ANTWERP, BELGIUM - (June 22nd, 2016) On the heels of accepting the Icon Award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, launching her lifestyle brand and releasing her French-language single, ‘Encore un soir,’ Celine Dion, kicked off her Summer Tour at the Antwerps Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium on Monday, June 20th, 2016. Dion’s highly publicized tour is a collaboration between her production manager, Charles Ethier, and long time designer and tour manager, Yves Aucoin and Denis Savage, respectively. Ethier, Aucoin and Savage enlisted veteran company, TAIT, the world market leader in creating live entertainment experiences for the likes of Cirque Du Soleil, the Olympics, and world tours including Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones and more, to create an elegant, artistic, yet cutting-edge, experience. The result: a dynamic kinetic light display that captures every emotion, feeling and lyric Dion performs.
TAIT mass-produced 168 Nano Winches, which are compact, flexible single point hoists, featuring a conductive ribbon that transmits power and LED control to a connected fixture. For Dion’s Summer Tour, the connected fixtures are 2 foot long, tube-like cylinders, made of fiberglass. Each of the connected cylinders ascend and descend into different configurations, and varying heights, while also changing color to meet the theme of each song.
Dion’s team worked diligently to ensure the theme of the show remained true to her iconic, powerful, and elegant brand. Dion, on her own, is a powerhouse performer. Having a kinetic light display, provided a unique texture to the set, and unique context to the space, while engaging the audience with the mood of each song.
The connected cylinders, at any given point, can extend 60 feet from the Nano Winch and move at approximately 10 feet per second. The Nano Winches’ ability to create a dramatic, dynamic and ever-changing environment, highlight the innovative future of set and event design. With TAIT Navigator (a proprietary automation software platform) operating the movement of the Nano Winches, the run-of-show can adjust in real-time or be pre-set. Having this flexible automation software allows for the artists and the designers to add or detract from the show as desired.
The long-term working relationship with TAIT, Aucoin, Ethier and Savage led to an artistic, elegant and cutting-edge experience for both the audience and the artist. Dion’s Summer Tour will travel through France and Canada before her return residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV in September.
About TAIT Nano Winch
The TAIT Nano Winch is a compact, fixed, single-point hoist featuring a conductive ribbon that transmits power and LED control down the line to a connected fixture. The Winch raises and lowers a 4.50-kg (10.0-lb) load at a maximum speed of 3.05 m/s (10.0 ft/s). Dual brakes and over-travel limits provide safe and secure lifting at full load and at maximum speed. The Winch can be used individually or in arrays of up to 2500 units, for dramatic moving light displays. The Nano Winch is fully compatible with TAIT Navigator and can be programmed using 3D animation software with rigged models to perform intricate and precise movements while maintaining complete control of the load.
About TAIT Towers
TAIT is the World Market Leader in staging, scenic design, LED integration, show control and automated rigging. The company designs, constructs & delivers the finest live equipment in the world from world tour stages to kinetic architecture. With incredible growth through the years and with TAIT’s proprietary automation software, it has become the go-to company for all things technology, engineering, design, manufacturing and rigging.
Founded in Pennsylvania, in 1978, TAIT has expanded globally with offices around the world. Boasting a workforce of more than 600 employees, TAIT employs a passionate team of experts in manufacturing, engineering, design, technology and innovation, all of whom understand set and stage creation in its entirety. TAIT approaches projects with a philosophy that the spectacle of the opening night is equally important as a quick, safe and efficient load-out.
Among its claims to fame, TAIT supplied the staging for nineteen of the top twenty highest grossing artist tours of all time including The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift and Madonna. TAIT also supplied LED integration and customization for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Sochi Olympics, engineered and fabricated the Las Vegas’ Omnia Nightclub Chandelier, and was the production specialist that partnered with US space agency, NASA, to put the lyrics of U2’s 'Beautiful Day' into orbit
Photo Credit: Todd Vernon, Project Manager, TAIT