Pink ‘Got the party started’ on her Beautiful Trauma Tour by taking flight on a TAIT activated performer flying rig in spectacular fashion. Throughout the show, Pink soars above the audience, twists mid-air into several acrobatic maneuvers and takes advantage of her fully loaded main stage with beautifully choreographed dance routines.
The daring aerial performances and edgy stagecraft required a team of creative experts including Baz Halpin, the Director, Production Designer and Lighting Designer for the tour, and Malcolm Weldon, the Production Manager. Both Baz and Malcolm relied on TAIT to be Pink’s flight specialists and suppliers of full stage production to capture the essence of Pink’s Beautiful Trauma.
Specifically, TAIT provided a series of solutions that addressed the artists desire to have a highly visual performance and dynamic show. One such solution included a rectangular shaped stage surrounded by an illuminated heart shaped runway with two catwalks jutting into the audience and connecting at a point to create an intimate fan pit. Another solution included an automation and performer flying package operated by TAIT Navigator.
For the Beautiful Trauma Tour, Pink utilized two performer flying systems, a 3D Flight Rig and a 9-Axis Acrobatic Rig, which allowed her to take flight at various onstage and offstage locations and interact with several scenic props while flying mid-air. Her traditional performer flying system, the 3D Flight Rig, is suspended by four Big Tow Winches and flies Pink at a maximum of 20 ft. per second around the perimeter of the arena.
For the majority of Pinks flight paths above the main stage and fan pit area, she uses the 9-axis Acrobatic Rig. The Acrobatic Rig was added to the Beautiful Trauma Tour to handle the demands of complex flight patterns while interacting with heavy scenic props. Though the 9-Axis Acrobatic Rig doesn’t fly as fast as her traditional 3D Flight Rig, it is a more advanced flying solution for flying a maximum load of 1000 lbs.
The Acrobatic Rig consists of a trolley system equipped with a custom rotator and a pair of T-Winches that track the length of the stage. An additional trolley system, also outfitted with a pair of T-Winches, tracks perpendicular to the Acrobatic Rig’s trolley system and is followed by a single T-Winch downstage. The Acrobatic Rig can lift Pink and her scenic props up/down at 10 ft. per second and track upstage/downstage or stage right/left at 5 ft. per second. This robust Acrobatic Rig entertains numerous flight patterns simultaneously including flying Pink, her dancers and scenic pieces like the chandelier apparatus that she opens the show with or the 30 ft. tall inflatable puppet of Eminem who “raps” along to their new duet “Revenge.”
Both the 9-axis Acrobatic Rig, as well as her 3D Flight Rig, sync to TAIT Navigator providing operators with exact positioning of where the singer-songwriter is in 3D space. This technology ensures safety for the artist as well as the entire production.
In addition to the performer flying systems, the overhead rigging grid has two massive, mechanical arm-like lighting pods and several articulating lighting trusses which are suspended by 34 Nav Hoists. Additionally, 108 Kabuki Solenoid units are installed in the rigging grid to drop Kabuki drapes at various times during the show to create dynamic, stunning looks. TAIT Navigator cues the lighting trusses and lighting pods to move up and down and also cues the Kabuki Solenoid units to deploy.
Below the massive rigging grid sits a 76 ft. wide main stage surrounded by a fluorescent pink, heart-shaped runway thrust made of LED lit ramps, walkways and staircases. The multi-dimensional stage is also furnished with two performer lifts, two prop lifts, two treadmills and band risers. All of the stage automation elements are controlled by TAIT Navigator.
Pink’s killer pop-rock anthems and jaw-dropping acrobatic feats combined with Baz Halpin’s perfectly executed set design and TAIT’s world-class staging and automation solutions create a thrilling experience for fans to feel Pink’s compelling presence as she soars through the arena.