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Case Study: Sanctuary of Fátima, Portugal

One of Portugal’s most internationally prestigious and digitally-savvy dance companies, Vortice Dance Company, produced a video-mapping show with no audience for pilgrims unable to travel to the Sanctuary of Fátima due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Fátima, located in the center of Portugal, with a population of 11,000 people, is a world famous pilgrimage for Catholics, and welcomes around six million people every year.

Pelligrino, meaning ‘pilgrim’ in Italian, was staged without a live audience. Vortice created a spectacular 90-square meter projection mapping on the façade of the Missionários da Consolata building, accompanied by dance and streamed live to an audience of 25,000 people.

The mapping used five Christie D20WU-HS 1DLP laser projectors (WUXGA @ 20,600 ISO lumens). Weighing just 42 kg, this model has a high lumen-to-weight ratio, making it a viable alternative to similarly bright 3DLP projectors. Built-in Christie BoldColor Technology enhances color saturation.

According to the show’s creators, Pelligrino was a message of hope for the future and a way of saying thank you to all healthcare workers. The spectacle also had a community and interactive component to it, with a large part of the images screened on the façade coming from pilgrims themselves. The mapping also included previous Vortice project videos with Fátima.

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