Millennium Dome Opening Ceremony


Artistic Licence (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of DMX-Kabuki, a motion control system designed specifically for Kabuki style drape reveals.

As with many of Artistic's products, DMX-Kabuki was born of a custom requirement: Blackout Ltd commissioned Artistic Licence to develop the entire control system and cable infrastructure required to reveal the Millennium Dome during the opening ceremony on New Year's Eve. The control system was required to sequentially release a 600m circumference of drapes, and so reveal the outer circumference of the Dome to those seated in the central area.

Each DMX-Kabuki controls up to four motor releases via DMX512. The product is enclosed in a G-Clamp mounting case for ease of truss mounting. The product also provides large fuse fail indicators, visible from ground level along with internal DMX512 isolation and re-transmission.

A total of twelve DMX-Kabuki along with Artistic Licence DMX distribution products and Proplex DMX512 cable were used for the opening ceremony. As many millions saw on TV, the effect was spectacular, even producing a smile from Her Majesty The Queen!