Live show, event and broadcast video company Event Management based in Milan, Italy, has expanded its investment in Kinesys automation equipment for the latest series of the TV show Io Canto. The show is based on a search for the best singing talent among young people aged five to 16.
The production and lighting design for this year’s Io Canto was created by Francesco de Cave who worked closely with set designer, Marco Calzavara. Calzavara’s design featured six large columns of moving 8mm LED video screens, each measuring 8mx3m and weighing 800kg. These moved along a curved track based on an 11m diameter circle, mirroring the design of the stage. He also wanted four front truss pods, each containing six Clay Paky alpha Beam 700 moving lights and clad on the audience side in Chromlech Elidy LED matrix panels.
Two separate Kinesys systems, each with K2 control were used. Event Management made its first investment in Kinesys at the end of 2012 and added to its existing stock for the most recent series.
For Io Canto, the six rear LED columns were moved by six Kinesys beam trolleys at their bases fitted to 40m of custom built curved track, which Event Management designed and had specially made. At the top, the columns were rigged to six trussing sections each fitted with a Kinesys LibraCELL. The front truss pods were moved by eight half tonne Liftket motors with Kinesys Elevation 1+ drive units.
“Kinesys is highly accurate, safe and reliable,” commented de Cavo. “I needed a system that could open, close and align the back video columns to within a 1mm tolerance and it’s the best system I currently know of for achieving this.”