The Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament 2015 Opening Ceremony was held recently in June 2015. Held at the NAS Sports Complex, the high-profile event was attended by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council. Protec supplied its client HQ Creative with lighting, video and rigging for the event, using the BlackTrax real time motion tracking solution to track extreme stunt performers, spot lighting them and stage sets.
BlackTrax is a fully customizable real-time motion tracking solution that has revolutionized the entertainment industry. Set up is easy and fast using an advanced automated calibration system.
The opening ceremony used a riot of colour and light to depict the central theme of urging youth towards core sporting principles of determination, perseverance, stamina and the will to achieve. This was explained through a narrative and skit that was inter-woven in a film that depicting the history and culture of the UAE.
In the tight confines of the performance space, Protec used BlackTrax to drive their Clay Paky lighting fixtures, using unlimited spot positions, to follow multiple stunt performers in real-time on BMX bikes, skates, trampoline acts and even a back-flipping wheelchair.
“By using BlackTrax, no one missed a cue. All stage elements were covered and thanks to BlackTrax everything was where it needed to be, on time, every time, without the possibility of human error. The stage was bright and vibrant and we were given very positive feedback from both the client and the customer,” says Aaron Russ, lighting designer at Protec.
Protec is the first company in the Middle East to acquire the BlackTrax system.