Chauvet shines under the Spiegeltent
Friday, 8 March 2019
piecehall2photocreditsoundlightukLive action under canvas at Halifax Piece Hall
UK - The Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is one of the UK's best-preserved examples of Industrial Revolution-era architecture. A recent comprehensive renovation of the premises has given its courtyard a renewed purpose of an exchange for the arts, culture and music.
One of the events making use of the transformed Piece Hall courtyard is the Spiegeltent - a pop-up live venue akin to a circus big top, which caters to a varied musical programme in the run up to the festive season. For the most recent incarnation, which included a mix of bands, cabaret and comedy, in addition to headlining musical acts such as Gary Delaney, Yorkshire-based Sound & Light UK LTD integrated 10 Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash and 10 Rogue R1 Beam fixtures into their lighting rig.
Given the wide spectrum of performances taking place during the three-week festival, Sound & Light UK was tasked with providing illumination for a multitude of possible stage setups - from classic rock and roll, to more precise visuals for stand-up comedy and cabaret shows. The interplay between the Rogue R1 Beam and R2 Wash fixtures, flown from above stage trussing, gave Sound & Light the necessary breadth of visual expression required.
Drawing on the 19 (15W) RGBW quad-LED source of the Rogue R2 Wash fixture, Chris Bottomley and his team were able to deploy a visually engaging blanket of saturated colour to create emotive and energetic supporting visuals for the musical performances.
"The R2 Wash is an incredibly versatile fixture," comments Bottomley. "In addition to providing bursts of saturated colour on stage, we could also use the fixture's (12° to 49°) zoom to transform the wash into a soft-edged spot - an effect which came in incredibly useful during the repeated recalibration of the stage setup during the programme."
Complementing the wash effects with precise throws of light were the 132W Rogue R1 Beam fixtures. Thanks to their independently controllable five-facet and eight-facet prisms, Chris was able to initiate a contrasting set of aerial effects with which to punctuate the blanket of colour provided by the wash fixtures.
"The compact size of both the Wash and Beam fixtures gave us the right balance between performance and practicality,” continues Bottomley. "Given the constant re-rigging of fixtures for different events, the Rogues proved themselves to be easy to handle, saving us a considerable amount of time and effort.”
(Jim Evans)

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