Stageco Launches Arena Lift
(Global) Stageco has developed Arena Lift, a new hydraulic lifting system that raises larger ground supports with grids into venues to increase rigging capacities.
The innovative Arena Lift has been used for the first time this spring on a run of Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco shows, where a 20.4m high, 21.8m X 24m mother grid was installed into venues in Budapest, Rome and Casablanca.
Cirque du Soleil’s Senior Production Manager for Arena Shows, Pierre Guillotte, explained: “Conversations first started with Stageco in August 2011, with the system first being used mid February; an impressive turnaround. When looking to extend the reach of our tours we looked at the suitability of many arena venues, some have capacity but there are a significant number of buildings that cannot accommodate us. Our research and scouting has taken us into emerging markets from Eastern Europe to the Far East, where people are starving for entertainment. They have buildings with plenty of height, but no engineering / rigging capacity to hang a 40 tonne show, the Arena Lift means we can now access these new markets. It’s a great product.”
Arena Lift is based around four hydraulic lifting units that form the anchors at the corners of the ground support towers. It has been designed with user-friendly touring features. Four Stageco crew can load in and raise a 25m square mother grid in 12 hours, compact for efficient packing to give cost-effective transport and make loading in through small venue entrances possible.
Stageco’s Project Director, Dirk De Decker, said: “Our research & development department has flipped the approach to installing a ground support system, with the new hydraulic lift building the towers from the ground up and pushing the structure up as each 1 m section is added from the ground. There is capacity for the production to be rigged to the mother grid at ground level and then raised. Clearly a great advantage with regards to safety and reducing manpower levels.”
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