PANASONIC WATER PROJECTION AT BELLAGIO
Panasonic Corporation has achieved one of the world’s largest water screen projections as it provided special support for a Kabuki performance held August 14–16 at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas. The event used 16 Panasonic PT-DZ21K projectors (brightness: 20,000 lumens) to break previous records for water screen projections. The Panasonic projectors infused the Bellagio Hotel’s fountains with gigantic projections reaching a maximum of 18 meters (59 feet) in height and about 300 meters (984 feet) in width — almost the size of three U.S. pro football fields.
On a special stage that floated above the Bellagio Hotel’s world-famous artificial lake, lead actors Ichikawa Somegoro and Nakamura Yonekichi delivered a stunning performance of “New Kabuki” — combining the Japanese traditional summer Kabuki title “Fight with a Carp” with fantastical modern digital art. The grandiosity of the stage performance drew tens of thousands of spectators in total over five performances.
Panasonic holds the world’s largest share of industrial projectors in the 5,000 lumen-plus brightness range, according to data provided by PMA Research. The projectors used for this spectacle are the same type as those that powered the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. “This incredible digital art performance combined with an unconventional setting — the surface of a man-made lake — demonstrates how AV projection can push the boundaries of entertainment,” said Joseph M. Taylor, Chairman & CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Working with partners like Shochiku and teamLab in this project allows Panasonic to demonstrate new kinds of high-impact visual solutions for our B-to-B customers that will keep their audiences coming back.”
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