Caravan Stage Company Sets Sail With Projection Mapping

Caravan Stage Company Sets Sail With Projection Mapping

Come sail the high seas with the Caravan Stage Company’s traveling “Nomadic Tempest” production. The show—an original experimental opera with aerial dance, large puppets, and video projection—is performed on the deck and rigging of the 90-foot Amara Zee ship.

The tall ship is the stage for the show, and, thus, the performers, audience, and audiovisual equipment are outdoors. The production, which focuses on the theme of climate change, highlights the journey of four monarch butterflies displaced from their homes; projected content includes sky-river images simulating the flight paths of the butterflies gliding over the Earth. All video graphics, animations, and images are originally designed and displayed in a continuous panorama by a Barco HDX-W20 projector.

Barco is “honored to be aboard this amazing tall ship with our HDX-W20 large-venue projector illuminating the stunning Nomadic Tempest show,” commented Scott Stremple, VP entertainment sales, NA, for Barco. “It’s one of the most compact, rugged, and reliable projectors on the market—all essential ingredients for presenting a live show in the changeable weather of Vancouver!”

The images, a mix of pre-rendered video, live-generated and manipulated CGI, are front-projected on an 80-inch-wide, semi-transparent scrim at the front of the ship, which allows the company to “have imagery appear to float in front of the stage and performers behind,” according to Will Young, video artist for Caravan Stage Company.

While sailing the open seas, the ship’s audiovisual equipment is open to dust, sand, and saltwater. The production company safeguarded it from these natural elements by installing a Tempest Cyclone 8000 enclosure.

The Cyclone enclosure is constructed from heavy-gauge aluminum and stainless steel, and feature Tempest’s Goldilocks Operating System; Goldilocks is designed to track temperature and humidity 24/7/365 to protect internal elements, like the Barco projector.

“Before using the Tempest enclosure, we would have to move the large Barco projector to and from the ship for each show,” said Young. “This was a precarious task and offered regular opportunities for the projector to end up in the sea. Now our show setup is easier and we don’t need to panic if the sky clouds over.”

Megan A. Dutta

Megan A. Dutta is a pro AV industry journalist, and the former content director for Systems Contractor News (opens in new tab)(SCN) and Digital Signage Magazine (opens in new tab), both Future U.S. publications. Dutta previously served as the marketing communications manager at Peerless-AV (opens in new tab), where she led the company’s marketing and communications department. Dutta is the recipient of AVIXA's 2017 Young AV Professional Award and Women in Consumer Technology's 2018 Woman to Watch Award. Dutta is co-founder of Women of Digital Signage (opens in new tab), an organization designed to provide a pathway to promote networking, mentoring, and personal growth.