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RC4 Wireless in Broadway's An American in Paris

From the opening of George and Ira Gershwin's timeless score for An American in Paris through to the final note, the RC4Wireless RC4Magic Series 3 wireless DMX and Dimming System plays a leading role in free-flowing seamless moves from one enchanting scene to another, the company says. With some of the world's finest ballet dancers telling this classic tale, there simply is no place for power cables to run across any part of this stage.

Originally produced in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the show's RC4Wireless gear was supplied by AVAB Transtechnik France. Production electrician Michael Pitzer explains the extensive gear list in the show. "We are using a RC4Magic DMXio transceiver as the transmitter, four more DMXio receivers, ten RC4Magic DMX2dim 2-channel dimmers, four RC4Magic DMX4dim 4-channel dimmers, and eight RC4Magic DMX4dim-500 high-power 4-channel dimmers. They control a variety of sources, from single lamp sconces and cabaret table lights to multiple circuits of birdies on the Baurel Stage. In the Morris Columns and Shop Counter,s they are driving several circuits of incandescent lamps and sending DMX out to LED fixtures." All 22 scenic and prop pieces are controlled using RC4Magic devices. The overall aesthetic of the show is markedly enhanced by this untethered approach, helping realize Natasha Katz, Bob Crowley, and Christopher Wheeldon's vision.

Having previously used RC4Magic systems in a number of productions, including Once and On The Town, Pitzer was confident that the show would arrive fit and ready for installation in the Palace Theatre in the heart of Times Square. Only the RC4Magic system supplies unique digital IDs to every customer and project, the company says.

The RC4Magic Series 3 received the PLASA Award for Innovation at PLASA London in 2014. That was followed by an Honorable Mention at the LDI New Product Awards.



(6 August 2015)

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