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The Stage masking of the neoclassic Teatro Sociale of Como (Italy).The Stage masking was manufactured with COS - Oscurante Molton according to classic modalities (WCP - Strap, WOC - Eyelets e WLA - Ties on the top, hems on the sides), and it is composed by eighteen parts: - twelve wings (six for each side) size 3 x h 9 m;- five top masking 19 x h 3 m; - a backdrop 19 x h 10 m.The Stage masking is installed here in an academic way but without the first four tops, whose absence leaves so to glimpse the ancient wooden grid of which the stage of the Teatro Sociale is endowed. Teatro Sociale
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The parts that compose a so-called ''classical stage masking'', in which the wings are installed at an angle in comparison to the front of the stage.A - curtainB - arlecchinoC - valanceD - wingE - topF - backdrop1 - proscenium2 - space of the sceneIt must be possible to install the wings also with different positions of this, depending on the kind and on the needs of the show.
Classical Stage maskingThe angled position of the wings has the assignment to close the view of the audience on the service areas of the stage, also allowing a sufficiently easy access to the stage from every side position.A - curtainB - arlecchinoC - valanceD - wingE - topF - backdrop1 - proscenium2 - space of the scene
Straight Stage maskingIt is used in the installations in which it is necessary an easy access to the stage of many perfomerses contemporarily, for instance in the in ballets installationsIn order to avoid the audience to see the service areas, the wings must be installed in a closer way and, therefore, they are usually installed in a higher quantity in comparison to that of the classical Stage masking .D - wings
Box Stage maskingThe installation of the wings according to this scheme allows, if necessary, to widen the space of the scene.The passage with open curtain of actors and scenes through the space of the scene and the service areas is usually avoided, because the view on the service areas is discovered by the inevitable move of the wings.D - wings
The Stage masking of the Teatro Sociale of Como is here lifted at the height of the Flyloft.The parts of the stage masking have to be moved easily in order to follow quickly the scenographical needs of the shows. Teatro Sociale
A view of the stage with the Stage masking installed in the classical way and with the trusses lowered. Teatro Sociale
The Stage masking is here installed ''straight'', with the disposition used above all for the intallations of the classical ballets, to allow an easy passage of many ballet performers during the representations.To avoid to see the service areas of the stage, the wings are installed closer among them than in the ''classical'' way.
The Stage masking has the assignment to delimit the space of the scene from the service areas of the stage that have to stay hidden to the view of the spectator.

Normally it is not illuminated and, when it happens, it doesn't have to reflect the light, but to absorb it.
Besides, it has to darken, that is to serve as a barrier to any light set behind it (scene lights and lights of the service areas).

It is usually manufactured with black fabrics, that have to be darkening and light absorbing, like:

See also ...

Claudio Baglioni, ''Q.P.G.A.''

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