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2 05, 2017

A Dramatic Unveiling

By |May 2nd, 2017|News, Projects|1 Comment

Recently, we were excited to work with Robert Larmore with Los Angeles event management company, Jive Live Entertainment, as part of an historic event at legendary baseball park Dodger Stadium. A bronze statue of history-making Dodger Jackie Robinson was to be unveiled at the stadium on Jackie Robinson Day 2017, and Jive Live had been tasked with the unveiling event.

Working with Sew What? / Rent What? Senior Account Manager & Creative Director Shane Nelsen, Robert explained the concept for the reveal of this historic statue (the first at Dodger Stadium). In order to hide the statue until the moment of unveiling, Robert needed a huge custom kabuki drape – 16’ high and over 100’ wide – in a color as close as possible to “Dodger Blue.”

Shane suggested Cobalt Poly Muslin. Poly Muslin is lightweight enough to work well as a kabuki drape but also opaque enough to prevent the statue from being seen before the reveal, and the Cobalt color is quite similar to “Dodger Blue.” Robert agreed, and we began manufacturing this custom kabuki drape.

To perform the kabuki drop reveal, Robert also needed a kabuki solenoid system. To accommodate such a wide kabuki drape, Shane suggested a 25-head kit of our Kabu-Key System of rental solenoids as the perfect solution. Along with the Kabu-Key heads, the kit also included all required cables, power supply, and remote to ensure that the kabuki action would happen perfectly.

With Jive Live utilizing a rectangular truss system, from which the Kabu-Key Solenoids and Poly Muslin Kabuki Drape were hung, the Jackie Robinson statue was completely concealed from the view of ceremony attendees that included Robinson’s widow Rachel, son David and daughter Sharon, Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, current and former Dodger staff and players, other dignitaries, and, of course, the press.

When the time came, a simple push of a button allowed the drape to swiftly drop to the ground, revealing the awe-inspiring statue.

Pretty impressive, don’t you think? What an honor it was for us to be able to be a part of this amazing event honoring such an inspiring man.

1 05, 2017

What is a Kabuki?

By |May 1st, 2017|Education, Products|1 Comment

Here are a few excerpts from a wonderful white paper that we have on our website discussing “The Ins and Outs (and ups and downs) of the Kabuki”. If you have ever wondered about this simple yet highly dramatic effect then you will love the full article.

Picture this. You are at a concert. The opening act has just finished playing, and the crew has removed all of the band’s instruments and equipment, leaving only the drape that the band played in front of. The music starts, signaling that the main act is about to appear. Suddenly, the headlining band appears on stage, as if from nowhere. What just happened? Another piece of stage magic, called the Kabuki.

A Single Kabuki allows a single release – the drape is hanging, the solenoids are released, and the kabuki drops to the ground.

Solenoid-based kabukis are a dramatic way to showcase a backdrop or drape. Our solenoid system is remarkably easy to install. Simply clamp our drape ready solenoid heads to the truss or pipe, and connect with the supplied cables. You can position the “go” button anywhere on stage to deploy the drape drop on cue! Here is an image of what the solenoid heads look like – they are compact and easy to install.

Performance that Rocks! You’ll be impressed by the look of our rental kabuki drapes! Here is a video medley showing kabuki drops in use for a variety of stage projects.

Check out our online Portfolio of Past Drapery Projects. You can also see what exciting events and concerts are currently showcasing Rent What? rental draperies by visiting our Press Room.