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Amazing Stage Fabrics in Motion

StretchTulle projection surface
StretchTulle projection surface
StretchTulle projection surface

CCTV Spring Festival Gala

Zhuhai, China
March 2018

Recognized by Guinness World Records as the television show with the largest audience in the world, the CCTV Spring Festival Gala is the number one programme to watch during the Chinese New Year. Add to this a massive amount of flame-retardant stretch fabrics by ShowTex and you end up with a spectacular show full of special effects.

Enormous structure wrapped in elastic mesh

During the gala, a giant scaffolding structure was fully covered in StretchTulle, transforming it into a majestic projection surface that could not be missed. The extra-wide elastic mesh offered the perfect combination of transparency and opacity while covering a staggering area of over 1000 square metres!

A projection mapping dream

As soon as the projectors switched on, the see-through scrim turned into a high-quality screen, displaying the most amazing video-mapping effects. In no time, the immense structure transformed from one festive scene to the other, setting the perfect mood for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Creating windows with Molton

But the fabric-wrapped structure was more than just a projection screen. All over the scaffolding, performers were hiding behind the scrim, in boxes finished with black Molton drapes. As soon as the lights inside these boxes went on, the mesh became transparent and revealed the artists to the excited crowd. By playing with light and projections, the black fabric changed into fictive windows in the building and offered the pop-up dancers a unique stage. A scenographer's dream!

Project credits

N Dimensions, Chimelong and CCTV