Moscow’s Satirikon Theatre opened its season with a production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Konstantin Raikin. Four Christie Roadster S+20K 3-chip DLP projectors (each 20000 lumens) were installed in the projection room at the side of the auditorium, in order to project images onto the structures on stage from a distance of 23 metres. A central component of the structure is a bicycle ramp: most of the actors in this production are Konstantin students at the Moscow Art Theater School. They enter the stage on bicycles and scooters and perform a variety of stunts.
The total area covered by the four video projectors is more than 400 square metres, while the backdrops for the sets, rather than being on a single plane, are distributed across the full depth of the stage. ETC Russia’s Technical Director, Andrey Efarov notes: “It’s great that the Christie projectors have wide depth resolution as we didn’t have to refocus them when projecting onto scenery at different depths, and the projectors’ DLP matrices yielded vivid images even on black velvet stage portals.”
The videos produced by ETC Russia’s designers have a resolution of 5184 x 1048 pixels, delivered in an uncompressed MOV format. The output video is synchronised with the audio and the sound signal is fed from the theatre’s sound console.