Stufish are excited to continue our collaboration with Holiday on Ice on their new spectacular touring production – Supernova, which will tour Europe from 2019-2021.
Supernova was conceived by British Ice-Skating champion Robin Cousins MBE and Stufish are honored to be part of the creative team alongside Video Designers - Drop the Spoon,
Lighting Designer - Chris Moylan of Optikalusion, Costume Designer - Stefano Canulli and the Holiday on Ice technical team.
The main scenic backdrop took the concept of stacked cubes formed from video tiles to create a Tetris style arrangement that is digitally transformed through video content, taking the audience on a journey through the different worlds of Supernova.The three-dimensional nature of the video meant the set expanded out further onto the ice floor and into the ceiling above,
wrapping up and over in the form of a ceiling light feature and connecting the floor with the flying rigs above. Physically linking the video and lighting through the set created a dynamic backdrop for the stunning costumes and wonderful skating and choreography.
The video wall is made up of 270 video tiles of 1m by 0.5m, spread over nine layers with filler pieces in between to create the cubic set up. Central tracking doors and a flown portal provides flexible entrances for both scenery and performers and when open reveal a deep back-stage area enclosed by textured curtains.
The ceiling light feature remains static throughout the show, then during the finale is lowered down to create the stunning aurora borealis moment.
In addition to the main set, a series of stand-alone scenic items are utilised in different ways throughout the show by the performers. A multifunctional hexagonal podium is used firstly as the totem where six automated ‘petals’ open up on the ice to create a series of
synthetic ice ramps and reveal an acrobatic pole act in the centre. In Act 2 the podium is re-configured with six fans creating a wind vortex for a fabric dance and sway pole act.
All photos are courtesy of Lighting Designer Chris Moylan of Optikalusion – www.optikalusion.com