ETC illuminates China’s Guangzhou Opera House

One of the three largest performance venues in China (along with Shanghai’s Grand Theater and Beijing’s National Centre For The Performing Arts), the new Guangzhou Opera House made its world premiere this May, with ETC entertainment and architectural lighting systems in control. The permanent ETC equipment has now helped light the production-packed 9th China Arts Festival (May 10th-25th, 2010), the most prestigious platform for the nation’s top talent, and for which Guangzhou was the headlining venue.

“ETC’s lighting products and systems match the ambitions of this new world-class facility,” says ETC Asia General Manager Wynne Cheung. “ETC’s control technologies will not only handle the most complex multimedia effects, they will meet the artistic needs of the broad range of productions that will be staged at the venue.”

Located in China’s third largest city, the Guangzhou Opera complex is futuristic in its architecture and theater technology. The two-part structure, composed of the 1,800-seat Grand Theatre and an adjoining 400-seat multipurpose hall, rises as a powerful new symbol from the banks of the Pearl River. Designed by Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the 452,000-square-foot (42,000-square-meter) complex aspires not only to be an icon for Guangzhou’s new Zhu Jiang business district but for China’s rising cultural status in the new millennium.

When the $202m facilities were debuted on May 7th, 2010, with a gala production of the opera Turandot in the Grand Theatre, the lighting control was done by Guangzhou’s two ETC Eos® 8000 lighting-control consoles, Eos Client software (for remote console programming), and multiple ETC Net3™ Gateways for full ACN-networked functionality. ETC’s Eos Product Manager Anne Valentino comments: “The Eos control system has rapidly established itself as the leading control choice for opera, theater, and ballet institutions around the world. It was specifically engineered for the demands of such productions, with full backup, partitioned control, and multiple points of user interaction. Eos' straightforward but powerful user interface is designed to accommodate the programming needs of the most complex lighting rigs, with tools designed for the lighting programmer, lighting designer, assistant lighting designer, and production electricians -- all of whom have different needs.”

The Grand Theatre’s permanent lighting rig also includes 360 ETC fixtures: 220 ETC Source Four® conventionals (a mix of 5°, 10°, 14°, 19°, and 26° fixed-focus ellipsoidal spotlights and 15-30°-range zoom ellipsoidal spotlights), as well as 140 Source Four Revolution® automated fixtures. Fifteen ETC Sensor®+ racks installed with a total of 986 5kW dimmers, 24 10kW dimmers and 406 5kW relays manage all stage dimming. Houselights and worklights are controlled by an extensive ETC Unison® architectural system with touchscreen-control wall stations and portable stations.

Guangzhou Opera’s multifunction hall also runs off an ETC-networked system, employing a pair of ETC’s Congo® consoles, Congo Client software, and ETC Net3 Two-Port Gateways. ETC’s Congo-family product-manager Sarah Clausen says, “Congo’s fast and flexible programming and playback style make it perfect for multi-purpose venues with constantly changing performance requirements.”

The multifunction hall’s lighting rig, with a broad mix of fixtures from leading manufacturers, includes 16 Source Four 25°-50° Zoom spotlights as well as eight Source Four Revolution moving lights. Here too, ETC’s Sensor+ dimmer racks with Advanced Feature functionality are the workhorses behind the theater dimming. Meanwhile, ETC’s Unison architectural control with a convenient variety of control-station interfaces regulates the houselights and worklights in the facility.

The impressive Guangzhou Opera project was supplied and installed by ETC’s distributor in China, Hangzhou Yidashi Lighting Equipment Co., Ltd. Commissioning and turn-on were carried out by Yidashi’s experienced Technical Manager Mr. Wu Jian Wei.

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Guangzhou Opera House, China

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“ETC’s lighting products and systems match the ambitions of this new world-class facility. ETC’s control technologies will not only handle the most complex multimedia effects, they will meet the artistic needs of the broad range of productions that will be staged at the venue.”
-- Wynne Cheung, ETC Asia general manager


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