Swag curtains

custom systems

In the Swag curtain (also said Italian curtain or Imperial curtain) the curtain is fixed at the top, the two halves open with a cable device that pulls a central point of every half set to two or three meters from the floor until the top corners of the proscenium.The opening mechanism ...
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... is schematized here in the way according to which they realized it in the theatrical buildings of the '700 and of the 800, where the Flyloft and the garret were an unique room in which the wooden trusses of the coverage were exposed and they were used by the stage mechanism (e.g. in the Teatro Rossini of Lugo of Romagna).In these cases, what in the Italian theaters they were called ''tiri in botte'' (''in botte'' fly facilities), as that of this sketch ...
... were set in series among the wooden carrying structures of the roof, or fixed to the vertical central elements of the same.The modern stage technique has subsequently privileged the fragmentation of the fly facilities, also for safety reasons and the ancient ''tiri in botte'', very beautiful and spectacular, have almost exclusively been maintained in the conservative restaurations of the most ancient theaters.
Teatro Rossini A Swag curtain made of FOT - Otello velvet.The opening system is endowed with a varying speed automatism.Often the mechanism of the Swag curtain is compatible, within the same curtain, also with other types of openings.The Swag curtain of the Teatro Rossini has also ...
... a Traveller curtain system realized with a Laser rail system.ź... the swag or imperial opening is the tradition in Italian opera theatre (how many have repented because of having abandoned this wonderful opening). Simultaneously and with the same means, it is possible also a traveller opening, much more suited to prose performances.╗Koki Fregni, in The Rossini of Lugo - About the restauration of a famous theatre, 1986.
Compagnia Finzi Pasca, ''La veritÓ'' Swag curtain made of silver HLU - Lucilla with wings and valance made of the same fabric.
Teatro alla Scala, ''The Barber of Seville'' Swag curtain made of pink HSV - Trevi satin.The ropes and rings typical of the Swag opening ...
... were perfectly visible to the audience.The curtain was installed on the stage on the reverse, it was hung behind a second portal, which was false but fully functional.The arched portal visible in the foreground is actually that of another curtain.
The Swag curtain has an opening movement which, depending on the size of the curtain and on the materials, can create a majestic and solemn impression or a lighter and more playful one.
It is normally made of two tails with a central opening and with vertical fullness.
Each tail is equipped on its back with a series of guide rings in which the cable of a manual or motorized fly facility can slide.
The cable is used to lift the fabric from the center towards the two upper corners of the proscenium.
Its making is identical to that of the Fly and swag curtain, with respect to which it uses a simpler mechanical system because its curtain is fixed at the top, while in the Fly and swag opening the curtain is also raised.
The Swag opening is also suitable for stages with reduced height and side spaces.
It is compatible with the Traveler opening system, with which it is frequently combined.
- with Truss
- straight
- shaped
- double tail and central surmount
- single tail for lateral opening

Manual operation
- Manual fly facilities (light curtains only)
- Counterbalanced fly facilities
Motorized operation
- 2MT - Pilewind hoists for motorized fly facilities
- Motorized fly facilities for flyloft

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Gigantic swag curtain, opening test

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Exhibitions, art, architecture

Cabaret Tropicana

Public places

Compagnia Finzi Pasca, ''La veritÓ''

Prose theatre

Limonaia di Palazzo Ruschi

Curtains for multi-purpose settings

Opera House of Cairo

Curtains for historical theaters

Opernhaus ZŘrich

Curtains for historical theaters

Teatro alla Scala, ''Der Rosenkavalier''

Lyric opera

Teatro alla Scala, ''The Barber of Seville''

Lyric opera

Teatro Carlo Felice, ''The Merry Widow''

Lyric opera

Teatro Comunale di Casalmaggiore

Curtains for historical theaters

Teatro El Circulo

Curtains for historical theaters

Teatro Lirico, ''Capriccio''

Lyric opera

Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine

Curtains for historical theaters

Teatro Rossini

Curtains for historical theaters

Teatro Sociale, ''Thus Do They All''

Lyric opera

Winter Olympics Turin 2006, curtain


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