We all love a good
reveal! And, whether it’s unveiling a pop star or a new product the Kabuki drop
is the go-to technique for a flawless effect every time. But how does the Kabuki drop mechanism work? Individual
units clamp to the rig and hold your fabric – or whatever you’d like – into
place, ready for the big moment. This is our most popular reveal product, and here’s
a countdown of our own favourite reveals, showing just how versatile it can be.
3). CELEBRITY JUICE
FISH SUPPER FOR ANT & DEC
If you’re brave enough to appear on Keith Lemon’s Celebrity
Juice then you should know that strange things are about to happen to you. That
was definitely the case for Ant McPartlin of duo Ant & Dec when he appeared
on the show earlier his year. And our kabuki system *might* have been partly to
blame! We showed that it’s not just fabric you can drop via kabuki. You can
even drop a year’s supply of fish fingers onto someone’s head – if you so wish.
We carefully timed the ‘well plaiced’ drop on behalf of client Freemantle
Media. Net yourself some of the action
and check out the drop over on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnnPZ0BUSRI
2). MILLENNIUM DOME
Now, we know we’re going back in time a bit here, but what
can we say – it was a classic, and truly showcased the scale of what can be
achieved using the Kabuki system. For
the official opening ceremony of the Millennium Dome on New Year’s Eve 1999 we
installed a complex Kabuki system which was programmed to sequentially release
a 600m circumference of gold drapes. This revealed the outer circumference of
the dome to those seated in the central area. Even her Royal Majesty the Queen
was impressed – admire her reaction to this special Kabuki drop reveal here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxwbAyL14ho
1). JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
AT THE BRITS
None other than JT himself referred to our system as the
‘fantastical kabuki’ so how could we not give him the top spot in our run down?
Our draping and sewing team painstakingly hand manufactured a huge 3m wide by
4m high chandelier created using thousands of individual jewels. This concealed
Justin from the cheering crowds ahead of his BRITS performance, and at the
start of his first song we dropped it from a massive 120 kabuki points. The
entire rig weighed a huge 1,200kilos, and with hundreds of strings of glass
gems and beads we had just two run-throughs before the show to get it right.
After all – can you imagine how long that took to untangle?! Watch the video
If you’d like to find
out more about our kabuki drop systems – or discuss your draping and rigging
requirements – contact the team today.