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Scenic lighting modernised in the UNI.T theatre and rehearsal hall of the Berlin University of the Arts

The object
Ranking among the major arts education institutions of the world, the University of the Arts in Berlin is not only rooted in a longstanding tradition but boasts an especially  varied portfolio of courses as well. The teaching offered by the Fine Art, Design, Music, and Performing Arts Departments and by the Berlin Career College encompasses the entire spectrum of the arts and related academic studies in more than 70 degree programmes. Besides with more than 500 events per year the University of the Arts is an important culture operator in Berlin. The University's theatre and rehearsal hall, referred to as UNI.T,  was designed by the architect Paul Baumgarten. The construction work took eight years from 1967 till 1975. As the last building of Baumgarten's œuvre and testimony to the era it was designated as a listed monument. Most of the stage and light equipment and of the building services date back to the original construction period. The UNI.T is not a theatre like any other of Berlin's stages. It is the venue of an institution primarily concerned with training students for various theatre professions. In the Performing Arts Department students take courses to be actors, opera, lied, and concert singers, musical performers, stage designers, costume designers, acting instructors, and authors.

The job
Following a public call for tenders the University of the Arts charged Amptown System Company with modernising and upgrading the infrastructure of the scenic lighting, work, and blue light equipment in the UNI.T theatre and rehearsal hall. Planners of itv, an engineering company specialising in theatre and event technology, were commissioned to develop the lighting concept. When this had been completed, ASC implemented the project expertly and competently, working together closely with the planners all the time. In fact the preparatory measures proceeded very swiftly, too, with only 4 weeks passing between receipt of the order and the moment work started. The greatest challenge the system integrator had to cope with regarding this project was to accommodate the mass of the cables required while taking the structural and physical characteristics of the building into account and to provide for many new and more spacious cable paths. As many as 600 cables with cross sections up to 5 x 10 mm2 arrived in the existing dimmer room for instance.

The solution
ASC began by dismounting and disposing of the majority of the existing installations which used to ensure the scenic lighting or belonged to the work and blue light equipment, starting from the existing sub-distribution units. This procedure involved the entire cable network, the cable support systems, and the junction and connection boxes including the sockets. ASC also removed the flat-ribbon cables of the proscenium bridge and of the slip-ring body of the rotating platform.
ASC built in two network cabinets in the dimmer room where the control signals are distributed and routed from. They installed all necessary components such as Ethernet switches, patch panels, DMX boosters, network nodes, and protocol converters. 

In a second step the Hamburg-based system integrator reinstalled the cables and the network feeding the stage lighting system. This involved connecting the newly installed circuits to the existing switchgear in the dimmer room and clamping the circuits of the work and the blue lights on to the sub-distribution boards. ASC renewed the movable flat-ribbon cables connected with the proscenium bridge and the slip-ring body of the revolving platform. 

ASC replaced all of the existing work lights in the stage tower and in the auditorium with LED work lights. Moreover the system specialist installed a completely new DMX-controllable blue light system produced by the British manufacturer GDS which is equipped with dimmable LED luminaires and matching power supply units. For the stage and auditorium area ASC configured nearly 100 connection boxes with the required load terminals and and multicore outlets. Furthermore a network of data and DMX connection points covering the entire hall area was provided which offers the UNI.T sustained flexibility and operational availability regarding stage floodlight control both for the present and the future. 

The lighting system comprises:
•    approximately 230 dimmer circuits with different power levels
•    approximately 220 direct and switching circuits as shockproof and CEE sockets
•    approximately 200 data and DMX connections
•    approximately 39,000 m of power cables
•    approximately 13,000 m of data cables

To enable the operating staff to use the newly installed switching circuits and the redistributed work and blue light luminaires with the utmost convenience while performances in the theatre are going on, ASC integrated the new system components including the analogue slave consoles (stage management console and signal distribution centre) into the existing system.

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    The UNI.T in the Berlin University of the Arts

    The university's own theatre hall offers students the valuable opportunity to test themselves on and behind the stage and to present themselves to an audience which for its part is given an insight into the training the University of the Arts provides.

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    The UNI.T in the Berlin University of the Arts

    In the dimmer room of the UNI.T ASC set up a new infrastructure and built in two network cabinets where the control signals are distributed and routed. They contain the components required for the purpose such as Ethernet switches, patch panels, DMX boosters, network nodes, and protocol converters.

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    The UNI.T in the Berlin University of the Arts

    Approximately 600 cables with cross sections up to 5 x 10mm2 arrive at the existing dimmer system. The newly installed switching circuits and the redistributed work and blue light luminaires are integrated into the existing system, including the lighting technician's and stage manager's console.

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    The UNI.T in the Berlin University of the Arts

    ASC rerouted the cables and the line network for the stage lighting system in the auditorium. ASC replaced all of the existing work lights in the stage tower and the auditorium with LED work lights.

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    The UNI.T in the Berlin University of the Arts

    By installing a completely new DMX-controllable blue light system of the British manufacturer GDS, the system specialist saw to it that more varied illumination is available above the lighting bridges.

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    The UNI.T in the Berlin University of the Arts

    ASC established a network of data and DMX connection points covering the entire stage and auditorium area which provides for sustained flexibility. With countless options available for stage floodlight control, the UNI.T is optimally equipped for any present and future requirements.

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