cyclorama

cycloramic, adj.
/suy'kleuh ram"euh, -rah"meuh/, n.
1. a pictorial representation, in perspective, of a landscape, battle, etc., on the inner wall of a cylindrical room or hall, viewed by spectators occupying a position in the center.
2. Theat. a curved wall or drop at the back of a stage, used for creating an illusion of unlimited space or distance in the background of exterior scenes or for obtaining lighting effects.
[1830-40; CYCL- + Gk (h)órama view; cf. PANORAMA]

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      in theatre, background device employed to cover the back and sometimes the sides of the stage and used with special lighting to create the illusion of sky, open space, or great distance at the rear of the stage setting.

      Introduced early in the 20th century, a cyclorama usually forms a smoothly curving, concave wall at the rear of the stage. Some, called dome horizons, also curve at the top, heightening the illusion of open space. Although some theatres have a curved back wall that serves as a permanent cyclorama, it most commonly consists of a drop or traverse curtain that can be deployed according to need.

      The cyclorama has a rough surface of plaster or canvas for diffuse light reflection and is painted white or light blue. The surface can then be illuminated with varying colours and intensities of light sky to simulate various times of day, seasons, and weather conditions. Images can also be projected onto the cyclorama surface to produce such effects as clouds or stars.

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