A new multipurpose entertainment centre in the North of Italy
Italy - Pala Phenomenon is a new multipurpose entertainment centre in the North of Italy. It hosts a space for live bands with a 150sq.m stage and live music five evenings a week. It has a disco bar with pre-disco, after dinner and post-live-music events, a restaurant, and a selection of large halls There is also a swimming pool, open from May to September, which is covered with transparent panels during the winter to become a dance floor.

Denis Biaggi was the scenic and lighting designer for the whole establishment. He reports, "One of the owner Marco Cerutti's basic requirements was to create a stage that could be adapted to different types of show: concerts, conventions, theatre and dance. In view of the various different purposes the structure needs to serve, my first concern was to set up widespread convenient suspension points for any future shows, and an adequate number of power and signal distribution points for the entire stage.

"The second part of the project involved designing the lighting so that it would be useful for the various possible applications a structure like this must have. The stage design came first. The idea was to find trusses that, besides providing simple and effective support for hanging spotlights, would also become a true decorative component of the stage.

"In consideration of the characteristics of the place, I chose to use three enormous circular QX30 truss structures, at a slope of about 30° to their axis in order to facilitate the positioning of the lights. At the back of the stage, there is another ring of trusses, four metres in diameter, which acts as a central scenic element."

Biaggi continues, "I opted for the new Clay Paky 300s as motorized lights, specifically the Alpha Spot HPE 300 and Alpha Wash 300 versions." He decided to use an MA lighting console to control the lights.

(Jim Evans)

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