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Prolight Concepts Group releases The Big One

Friday, 26 May 2017

UK - Big things have been happening over at The Prolight Concepts Group HQ during the last 18 months and the release their new 2017/18 catalogue, showcasing their full product offering, was the next step in the company’s global plan. This bumper edition features over 1800 products for the professional event, rental, installation, architectural and entertainment markets, hence it’s nickname ‘The Big One’.
Prolight celebrated their 20-year milestone in 2016 with a new e-catalogue, fully integrated ERP system and dynamic website that automatically adjusts to any screen size for use with multiple devices. All of which improve efficiency, promotion and communication.
This progressive approach has given Prolight a steadily increasing customer base and an ever-expanding market share. Their 21st birthday saw the publication of their first comprehensive printed catalogue.
Andrew Jeffrey, managing director comments: “Our 2017/18 catalogue sees the culmination of two years’ work with our supplier partners, and features over 1800 products aimed squarely at our loyal customer base.”
To support the printed catalogue all the products are online to view as part of their e-catalogue. There will also be PDF versions of the catalogue uploaded in the resources section of the website to download (www.prolight.co.uk).
(Jim Evans)

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National Cathedral event gets Chauvet boost

Friday, 26 May 2017

USA - Beach blankets and yoga mats aren’t normally found inside the long, high-ceilinged central nave of the National Cathedral. Recently, however, the iconic church’s usual seats and pews were removed so people could lie down on these coverings to gaze at an astonishing lightshow that transformed the building’s cavernous interior into a vast and infinitely fascinating panorama of colour with help from a collection of LED fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Elizabeth A. Coco of Atmosphere Lighting designed this transformative vista for the cathedral’s Seeing Deeper, an event its organizers say was intended to help people “find new paths for creative expression and spiritual freedom”. Live Native American flute music accompanied the two-hour lightshow to create an environment that was true to the organizers’ goals.
“Atmosphere Lighting and I have been working with the National Cathedral for some time lighting various events,” said Coco, a USA 829 union designer. “When the cathedral reopened in October after being closed because of damage caused by the 2011 earthquake, its new event director, Dan Rose came to me and said they were thinking of something on a large scale where they would light the interior in different colours for an event.”
Coco donated her design services for the non-profit event, while Atmosphere Lighting provided the gear at no cost. “For me as a designer, Seeing Deeper was like a dream come true,” she said. “The cathedral has so many wonderful architectural features. Plus, the stained-glass windows give

 
 
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Opera house adds Chroma-Q Color Force II

Friday, 26 May 2017

Sweden - The lighting crew of the prestigious Malmö Opera venue were so impressed by the improved range of colours, brightness, and the even light of the new Chroma-Q Color Force IITM, that they purchased fixtures for a new production on their Verkstan Stage, home of the Opera house’s experimental division, Operaverkstan.
The lights were used extensively during the recently completed, month long run of The Disobedience of Death, which was originally written in a Second World War concentration camp, by Austrian composer Viktor Ullman, and Czech poet Peter Klein. The writers died after being transferred to Auschwitz in 1944, so the work’s premiere was not presented until 1975, by the Dutch National Opera, at the Theatre Bellevue in Amsterdam.
The Malmö Opera building is the home of the Malmö Opera company and houses one of the largest auditoriums of its type in Scandinavia, as well as the smaller studio stage.
“We needed a relatively small but nonetheless bright fitting, for lighting a BP-screen, in order to create the effects we were looking for. The Color Force II’s brightness, quality and range of light made it an excellent choice,” said Daniel Bexell, the Opera Company’s head of lighting.
The fixtures were supplied by Chroma-Q master distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), after they had run a custom demonstration in Malmö. AC-ET have also supplied DMX cables through their in-house Tourflex Cabling division.
Johan Bertilsson, AC-ET’s Swedish sales representative said: “We’re delighted to

 
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Emmylou Harris celebrates with Bandit

Thursday, 25 May 2017

USA - Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers took the stage at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in celebration of the anniversary of their original live recording of the Grammy-winning 1992 LP, At the Ryman, which took place in an effort to restore the crumbling “Mother Church”.
With the Ryman now fully restored, Harris and the Ramblers (Sam Bush, Jon Randall, Al Perkins, Larry Atamanuik and Byron House) returned to the hallowed stage where they performed the album once again in its entirety, this time with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.
Lighting designer Bob Peterson supplemented the house lighting from the Ryman with Bandit Lites VL 3000 Spots, GLP X4S wash lights, along with a Grand MA 2 lite console for control.
“I used the VL 3000 workhorses for three primary purposes: band and feature backlight, floor texture and some low angle beam graphic,” explained Peterson. “The wash lights lit scenic, an array of soft draperies and picture frames. It was an elegant and simple statement.”
Peterson paid careful attention to ensuring the lighting reflected the look of the original recorded concert 26 years earlier, moving focuses and beam only in black, and delivering looks that would only be possible with a conventional rig.
Peterson shared that the Bandit crew, including programmer Aaron Swetland, lighting director David “Gig” Butzler and lighting technician Gabe Hodge were instrumental in the success. “Bandit provided an awesome crew, who assisted me in all areas of the project, anything they could do to make t

 
 
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Animals As Leaders travel light with Chauvet

Thursday, 25 May 2017

USA - Every lighting designer knows how important it is to keep tour managers happy. So, when the TM for Animals As Leaders said he wanted to minimize the number of fixtures on the floor package for the band’s 22 city summer tour while still delivering the multi-dimensional looks that the group’s intricate mix of progressive music demands, lighting designer Victor Zeiser took his words to heart.
The owner of Squeek Lights, Zeiser delivered what the manager wanted and then some, with a lean, but abundantly productive rig that includes two strobes, three batten fixtures and four Maverick MK2 Spots from Chauvet Professional. Zeiser fit the whole lighting rig on one pallet that’s transported in a bus-towed trailer for the tour, which supports the band’s Top Ten Album The Madness of Many.
“We got very clear instructions from the band’s management about what they wanted the rig to look like,” said Zeiser. “They were emphatic about keeping the fixture count down, yet they wanted a lot of deep visuals. So what do you do? If you have only four lights, you want them to be bright, have a wide zoom range and give you a ton of colour options. Not a problem for me; I was glad I had the MKs.”
Zeiser places two of his Maverick MK2 Spots on flipped up road cases and two on 6 foot booms behind the band. The Mavericks fill a variety of roles from these positions. He uses them often throughout the show to cross light the area behind the band, putting texture on its three members with gobos.
“The quality of the Mavericks’ gobos and ri

 
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Hawthorn returns to Adobe Summit EMEA 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017

UK - Attracting over 5,500 attendees, Europe’s largest digital marketing conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2017 returned once again to ICC ExCeL London. Creative technical event production expert, Hawthorn was once again chosen by Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical design and production for the two-day event.
Focused on the future of digital marketing, delegates from Europe, the Middle East and Africa gathered to soak up tips and insights from the Adobe Marketing Cloud and its partners. Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s impressive vision to life, delivering the technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out rooms and the muchly-anticipated Summit Celebration.
In the Community Pavilion, a six-metre long, five-metre wide and three-metre high tunnel constructed from 3.9mm LED panels guided attendees from registration through to the Social Area.
Realising an idea by Russell Bennett, Partner at Taylor Bennett Partners, Hawthorn and 80-Six created an interactive LED ceiling that stretched throughout the Community Pavilion. Made up of 1017 panels of Roe MC7 LED, the team devised a custom rigging solution to allow the panels to be flown face down.
This year’s plenary stage played host to a number of big names, including actor Colin Firth and former Premier League and England footballer Frank Lampard. With major brands including T-Mobile, BMW Group and The Coca-Cola Company sharing how they are firmly at the forefront of digital marketi

 
 
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Chroma-Q showcase at ABTT 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

UK - Chroma-Q will feature a selection of their latest and award-winning theatrical lighting products at the ABTT Show 2017 (stand A40).
The new, multi award-winning Color Force IITM batten range utilises homogenised optics to provide a superior RGBA colour blend of high quality saturates and pastels – and a purer white – with no unsightly colour-mixing shadows. Combined with their formidable output for cyc lighting up to 12m, they are suitable for theatres and venues.
The new Color One 100XTM PAR offers nearly 60% more output than its predecessor, is one of the brightest fixtures in its category and is convection cooled.
The award-winning Inspire house lighting range gives venues the ability to deliver seamless pure white or mixed colour lighting from stage to audience, for a truly immersive experience, and is convection cooled.
Also showing is the Space Force soft source. The convection cooled fixture produces a large volume of high quality, CCT adjustable white light.
(Jim Evans)

 
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Chauvet lights Stan Van Samang tour

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Belgium - One time professional actor Stan Van Samang made his musical breakthrough back in 2006 winning the music talent TV show, Steracteur Sterartiest (VRT). While the Belgian artist has recorded a string of successful albums since, it’s arguably his live performances – with intimate audience interaction – which have garnered him notoriety. Tasked with bringing the most out of these live performances on Stan’s recent tour of Belgium, LD Bart Rogge specified 16 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK 2 spot and 24 R2 Rogue wash fixtures to stunning effect.
As Stan Van Samang’s live shows are all about interaction between audience and artist, Rogge decided upon a visual interaction of his own, that between the Maverick MK 2 spot and 24 R2 Rogue wash fixtures.
“The Maverick and Rogue fixtures formed the basis of my lighting concept,” commented Rogge. “Thanks to the incredibly powerful spot and zoom features of the Maverick and the saturated wash effects of the Rogue fixtures, Stan had the perfect backdrop upon which to perform.”
Rogge positioned eight Maverick MK 2 spot fixtures on above stage truss, with a further eight pieces standing on the floor in a pincer-like formation. The 440W spots could scissor across the stage and out into the audience, providing excellent audience ariels whilst simultaneously lighting Stan from behind.
“The rotating slot and lock gobo wheels allowed me to quickly mix up effects and patterns on the stage according to the mood of the particular songs.”
Furthermore, Rogge was impressed wit

 
 
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White Light oversees lighting for Pink Floyd at the V & A

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

UK - Now open at the V & A Museum, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the first international retrospective of one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. The exhibition offers an immersive and multi-sensory journey through the career of Pink Floyd, chronicling their music, design and staging, from the 1960’s through to the present day.
Following the company’s work on last year’s Exhibitionism, the Rolling Stone’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, White Light was called upon to oversee the lighting installation and supply the lighting equipment on this occasion.
Produced by Concert Productions International, Their Mortal Remains was curated by Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, the creative director of Pink Floyd, who worked closely with band members Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason. It is designed by Stufish Entertainment and the lighting designers are Woodroffe Bassett Design.
WL’s special projects director Simon Needle comments: “We were approached by Terry Cook, ssenior dDesigner at Woodroffe Bassett, back in November 2016 about us coming on board. After working with them on the hugely successful Exhibitionism, they asked us if we would be able to fulfil a similar role on this project”.
WL was asked to supply all of the lighting equipment, install the fixtures and provide on-site crew. Simon adds: “This was a huge exhibition taking up three spaces at the V & A Museum. Having the experience of working on similar projects in the past, we knew we had both the

 
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ETC ColorSource Relay adds wireless RDM

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

USA - The ColorSource Relay system kick-started a new era of power control, bringing budget-friendly system infrastructure with data distribution to theatres, houses of worship, schools and community centres. Now the ColorSource Relay is upgrading its simple configuration and wireless performance with the addition of wireless RDM.
The latest release of the Relay software – version 1.1.0 – is available to download and offers venues the ability to add wireless RDM to their ColorSource Relay system. RDM makes the convenient system even simpler to use, letting users identify and address their equipment wirelessly and then configure and monitor it, no matter where it’s placed in the rig. The Relay and ColorSource Transmitter have a 100m (328ft) range and require minimal setup and no programming.
“The ColorSource Relay system was already a ground-breaking tool, but now it’s even more powerful with the addition of wireless RDM,” says Ned Keitt-Pride, power controls product manager. “The ColorSource Relay makes it easy to get DMX, power and the benefits of RDM into remote locations.”
RDM is available in all ColorSource Relay units with an upgrade to software version 1.1.0. . In order to upgrade their units, users should contact ETC technical support. In addition to adding wireless RDM, the latest version of the ColorSource Relay software also includes upgrades for performance optimisation of wireless DMX.
The problem-solving ColorSource Relay offers configuration and control without cords and gives experts and beginners alike the super

 
 
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Zero 88 brings new products to ABTT 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - Lighting control specialist and manufacturer Eaton Lighting Systems will be exhibiting their Zero 88 product range at the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) Show in London on 6-7 June.
The Zero 88 team are seizing this industry networking opportunity and showcase to highlight some new, exciting and innovative products on stand number E23.
The new powerCON TRUE1 AlphaPack 3 is a three channel portable dimmer unit that can be safely rigged to a vertical or a horizontal bar via a standard clamp attached to one of two new m10 mounting positions. It can also be wall mounted using a custom mounting bracket.
The updated Chilli Pro 12 bypass (with dimmer, relay, bypass, RCD & RBCO options) is a 12 channel, inductive installation dimmer with individual channel bypass switches for use when direct, uninterrupted mains power is needed. Chilli Pro 12 Bypass is available with 10 or 16 Amp, neutral disconnect MCBs or RBCOs per channel … and optional RCD protection on the incoming supply.
Zero 88’s new Apple Watch app is a quick, easy and safe focus remote, providing access to channels and groups with tools such as Highlight and RemDim. It’s a free update available to all Zero 88 customers and users and works with all Zero 88 consoles running ZerOS - FLX, ORB XF and Solution plus legacy consoles like Leap Frog 48 & 96, ORB and FROG2.
Continuing the current series of powerful, incremental updates for both hardware and software, the Solution console has benefited from significantly updated capabilities with the new 7.9.2

 
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Beware of the shark in Park Royal

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - Curry and a beer as a social concept has much to recommend itself. Easy, fast, tasty, and satisfying; what could you possibly add that would make it better? Well, how about a couple of life size shark holograms? Liz Berry of Hologramica is gaining quite a reputation for juxtaposing reality with illusion. For Avolites’ founder director, Steve Warren the opportunity was irresistible.
“We do a couple of these a year in the demo room at our London HQ in Park Royal. The ‘Avolites and Robe Designers’ Curry Club’ is an open house for people working in video and lighting live events.
“Yes, people come to the curry night knowing it will have an element of product presentation, but we also make the effort to promote the evenings as a networking event; it’s more than just a sales pitch. Tim Meadowcroft, one of the LD’s who attended this one said to me before coming “You’re always telling me ‘come on down, you never know you might get work out of it’ so I’m coming”. Sure enough, Tim called me the day after to say he’d picked up some work at Light Initiative on the back of it.”
As it turned out the second of Berry’s shark holograms was an on the hoof adaption of what she had originally intended. “It was only a couple of days before, that I discovered the main warehouse had skylights. The illusion wasn’t going to look very good with daylight flooding through the roof so it was a bit of a nightmare until I spotted an office with a window overlooking the party space.
“The flexibility of our new 3D Holonet meant t

 
 
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Elation lighting success at Eurovision 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Ukraine - Elation Professional played a major role in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with over 800 lighting products used as audience and stage lighting by lighting designer Jerry Appelt and Eurovision Song Contest head of production Ola Melzig.
Elation Professional served as an official technical event supplier to the 2017 show with a large portion of the intelligent lighting package made up of Elation lights. In the rig were 351 Elation Paladin hybrid strobe/blinder/wash lights, 132 Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads, 140 Platinum 1200 Wash and 70 Platinum Seven moving head LED wash lights, along with 110 SixBar 1000 LED battens. Providing the lighting, video and rigging technology for the show was PRG in cooperation with LITECOM.
The Eurovision stage, designed by Florian Wieder, featured a large circular LED stage floor with a dramatic, modern arch proscenium curving over the stage that ran visual content. The slogan for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was Celebrate Diversity and Jerry Appelt’s lighting design appropriately reflected the diversification and variety presented on stage.
When Appelt was on the hunt for a strobe effect that he could place behind the huge, curved, semi-transparent LED video wall that served as the all-important visual backdrop, Melzig set up a shoot-out of fixtures in Cologne and Appelt liked what he saw in the Paladin. “I wanted to create an additional layer behind the LED wall, something that had impact but that could also work together with the LED video and other lighting. We chose the Paladin a

 
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Chauvet pumps up intensity at London’s Cargo

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK- Underneath the Victorian railway arches in London’s Shoreditch district lies Cargo, one of the capital’s edgiest late-night bar and club venues. While the venue’s genuine Banksy graffiti art-filled courtyard is a magnet for art aficionados and tourists alike, the club itself has been busy building up a formidable reputation of its own thanks to an eclectic music programme.
To install an appropriately multifaceted lighting rig, Cargo recently approached London-based installation specialists, Halo lighting, which specified a number of Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ fixtures.
“Cargo approached us wanting a lighting rig capable of supporting a wide variety of dub, house, techno and electro events,” commented Yann Guenancia, director of Halo Lighting. “The combination of Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Wash and Legend 230SR beams, in addition to Chauvet DJ COLORband Pix and Par Quad 12s provided excellent versatility at an excellent price point.”
Six Rogue R1 Wash and four Legend 230SR Beams were flown from overhead truss to provide the central core of the install. While the R1 Wash’s saturated colours, powerful light output and gobos were specified for their atmosphere inducing qualities; the Legend 230SR fixtures provided the ultimate counterpoint with punchy beams to cut through the dance floor.
“The combination of the Rogue R1 Wash fixtures and Legend Beams are essential for creating the look and feel of an exciting and progressive venue,” commented Guenancia. “Both fixtures provide the energy and drive necessary fo

 
 
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Bon Jovi tours with grandMA2

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

USA - Bon Jovi rocked the house with the band’s This House Is Not For Sale Tour. The tour’s complex staging featured a grandMA2 full-size console provided by PRG and was in support of Bon Jovi’s eponymous thirteenth studio album released last fall.
It was the first to feature Hugh McDonald and Phil X as full-time band members. The tour picked up the album’s theme with a set featuring a stylized house under construction.
“The tour represented the next chapter of Bon Jovi,” says Spike Brant, the show’s creative producer and designer and CEO of Nimblist. “It was a dynamic show – a nod to old fashioned rock ’n roll with a fine art, metaphorical abstractness. Nothing about the design was fake, and with no fascia, the machines became the tools to tell the story.”
“Not many shows use this much motion to create a sense of structure,” notes Joe Bay, lighting director and programmer. “The show kicks off by building a house from truss and towers – very powerful and expressive – and throughout the show, we construct various abstract versions of the house. With this amount of automation driven from a console, we needed to use grandMA2. And with the incredible power of Stage Markers, it expanded our creative possibilities.”
“Bon Jovi has been using MA for almost 10 years now,” says Brant. “The last tour really tested grandMA2’s ability to talk to the TAIT Navigator system for motion control. On this tour grandMA2 acted as the show controller, working with Navigator and video playback, not just as the lighting desk.

 
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Elation launches IP65-rated Paladin

Monday, 22 May 2017

USA - Elation Professional has released the IP65-rated Paladin, a versatile hybrid LED luminaire that functions as a bright blinder, powerful strobe and high-output wash light. Adding to its flexibility, this multi-functional light also houses a motorized zoom for full beam control and its IP65 rating means it can be used on all types of events without the need for weather protection.
Paladin is a new breed of hybrid. More than a powerful full-colour strobe, Paladin also functions as a high-power wash light, blinder or eye candy effect in one brilliantly bright luminaire. Twenty-four 40W RGBW LEDs produce a blistering 990 watts of power for intense and colourful effects and RGBW colour mixing gives a full spectrum of colour options, including high-impact white light. A motorized zoom expands the beam from 9° to 25° with output at its narrowest angle measured at 43,240 lux @ 9.8' (3m).
For added visual dynamism, multiple pixel zone control can be incorporated for spectacular pixel mapped and eye candy looks. The Paladin includes smooth 16-bit dimming with variable dimming curve modes available for faster programming. For added programming convenience, 64 colour presets and 15 unique colour macros are included.
The fixture’s hybrid design and feature flexibility make it useful for a wide variety of applications from concerts and events to clubs, theatres and more. LED refresh rate frequency and Gamma brightness are adjustable, making it suitable for broadcast applications as well. Over 350 Paladin fixtures recently featured on the 2017 Eurovisi

 
 
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SE Systems continues to build GLP Inventory

Monday, 22 May 2017

USA - Based in Greensboro, NC, GLP partner SE Systems has recently increased its inventory of the German manufacturer’s advanced LED solutions, by adding quantities of the X4 Bar versatile battens, and investing for the first time in the GT-1 Spot/Beam hybrid.
The company has vast experience, having been founded in 1973 by the highly respected Wade ‘Cliff’ Miller, who remains sole owner to this day.
A ‘turn-key’ live event production services company with a national spread, SE Systems also operates separate sales and installation divisions. Their relationship with GLP extends back five years.
“GLP is a ‘workhorse’ component of our lighting inventory,” declares John R. Lewis, director of SE Systems Inc, production services. “We were initially attracted by the quality of their products, and quite honestly every equipment manufacturer should strive for the level of service GLP provides.”
He said the increase in X4 Bar inventory (both the Bar 10’s and Bar 20’s) and investment in the GT-1 would be “a perfect match for all our clients’ endeavours. We knew that the fit of the Bars, and especially the Hybrid GT-1, was essential to our vision.” And he anticipates that the inventory will continue to increase.
He confirmed that these fixtures are already in high demand. “We are constantly serving clients ranging from the NFL, Major League Baseball and multiple venue events, as well as some of the largest festivals in the region,” he summarised.
GLP’s account manager Jamey Brock commented: “The team at S

 
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Out of this world show for K3

Monday, 22 May 2017

Europe - Popular Belgian / Dutch girlband K3 are on the road again for an extensive live schedule through 2017 reaching out to their young and enthusiastic fanbase with a completely new lighting and video design originated by Luc Peumans of Genk-based creative practice, Painting with Light.
This is the first full tour with the ‘new’ K3, since a TV competition staged last year found three new faces to take over from the previous band members, two of whom had been part of the foundation of the K3 phenomenon in 1998. This was followed by a transition tour featuring all six K3 girls performing both together and in their two separate line-ups.
Painting with Light has worked with K3 – known for their colourful, high-octane power-pop stage shows – for the last 15 years. The band is managed by Studio 100 and the staging concept for this tour was developed by Stefaan Haudenhuyse, with Painting with Light being asked to create the touring production design.
This involved translating Stefaan’s initial mood boards into an energised and tourable technical production scenario, achieved in conjunction with equipment vendors PRG Belgium who also co-ordinated the show’s automation elements.
Setting the show in ‘other worlds’ gave the whole creative team plenty of latitude to make it fun and cool for K3’s young audience.
For the show flow, it was essential that lighting and video were integrated, and being involved in both mediums from the start enabled Painting with Light to control the process with great effect.
Painting with L

 
 
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Teri Productions grows with ProPower racks

Monday, 22 May 2017

USA - More than 1,500 ProPower RPD power distro racks are in service across North America and Teri Productions of Knoxville, Tennessee owns a fair share of them. Recently, the venerable, full-service rental and staging company has been building their inventory to accommodate new business with a variety of tours and events, ranging from Lil Wayne to motivational guru Tony Robbins.
“Using the latest technology, we’ve converted our lighting designs to eliminate dimmer racks,” says Teri Productions’ Jay Coatney. “Running entirely on ProPower power distros, these lighting systems are a green solution, since much less power is needed. For example, a system that previously required six 400-amp services can now be powered with two 200-amp services. Even with this added efficiency, we sometimes use 12 ProPower RPD racks in large arenas.”
Coatney adds: “There are so many things we like about ProPower racks, including their reliability, versatility, truck-pack size, ease of ordering, and options such as the digital meter display which allows us to easily meter everything before powering up. The fit and finish are unsurpassed; we don’t have to worry about rolling out in front of corporate clients (and believe me, they watch). These handsome racks project the image we want for our company.”
“The ProPower brand continues to enjoy increasing popularity with entertainment professionals worldwide,” says TMB sales manager, Stephanie Kilburg. “Continuously enhanced and improved to maintain its quality advantage, ProPower RPD remains the most re

 
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Scenius Unico centre stage at Eurovision 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

Ukraine - Internationally renowned lighting designer and director of photography Jerry Appelt specified the new Claypaky Scenius Unico as the main stage workhorse fixture for his richly composed lighting design for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, hosted at the International Exhibition Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine.
This year, 42 countries participated in the global TV phenomenon, each supported by a striking stage and light show embracing video, special effects and a procession of scenic props and costumes, all of which combined to make the lighting of this world famous event an ever more challenging proposition.
Taking up that challenge for the third time, Appelt’s lighting solution was born from a creative collaboration with scenic designer Florian Wieder. This was centred around a fresh take on the Proscenium arch, which curved majestically from upstage, and was further complemented by a video floor and an arena-wide LED video backdrop.
Appelt harmonised this with an entirely kinetic rig, based around a huge, three-dimensional structure affectionately known as the ‘Beehive’. Saturated with lighting and media technology, the Beehive hung above centre stage, behind Wieder’s arching scenic projection surface and in front of the video backdrop to offer a versatile central focus to the stage lighting. This in turn was encircled by layers of curved, automated truss elements, all carrying Scenius Unico, equipped with Osram Lok-it! HTI 1400/PS lamps
“My primary goal was to design a lighting architecture that could be as multifunctional as

 
 
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Borderline hits the right notes with SSE

Monday, 22 May 2017

UK - A top of the range light and sound system is now delivering all the right notes at The Borderline in Soho, a 300 capacity intimate basement live music venue transformed by new owners DHP Family.
The venue has been remodelled to create a flowing space that provides the best possible experience for both performer and audience. As well as creating improved sight lines, more than £100,000 has been invested in a high spec audio and light system.
With excellent audio established as a hallmark for all DHP Family venues, top of the list was the installation of an L-Acoustics PA system to deliver a signature hi-fi quality sound throughout the venue.
DHP Family technical manager Dave McVea said: “The audio system we inherited was an eclectic mix of gear that had clearly been amassed over a period of time. While it did the job, there was no real design to the system. We’re proud that our venues have a reputation for excellent audio so clearly we needed to change that.”
SSE Audio - a long-standing partner - was tasked with supplying and installing the sound system having a proven track record for delivering top quality audio systems in DHP Family’s Rock City and Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, Oslo in Hackney, Thekla in Bristol and most recently The Garage in Islington.
Dave added: “I wanted an L’Acoustics system with plenty of headroom, so the system should not be stressed and easily deliver a quality sound for our acts and events, in keeping with our previous audio upgrades. It also brings the venue’s technical specification ri

 
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A Little Night Music for Robe at RADA

Monday, 22 May 2017

UK - Lighting designer Paul Pyant returned to London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) to light a production of the Steven Sondheim classic, A Little Night Music directed by Edward Kemp and staged at RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre in central London.
Robe enjoys a close ongoing working relationship with RADA, making their latest technologies available for students to use across the three main venues. Paul’s design for this production utilised Robe’s DL7S LED profiles and the new Spiider LED wash beam moving lights, together with other moving and conventional fixtures.
Paul’s acclaimed career started at RADA – he is a 1973 alumnus of the Academy’s technical training course – and features extensive work across the genres of theatre, opera, ballet and dance. It’s earned him recognition for lighting a diversity of shows from large-scale West End and Broadway extravaganzas to incisive performances at venues like the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and the ENO, to the bleeding
Paul collaborated with a student team on this show, all of whom benefitted from his fund of experience and knowledge. The Academy’s head of production lighting Matt Leventhall oversaw the process which was one of the most technically ambitious musicals RADA has produced to date.
Designer Jane Heather and Edward Kemp wanted the narrative to feature both projection and lighting in its visual treatment, and the need for the two media to coexist and work fluidly together was a key starting point for Paul’s design.
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