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Drone show “Constellations” celebrates the New Old Town of Frankfurt

2019 | EVENT | TOURISMUS+CONGRESS GMBH | FRANKFURT AM MAIN | DRONE SHOW

For the opening ceremony of the New Old Town, the drone show “Constellations” combines light, music and language above the Main to create a poetic homage to Frankfurt.

The challenge

A public and media-effective presentation on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of Frankfurt’s New Old Town.

 

Our approach

A multimedia synthesis of the arts, with LED drones in the leading role.

 

Skills

Conception, planning, realisation

Credits

Client: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main (TCF)

Overall artistic direction Atelier Markgraph, Frankfurt am Main

Speakers: Gergana Muskalla & Stéphane Bittoun

Realisation partner: bright!, Hoerfeld, SKYMAGIC

BESIDES PERSONALITIES AND FIGURES, THE MAIN CONTENT OF THE “CONSTELLATIONS” – „A SYMPHONY FOR THE OLD TOWN OF FRANKFURT“ ARE ALSO TRADITIONAL EVENTS AND LANDMARKS OF THE CITY.

The drone choreography poses a great challenge, because the images resulting from the positioning of the drones must be recognizable from many different perspectives. In front of the verspertine Main river scenery, the flight formations of the drones are accompanied by the sculptural light effects of differently coloured sky beams.

“Frankfurt is a place of diversity and contrasts. For centuries the dialogue has been lived and celebrated here with sovereignty. Traces of this diverse urban identity can also be found everywhere in the New Old Town. We use the newest generation of technology for an iconographic performance that honours this cosmopolitan attitude of Frankfurt in poetic images. The Main, the city's lifeline, is the perfect stage for this”.
Stefan Weil, managing CCO of Atelier Markgraph

Stefan Weil, managing CCO of Atelier Markgraph

THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE PRODUCTION CAPTURES THE DIALOGUE MUSICALLY.

Sebastian Hohberg and Jan Mayerhofer created a fusion of classical music and electronics especially for this occasion. They reinterpret parts of the composition by the composer Georg Philipp Telemann, who lived in the Old Town. The embedded quotations come from the pen of probably the most famous former inhabitant of the Old Town, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - a passionate proponent of diversity in his day.  He is one of the voices in the symphony for a contrasting urban identity whose ”Constellations” create a narrative mirror image.

Credits

Client: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main (TCF)

Overall artistic direction Atelier Markgraph, Frankfurt am Main

Speakers: Gergana Muskalla & Stéphane Bittoun

Realisation partner: bright!, Hoerfeld, SKYMAGIC

Awards

Best of the Best, Red Dot Award 2019

Silver, BrandEx Award 2020

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