Recognised as India's first and only professional rigging company, we are the go-to for rigging people and props for live events; we're also the first name in India when it comes to providing safety support. With our rigging services, Natura provides unique solutions that allows event managers and choreographers to think outside the box and visualize the unusual! Whether it's for a product or a building launch, a grand unveiling, an aerial element in a performance, banner and prop rigging, or anything else, you can make your event so much more exciting!
Depending on what your concept is, there are quite a few rigging ideas that you can execute. For your easy perusal, we've broken it down into the three most frequent categories:
Static Banner Rigging
As the name implies, we rig the building to display a (or few) decorative static banners of any dimension. No muss, no fuss!
Release the ribbon (and open the present!)
This is perfect when you’re launching an entire building. Here, we wrap a ribbon around the building façade, so it looks like a wrapped gift and then, with the push of a button or as part of a vertical dance performance (or any other great idea we can all come up with), the ribbon unravels and the building is now open!
Curtain-draped Banner Rigging
A good idea for an entire building or even just one section of it, we rig a static banner on the building and cover it with a curtain. When it’s time for the unveiling, you push the buzzer, the curtain drops, and TA-DA!!
If you want to showcase the product, you definitely want do it in a way that makes jaws drop and the only thought to be “whoa!!” Especially when it’s something like a car or a bike or a truck…the kind of products that you expect to see only a certain way (like ona road…or generally anywhere flat!). This is your chance to be creative…whether it’s a replica of the product or the real deal, mount it on a wall…dangle it over the stage. Explore the ‘abnormal’!
Why unveil a new product the usual way? For that matter, why not turn the launch event into a bit of a party with some great entertainment? You never go wrong with an aerial act. Imagine watching the beauty and art of a hoop, silk or cube act and amidst that grace, the product is suddenly revealed; very much part of the act. That’s choreography around a launch!
Vertical Take Offs & Landings
There’s no need for the oh-so-common entry from stage left or right…how about from the ceiling? Think of those televisions shows where the spaceship appeared in a fantastic display of smoke and lights and slowly descended to earth…we’ve all seen even live performances where the star appears this way! Picture the product being launched like that…isn’t it just wow?
Gravity-defying Product Movements
There’s nothing like seeing the new product (or a lifesize replica) in action in an unusual setting. Take, for example, a car or a bike…Seeing it running on the road? That’s normal. Going up a building? Not at all! Think of the possibilities you can explore here!
Film & Television
Natura provides specialized rigging solutions for television and film production. We are pioneers in taking aerial performances mainstream, having rigged the first ever flying systems for choreographers in Season 1 of reality show “Dance India Dance”. Since then, in collaboration with popular choreographers and dance troupes, we have developed in-house a number of unique aerial acts that can easily be customized and integrated into any film or commercial.
Besides doing the rigging ourselves, Natura also offers Rigging Safety Consultancy services to ensure the safety of the audience, performers and staff. Our team works with the agency on the concept and design to see that all possible risks in any particular situation or setup are identified and mitigated completely, and works with the onsite team as well as all the vendors to ensure that the established standards of safety are met – across materials, practices, and execution.
Whether it is an aerial performance or heavy props suspended in the air, our commitment as Rigging Safety Consultants is to make sure that the right infrastructure and materials have been used, the team has followed the highest personal safety practices while executing the work, and that the rigging is completely secure (with secondary back-ups should the primary system fail).
Set the standard, monitor the execution, check and re-check the systems and their backups, and cover every risk we can identify…absolute safety is a must! “Responsible play”, that is the mantra we live by.
Helmets, Gloves & Safety Shoes
We’re ever safety conscious and make sure that everyone on a high-impact site are kitted out in the requisite helmets, gloves and safety shoes. We’ve even gone so far as to buy safety shoes that are masked as casual shoes and no one is able to tell the difference. That’s being fashion-conscious and careful!
Industrial Tensioning Device
Tensioning devices are used to create the tension in taut line systems or Zipline. Rather than doing this the old-school way – with a whole group of people pulling on the rope until it has the needed tension – this self-locking device gently accomplishes the same goal by tightening the rope in a controlled manner while the load cell measures the tension. It reaches the desired tension and self-locks…voila, the rope is very taut and very secure! Here again, we’re the only company in the country that extensively uses this technology.
Travelling Skates / Trolleys
We use “travelling skates or trolleys” for our cross-travel systems (which move people or props from point A to point B) – basically, they’re a metal piece of equipment which runs on the cable. This gear isn’t available off the shelf; Natura designs what we need and then has it manufactured locally, ensuring that the unit’s strength exceeds the maximum load by at least three times the limit that we would apply on it. Another piece of gear that puts us ahead in the safety game!
Load cells are a very advanced piece of equipment that monitors the load on our high tension systems. This system allows us to monitor and understand how the different forces work on our systems and factor that into future jobs for a more efficient setup. We get them manufactured locally but also source them from a company in America.
At present, we are the only company in the country utilizing this technology – it’s safe to say that it puts us a big step forward compared to other outfits that are executing the same work we do but without due consideration for the load on their gear!
Whether it’s for our riggers’ safety while they work or we’re using it for our performances, our harnesses are quite an important part of our gear. We have a huge variety of them – jerk vests, bikini harnesses, sit harnesses, full-body harnesses, chest harnesses etc. As they play an important role in keeping our person safely airborne, each of these harnesses is certified under UIAA or EN standards. We make sure we purchase these from only those manufacturers, domestic and international, who conform to these given standards. Alternatively, if we need to get something specially designed in India, we get it tested ourselves!
Winches and Motors
Given how often we hoist people, props and everything else into the air, and how long we have to keep them up there, we definitely need the best in winches and motors. We have a large variety of winches that offer variable lifting capacities and speeds. We had the good fortune to find an Italian company that manufactures electric and hydraulic motors , This company custom designs our equipment based on our equipment and conforming to our given specifications – international standards and totally unique; it’s a sweet deal!
As an added measure, we also derate our winches or a hoist for human flying. For example, if the manufacturer produces a hoist for us that is certified for 1,000kgs, we derate it for human flying by applying a minimum safety factor ratio of 1:3 and maximum of 1:10; what that translates to is that every time we have to fly a human being on a 1,000kg-rated hoist, we allow only 200kgs to be lifted (artist + Prop), and if the act has a lot of dynamic drops and falls – like in an aerial silk act – we would only allow 100kgs (the weight of the artist alone).
Hardware – mountaineering or industrial safety devices
Any and all our metal pieces of equipment, we deem “hardware”. This covers things like carabiners, D shackles, belay Devices, and ascenders and descenders for vertical movement. Every one of our hardware pieces are certified and rated for mountaineering / industrial safety, certified for static loads under EN standards and dynamic loads under UIAA standards; the latter are used more for human application.
Everyone knows ropes and how to use them, sure; but for the kind of work we do, we use nothing other than Dynex ropes – it’s called “soft steel” simply because it’s as strong as steel despite being a fiber rope. One of the most expensive ropes in the market, it’s largely not available in India, Very advanced technology, it was originally used to anchor large ships to harbor…over a period of time, the rest of the world started adapting it for theatrical and stunt rigging. We use it for our performances and aerial acts thanks to its maximum load-bearing capacity versus its lightness of weight. What’s good for a ship is definitely good for us!