Imagine a stage as moving as the performances it hosts. Imagine lighting and sound so precisely choreographed that they blend seamlessly with the action, astonishing the audience and blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Welcome to the fascinating world of ProStage at Prolight + Sound.
- What does the ProStage theme area encompass?
- Your next step to the stage revolution
- The magic behind the curtain: stage technology at the heart of every show.
- From sketch to spectacle
- The wonder of automation
- Flexibility and creativity hand in hand
- More than just technology – an experience!
- Stages: Where the magic begins
- More than just wood and screws
- Technology meets tradition
- Stage floors: not just a base, but the basis for greatness
- Different occasions, different floors
- Safety and performance go hand in hand
- Technology meets design
- Environmentally friendly options
- Simple overview of different types of floors
- Truss systems and motors: Take your event to the next level
- What are truss systems and motors?
- Robust technology, fine tuning
- Safety is not an afterthought
- Sustainability and efficiency
- Pros & Cons: Why should companies from the theater / stage industry exhibit at Prolight + Sound?
- ProStage at Prolight + Sound: A must for every company in the live entertainment industry
- FAQ: Perfect answers to your questions
- What is ProStage at the Prolight + Sound trade fair?
- Why should companies from the theater / stage industry participate in Prolight + Sound?
- What are the costs associated with attending?
- How can one register for the trade fair?
- Further information and recommendations from our editorial team
What does the ProStage theme area encompass?
In a world where elaborate stage productions encompass all trades of the live entertainment industry, ProStage serves as the ultimate marketplace and idea center. It’s where key players in stage machinery, control and automation present their latest products and solutions. And it doesn’t stop with the stages themselves. Companies in the lighting and sound segments that offer specialized theater solutions are also represented.
It is a matter close to my heart that stage and theater technology, as the mainstay of the entertainment technology industry, is increasingly moving into the spotlight at Prolight + Sound. This highly emotional sector has found a home here in Frankfurt and it gives me great pleasure to shine a spotlight on it with our program.
Mira Wölfel, Director Prolight + Sound
Discover a wide range of product groups:
- Stage Technology: from automated curtains to state-of-the-art control systems, experience the technologies that are redefining the art of the possible.
- Stages: Find everything from modular stage elements for small events to massive structures that can support even the most elaborate productions.
- Flooring: Whether it’s dance, theater or concert, the right flooring can make all the difference. Learn about materials and technologies that enable best-in-class performance.
- Truss Systems / Motors: This is all about the bones and muscles of the stage – the systems that support, move and hold heavy loads in place.
- Specific stage accessories: discover the little things that make a big difference – from cable runs to specialized lighting options.
- Trade Media: Stay up to date with the latest trends, research and case studies that will expand your expertise and inspire your inspiration.
- Associations and Institutions: Network with organizations that shape and mold the industry. Here you’ll find not only expertise, but also opportunities for collaboration and education.
Your next step to the stage revolution
The world of live entertainment is constantly evolving, and ProStage is your ticket to a journey into the future of the industry. Discover groundbreaking technologies, make valuable contacts and get infected by the unlimited creative energy that Prolight + Sound has to offer.
The magic behind the curtain: stage technology at the heart of every show.
Imagine the curtain rising and an entire world appearing as if from nowhere: an enchanted forest, an urban jungle scenario, or perhaps a futuristic spaceship. If you’ve ever wondered how such wonders of entertainment art are possible, the answer is simple: stagecraft!
From sketch to spectacle
The journey of a stage production often begins on a designer’s drawing board, but it’s stagecraft that transforms those two-dimensional sketches into breathtaking, three-dimensional experiences. From the precise placement of lighting and sound to the choreography of moving stage elements, stage technicians are the unsung heroes who turn an artistic vision into reality.
The wonder of automation
Today, many on-stage processes are automated. A single click can set an entire orchestra of lights, motors and effects devices in motion. This precision allows artists to focus fully on their performance, while the technology in the background ensures a seamless overall experience.
Flexibility and creativity hand in hand
State-of-the-art control systems offer artists unprecedented freedom. Whether spontaneity or complex, pre-planned sequences – the latest stage technology adapts to every requirement. This creates a dynamic interplay between technology and art, offering the audience a constantly new and exciting experience.
More than just technology – an experience!
What makes a show unforgettable? Is it the sound that touches the heart or the light that stimulates the imagination? In truth, it is the harmonious symbiosis of all these elements, made possible by stage technology. Whether you realize it or not, if you are deeply moved by a performance, it’s also a victory for the experts behind the scenes.
Stages: Where the magic begins
Think about the last concert you attended, the last opera you saw, or the last play you experienced. The first thing that comes to mind is probably the performers, the music, or the story. But the unsung heroine of each of these events is the stage itself – that magical space that blurs the line between fantasy and reality.
More than just wood and screws
A stage is not just a physical platform, but a living organism that constantly responds to the needs of the performers and the production. With advanced mechanisms, stages today can rotate, divide, raise or lower to reveal new dimensions and perspectives.
The stage is the place where all the elements of the performance – lighting, sound, scenery, costumes and, of course, the performers themselves – come together. It acts as a canvas for the director’s creative vision and a mirror for the audience’s emotions. In its most versatile form, the stage can transform into a dense forest, a glittering castle, or a gloomy basement – often within minutes!
Technology meets tradition
While the basic principles of stage construction have been around for centuries, innovations in materials science and engineering have turned modern stages into technological marvels. From hydraulic systems that move entire segments of the stage to sophisticated truss systems that can hold heavy scenery pieces, today’s stage technology is a marvel of engineering.
And then, of course, there are the digital stages, where projections and AR technology can create worlds that would have been unthinkable in the past. These technologies expand what is physically possible and allow artists to push the boundaries of their imagination.
Stage floors: not just a base, but the basis for greatness
Picture this: Lights flash, music booms through the room, and the main act takes the stage. While your focus is likely on what’s happening above the floor, you may never have thought about how critical the quality of the floor itself can be to the success of an event. From concert stages to dance floors to trade show booths, the floor is the foundation upon which all elements of an event come to life.
Different occasions, different floors
Whether it’s wood, vinyl or special composite materials, the choice of flooring in the event industry is vast. Dance events require a different surface finish than a rock concert. Trade shows and exhibitions, on the other hand, have their own requirements, for example in terms of load-bearing capacity and the ability to place heavy stands and machinery on them.
Safety and performance go hand in hand
A good event floor must not only look appealing, but also meet the highest safety standards. Non-slip surfaces, fire resistance and the ability to withstand heavy loads are just some of the criteria to consider when making a selection. A high-quality floor minimizes the risk of accidents and improves performers’ performance by, for example, optimizing acoustics or providing an ideal dance floor.
Technology meets design
As technology advances, floors are becoming more innovative. Think LED-integrated floors that create colorful effects, or modular systems that can be easily adapted to different space requirements. These developments open up new possibilities for event designers to create stunning, multi-sensory experiences.
Environmentally friendly options
Sustainability is also playing an increasingly important role in the field of event flooring. Ecodegradable materials and reusable modules are on the rise. This means you can host not only a spectacular event, but an eco-friendly one as well.
Simple overview of different types of floors
|Type of Flooring||Materials||Areas of Application||Special Features|
|Dance Floor||Vinyl, Hardwood||Dance Events, Ballet||Springy, Slip-resistant, Easy to Clean|
|Concert Floor||Wood, Aluminum||Music Events, Concerts||Sturdy, Soundproof, High Load-bearing Capacity|
|Exhibition Floor||Carpet, PVC, Laminate||Fairs, Exhibitions||Modular, Easy to Install, Various Designs|
|Sports Floor||Plastic, Hardwood||Sports Events||Shock-absorbent, Special Markings|
|Theater Floor||Hardwood, Vinyl||Theater, Opera||Optimized for Acoustics, Flexible for Scene Changes|
|Outdoor Floor||Aluminum, Plastic||Open-Air Events, Festivals||Weatherproof, Quick to Dismantle|
|Modular Floors||Plastic, Rubber||Temporary Events||Quick Assembly, Reusable|
|LED Floor||Glass, LED Elements||Parties, Nightclubs||Light Effects, Interactive Features|
|Eco-friendly Floor||Cork, Bamboo, Recycled Materials||Sustainable Events||Environmentally Friendly, Often Biodegradable|
* The table only gives a rough overview and does not claim to be complete.
Truss systems and motors: Take your event to the next level
Imagine a rock concert where the lights pulse with every guitar string that is plucked, or a theater performance where set pieces seem to magically disappear and reappear. All this is only possible thanks to the invisible heroes of the event industry: truss systems and motors.
What are truss systems and motors?
Trusses are essentially the skeletal structures used at events to attach and position lights, sound, video and more. Motors are the muscles of this skeleton that allow the structure to lift, lower or move loads.
Whether it’s a small performance or a huge arena show, truss systems and motors are the backbone of any production. They allow stage elements to be positioned safely and precisely, providing the flexibility that events need today.
Robust technology, fine tuning
The technology behind truss systems and motors is both robust and finely tuned. High-quality materials such as aluminum and steel ensure durability and resilience, while advanced control systems enable precise handling. The result? A system that’s both strong and smart.
Safety is not an afterthought
The importance of safety in this area cannot be overstated. A well-designed truss system and reliable motors are critical to ensuring the safety of performers and audiences. Modern systems have safety features such as overload sensors and emergency stop switches that respond immediately in the event of a problem.
Sustainability and efficiency
With the increasing importance of sustainability in the event industry, many manufacturers are now offering eco-efficient options. These include energy-efficient motors and trusses made from recycled or recyclable materials that are not only environmentally friendly, but also cost-effective.
Pros & Cons: Why should companies from the theater / stage industry exhibit at Prolight + Sound?
Prolight + Sound is a globally recognized trade fair and offers a comprehensive showcase for companies from the theater and stage industry. One of the biggest advantages is the networking opportunity. Here, companies can not only meet with existing customers, but also get to know new potential customers and partners. This kind of face-to-face interaction can often lead to long-term business relationships that would be difficult to achieve through digital communication channels.
In addition, the trade show provides an excellent platform for presenting new products or services. Through live demos and direct interaction with the audience, companies can receive immediate feedback while increasing brand awareness. In addition, the show’s international reach opens up opportunities for companies to expand globally and establish themselves in a broader market.
Another plus is the media presence. Journalists and industry analysts are often in attendance, and a compelling presentation or innovative product can lead to positive media coverage that can significantly increase a company’s name recognition.
However, there are also challenges and drawbacks to participating in the Prolight + Sound trade show. The cost of booth rental, marketing materials, travel and accommodation expenses can add up quickly, especially for smaller companies or startups with limited budgets.
Another drawback is the time and staffing burden. Preparing for the trade show requires months of planning and can severely impact day-to-day operations. This can be especially problematic for smaller companies that have limited resources.
Additionally, the trade show is a highly competitive environment. The presence of large, established companies can make it difficult to attract the attention of potential customers, and the risk of a negative first impression or unfavorable product launch is always present.
ProStage at Prolight + Sound: A must for every company in the live entertainment industry
From our point of view, ProStage at Prolight + Sound is not just another feature of an industry trade show. Rather, it is the central platform for innovation, knowledge exchange and networking in the live entertainment industry. Our firm conviction: If you want to stay relevant in this fast-paced, technology-driven industry, you can’t avoid ProStage.
In our estimation, ProStage offers an unparalleled opportunity to not only showcase new products and services, but to test them live. The feedback is immediate, the exchange with experts direct and the access to critical market information almost limitless. Companies should not underestimate this added value.
Our position is clear: ProStage is the place where the future of stage technology is being shaped. From lighting to sound to stage mechanics – everything of distinction is represented here. It’s not just the technological leadership that makes ProStage so important. It’s also the opportunity to get up close and personal with the trends and developments that are showcased here, giving you a better understanding of what the market will need in the future.
In our view, no other event offers such a cross-section of the industry and such concentrated expertise. Our stance is clear: Anyone who is not represented here is missing out on a unique opportunity. Our assessment of Prolight + Sound and ProStage in particular is consistently positive. It is not just a place for business, but a place for visions.
The view that trade shows generally represent a high cost-benefit risk may be true for some. But in our assessment, the potential gain from attending ProStage far outweighs the investment. The opportunities for brand building, network expansion and knowledge growth are incomparable here.
In our opinion, getting involved with ProStage is not only an investment in the here and now, but more importantly, an investment in the future of any company in the live entertainment industry. It is the place where the course is set for the years to come, and that is why everyone who is active in this industry should seize the opportunity and get actively involved.
FAQ: Perfect answers to your questions
What is ProStage at the Prolight + Sound trade fair?
ProStage is a specialized area within the Prolight + Sound trade fair that focuses on stage technology and equipment. Here, manufacturers and service providers present their latest products and solutions, from stage technology to lighting and sound to specialized accessories.
Why should companies from the theater / stage industry participate in Prolight + Sound?
There are many benefits to attending the Prolight + Sound show, including networking opportunities, showcasing new products and services, and the chance to tap into new markets. It is a great opportunity for companies to stay on the cutting edge of technology and make valuable contacts in the industry.
What are the costs associated with attending?
The cost of attending can vary and typically includes booth rental, travel and lodging expenses, and expenses for marketing materials. Companies should also take into account the personnel and time required for preparation.
What products and services are usually presented at the ProStage area?
A wide range of products and services are presented at the ProStage area, including stage technology, stage structures, floors, truss systems, motors, specific accessories for stage technology and specialized solutions in the field of lighting and sound.
Are there opportunities for smaller companies to showcase?
Yes, many trade shows offer special packages or joint booths that allow smaller companies to showcase their products and services at a lower cost. In addition, smaller companies can benefit from special networking events and workshops held during the show. Just check out our booth packages.
Is the show also suitable for international visitors and exhibitors?
Yes, the Prolight + Sound show is an international event that attracts attendees from all over the world every year. The show offers an excellent opportunity to make international contacts and learn about global trends and innovations.
How can one register for the trade fair?
Registration usually takes place online via the official website of the Prolight + Sound trade show. There, interested parties can also find further information on ticket prices, stand options and additional offers such as workshops or networking events.
Further information and recommendations from our editorial team
“Show networks and control systems” – John Huntington
“Automation in the Entertainment Industry” – Mark Ager, John Hastie
“Introduction to modern stage lighting” – Samuel Selden, Hunton D. Sellman
“The handbook of stage lighting” – Francis Reid
“Sound reinforcement systems: design and optimization” – Bob McCarthy
“Live sound reinforcement” – Scott Hunter Stark
“The lighting programmer’s handbook” – Brad Schiller
“Backstage handbook: an illustrated almanac of technical information” – Paul Carter
“Stage design: a practical guide” – Gary Thorne
“Electroacoustics: the analysis of transduction and its historical background” – Mendel Kleiner
“Scenic art for the theater: history, tools, and techniques” – Susan Crabtree, Peter Beudert
“Theatre design and production: an introduction to set design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup” – J. Michael Gillette
“Sound and music for the theater: the art and technology of design” – Deena Kaye, James LeBrecht
“Handbook of Set Design” – Jay O. Glerum
“Light Fantastic: The Art and Design of Stage Lighting” – Max Keller