The National Bunraku Theatre is one of six national theaters in Japan and is the country’s headquarters for bunraku, a traditional form of the “Ningyō Jōruri Bunraku” puppet theatre that emerged in Osaka at the end of the 16th century. In addition to bunraku, the theater also stages performances of buyō and other traditional arts as well as Japanese music concerts and stage plays across two performance halls.
For its new, all-digital industrial television (ITV) system, the National Bunraku Theatre has installed three MediorNet MicroN high-density media distribution network devices and 15 SmartPanel App-driven user interfaces. The MediorNet devices enable agile routing of audio and video signals from eight cameras to various monitors in the control room, the lobby, and the two performance stages. The SmartPanels have been configured with the Riedel MediorNet Control App, which enables the technical and backstage staff to change video sources for each monitor with less latency.