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ETC Gio helps Nuremberg Theatre on its way to Beijing

Lighting operator Andreas Meister

Traveling to a foreign country can be daunting enough for a traveling show - and even more so when it's thousands of miles away, when they need an interpreter all the time. But ETC and its Chinese dealer YiDaShi made sure everything went smoothly for Germany's Staatstheater Nürnberg - or Nuremberg State Theatre - performance of the Arthur Miller play Death of a Salesman. The two worked behind the scenes to provide the theater with an ETC Gio® control desk, along with over 40 traditional ETC Source Four® fixtures.

National Center for the Performing Arts

Directed by Sascha Hawemann with stage design by Wolf Gutjahr, and light design by Wolf Gutjahr and Ernst Schiessl, the play was shown as a guest performance in the visually stunning National Centre for Performing Arts, which can accommodate some 5,500 people in three separate halls. Guests enter the building through a walkway that passes underneath a manmade lake.

Ernst Shiessl and Andreas Meister

"We chose an ETC control desk because the show was completely set up on an Eos system in Nürnberg," says Schiessl, "and it was easy to transfer to Beijing by bringing the show file on a USB stick. Avoiding having to reenter or reprogram for a different system saved many hours of our time, and meant we could have an easy workflow. We very much got the impression that it was interesting for both Chinese and German partners. Everything worked out well with the equipment and I was very pleased with the support offered by ETC. Everyone is looking forward to further performances of Nuremberg theater in Beijing."

The play, written in 1949, originally ran on Broadway for almost 750 performances, and has been revived countless times, including interpretations in the UK, Germany, India, and of course China.  

Photos © Staatstheater Nürnberg