Rent What? Rental Portfolio
Project: Barbershop Harmony Society International
Fabric: Metal Mesh
For this project, we suggested drapes from our Industrial Textures Collection for the yearly Barbershop Harmony Society International Competition. The main backdrop behind the singers and the rest of the stage was a wide row of Metal Mesh curtains. These drapes come out of the hamper ready to hang, making them perfect for travelling. Grey Encore Velour panels hung behind the Metal Mesh drapes added more dimension and uniformity to the layout. The LED panels and theatrical lighting lit up the center of the stage, giving the backdrop a different mood for each performer.
Project: The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated (G.W.E.D.)
Fabric: White Voile
We were honored to be a part of this wedding to support The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Global Genes. Décor for The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated (G.W.E.D.) included white voile drapes from our Delightably White Rental Collection. We started with a single white voile pleated drapery leg in center stage, then added our 11’h x 16’w and 9’h x 11’w white voile swags. They were able to bring the entire design together by splashing some colorful lighting onto this backdrop to create a completely new feel for each part of the event.
Project: Deer Tick
Fabric: Silver Textura
For Deer Tick’s US Tour, we recommended our 12’h x 10’4”w Silver Textura Austrian Zip-Walls from our Silver Satin Rental Drapery Collection. These drapes give a large-scale feel using a smaller size of specialty curtains. These Austrian Zip-Walls have hidden ties on the top, making them very easy to install, and zipping several together created an entire wall length at a much lower height. The reduced size of these drapes, both in height and width, enable them to work in smaller venues beautifully. Our Austrian Zip-Walls can either zip together to create a stunning seamless backdrop or be used as independent legs to add texture and depth to existing staging.
Project: The Avett Brothers
Fabric: White Voile and White Poly Silk
White Voile Specialty Rental Drapes were used in a very notable and effective way by indie folk-pop group The Avett Brothers. Using White Voile Legs and Swags to help create a truly rockin’ look from our Delightably White rental drape collection, these drapes were layered and lit up to be as ultra-cool as the band playing in front of them. The News Observer showcased the band beautifully, and ultimately showcased our specialty rental drapes too. Using these white voile drapes along with a dramatic Kabuki Solenoid Drape reveal for their New Year’s Eve show, The Avett Brothers were able to create the extraordinary look they were going for.
Project: Revolution Dance Company at the El Portal Theatre
Fabric: Silver Satin Drapery Collection
Noted choreographer Kristen McQuaid chose a variety of pieces from our Silver Satin Drapery Collection as the backdrop for a performance by the Revolution Dance Company. The design started by using several of our 28’h x 14’w Silver Satin pleated drapes as the main backdrop, and then was enhanced with swag drapes, including a large 22’h x 40’w Silver Satin Swag and a 16’h x 30’w Silver Satin Swag.
Layering these drapes and swags created an incredible and luxurious look for the show, and changing the lighting scheme between each performance with sensational colors patterns and intensities produced an exceptionable look that was one-of-a-kind.
Photo By: Kristen McQuaid, Choreographer
This project included an assortment of our Burgundy Supervel fabric for the legs and borders (both swagged and pleated), and a Venetian Drape from our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection with sizes ranging from 23’-28’h and 10’w to 40’w. Our challenge was to provide theatrical rental drapes that would be versatile, elegant, rich in color and texture, and yet lightweight and easy enough to install in this venue.
The venetian drape is 24’h x 40’w, and has 7 lift lines which can be lifted by hand or mechanically. It is a fully functioning drape that hangs floor to ceiling, and can be used either as a fully pleated backdrop, as a frame for the stage, or both. It is cut from flame retardant polyester velour fabric fashioned into a classic theatre curtain design.
Project: Black Sabbath tour
Fabric: Commando Cloth with metal mesh lava appliquéd.
The Black Sabbath stage design included three giant video screens encased in what needed to appear as lava. To get the lava effect, we created a cut drop from Commando Cloth and then used metal mesh for the lava appliqué. To complete the effect, we added scrim to the cutouts.
This project started with rich, velvety Black Encore Velour masking drapes to help create negative space on and off stage. Next came three Sew What? custom-built 8’h x 16’w swags to frame the top of the stage, made from a luxurious aqua-gold shimmery organza to reflect various lighting schemes. Lastly, several pre-pleated Pewter Textura drapes from our Industrial Textures Collection were hung in various sizes to help transform the stage into a radiant sight.
Project: Marilyn Manson Tour
Fabric: White Voile with Low-Tech LED Lights – Starlight LED
These lighted voile drapes were an unexpected but inspired choice for the tour of heavy metal artist Marilyn Manson. Under sophisticated stage lighting, the voile fabric disappears and the LED lights glow like fireworks. Change the lighting, and suddenly the lights look like stars behind the artist. The contrast of the edginess of the artist and the softness of the LED lights was a brilliant way to emphasize the hard core metal music.
Project: Pinnacle Awards – FORTE DESIGN
Fabric: Supervel – Rockin’ Red
This project combined a variety of pieces from the Rockin’ Red collection. In the foreground as the header you see one of our pre-swagged headers. These are adjustable in width – and hang to look great every time. Combined with standard legs and border the completed stage scene was glamorous – and worthy of an award.
Photo Permission: Michael Roccaforte – FORTÉ
This is a wonderful combination showcasing three of our Rent What? Drapery Series – showing just how easy it is to mix and match for the perfect look. Classic gold swags and legs from our Timeless and Traditional Series were used to set the scene. White voiles from our Delightably White Series hung upstage on a bi-parting traveler and revealed when illuminated were the beautiful Low-Tech LED drapes from our Starlight LED Series. Wrap it all up with some of our seasonal rental decorations and there you have a very, merry Christmas.
Project: So You Think You Can Dance
Materials: 15oz Encore / Starlight LED backdrop
Dynamic dancing and a Starlight LED stardrop. Let’s face it – they go hand in hand. This very popular show hit the stage with our Starlight LED stardrop upstage and center. The DMX addressable controllers can be run from Front Of House or via the provided drape-side control box. Choose from Chameleon (color changing) or Blue/White (realistic) – add some stars to your stage without even holding auditions.
For Chris Cornell’s concert at the Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre, the band’s management turned to Rent What? Inc. to provide a one of a kind rock-drop. This spectacular crushed mesh drape from the “Industrial Textures Rental Series” gave the lighting designer a textured palette which resulted in some amazing looks.
Rent What? Inc. is proud to feature quality stage curtains and backdrops made by Sew What? Inc.
This tour drew entirely on pieces from Rent What? Inc’s “Silver Satin Series” rental inventory. The specialty stage scene for Jennifer Hudson was sophisticated and affordable for a new artist on her first tour. Of the many pieces available in the Silver Satin Series, an Austrian backdrop, giant contemporary swags and velour legs offered full upstage coverage. Downstage was a bi-parting traveler track and main stage drapes, also rental pieces from Rent What?.
Project: Alice in Chains
Fabric: Special Order Textured Silver Polyester / White Poly Silk
A feature element of this stage design involved a 44 head kabuki solenoid system provided by Rent What? Inc. which controlled a variety of single and double kabuki backdrops. A kabuki drop is defined when a series of electronically fired solenoids are released simultaneously and the drapery drops gracefully to the ground revealing the scene behind.
The stage drapery was custom ordered and had to be durable, flame retardant, light weight and road worthy. Of the various cloths that were tested under studio conditions, the best projection image was achieved from a ‘rain textured’ silver polyester scrim-like cloth. We think you will agree that the final effect was spectacular! Photo By: “Iron” Mike Savoia www.SavoiaPhotography.com
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Project: George Michael Tour
Fabric: 15oz Encore Velour / Black
Designer Benoit Richards approached us with this classic and clean design for the George Michael tour. Rather than the common “truss and lights” focus, the concept here was to visually simplify the rig and dress it theatrically to create a finished and clean proscenium. The trusses were masked with 15oz Encore Velour borders for a rich and traditional feel. An excellent IFR option, the 15oz Encore Velour offered opacity without the added weight or cost of a lining. The customized border package from Sew What? Inc was complimented by an Arena Masking Drape Rental Package from Rent What? Inc.
Photo By: Steve Jennings
Project: Janet Jackson Tour
Fabric: IFR Polyester Muslin / Black
Several mid and upstage kabuki drapes were used to separate the stage for preshow acts. In this case, where a reasonable amount of opacity was required, IFR Poly Muslin was chosen. While light enough to drop gracefully when the solenoids are released, the polyester muslin offers the durability needed for daily use while on tour. Rent What? Inc. is pleased to represent a line of Kabuki Drapes (both single and double drop) produced in this tourable and durable fabric.
Photo By: Steve Jennings
Lighting designer Anne Militello had a very clear vision for this mixed media piece for The Decemberists. It needed to look like an oil painting when lit, with dimension. Not chunky or rough, rather delicate and textural. Combining designed layers of varying widths and heights, the metal mesh was set to the downstage cord of the truss, while a dirtied up natural muslin backdrop acted as the canvas to the scene. Anne put her talents to work – and roll over Rembrandt! In a recent article in Lighting and Sound America Magazine Anne accredited the success of the design to Sew What? Inc’s ability to listen and interpret her needs into a reality.
Like this look? The layered drapery seen here is similar to pieces represented by Rent What? Inc. in their Industrial Textures Rental Drapery Series.
Project: John Mayer at the Nokia Theatre
Fabric: Silver Poly Satin
Both the producer and designer knew “what” they wanted for the live DVD recording of John Mayer at the Nokia Theatre. Only problem was – they could not “find” it as a rental. Their decision to custom make a drape to suit their needs was made only 3 days before the show was to be filmed. Needless to say they were thrilled to learn that Sew What? could not only make the 30’ x 60’ Austrian Drape in time, but could do it at an affordable price.
PS: So catch this news: the Nokia Theatre loved the drape so much they actually purchased it from the John Mayer Production and it is now a resident drape at the Los Angeles Nokia Theatre!
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