Rearward lifting curtain

custom systems

The Rearward lifting curtain is fixed at the top to a Top batten and it is endowed with a pocket with a bar at the bottom. A fly facility predisposed on purpose, the so-called in Italian ''Tiro in seconda'' (fly facility in second position), generally with manual operation, allows to lift the lower half of the curtain up to the Flyloft, until the lower half disappears from the sight going up on the back, behind the higher half.The system is used above all for the historical curtains or for the backdrops that cannot climb ''in prima'' (in the first position, near the proscenium) because of some impediment, that means that they cannot be pulled up to the Flyloft until they disappear.The most common impediment is the insufficient height of the Flyloft.
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In the sketch, the Top batten is not fixed but it is endowed with a fly facility, the stable fly facility (tiro stabile).The stable fly facility and the second fly facility (tiro di ordimento) are both counterbalanced and separated in order to be able to lift together or autonomously the respective bars.At choice, a lapel of the Rearward lifting curtain near its foot can contain a rotating bar (burattino) that maintains the Rearward lifting curtain stretched during the lifting of the bar of the bottom (stangone di piede), avoiding the fluttering of the curtain.
The system of the Rearward lifting curtain is even more commonly used for the lifting of scenographical backdrops. On the left: a backdrop that can be lifted vertically to the flyloft up to its disappearance. At the center: backdrop with fly facility in second position.On the right: backdrop with fly facility in third position.For really low flyloft, one can use the fly facility in fourth position, in fifth position, and so on.
Ulla von Brandenburg, ''Das Was Ist'' Rearward lifting curtain made of painted ASC - Sceno muslin.
Teatro Massimo Bellini, ''Tannhäuser'' Curtain made of FMB - Macbeth 400 velvet with Rearward lifting opening.
Suntory Hall, ''Don Giovanni'' A Rearward lifting curtain constituted by a backdrop realized with Digital printing that discovers the scene with a rearward lifting.
Teatro Principal, ''El mágico prodigioso'' A backdrop made of EVT - Light Sceno Poly digital printing sheer muslin ...
... used as a Rearward lifting curtain.
The Rearward lifting curtain can be made up with vertical fullness or with flat making, with two central opening tails or with a single tail.
One or more ropes, connected to one or several points of the lower edge of the curtain or near it, are used to lift it towards the center of the stage, thus uncovering the scene.
with fixed bar at the top
with bar at the top endowed with fly facilities
with a revolving bar at the bottom to stretch the curtain
with pocket for bar at one third of the height for the fly facility ''in third position''
with pocket for bar at the half of the height for the fly facility ''in fourth position'', etc.

Video & Documentation

Projections on HSK - Tempesta Stropicciata silk

This material was used for...

''The Adventure of the Curtain''

Main curtains

Ballet Nacional de España, ''Alento''


Flyloft system

Rigging systems

Manual fly facilities

Rigging systems

Suntory Hall, ''Don Giovanni''

Lyric opera

Teatro Principal, ''El mágico prodigioso''

Prose theatre

Ulla von Brandenburg, ''Das Was Ist''

Exhibitions, art, architecture

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