Chauvet lights alternative Swan Lake
Friday, 6 November 2020
swanlake3photocreditandreas-etterSwan Lake in Groningen
The Netherlands - Given all the highly original interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake that have beguiled audiences almost since the moment the ballet premiered in 1877, one may be tempted to think there is nothing much left to add to the mix. Not so.
Guy Weizman and Roni Haver, the co-founders of Club Guy & Roni, which collaborates closely with Noord Nederlands Toneel, have created simultaneous live and online versions of the star-crossed love story that are not only outlandishly fresh and original in the way they interact with one another, but also deeply resonant during this era of COVID-19.
Contributing to this impressive accomplishment are 18 COLORado Batten Q15 fixtures from Chauvet Professional that were supplied by Lichtpunt Theatertechniek. The designers rely on the IP65-rated RGBW linear fixtures, which were selected in a shoot out involving six different products, to produce magical shades of pink and blue that underscore the myriad and varying moods during this production.
The show‘s lighting designer Maarten van Rossem arranges the battens in an array of configurations, such having them built into a fictitious 8x8m swimming pool in one scene. With each scene, this production sails further and further into the seemingly infinite undercurrents that animate Swan Lake.
During each show, the live audience (which is greatly limited as a result of COVID-19 restrictions) walks from scene to scene. As they do, they must make choices, which determine the course of events. Meanwhile, the online audience, which is watching the story unfold at the same time, also must come to decisions that affect the show’s outcome.

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