On that part of China’s coast, in Shandong Province, where the sun’s first rays greet each new day, “Eastern Sunrise” is lighting up the night sky every evening.
Never before has so much been achieved in so little time. From the first phone call to opening night will have taken only 12 months to create, design, build and install this monumental show.
For the first time, in a brand new take on entertainment, the cinematic art of animation and storytelling meets state-of-the-art multimedia effects.
The setting composed of 8 sail sculptures echos the local passion for sailing and the sea.
Rizhao is a tourist city but most of the sightseeing takes place during the day. As the city didn’t have any nighttime cultural projects, they decided to develop a nighttime show to give a new opportunity for tourists to see more of Rizhao.
RCCI approached ECA2 after seeing their work on « Wings of Time » nighttime spectacular in Sentosa island, Singapore.
The brief was quite clear. They didn’t want to be bigger or better – they wanted ECA2 to create a brand new concept show. They asked ECA2 to balance modern art, modern technology and local traditional culture.
One of the biggest challenge was to get the show open as soon as possible to make sure the city would be able to showcase the latest technology.
The ECA2 and RCCI teams are pleased with Eastern Sunrise, even though the timeline was condensed.
“We were extremely lucky with RCCI,” says ECA2 Chairman and CEO Jean-Christophe Canizares. “They understood construction, they were interested in the details, and they helped make decisions quickly, keeping the story and process simplified.”
“ECA2’s background in Western culture, modern art and technology really helped showcase our Chinese storyline,” explained Mr. Li Zhifeng, Deputy General Manager of RCCI. “It was a wonderful balance between our Chinese elements and their technology and design.”
Eastern Sunrise utilizes new water jets and lighting for the show, giving more creative control to show designers. In addition to the typical water screen jets (which make a giant fan shape) and standard jets, ECA2 incorporated Wave Water Screens® and focus jets. Wave Water Screens® work similarly to standard water screen jets, but also pivot towards the audience, in effect “waving” the fan. With an image projected on the fan, when the fan pivots forward, the image appears to enlarge and move closer to the audience. This project was completed August 2016.
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