Getting in: The Dance Consortium Techies reveal all


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Techies are traditionally camera-shy and notoriously super-busy individuals who’d rather shine the spotlight on the dancers than be shone upon, but, we felt it time to bring you an insight into some of the work they do for our tours.

What follows are some images from a get-in at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, for a Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks) show on their 2013 UK Tour.

  • The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham is not a traditional proscenium arch theatre, and so there is some work to do to transform it in readiness for the Trocks’ ballet bonanza…

  • Before the show can load in, some infrastructure needs to be installed to enable us to hang the lights and scenic elements above what is a pretty bare concert platform.

  • The silver trusses in the picture are laid out on the stage floor, before being hoisted out by electric motors. The lights, scenery, and theatre style front curtain are all then hung on these trusses.

  • The crew stand by to begin focussing the lights for the show. Chris “Tiddles” Tidmarsh is about to disappear up to the top of the “Jack And The Beanstalk” style ladder on the right of the picture…

  • Trocks’ lighting lady EmilyMcGillicuddy makes sure Chris is pointing the lights in the right place. Bouncy Barb Domue is close at hand to provide some positive encouragement as always.

  • The lighting towers onstage in each wing are part of the technical package the company tour to enable a quick turn around in and out of venues. By the time you read this, they will be stood up in yet.