The World’s First All Electric Vehicle Stunt Show
Stufish Teams Up With Melco Resorts & Entertainment To Produce New Show ‘Elēkron’ The Most Electrifying Vehicle Stunt Show In The World
London – 18 Oct: Stufish have announced today that they are teaming up with Melco Resorts & Entertainment, to deliver the world’s first action-packed, all-electric, indoor theatrical vehicle stunt show called Elēkron, in Studio City Macau. Elēkron is set to rock and electrify from 14 December 2018 to 31 March 2019. The new show follows a stellar year for Stufish Entertainment Architects, who have accounted for some of the world’s biggest music tours, including Beyoncé + Jay-Z’s ‘OTR II’, Queen + Adam Lambert, U2’s ‘Experience + Innocence’ and Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Bold, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping stunts will light up the arena in a 75-minute show of non-stop, death-defying action that will keep spectators on the edge of their seats. Elēkron features more than 70 powerful electric vehicles – including sports cars, customized buggies, quads, trial bikes, FMX bikes and even a 12m wide biplane flying across the arena – all engaged in a succession of daredevil feats that take place at super close range to the audience.
Powered by the latest electric technology, all the vehicles are bespoke and designed from scratch, and are powered by Tesla motors with a custom-designed control system. More than 150 cast, crew, creative specialists, designers and technicians – including Guinness World Record holders – have been handpicked for the show from nine countries around the globe.
Frederic Winckler, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Brand Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment says: “Powered entirely by electricity, Elēkron is a crazy, death-defying stunt show like nothing you have ever seen before. The arena is filled with fireworks and pyrotechnics. Seventy wild post-apocalyptic cars, bikes and buggies are leaping over each other, as their drivers fight over the abandoned power station where the story’s set.”
Ray Winkler, CEO and Design Director of Stufish Entertainment Architects said, “We are thrilled to combine Stufish’s powerful entertainment background with Melco’s impressive track record of delivering world class shows to create the perfect storm that will electrify the audience with our exhilarating new show Elēkron.”
Founded by the late Mark Fisher, Stufish is the recognised leader in permanent, touring and temporary entertainment architecture. The Stufish name has been synonymous with key musical touring shows, including the likes Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams and many more. Stufish’s latest production in Macau, is part of their wider expansion into the Asian market, which also includes the recent opening of their Hong Kong office.
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"We stripped [the stage] down really to the basic minimum," Winkler said. "I remember very clearly the very first sketch was on an A3 piece of paper done with a red sharpie of four slabs and a roof that was floating, and that was pretty much it."
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"With more than two decades in the live event industry, Ray Winkler, CEO of Stufish Entertainment Architects, continues to push the creative boundaries of entertainment architecture with seamless, elegant designs for live shows. Winkler’s design style was influenced by the late Mark Fisher who inspired him to specialize in kinetic architecture and stage design. A natural fit for his works execution is a collaboration between Stufish Entertainment Architects and TAIT. The two companies have worked together since the early 90’s and most recently kicked off Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour together.
This past month, Winkler was back at TAIT to collaborate on Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Kierston Powell, Marketing Coordinator at TAIT, sat down with Winkler to discuss his career, inspirations, and design processes."
Check out our interview here with Kierston Powell from TAIT Towers!
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"Stufish bridge the gap between the immediacy of the performance and the everlasting nature of its memory through video technology, integral to the millennial experience of capturing and sharing moments with friends: ‘When we’re designing we’re thinking about how it is going to be shot and from where. Five years ago the same video technology didn’t exist and in three years time there will be something new.’"
Check out our interview in Wallpaper Magazine on our work with Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘On the Run II’ stage design here!