Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden – Dresden's biggest theatre project

    The conversion and building work on the Kraftwerk Mitte project has created a new centre for culture and creativity in Dresden city centre. Alongside the college of music, an events location and plenty of space for young, creative companies and startups, it also offers two important Dresden playhouses a new home.
    Dresden State Operetta, previously on the city outskirts, and the Junge Generation theatre have a new venue whose foyer they share along with various functional units. At the same time, Kraftwerk Mitte enables them to put on shows at the same time, with separate staff and their own independent structures.
    The Kraftwerk Mitte venue is a successful combination of old fabric and a new development. The old power station’s machine room, with its rusty steel girders and old gantry crane, is now used as a foyer. The new extension accommodates four stages: the hall for Dresden State Operetta, which seats 700, and the large stage of the Junge Generation theatre, which seats 350, plus the small stage and the studio stage. Further rehearsal rooms are found in a tower. SBS supplied and installed all the stage equipment and the COSTACOwin® computer control system for all four stages. In December 2016, Kraftwerk Mitte was officially opened and immediately went into regular operation.

    In May 2017, the Eastern group of the German Theatre Technical Society (DTHG) met at Kraftwerk Mitte. In addition to some interesting lectures, there were tours of Kraftwerk Mitte and the Kulturpalast. There was great interest among the almost 100 DTHG members; it is unusual for regional group meetings to attract such large numbers.

    Photo: Kai-Uwe Schulte-Bundert

    Taiwan – SBS makes an impression with its quality, commitment and on-time delivery

    Taiwan's most important theatre was opened in 1987. Spread over four tiers, it has seating for 1,524 audience members. The theatre enjoys high international prestige, in part due to its commitment to preserving the art of classical Chinese theatre.
    In 2015, the decision was made to revamp it thoroughly, an international call for bids was made for the installation of new stage technology, including control technology, and SBS won. For SBS Bühnentechnik GmbH, the challenge to this task lay not only in its demanding list of services but also, above all, in the short time period available to carry them out and the company's lack of local knowledge.

    There were eight months from work starting on the construction site to it being presented to the user. The National Theatre Taipei project had a tight time frame from the very first day.
    Within just six weeks, the existing stage machinery and associated steel structure was removed, and each bolt was removed from every part of the building, right up to the roof trusses. Immediately afterwards, the installation of the new machinery began. 96 new drives were installed in the overstage machinery and 42 in the understage equipment.

    One particular challenge was organising the drives in the understage chamber. The old system’s stage lifts did not allow the lowest platform to be driven to the level of the storage space beneath the stage.
    To add a key function to the stage lift system, all the drive technology for the platforms was moved from the middle to the edge of the pit, ensuring that every cubic centimetre of available space was being used. The space in the pit where the drives used to be can now be used for stage lifts to sink down further, while the uninterrupted lower platform can now be used for staging performances.

    All 138 drives are controlled by SBS’s own COSTACOwin® computer control system. This tried-and-tested control system is already working away successfully in almost 100 theatres in more than 20 countries. In line with DIN EN 61508, it is certified according to the “SIL 3” safety integration level and thus complies with the highest safety standards in the industry.

    Immediately after SBS had completed the project, on 3 March 2017, the Taipei National Theatre began its regular programme. This was Taiwan’s first major theatre project in recent years to have been completed within budget and on schedule.
    Our special thanks go to the customer and their representatives, with whom we formed a good, goal-oriented team. The Taiwanese project partners commissioned to carry out work on site also played an important role in this successful team performance.
    The opening was a shared success!

    Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martin”

    This conference centre and concert hall, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, opened in 2003 and has become a symbol of the capital of the Canary Islands thanks to its architectural similarity to the Sydney Opera House. The auditorium is home to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and offers a rich repertoire of music, opera and theatrical performances. Accordingly, the stage is equipped with both a modular orchestra shell and conventional overstage equipment. The auditorium’s operators are planning to considerably improve its safety, availability and comfort by renovating and extending it in the next few years.
    During the renovations, the entire overstage system will be connected by a single computer control unit, our COSTACOwin®. For this purpose, 23 manual line sets are being replaced by mechanical ones and the 33 drives already fitted are being equipped with a necessary second brake. The renovations will take place during the 2017 summer break, and further redevelopment measures are planned for the following years.

    3D-Software VISTOR

    Our 3D software VISTOR – The virtual stage director - offers you a realistic early impression of what your upcoming performance will actually look like. VISTOR works with your own stage machinery and lighting equipment.
    The 3D visualization covers all elements, the stage machinery, the stage design and scenery, the lighting, the stage area and the auditorium.

    Advantages of VISTOR visualization:

    • real-time visualization
    • all details shown with extreme precision
    • any viewing angle you desire
    • simple management of scenery (scenery import)
    • collision recognition between all elements
    • physical simulation close to reality
    • simple management of complete performance and individual scenes (import of scenes)
    • diverse viewing angles
    • possibility of overlaying visualization with a real camera image
    • optimal integration of stage designs for guest
    • performances and roadshow equipment

    Wirtschaft für ein weltoffenes Sachsen e.V.

    The SBS group is a member of the association “Wirtschaft für ein weltoffenes Sachsen” (Businesses for a globally aware Saxony). As a tradition-steeped medium-sized company with many years in the export business, we feel duty-bound to take action towards strengthening Saxony’s economic power. Among other things, this includes strengthening the trust shown us by our national and international customers and business partners by taking a stance against the xenophobic and anti-immigrant tendencies in our region and the city of Dresden. We are aware of our responsibility to improve the reputation of the city of Dresden and the Free State of Saxony and set it down in writing for the public, our customers and our workforce.

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