Testimonials

Our clients are always happy to provide us with testimonials and a variety of these can be viewed below.

Harlequin Activity with a wood finish

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe

When Shakespeare’s Globe looked at floors for their new education and rehearsal centre, Sackler Studios, they chose a Harlequin Activity floor with a hardwood oak surface finish.

“It’s a product I am particularly familiar with due to working in and creating different spaces over the years and was something our acoustic consultant was keen on using. From a look and feel as a working surface and as part of the sound separation between all the studios I’m tremendously pleased.” Andy Scorgie, Head of Facilities Management, Shakespeare's Globe

Harlequin Cascade

Riverdance

Riverdance

“Well over 1,000 dancers, musicians and singers have performed their magic on those Riverdance stages, safe in the knowledge that Harlequin Cascade works as well and as consistently as they do!... Harlequin Cascade allows all our performers to deliver exhilarating performances in complete safety.” Julian Erskine, Senior Executive Producer, Riverdance

Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company chose Harlequin Studio and Harlequin Cascade for refurbishing four rehearsal studios. “We chose Harlequin floors for our studios because we had to have the best."
"When someone says to me Harlequin I feel relaxed, I know I can trust it. I know it’s going to be a very professional surface and we are going to be able to work very confidently – it’s the best we can have! The dancers love the new floor. They are enjoying dancing on it because it’s not slippery, yet doesn’t prevent you from turning. In contemporary dance we use the floor a lot, so a great surface is very important." Rafael Bonachela, Choreographer and Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company

Harlequin Liberty with a Harlequin vinyl finish

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Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Harlequin Floors returned to Trinity Laban this year (2015) to talk to Principal Anthony Bowne and Director of Dance Mirella Bartrip, to check out how the Harlequin floors had performed over 10 years since they were installed in the then new building.

Mirella Bartrip explained, “It was very, very important for us in this new building to have the very best floors. Harlequin was the name out there. That was our first choice…it is extremely important the floors are of the best quality. First of all they need to have the right degree of spring in them and that is something Harlequin are experts at. Secondly, the actual surface has to be one that isn’t slippery or too sticky. So that’s Harlequin for us.”

Mirella sums up, “They have worn excellently, the quality is really fantastic and they clean very well. Our floors have been used not just by our students, but by external users, dance companies and the floors have been absolutely terrific for all of that time.”

Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal, says in the interview, “When I hear the word Harlequin I think two things. Of course, I think dance floors, but I also think a committed partner. We have been very lucky to work with Harlequin over the years. We wanted the best dance floors. We demanded the best dance floors and Harlequin have supplied them and been a very good organisation to work with throughout that time.”

The Hong Kong Ballet

The Hong Kong Ballet

At The Hong Kong Ballet, one of Asia’s premier ballet companies, they choose a Harlequin Liberty sprung floor with Harlequin Reversible vinyl surface finish.

“We use Harlequin to give our dancers one of the most important foundations required to create a good performance - confidence. Whether in soft or pointe shoes, our dancers can focus on their performance knowing that the floor is reliable and has just the right amount of spring. A quality floor is the basis on which creativity and excellence in ballet begins.” Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director, The Hong Kong Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet

When Italian designer Ezio Frigero produced his stunning set for the Bolshoi Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, the Harlequin dance floor was an integral part of the concept. Using advanced wide format computer controlled printing techniques, the Bolshoi’s design was digitized for printing on rolls of customised white Harlequin Cascade, which was laid onto a Harlequin Liberty sprung floor.

Extensive testing and experimentation during the development of the technique ensured the surface characteristics - so important to professional dancers - were maintained, while ensuring adequate adhesion of the inks to withstand scuffing from ballet shoes.

When discussing the new floor at the Bolshoi Theatre, Sergei Filin, Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet said: “Harlequin floors are comfortable as soon as you stand on them. You can work for longer on them too. If you get tired after an hour on a different floor, you can work for two, three or four hours on a Harlequin floor.”
Melbourne City Ballet

Melbourne City Ballet

“We formed Melbourne City Ballet about two years ago. Our goal was to create a new space for dancers and we wanted to create something different by getting out to the people, building interesting dance and creating a great space for dancers to enjoy and for the public to come and see.”

“We’ve tried to position ourselves slightly different to the other ballet companies around the country by offering more affordable ticket prices and going to theatres that they wouldn’t generally go to. We’ve captured a very different audience that possibly has never seen ballet before.”

When speaking about their Harlequin floors (Harlequin Studio and Harlequin Liberty®): “We chose the best product on the market and when they arrived we were able to dance comfortably and so many people have come into the space and said to us that the floors are by far the best in Melbourne and we really love to hear that.”

Michael Pappalardo, Artistic Director, Melbourne City Ballet (2015)

Harlequin Reversible

Burn The Floor

Burn The Floor

Burn The Floor has performed to over 5 million people in 250 cities. Our dancers are all international Ballroom and Latin competitors who have been raised on wooden, sprung floors, which wasn’t a feasible touring prospect. Our biggest challenge was to find a surface that gave our dancers the confidence to be able to transition and express our art form without compromise.”

“Over the last 10 years, our relationship with Harlequin has modernised our approach to Ballroom and Latin dancing; smoothly transitioning our company to a Harlequin Reversible touring surface, which provides our dancers with the perfection and confidence they need to deliver their performances.” Peta Roby, Executive Producer, Burn The Floor

Harlequin Standfast

UNIS Hanoi

UNIS Hanoi

A specially constructed Harlequin semi-sprung batten floor system, with a Harlequin Standfast performance surface was installed at the United Nations International School of Hanoi.

“Harlequin provided us not only with a durable Harlequin Standfast floor but also a professional stage sub-floor build-up, customised to suit our school’s needs. Our stage floor is being put to the test daily by our students and can withstand the harsh climate conditions here in Vietnam.” Dave Porter, Director of Operations, United Nations International School of Hanoi

Harlequin Studio

Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company chose Harlequin Studio and Harlequin Cascade for refurbishing four rehearsal studios. “We chose Harlequin floors for our studios because we had to have the best."

"When someone says to me Harlequin I feel relaxed, I know I can trust it. I know it’s going to be a very professional surface and we are going to be able to work very confidently – it’s the best we can have! The dancers love the new floor. They are enjoying dancing on it because it’s not slippery, yet doesn’t prevent you from turning. In contemporary dance we use the floor a lot, so a great surface is very important." Rafael Bonachela, Choreographer and Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company

Melbourne City Ballet

Melbourne City Ballet

“We formed Melbourne City Ballet about two years ago. Our goal was to create a new space for dancers and we wanted to create something different by getting out to the people, building interesting dance and creating a great space for dancers to enjoy and for the public to come and see.”

“We’ve tried to position ourselves slightly different to the other ballet companies around the country by offering more affordable ticket prices and going to theatres that they wouldn’t generally go to. We’ve captured a very different audience that possibly has never seen ballet before.”

When speaking about their choice of a black Harlequin Studio vinyl floor: “We chose the best product on the market and when they arrived we were able to dance comfortably and so many people have come into the space and said to us that the floors are by far the best in Melbourne and we really love to hear that.”

Michael Pappalardo, Artistic Director, Melbourne City Ballet

Harlequin WoodSpring with a Harlequin vinyl finish

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company founded in 1981 and based in Leeds. They share a purpose-built facility equipped with Harlequin WoodSpring sprung floors with Harlequin Studio vinyl surface finishes.

“I’m very happy with the floors in the building. It’s actually very difficult to find a floor that has just the right amount of traction when barefoot. I’ve also used Harlequin a lot as a touring floor and I’m about to buy some more, the dancers and rehearsal director won’t allow me to buy anything else!” John Slater, Technical Manager, Phoenix Dance Theatre

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet was founded in 1969 and is based in Leeds. They share a purpose-built facility equipped with Harlequin WoodSpring sprung floors with Harlequin Studio vinyl surface finishes.

“Northern Ballet has a long history with Harlequin; we’ve still got working floors that we bought in 2000! Harlequin means reliability. I’ve got confidence in their products and go back to them time and time again. When I talk to other ballet companies, we don’t talk about ballet floors, we talk about Harlequin floors. The dancers know they’re getting a top quality floor; that it’s going to be right and that they’re not going to slip, fall over or hurt themselves. And I know the floor’s not going to fail; it delivers every time.” Andy Waddington, Technical Director, Northern Ballet