The World Equestrian Games are undoubtedly the biggest equestrian event in the world, taking place every four years and alternating with the Olympic Games. During 2 weeks, almost 1,000 athletes compete against each other in the 8 official disciplines (jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, reining, vaulting, endurance and para-dressage).
At the start of this year’s games, a magical show opened the World Equestrian Games in the city of Caen, Normandy (France). A parade of athletes from the 74 participating nations, an incredible musical and hi-tech video show with over 100 horses and 300 artists entertained the crowd at the Michel d’Ornano Stadium. The show has been produced by Paris-based agency Skertzo and technically supported by PRG France who supplied the rigging, lighting and video equipment.
Technical Stats Specifically, PRG installed 1 ring structure in truss of 400m long suspended from the roof of the stadium. Our lighting kit was composed of 150 moving lights including PRG Bad Boys and Best Boys, 150 traditional fixtures, Sunstrips, ACL & blinders. We also took care of the fiber (more than 2,5km) and the power cables (more than 1,5km).
The video show with the 3D mapping technology was the eye-catcher of the show. For the projection on the ground, we’ve used 16 Panasonic PTDS20 positioned each side of the arena, 6km of fiber, a 33×33 DVI matrix. For the mapping on the different elements, we’ve installed 4 Panasonic PTDZ 21K positioned at the four corners of the field. As media server, we used a Modulo Player.
Last but not least, this project was also supported by a dedicated crew that was 28 technicians strong with several specialties (rigging, lighting and video), led by Laurent Boillot, Technical Director. It took four days of loading plus four days of rehearsal (technical and artistic) to produce this eye-catching show. This left one night and one day to execute the load out. Finally the crew was split into a day and night shift to ensure continuous support to the production.