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Captivating visuals, courtesy of Christie Integrated Solutions and the Dead Puppet Society of Australia, bring Darwin’s journey through ‘The Wider Earth’ to life

Christie and Dead Puppet Society, an Australia-based production house and design company with an international reach, have once again collaborated to deliver realistic visuals for its latest theatrical performance, The expanded Earth.

The award-winning story of a rebellious young Charles Darwin and his daring journey aboard HMS Beagle halfway around the world will premiere on 5 February 2022 at the Princess Theater in Brisbane. This highly anticipated event features an ensemble cast, remarkable puppets, cinematic screenings and an evocative original score. This is the second year in a row that Christie has provided integrated solutions support for the acclaimed live performances of Dead Puppet Society following the huge success of Ishmael in September 2021.

Among the highlights of The expanded Earth are captivating projections made possible by three Christie DWU1075-GS 1DLP laser projectors equipped with the Christie Mystique automated alignment and recalibration solution. Content management and processing is performed by Christie Pandoras Box Players, Pandoras Box Manager and Widget Designer running the versatile and powerful Christie Pandoras Box Version 8 software.

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“We are very proud of the large-scale screenings in The expanded Earth that immerse audiences in the storyline, where they can experience Darwin’s earth-shattering journey through phenomenal imagery produced by Christie laser projectors,” said David Morton, Creative Director of Dead Puppet Society and Director/Co-Designer of The expanded Earth. “We are thrilled to once again bring our creative vision to life with Christie’s reliable laser projectors equipped with the Mystique auto-calibrating solution. The ability to seamlessly align, calibrate and maintain images of three projectors in minutes, instead of hours, is just amazing.”

Christie Solutions takes the living room to a new level

Nicholas Paine, Executive Producer, Dead Puppet Society, and Creative Producer of The expanded Earthadded: “Christie solutions have taken our show to a whole new level with bold and colorful imagery. Besides the stunning visuals presented by the DWU1075-GS laser projectors, the new Pandoras Box Version 8 also works exceptionally well with the Pandoras Box Players, Manager and Widget Designer to intensify the storytelling process. The content displayed on the big screen beautifully complements the elaborate models, miniaturized landscapes and live performers on stage to deliver this captivating story behind one of history’s most important discoveries.

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Of the Christie solutions deployed in ‘The Wider Earth’, Nicolas Paine, Executive Producer of the Dead Puppet Society and the show’s Creative Producer, said, “The content shown on the big screen complements the elaborate models, miniaturized landscapes and live performers on stage to deliver this captivating story behind one of history’s most important discoveries. (Image credit: Prudence Upton)

Greg Spence, Senior Business Development Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Enterprise, Christie, commented: “The expanded Earth is a visually stunning and sophisticated stage performance that combines masterful puppetry, live performances and immersive projections to deliver a multi-sensory theatrical experience. We are excited to continue our collaboration with Dead Puppet Society by equipping the production team with a suite of our projection and integrated solutions capable of opening up a world of creative possibilities.”

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The professional-grade Christie DWU1075-GS laser projector delivers superior performance and reliability in high-use environments, and eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements by delivering 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. Featuring 10,875 lumens, advanced color reproduction, wireless connectivity, a small footprint, quiet operation and a full suite of lenses, the DWU1075-GS is ideal for the theater as well as meeting rooms, conference rooms, education, places of worship and other similar places.

Mystique takes the guesswork out of multi-projector systems

Designed to simplify and automate the process of warping and merging multiple projectors into a single seamless canvas, Christie Mystique saves setup time and cost, while providing freedom for projects almost anywhere. It takes the guesswork out of multi-projector systems, so the focus is on delivering an amazing experience for audiences.

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Christie Pandoras Box Version 8 is the ideal software solution for real-time video processing and show control. Packed with professional features in a high-performance, cost-effective platform, users can access the entire suite that includes NDI, SDVoE, Dante (Digital Audio Network Through Ethernet), and Notch with a single license. Pandoras Box Version 8 delivers the high-level multimedia processing performance required for fixed installations, live events, theaters and other entertainment environments.

Performing daily from February 5-19, 2022 at the Princess Theater (Brisbane),The expanded Earth is presented jointly by Dead Puppet Society, Trish Wadley Productions and Glass Half Full Productions. It will then be shown across Australia in Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns, Canberra, Wollongong, Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.