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TELLING THE ORIGIN STORY OF THE SHAOLIN MONKS,

Shaolin is the kind of touring production the monks have become famous for. Combining extraordinary feats of human endurance, martial arts demonstrations and traditional Chinese music, the theatrical spectacular serves to highlight exactly what is possible when you put your mind to it.

In a show such as this where miscalculations can have the most severe consequences, planning is key. This goes for every aspect from the choreography to the technical requirements. As such, it should not be surprising that the recent Big Concerts promoted Johannesburg run of the production was one of the smoothest jobs possible for local theatre specialists, Splitbeam.

Sep 19, 2016 Read More

MAPPING A PATHWAY TO THE STARS

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A Night with the Stars, a showcase piece for the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company and Born To Perform (a platform created by Creative Directors, Gemma Marinus Donnelly and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for talented children and teens) took place at the UJ Arts Centre on 27th and 28th May 2016.

The collaboration celebrated the talented youth of South Africa and featured budding performers from a variety of genres. It was also the producing and directing debut for award-winning composer and arranger Bryan Schimmel. Schimmel sits on the board of Directors at the Youth Orchestra Company and is passionate about promoting a musical culture within the youth of South Africa.

Sep 19, 2016 Read More

GEARHOUSE - SHAPING THE FUTURE OF LIVE EVENTS

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"Welcome to Tomorrow" was the catch phrase used to introduce some of Gearhouse Group's latest technology to 600 of the organisation's top clients and suppliers. The launch was housed in the inaugural build of the Maxi Dome Lite Venue, a bespoke temporary structure designed and built in South Africa by Gearhouse In2Structures, the Group's specialist design and manufacturing company.

One of the selling points of the In2Structures Dome Venues is their ability to transform any stretch of land into an event space within 4 to 5 days and this build was a prime example. Guests were transported to the "future of events" as they stepped from a hot and dusty Bezuidenhout Valley car park into the climate-controlled, theatrical environment of the new venue.

Sep 19, 2016 Read More

SYSTEM SOLUTIONS THE RIGHT FIT FOR GE AFRICAN INNOVATION CENTRE

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US multinational GE officially opened the GE Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg in June this year – one of ten centres globally, and the first in Africa. The impressive building features an exhibition/experience centre on the ground floor dominated by interactive displays and immersive digital technologies, installed and integrated by the Johannesburg branch of System Solutions, the well-known South African AV systems Integrator.

Sep 19, 2016 Read More

SDS EXPANDS SCREEN STOCKHOLDING

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SDS invests in new technology

Sets, Drapes, Screen (SDS) took delivery of an additional 14 AV Stumpfl screens (a mixture of the manufacturer-patented FullWhite® borderless screens and wide-format screens), this May. The new stock will be evenly deployed between the Cape Town and Johannesburg branches to ensure a mirrored stock holding in both centres.

Jun 26, 2016 Read More

GLASS INNOVATION FOR CONSOL

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Digital design agency INJOZI, approached Gearhouse Group with an unusual concept for their Consol Glass campaign for Grey Advertising Johannesburg. The brief was to create a projection surface using the client's product, in this case glass bottles, to be used as a backdrop for a variety of performance scenarios.

The campaign incorporated a video shoot as well as various activations around the country, so the surface needed to be able display patterns and text effectively as well as be assembled and dissembled quickly and safely for touring purposes.

Jun 24, 2016 Read More

GEARHOUSE USES ROBE FOR SAMAS 2016

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The 2016 South African Music Awards (SAMAs), one of the highest profile events on the SA music calendar, was again staged at the Durban ICC Arena, broadcast live on SABC1 and enjoyed by an audience of 3000. For the first time, lighting was designed by Robert Grobler … who incorporated over 200 Robe fixtures on the rig which was supplied by Gearhouse South Africa. 

The set was designed by Michael Gill from MGD and based on a collection of different sized LED screens, shaped into a multi-media environment giving everyone, wherever they happened to be seated in the auditorium, a clear and three dimensional view of the stage.

Jun 24, 2016 Read More

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