Artec has been selected to provide Design and
Planning Services (Theatre Planning, Theatre Equipment Design, Sound
& Communication Systems Design, Economic Feasibility, and Acoustics)
Icelandic National Concert and Conference Centre, Reykjavik.
Scheduled to open in late 2009, the Centre will feature an 1800-seat
concert hall, which will be the permanent home of the Iceland
Symphony Orchestra. It will also be used by various other local
and touring orchestral ensembles. The Centre will also feature a
450-seat recital/rehearsal hall and a 750-seat conference hall,
each accommodating a wide variety of events. Earlier, Artec conducted
utilization studies and prepared pro forma financial projections
of the operations of both the music performance spaces and conference
We are currently preparing preliminary conceptual
designs for these facilities, that will be used for the international
competition to select the developer and architect. The complete
facility will include a 250-unit hotel, 15,000 sqm of retail space,
and other related program elements.
Joel E. Rubin, Artec Principal Consultant, has been nominated
for the 2004 Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering
work in the lighting industry.
The prestigious "Wally" Award was established in 1992
and is given yearly, in memory of Wally Russell to honor an individual
who exhibits a strong sense of leadership, a commitment to technological
innovation, and a career of service to the lighting industry. The
winner is selected through a voting process open to the lighting
industry at large. Dr.
Rubin reports his proudest achievement is having nurtured and
mentored a small army of professionals with a love of lighting,
who have each earned leading places in the profession.
Additional nominees this year are George C. Izenour
and William Klages, of whom Dr.
Rubin says, "I am honored by being nominated in the same
group as these two great professionals." The 2004 "Wally"
will be presented as part of the Lighting Dimensions and Entertainment
Design conference in Las Vegas in October.
Industry professionals can vote for the candidate
of their choice by emailing their vote to Ellen Lampert-Gréaux
Deadline is August 15.
Robert Wilson's new production, I
La Galígo, recently premiered in the Theatre
- Theatres on the Bay in Singapore. The highly successful show
was co-produced by Esplanade and rehearsed in the performing arts
Dubbed a "four-hour spectacle of song and
dance, mantra and martial arts" by Newsweek, I
La Galígo takes its inspiration from the Indonesian
creation myth "Sureq Caligo". Compared in adventure content
to Homer's Odyssey but six times as lengthy, "Sureq
Caligo" had until recently, never been compiled into a single
manuscript or fully translated. Despite the fact that few besides
scholars had read the text, a strong oral tradition allowed it to
influence the music, costumes, architecture, and ritual of Indonesia's
South Sulaesi people in a way that still resonates.
The project brought together a mixture of traditional
and modern performing artists from numerous Indonesian ethnic groups.
The music for I
La Galígo is inspired by the melodies and traditional
musical elements of the people of South Sulawesi. A primary consideration
in putting together the instruments of the I
La Galígo ensemble has been to work with traditional
instruments, augmented by specially made "new" instruments.
The show will tour co-presenting venues including
the Musiktheater in Amsterdam and festivals in Ravenna, Lyon and
Barcelona before culminating at New York's Lincoln Center Festival
- Theatres on the Bay is one of the world's newest and most
acclamed performing arts centers. Opened in 2002, it boasts a highly
acclaimed 1800-seat concert
hall, 2000-seat theatre
(designed in the tradition of Italian horseshoe opera houses), three
smaller performance and rehearsal rooms and an outdoor
performance venue. Artec provided comprehensive acoustics
design services to this project.