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4 03, 2020

Want to Learn More about Kabukis?

By |March 4th, 2020|Education, Products|1 Comment

You may well know us for our kabuki “drape drops” and effects – for several years now we have been providing premium kabuki drop drapery for bands and venues alike.  The KABUKI DROP is in fact, one of the more favored of drapery stage effects!

So, let’s start here: – what is a KABUKI DROP exactly?

It is an effect whereby a drape / backdrop / textile prop is suspended in the air by way of a row of “mechanical clips”.  The KABUKI effect occurs when the mechanical clips – or more correctly solenoid heads are “fired” by way of a controller.  When you hit the GO button on the controller box the mechanical drapery clips / solenoid heads release their grip – and in turn the drape / backdrop / textile prop will magically and INSTANTLY DROP TO THE GROUND.

It creates one of those WOW moments for the audience…

Such as: at the start of the Alice In Chains tour, a large white silk drape was hung with solenoids between the band and the audience.  The lighting design incorporated some front projection of the bands logo and album art, as well as moving and ambient front light on the drape.  For the audience it was a dynamic giant projection surface of color and visual movement. Once the band were positioned and the show was ready to start – the front lights are killed, the stage lights are engaged and the solenoids are fired. READY, DRAPE – DROP!  In an instant the band is revealed – and the music starts – the white silk flutters to the ground ans is quickly struck by stagehands to the side of the stage.

It is exciting to watch – check out this great Kabuki Drop Compilations Video that we created.  You will see everything from drapes to ping pong balls being dropped from the ceiling.

SO – that was a description of a SINGLE KABUKI.  The term “single” refers to the fact that the drapery element made a “single” move.  Meaning it simply dropped to the floor when the go button on the controller was engaged.

So, let’s then briefly explain the difference with a DOUBLE KABUKI.

In this scenario, the drape / backdrop / textile prop will in fact make TWO MOVES.  Indeed – we will have two rows of mechanical clips in the air.  Usually one run on the downstage cord of the truss and one run on the upstage cord of the truss.

What happens now is we have the full size drape as well as a short little “diaper” as we call it.  The diaper and drape are held by one run of solenoids.  The second run of solenoids will hold the other edge of the short diaper only.  As such we have created a fabric hammock up in the air that the larger drop is resting in (reefed or nooked). This is great for a midstage reveal or an intermission effect.  When the drape is in the fully loaded position within the diaper, you won’t see it at all! it is happily hidden up in the rafters! Your audience has no idea it is even there….

FIRE ONE – the first run of solenoids will release – and in doing so the diaper’s edge will be dropped and the drape hidden within will be “unfurled” – falling down into its natural backdrop / drapery position – as such revealing the drape! It happens VERY quickly – and is exciting to watch the drape unfurl and fall into place.

FIRE TWO – the second run of solenoids will now release the drape itself (as in the first example of a single kabuki).  Now you see it – now you don’t!

So, in two moves we went from a hidden drape within the rafters, to a revealed drape for scene or lighting or projections effects – to “poof!” – nothing at all.  It falls to the ground and is quietly struck stage side by the crew while the audience’s attention is shifted to the stage reveal!

WE LOVE KABUKIS – and we would love to answer any questions you might have regarding them.  Reach out any time and our educated staff will be very happy to advise you on an appropriate equipment list for your event.

29 01, 2020

Dramatic Kabuki Reveal Completely Exhilarates Audience

By |January 29th, 2020|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Some of the biggest and most exciting productions taking place on stages right now are being designed and constructed by churches and their incredible production teams all over the country. Nowadays these grand churches have larger than life shows, productions, and concerts that seek to energize their audiences, and fully inspire them to lead their best lives possible. And more than ever, they showcase some of the greatest dynamic stage designs, audio visual effects, and live musical performances ever experienced.

One of the exceedingly popular—and sensational—special effects that our clients love to use time and time again for their special “reveals” are rental Rent What? Kabuki Solenoid Systems. Extremely simple to set up and execute, all you have to do is hang your soft goods from our truss-clamped solenoid heads, press a single button, and watch the audience go wild when the drapes drop to the floor in a spectacular, dramatic moment they won’t soon forget. Our rental solenoid systems can be used with your own tie-on or Velcro-finished draperies, or you can use one of our kabuki-ready rental drapes or custom-built curtains for your unique event. These systems are a fantastic way to enhance the anticipation of an opening number, or to add even more exhilaration to a special song or performance on stage.

This past summer, we were thrilled to work with the enormously talented production designer Daniel Robinson for a special project he was working on for Worship Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He and his team were constructing a dynamic stage for their upcoming event “Oh Taste and See” at The Living Room. They wanted a projection-friendly soft good that they could both project video and theatrical lighting directly onto, as well as create some rear-lighting effects with the performers’ shapes and silhouettes, too. Daniel decided to rent one of our Rent What? Kabuki Solenoid Kits for this much anticipated occasion, and as you can see by these photos (from the audience, as well as from backstage) that it turned out spectacular! With gorgeous lighting design and programming conceived and devised by Mike Marini, they fashioned a striking look that genuinely engaged and delighted the entire crowd!

Consisting of one of our ultra-smooth, clean, flat, kabuki-ready 30’h x 60’w White Poly Muslin backdrops, and our super-dependable 15 head single-drop kabuki systems, they were able to concoct an extraordinarily memorable reveal at this high-energy event. Easy to install, quick to ship, and affordable to be used at ANY special event, our rental Kabuki Solenoid Kits are a surefire way to make a memorable experience for your audiences…as you can see in the video clip below!  Daniel and his team at Worship Center did a truly exceptional job with this special church event, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of it. Check out the video clip below to see it live and in action, and don’t hesitate to contact our drapery experts so that we can help you plan an unforgettable reveal at your next special event or production, too.

25 06, 2019

Church’s Easter Production Exhilarates Parishioners With Extraordinary Kabuki Drop

By |June 25th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

A solenoid kabuki gag is an impressive special effect that you can add to any type of production or concert. Recently we were delighted to receive a video of one of these amazing occurrences from our client, Eastern Hills Community Church (of Aurora, Colorado). Their brilliant Technical Director and Production Manager Jason West had reached out to us looking for a memorable way for their team to build some excitement during this year’s Easter program. He wanted to create a special reveal using our trustworthy, lightweight, and easy-to-install Kabuki Solenoid Kits for their special Easter production that their in-person and online viewers would talk about for weeks to come. The sheer magnitude of the drop (30’h x 88’w) was pretty dramatic too, and so they needed a system that would be dependable and effective right from the start—there was no room for any errors with this reveal!

They started by using some of our rental clean and smooth White Poly Muslin backdrops to rear project their theatrical lighting and videos onto. Then they used our 25 head Kabu-Key Solenoid System to drop the drapes neatly and evenly to the floor at the perfect moment, revealing the band that had been eagerly waiting to come out and dazzle their parishioners. Utilizing some sensational lighting by the remarkable Lighting Designer David Neteland, they were able to amaze and engage their parishioners with some stunning lighting effects on the drapes themselves, followed by a sensational kabuki drop during their program that truly exhilarated the crowd.

You can see from these spectacular photos provided by Jason Crawford that the drapery fell cleanly and neatly to the stage—producing a breathtaking reveal for everyone watching. Our easy-to-assemble and even easier-to-use kabuki solenoid systems allow you to “reveal, drop and roll” just about any drapery element or backdrop. Have some fun with your audience by using a kabuki drop at your next concert, church production, or trade show special event! We have these systems available for rent, and they can be employed with your own existing backdrop, a new custom backdrop from Sew What?, or one of our beautiful rental backdrops. The sky’s the limit with how you can use one of these fabulous systems!

Jason West and his incredible production team at Eastern Hills did an exceptional job with this special church event, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of it! Check out the video clip to see it live and in action, and don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can help you create an unforgettable reveal at your next special event, too.

17 07, 2018

Spectacular Kabuki Reveal Thrills Crowd At Lavish Party

By |July 17th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

We simply LOVE getting to see footage of our rental and custom draperies “in action” out in the world, dazzling audiences far and wide during every type of special event, concert, production, performance, church show, and conference that you can imagine. When our clients share videos and photos of our rental and custom theatrical drapery products with us (and also allow us to share them with our other clients to help give inspiration for other similar events), it always makes our day!

Not long ago one of our incredibly inventive and artistic clients, BP Major (from Major Creative), came to us to help him find a way for he and his team to help “hide” the stunning property that they were hoping to conceal until the very last moment of WOW!…But he also wanted to be sure that the drape didn’t “darken” the event’s overall bright, stylish, and immaculate motif, either. He needed something that would be completely opaque, easy to set up, simple to operate, and still look absolutely marvelous to the crowd, both before and while curtain dropped.

He ended up choosing one of our crisp and clean 23’h x 40’w White Poly Muslin kabuki-ready backdrops with our 10 head Kabu-Key Solenoid System for this big reveal. He set it all up in a very clever location on-site to better disguise some of the fabulous features of this upscale and utterly gorgeous ANR Signature Collection property being presented at his high-end, lavish party. As you can see, the video he shared with us was truly fantastic, and we were beyond delighted that it assisted in making the festivities a huge success. Contact one of our rental representatives today so that we can help you find the perfect drapery and theatrical products for your upcoming one-of-a-kind events, too.

4 06, 2018

Kabuki Solenoid System Truly Astounds Spectators At Dance Competition

By |June 4th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

One of the most popular—and dramatic—special effects that our clients love to use time and time again for their special “reveals” are our rental Kabuki Solenoid Systems. Extremely straightforward to set up and execute, all you have to do is hang your soft goods from our solenoid heads, press a button, and watch the audience go wild when the drapes drop to the floor in a spectacular moment of flair. This is often used to reveal the band or some other wonderful surprise that has been hiding on stage the whole time. Originally these systems were primarily used for bands on stage wanting to add some excitement to an opening number…or be used as an effective way to add some “punch” to a special song. We have been renting these systems out for years in that capacity. However, more and more they are being requested to be used for special events and productions that we never would have imagined!

Our innovative clients at USC Zeher Dance Group recently rented our system for a series of dance performances at competitions that helped them with an important aspect of their truly unique AV program, which wholly captivated their audiences. Utilizing our lightweight, easy-to-install, and highly dependable 6-head Kabu-Key Solenoid System, they used our kabuki kit to drop some of their own soft goods during a powerful and exciting part of the dance troupe’s performance, much to the amazement and delight of the hundreds of people watching at the competition. These kits are affordable to be used at all kinds of shows and special events, and can also be shipped anywhere in the country. They are a surefire way to make a completely unforgettable experience for your audience, as you can see in the video clip below. Our rental solenoid systems can be used with your own draperies, or you can use one of our kabuki-ready rental drapes or custom-built curtains for your unique event. Let our team of theatrical drapery experts help you design an incredible stage design at your upcoming exceptional production, too!