SceneAround is a theatrical performance system. It involves a rotating auditorium with the sets build around the auditorium. The auditorium is a so-called revolve on which the audience rotates from scene to scene.
De Levita invented SceneAround as a solution to play a large scale production inside a former airplane hangar at former military airport Valkenburg between Wassenaar, Katwijk and Leiden. The auditorium is surrounded by projection panels that can open up in various width up to 180 degrees and frame each set.
The auditorium was designed by Dutchman Robert Nieuwenhuis. Within three months, a gigantic steel turntable with 1100 seats was created. The turning movement, speed and direction can be adjusted by computer. The auditorium is able to spin on its axis in both ways seven times.
Austrian Bernhard Hammer designed the set for the musical production, directed by Theu Boermans. The set is built around the auditorium, revealed by the moving panels. While the audience rotates to a new scene, the scene transformations are achieved by the motion of the auditorium, the movement of the projection panels and any live action in front of the screens. By using theatrical masking techniques, the reference to the actual location is avoided.
The control of the turntable revolving auditorium and the screens are automated and linked to the sound and projection cues.
Designers, engineers and companies that contributed to the initial production started the company SceneAround. The company wants create similar theatrical venues around the world.
- Diameter turntable: 33 m
- Speed: 1,2 metre per second
- Weight: 300 ton, the audience included
- Seats: 1103
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