Press Release

Christie Celebrates China’s Nation Founding with Turandot

BEIJING, CHINA – (November 16, 2009)  – Christie®, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, announced that Christie Roadster S+20K DLP® projectors were selected to present the brand new production of Puccini’s famous opera, Turandot, at the Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) in China on October 6 and 7, 2009. As part of the nation’s 60th founding anniversary celebration, the much-anticipated show directed by Yimou Zhang and the creative team behind the Beijing 2008 Summer Games' opening ceremony, was a contemporary rendition of an ancient fable. The most advanced visual technology turned this epic into a dazzling visual sensation.

Directing this opera for the second time, Zhang injected multi-media technology to recreate a different presentation as compared to the one he staged for Forbidden City in 1998. At Turandot’s press conference, Zhang said that the production demonstrated similar visual concepts not seen at last year's Beijing Summer Games ceremonies and that it represented a continuation of his dream and passion for the prestigious sporting event. In Turandot, Zhang also deployed a “moving” stage and suspended performers in the air with cables; theatrical techniques that were a hallmark of last year’s Games and which were used again to produce a unique effect. 

After a stunning and glitch-free performance at the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, Turandot’s leading creative team, including lighting designer Sha Xiaolan, selected Christie projectors as their main visual solution for the opera. Wincomn Technology Development Co. Ltd., one of Christie’s most prominent partners in China, provided a total of 32 Christie Roadster projectors for the event. Emulating the “Chinese ink painting” display at the Games, these projectors screened abstract images and animated content onto a 1,000-square metre backdrop. This complemented the leading characters’ performances on-stage. The five Chinese ink paintings by renowned artist Song Xiaoming portrayed the five opera scenes.

“During the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, we presented a new image of China to the rest of the world, using the most advanced visual technology for the Bird’s Nest,” said Sha Xiaolan, Turandot’s Lighting Designer. “Now, we have adopted these creative technologies and turned one of the world’s greatest operas, Turandot, into an unforgettable experience that celebrates our nation’s founding. We’ve had an excellent working relationship with Christie and Wincomn since the Beijing 2008 Summer Games. We were pleased with the performance of the Christie projectors as well as the Christie support team, who worked with us to meet all of the stringent visual and technical requirements of this operatic production.”

“We’re extremely pleased to have participated in this significant production, which celebrated the 60th anniversary of our nation’s founding,” said Tony Chen, president, Wincomm Technology Development Co. Ltd. “This is yet another memorable moment after the stunning display at the Beijing 2008 Summer Games’ ceremonies. The Christie Roadster S+20K projectors once again demonstrated their versatility by meeting the critical requirements of the large-scale theatrical production, Turandot.”  

Lin Yu, vice-president, Christie, Asia Pacific, commented: “China has always been an early adopter of cutting-edge technologies. The hugely successful opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Summer Games are a testament to China’s innovation and creativity in presenting world-class staging events. Zhang’s production of Turandot is a combination of China’s ancient culture and the latest visual technology, rendering an operatic presentation with a modern twist. We’re extremely happy to work with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games’ creative team once again and together, we look forward to offering more visual feats to the rest of the world.”       

With a budget of RMB120 million (17.6 million USD), Turandot featured a cast of about 1,000 performers and more than 4,000 sets of elaborate costumes. Following its premiere, the production is tentatively scheduled to deliver approximately 30 performances in 20 cities around the world.

About Christie
Christie, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment and industry.  A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since1979, Christie® has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions.  With the acquisition of Vista Control Systems Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. 

For more information, contact:

Juliana Tong, Christie
(65) 6877 8737
juliana.tong@christiedigital.com

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