Type : Exterior, Technical Solutions, Theatres & Concert Halls, Transformable
Capacity : 912 seats
Cité de l’Énergie is a flourishing interpretation centre located in Shawinigan, Canada. The tourist attraction required an upscale evening entertainment venue to entice visitors to stay overnight. In 1999, Cité de l’Énergie hired Scéno Plus to conduct a feasibility study on creating a show in a 912-seat outdoor amphitheatre. Scéno Plus, in collaboration with Polyscènes Productions, went on to design a unique rotating amphitheatre, as well as all the technical infrastructures and theatrical equipment systems required for the show.
The creative team took full advantage of the unique features of the location, with the action moving from the river to the plain, from the forest to the huge observation tower.
Many components of the 86-foot wide rotating platform were custom-made for the project. A one-of-a-kind motorization system softly accelerates and decelerates the impressive mass with the whole audience aboard. The ball bearing system can withstand a weight of 100,000 pounds.
The 360o rotation of the amphitheatre made the design of the electrical infrastructures and cabling a sizeable challenge.
Due to the rotation feature, the sightline studies were complex and had to be revised several times
Definition of criteria and design for amphitheatre
Planning and development of all technical infrastructures and theatrical equipment systems