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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Konstanze Agatz – Broadcast Show Caller
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
Steven Jackson - Technical Designer Projection
Alan Cox – Projection Consultant
Bodo Bergmann - Associate Technical Director Sound
Production Resource Group AG
Stageco Belgium N.V.
The Powershop BV
DECO DESIGN - Hinnerup Production
Christian Jensen - Lead Designer Props and Decorations
COSTUME & MAKE-UP
Isabel Seidler - Costume Design
Linda Mikolaskova & Team - Make-up
Freecaster / Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE)
Franck Villano - TV Director
Kooné & Paul Gärtner - Photographer
Christian Fussenegger - Videographer
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Rockhal & Rocklab
Luxembourg Space Agency
European Space Agency
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