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Stay up to date with major milestones on Arts Centre Melbourne’s Reimagining project

State Theatre Flying System replacement

Current: 20 October 2020

This project represents the first major component of the Victorian Government’s vision to transform the Melbourne Arts Precinct in the context of our broader plans to reimagine Arts Centre Melbourne for a new generation.

Being able to meet the expectations of companies like Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet and international works of scale is absolutely critical to ensuring they can deliver work of excellence with consistency and confidence.

In July 2019 Arts Centre Melbourne selected Waagner Biro Stage Systems to supply and install a new system in the State Theatre. Based in Austria, Waagner Biro are a world-renowned manufacturer and were selected by representatives from Arts Centre Melbourne’s own production team as well as expert technicians from Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet.

Current Status

With the State Theatre closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, Arts Centre Melbourne granted Waagner Biro early access to the venue to commence work, approximately eight weeks ahead of the original schedule. We did this to give the project every chance of success in the current environment and afford us any flexibility and opportunity in 2021 that will allow our resident companies to present their seasons.


State Theatre Flying System replacement update


Construction Milestones

  • Most theatre machinery has arrived and is in the State Theatre awaiting installation
  • Power distribution cabling installed and commissioned
  • Site preparation and demolition of existing system complete
  • All winches removed and recycled
  • Construction of new technical rooms to house all new equipment
  • Hoist steelwork support installation commenced
  • Waagner Biro Team have arrived in Australia
  • Employment opportunities provided to Arts Centre Melbourne team members as part of the installation team

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