Kabuki Spectacle at the Fountains of Bellagio
" It’s very stereoscopic and colorful, and to tell you the truth, I thought it could be used for various types of entertainment, and I was very excited. "
Jay Sakomoto, President of SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.
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On a stage floating on an artificial lake, a dynamic performance combining Kabuki with cutting-edge technology took place.
Panasonic has achieved one of the world’s largest water screen projections with its 16 flagship projectors.
The Japanese art form debuted in a never-before-seen spectacle
Aimed to celebrate Japanese culture and arts and raise global awareness for Kabuki, a “Japan Kabuki Festival” with Kabuki performances and related events, is being planned for May 2016 in Las Vegas.
As part of the festival, “Panasonic Presents a Kabuki Spectacle at the Fountains of Bellagio” is the first in a series of projects to create a new entertainment form with elements of Kabuki.
Along with Panasonic and Shochiku, a key collaborator was teamLab, which is esteemed worldwide for its digital tech artwork.
In grand Vegas style, the event made accessible to a Las Vegas audience a traditional Japanese art form with a rich history spanning more than 400 years.
Breaking previous records for water screen projections
On a special stage that floated above the Bellagio Hotel's world-famous artificial lake, lead actors Ichikawa Somegoro and Nakamura Yonekichi delivered a stunning performance of “New Kabuki” - combining the Japanese traditional summer Kabuki title “Fight with a Carp” with fantastical modern digital art.
The attraction features a total of 1,214 fountains that rocket streams of water 460 feet into the air to form a vast water screen. The Panasonic projectors displayed gigantic projections reaching a maximum of 18 m (59 feet) in height and about 300 m (984 feet) in width.
Because there was no space on the shore, most of the projectors were installed on scaffolds temporarily set up in the water.
“I’ve been told that the projectors were shipped over. Usually it’s quite a feat to transfer goods onto the platform. You need cranes, etc. but these projectors were easily carried off by hand.” said Morio Matsumoto, Senior Product Manager of Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “Another key feature is the energy efficiency. We installed small generators right alongside the projectors, but the ability to run on the small generators’ power is evidence of our strength.”
Panasonic’s Geometric Adjustment (4-Corner Adjustment) maintained high image quality while allowing stacked image alignment. And strong support from Panasonic’s sales and engineering team also maximized the PT-DZ21K performance to ensure success.
An innovatively new performance took the entertainment capital of the world by storm.
A ground-breaking production of a Special Kabuki show premiered. Featuring larger-than-life animation and water choreography, Panasonic projectors brought to life one of the world's largest water screen projections.
“It’s very stereoscopic and colorful, and to tell you the truth, I thought it could be used for various types of entertainment, and I was very excited. The potential is infinite. There is a wider variety of mediums of expression out there, so today we are able to create something that can truly take the world by surprise.” - Jay Sakomoto, President of SHOCHIKU Co., LTD.
“I think that’s one of the most interesting things about the technical aspects of the show was the way in which the teams were able to push the envelope on those and certainly the projections on the water were spectacular, and it was very exciting to watch. It’s clearly one of the most ambitious things that’s been done on Bellagio, and certainly it may give some in our company appetite to do more with the fountains in this kind of area.” said Ed Bowers, Representative Officer and CEO of MGM RESORTS JAPAN, LLC.