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Jul 2016 | Opera

Your venue may be equipped with the latest machines, artists will come up with requirements only specially made systems can solve. That is the case for Pélleas et Mélisande by Debussy, directed by Katie Mitchell and designed by Lizzie Clachan for the Festival d’Aix and the Opera Narodowa. Inside the most complex element of the show, one separating wall needs to move up and down as part of the visual transformation of that element.

Nothing easier with a modern fly bar system. But as the element is on wheels and as the fly is already busy storing elements of several tons, we had to design a tailor-made manual fly bar system, with proper guiding on both sides, operated from the element itself.

Besides engineering this element, the team worked on the design of the full set and provided multiple calculation notices and stability reports.