Fixed and modular stages for any kind of project!
The stage is a must when it comes to organizing an event. It can be arranged inside a hall or in an outdoor space. It is necessary for a theater or opera show, for a concert, or for any other artistic act. There are several types of stages that can be built, taking into account the positioning of the audience, but also the level of visibility. Depending on the characteristics of the chosen perimeter or building, the actual construction of the stage may involve various processes and techniques, simple or complex. If the installation of the stage will be temporary, this aspect must also be considered - that is why, in such situations, the assembly and disassembly time, but also the transport methods, are essential elements that can influence the whole process.
- What types of stages can be made?
The most common types are: amphitheater, Italian box, and arena. They differ from each other in special characteristics that are related to the positioning of the audience towards the protagonists, the dimensions of the ensemble, and its structure design, created according to the surrounding space.
The amphitheater-type stage dates back to Antiquity, being used by both Greeks and Romans to organize theater performances, fights, races, or other events in which citizens participated. The first amphitheaters could accommodate a large audience of about 17,000 people, and, gradually, their capacity increased, being ideal for 40,000-60,000 spectators. The ancient amphitheater was generally structured in a semicircle and contained multiple steps. The stage was the lowest level, and the bleachers were arranged at different height levels. In general, this type of classic ensemble remained specific to outdoor locations. The contemporary amphitheater that is being built in interior spaces is a little different, being rectangular in shape, arranged on three sides and having numerous special mechanisms and hatches.
The Italian box-type stage requires the spectators to be seated on one side. This is the most common structure in modern theaters. The stage includes elements, such as backstage drapes and soffits that make up the stage setting. They are often made of black velvet, but sometimes other colours or materials are chosen. Such an ensemble has in its structure a bridge, tormentors, legs, and tabs - these are useful for placing spotlights or other decorative objects.
The arena is less common, because the audience is seated on all four sides, being in contact with the actors, from all angles of perspective. Therefore, this type of stage requires special scenographic concepts, which establish and use this relationship in a well-defined way.
- How to build a stage?
The aesthetic concept is what guides the realization of a stage. The requirements and details are discussed in advance with the initiators of the project, and then, once all these things are established, its construction can begin. The procedures and methods used may differ from one type of stage to another. If the chosen structure is a fixed one, the techniques used will focus on other distinct segments, which are not found in a mobile one.
The stage can have integrated technical, mechanical, or electrical mechanisms. Whether you want to opt for a turntable with hidden mechanism or you prefer simple or hydraulic hatches, mobile clearances or concentric turnstiles that can rotate individually or simultaneously, it is recommended to mention all of these details in your initial plan, in order to find out how the realization of such an ensemble can be made.
A great number of experts are involved in building a stage - the scenographer (or architect) is the one who proposes the design, and the construction engineer, structural engineer, mechanics, welders, and carpenters contribute to the actual creation of the desired product.
The stage - The centerpiece of the show!
The stage is an ensemble that helps to create a framework for developing an artistic act or an event. Both the fixed and the mobile version are suitable for certain types of indoor and outdoor spaces. Take all these aspects into account when choosing the right structure. Also, after you have selected the ideal stage, you can work with the production team to discover the best solutions for arranging and decorating it. Depending on the design you want, you can then focus on other necessary elements, such as a vertical or horizontal curtain or other decorative objects.
- What materials are used for building a stage?
In the construction process, various materials can be used, which positively contribute to the joining of the final frame. The metal structure is essential for achieving a strong and safe stage. It can be covered later with dry wood, tego, or other type of plywood, which can give a special stylistic note to the whole structure. In fact, if the scenographic project opts for certain aesthetic details, the stage can be painted (our team also offers painting services) or can be combined with a special carpet, in order to create a unique and original decor.
Theater stages of different sizes, made of durable and high-quality materials!
The dimensions of a stage may vary depending on the characteristics of the selected location. The space guides the dimensions of the final structure - therefore, this detail is the first to consider in the project’s development process.
The durability of the construction can be influenced by how it is being handled, but also by the quality of the materials used – if the conditions are optimal, a stage can be functional for decades.
Building a stage can take between 2 weeks and 3 months, depending on the complexity of the project. If you want to find out an approximate deadline, the ALTAX team will help you and, after consulting your scenographic plan, they will estimate how long the process may take.
ROUND AMPHITHEAT SCENE 1
Italian box type scene
Round amphitheater scene 2
Round amphitheater scene 3