Essence Fabric Sculpture

The production design and elaborate stage build for the 2010 Essence Music Festival should be looked at as a prototype for the effort to drift away from the separation of classical elements like lighting, scenic, audio, and video, to combine these assets into one compact stage. This transforms the design into one uniform yet organic and fluid sculpture.
THE ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010 The Essence Music Festival is a three-day concert and cultural seminar series produced by Rehage Entertainment.Inc, and held in the Louisiana Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It is the largest African-American music and empowerment event in the country; and the 2010 Festival featured top performers such as Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J and Earth Wind and Fire. Differing from last year’s design, this year’s production and stage design by Stefan Beese of RE:BE Design functions as one large scale projection merging the traditionally separate scenic and screen elements. The design is based on the convergence of fluid masses which allow for variability in surface content and appearance. The simple yet crucial decision to angle the stage canopies toward the audience achieves masking the back of house production elements, such as the work deck and VIP area, while maximizing visibility of video and performance content for both the floor and upper levels. Beese designed the organically sculpted stage ,that was manufactured by Event Producers.Inc through the utilization of spandex fabric surfaces over a truss sub structure. Using 35000 Sq Yards of silver and white spandex, 12800 Nylon Polyester thread, 9000 feet of rope and Aircraft cables, and 6000 feet of aluminum pipes, the structure served as a surface for the projection of custom video content, via video mapping technology


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