Year2015
Technical Production ManagersPaddy Bettington
Senior Technical DirectorNick Eltis
Assistant Production Manager Staging and ScenicSarah Adams
Technical DirectorsJoe Frisina, Andrew Garrod
ClientFive Currents

Baku

European Games 2015

The inaugural Baku European Games, an international multi-sport event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees of Europe, took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, and featured almost 6,000 athletes from 50 countries competing in 20 sports. TAIT provided the aerial system for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Baku European Games. The key feature of the show was a gigantic pomegranate weighing 2.8 tonne suspended from 3 trollies across 2 catenaries, with opening doors for a balloon release. The finale was a large over-sized animatronic bull on 4 lines and 4 trolleys. A ballet dancer was choreographed on the 2 remaining lines and trolleys to give the appearance that she was dancing on the back of the flying bull.

TAIT provided an 80m annulus revolve for the Opening Ceremony that was the platform for 9 vignettes each depicting a famous tale from Azerbaijani folklore. The vignettes were made from a variety of traditional pop-up mechanics including, raised poles, flats and decks. All of which were seamlessly and magically deployed from inside the revolve by the cast and crew aided by a mechanical infrastructure. The revolve was 4m in section and had an outer radius of 80m, inner radius of 72m and ran at 1m/sec with an acceleration speed of 600mm/s². The total capacity of the revolve was 320 tonnes with a payload of 225 tonnes. The revolve was 1050mm high which allowed for maintenance access and room for mechanics. The walls, decking and scenic vignettes were provided by Red Circle.

Baku European Games
Baku European Games
The finale was a large over-sized animatronic bull on 4 lines and 4 trolleys. A ballet dancer was choreographed on the 2 remaining lines and trolleys to give the appearance that she was dancing on the back of the flying bull.

Fun Fact: TAIT has been a key vendor and provider to numerous Olympic Ceremonies, and is a Guiness World Record Holder for their Olympic work.