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Esch2022

Battle Royal Studios designed the Esch2022 REMIX Opening with the onset of the first lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. These challenging circumstances offered the team the opportunity to develop a novel format, unique in its nature, scope, interactivity and hybridity for the traditional opening ceremony of a European Capital of Culture.
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An opening ceremony of the future

The opening night was elaborated as a complex immersive journey. The audience was invited on a secret mission: By solving puzzles and participating in generating so-called Co-Creation Energy for the region, they were the driving force behind the experience.

The highlight of the evening was the launch of custom augmented reality rockets submitted by more than 800 students from the region as part of a painting contest, with the common goal of remixing the future, Esch2022’s motto.

The evening also requested a cross-genre concert Future Frequencies, directed and developed by Frank Wiedemann and Matthew Herbert. Here, over 100 local musicians came together to perform a colossal mix of styles on stage, accompanied by an enormous light show. Another highlight was a video appearance of the International Space Station (ISS).

Battle Royal Studios produced and staged the event with a focus on audience participation – both online and offline. A show composed over two stages carried the evening, while a playful scavenger hunt structured the visitors’ experience on site.

200 Freiwillige waren hierbei beteiligt, die in das Geschehen eintauchten und mitgestalteten. Online machten spezielle Mitmach-Funktionen wie Umfragen und Live-Interaktions-Tools die Zuschauenden ebenfalls zu Mitwirkenden.

(c) Kooné

The city came alive with live music, DJ sets, dance performances, architectural projections, light installations and a wide range of immersive live entertainment. There were approx.

18,000 visitors welcomed in covid-compliant conditions on-site and 14,000 online.

(c) Kooné

Battle Royal Studios saw the opening ceremony as an opportunity to bring together people from the local community as participants and creators, and thus to initiate and strengthen a cultural identity in the long term, beyond the cultural year.

The aim was to enable encounters between different groups, generations and cultural influences and thus open up new, sustainable perspectives on the Esch region and Europe as a whole.

(c) Kooné

Credits

CLIENT
Esch2022 - European Capital of Culture 2022

CREATIVE CONCEPT, DIRECTION & PRODUCTION - battleROYAL Berlin
Brendan Shelper - Remix Opening Director
Judith Hoch - Executive Producer
Sarah La Tragna - Producer
Andy Machals - Creative Producer
Ky Lloyd - Production Manager
Jonathan Buckels - Creative Director
Michael Masberg - Associate Creative Director and Line Director
Basil Hogios - Musical Director and Sound Designer
Chris Moylan - Lighting Design
Xevi Venancio - Art Direction and Graphic Design
Alex Burgos - Line Director
Florian Bücking - Aerial Director and Creative Coordinator
Emily Rose Meyer - Senior Project Manager
Fran Koetter – Production Manager
Shani Moffat - Project Manager
Thao Tran - Creative Producer Digital Engagements
Sabrina Deichert - Artist Producer
Stephane LeBreton - Artist Manager
Alexandra Mittag - Brand Strategist
Et al.

VIDEO & MEDIA DESIGN
Alexandra Weltz-Rombach - Video Producer
Duncan McDade - Lead Motion Designer
Marc Osswald - Art Direction Video and VJ
Alf Ruge - Motion Designer
Achilleas Gatsopoulos - Motion Designer and Editor
Andreas Schindler - AR Artist
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SCRIPT & THEATRE DIRECTION - Les Enfants Terribles
Oliver Lansley - Artistic Director
James Seager - Creative Director
Fiona Porritt - Creative Producer & Writer
Anthony Spargo – Writer
Keziah Serreau - Stage Director
Garrett Moore - Immersive Director
Thom Mitchell - Immersive Director
Et al.

FUTURE FREQUENCIES ARTISTIC LEADS
Frank Wiedemann & Matthew Herbert - Musical Directors
Imogen Knight - Movement Director
Gabriela Flores - Stage Director
Basil Hogios & B Deodato - Musical Associates

CHOREOGRAPHY - Denis We & Team

SHOW CALLING
Konstanze Agatz – Broadcast Show Caller
Sebastian Maier-Hallard
Stefan Kröger
Jens Bosch

TECHNICAL PLANNING - adhoc engineering GmbH
Malte Joergens - Technical Director
Kalle Reichert - Technical Director
Peter Gombac - Technical Director Video
Tim Schweizer - CAD Masterplaner
Tobias Nievelstein - Technical Director Sound

HEALTH & SAFETY
SATURN production – Angelo Plate

TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
Steven Jackson - Technical Designer Projection
Alan Cox – Projection Consultant
Bodo Bergmann - Associate Technical Director Sound
Et al.

TECHNICAL SUPPLIERS
Apex Luxembourg
Production Resource Group AG
Magnum France
Stageco Belgium N.V.
The Powershop BV
LunatX
Emisys
Pixway GmbH

DECO DESIGN - Hinnerup Production
Christian Jensen - Lead Designer Props and Decorations

LIGHTING
Matthias Schöffmann
Raphael Demonthy
Daniel Gündner
Sebastian Hüwig

STAGE MANAGEMENT
Sissy Moylan
Nadja Zoltek
Jürgen Cappell
Anna Engelkamp

COSTUME & MAKE-UP
Isabel Seidler - Costume Design
Linda Mikolaskova & Team - Make-up

BROADCAST
Freecaster / Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE)
Franck Villano - TV Director

DOCUMENTATION
Kooné & Paul Gärtner - Photographer
Christian Fussenegger - Videographer

COMMS PARTNERS
Rethink
Plan-K Advertising

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Rockhal & Rocklab
Luxembourg Space Agency
European Space Agency

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