was brought on board to design, supply and install a 141-axis automation system, controlled by a powerful combination of 2 fixed Acrobat∙G6 desks, 2 portable Nomad desks, and 4 handheld Solo controllers. The system includes 20 heavyweight BigTow 490s and a 40-unit track and trolley system, which can power fly or performer fly up to 250kg at 3.5m/sec. Lineset winches are rated to 2,000kg at 2½m/s allowing ultra fast changeovers of Dragone’s characteristically complex and load-heavy sets and the 100m x 60m grid mirrors the entire theatre and pool areas. The Stage Technologies system also controls 11 pool stage lifts.
In addition, equipment was provided for Dragone’s rehearsals at Alfacam studios in Lint, Belgium. The rehearsal studio contains stage tracks, winch trolleys and point hoists, mimicking the main system’s functionality and allowing the automation programmers to rehearse and programme the show act by act, both with real world movements and also in an offline, virtual, 3-D configuration. The studio control system also used six local control joysticks.