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NRG takes on Arcadia Spectacular’s Spider
After ten years of globe-trotting around the world, Arcadia Spectacular made a debut appearance in London in May 2018. Arcadia’s Spider installation appeared alongside fellow stages and temporary installations - The Bug and the Reactor - and was the centrepiece at the two-day festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London.
The Spider installation was the brainchild of Pip Rush and Bert Cole some ten years ago, although it was only in 2016 that the Arcadia production team invested in their own lighting rig which features large quantities of Robe and Anolis fixtures. There are around 200 fixtures on the Spider, linked up by around 8 kms of cable.
The permanent Arcadia team remains small and so to supplement the production crew in London, Robe’s NRG (Next Robe Generation) was approached to supply some students to become temporary members of the spectacular. Chloe Boucher (National College for Creative Industries), Owen Yelland (Rose Bruford) and James Matthews (Lipa) spent their early May Day Bank Holiday providing crew support for the main Spider stage.
Supported by Tim Steer (Technical Stores Manager and Technical Production Manager Dorian Cameron-Marlow’s deputy) and reporting in to Katie Davies (Followspot Manager), Chloe Boucher, Owen Yelland and James Matthews were invited onsite to join the crew for tech and dress rehearsals and to then be responsible for one each of the six essential follow spots used to track the key elements of the performances.
(Photos: Lukonic Photography/Shotaway/Robe)
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