Sunday, March 19, 2006

Show Site Design for CHINA 2008

The next few posts concern new designs and devices for the proposed performances in Beijing and Shanghai in Summer/Fall 2008. These performances are not fully confirmed yet and have only partial financial sponsorship. We won't have an answer until fall 2006 on our primary sponsorship, but we must begin work regardless. This will be by far the largest installations we have every done.

We will be performing outside in a public square both in Shanghai and Beijing. Neither site location is confirmed, but I am hoping we will be close to the main Olympic Village in Beijing. We are searching for a very large space, at least 100M square - about the size of a city block. This is extremely hard to find in Beijing, especially during the Olympics.

The performances will be free and open to the public. With the current design we can accommodate approximately 20,000 people per performance in a 100M square site (crunched in at 2 people p.s.m.). With 5 weeks of performances and 2 shows per night - 60 performances, we have a potential audience of 1.2 million people in Beijing and a similar sized audience in Shanghai - 2.5 million people. I've also had an inquiry from a Hong Kong company, so a month of performances in Hong Kong is possible in December after Shanghai. With larger sites, a powerful show and excellent marketing, an audience of 4 million is within possibility.

Realistically, we expect an audience of 8000 to 10,000 per show, given the logistics of traffic and transportation and the problems of site management - still an audience of 1.2 million people over the 3 months in Beijing and Shanghai.

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