Aarhus Musikhuset joins the Spiiders’ web
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
robe-aarhus-musikhuset-mg0443Musikhuset is a major music venue and features five principal auditoriums (photo: Anders Hede)
Denmark - Musikhuset Aarhus – also known as Aarhus Concert Hall – in Aarhus, Denmark, is the latest in a number of high profile theatre venues in Scandinavia to invest in Robe, with a substantial purchase of 78 x Spiider LED wash beam fixtures.
These are primarily designated for use in their main hall where they will be “workhorse fixtures” explained head of lighting Ole Nielsen.
Located right in the centre of Denmark’s second city, Musikhuset is a major music venue and features five principal auditoriums - a 1600-capacity Stor Sal (Main Hall); the 1200-seater Symfonisk Sal (Symphonic Hall); the Lille Sal (Small Hall) with capacity of 300, the Rytmisk Sal (Rhythmic Hall) a flexible space that can accommodate 500 seated or 1000 standing, and where most of the rock and electronic music shows are staged. The Kammermusiksalen hosts chamber music recitals.
It’s an exceptionally busy and vibrant environment staging over 1200 events a year and entertaining around 600,000 people.
In the main house the productions are in and out on most days, so when it came to a recent lighting upgrade, they needed an adaptable wash light solution.
They cater for a variety of different set-ups. Some incoming productions work on a bare stage and clear roof, bringing in all their own production. Others will come in with their own lighting designer but no kit, so they will utilise all the house lighting; and the third common scenario is those relying on the skills and expertise of the Musikhuset’s permanent technicians and creatives to light their shows.
“We needed a rider-recognised wash beam unit,” says Ole. They also had to undertake a tender process, so the requirements stipulated the new lights should be a LED unit with a good zoom and an RGBW colour mixing engine.
The Spiiders – delivered by Danish distributor Light Partner – are the first Robe’s in the house. Prior to this they had fixtures from two other well-known competitor brands.
The quietness was required for all the main house shows encompassing a wide range of drama, modern dance, ballet, opera and corporate events and shows are also staged in the space, so for presentations, speeches and spoken word occasions silence was also essential.
One of the first events on which the Spiiders were used was the three-day multi-venue Spot Festival which features some of the best of and emerging Danish and Nordic music. On this occasion the fixtures were split up and used simultaneously in different venues.
(Jim Evans)

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