Kabuki curtains

custom systems

Realized in a whole piece, the Kabuki curtain unhooks from the supporting bar and falls in a while, creating an amazing surprise effect thanks to which the scene seems to appear from nothing.
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The 9SK - Kabuki with manual tilter with rotating bar and release with nails without head. In evidence the two fly facilities: the one releasing the curtain, that provokes the rotation on its own axle of the supporting bar, and the fly facility for the pulling up and down the same bar used for the re-establishment of the curtain.
Teatro La Fenice, ''Il killer di parole'' Kabuki curtain made of 8. grey HSE - Tempesta silk with Digital printing, size 16,8 x 11 m ...
... during the fall and the change of scene which, as often happens, coincides with a lighting change.The curtain went against the light, a large illuminated frame appeared in transparency behind the silk, which is unhooked ...
... and, inflating, floats slowly towards the ground.
Teatro Espaņol, ''Armengol'' Kabuki curtain made with the elastic fabric LWE - Windel, white colour.The fall of the curtain ...
... is sudden, dramatic and coincides with a change of lights and music.It happens with a speed that is accented by the elasticity of the fabric LWE - Windel, that had been anchored to the floor to make the fall really violent during the unhookThe purpose was to emphasize ...
... the entrance in the scene of the dramatic symbol hidden behind the white innocence of the curtain.
The Kabuki curtain normally uses the force of gravity to reveal the scene with a surprise effect of great rapidity.
The curtain, hung from a rotating tube or other structure, is released and falls to the ground,
The effect can be continued for a few seconds using a lightweight fabric that offers resistance to air, such as the HSE - Tempesta silk.
With a special making, the Kabuki curtain can be used for a double fall effect.
In that case, its lower side is first dropped in front of the uncovered scene, while the upper side remains hanging, thus producing a closing effect. In a second time the upper side is also released, creating the opening effect.
A device for curtain opening by dropping it was described in 1638 by the scenographer Nicola Sabbatini in his treatise Pratica di fabricar scene e machine ne' teatri (Practice of making scenes and machines in theaters).

Mechanical system with manual operation

Video & Documentation

Tiziano Ferro, ''AME'': test kabuki curtain made of Tempesta silk

Arena Sferisterio, ''Les contes d'Hoffmann'': kabuki backdrop made of Tempesta silk

Tiziano Ferro, ''AME'': kabuki curtain made of Tempesta silk

This material was used for...

Eros Ramazzotti, ''Ali e Radici''


Eros Ramazzotti, ''Calma Apparente''


Luciano Ligabue, ''Tour Ellesette''


Teatro Espaņol, ''Armengol''

Prose theatre

Teatro La Fenice, ''Il killer di parole''

Lyric opera

Teatro San Carlo, ''Aida''

Lyric opera

Teatro Sociale di Rovigo, ''Otello''

Lyric opera

TF1, ''Les Restos du Cœur'' 2

Cinema, TV, Ads

Tiziano Ferro, ''Alla mia etā''


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