Claypaky colours Canary Islands carnival
Monday, 1 July 2019
claypakycanarias6The Drag Queen Gala event followed the traditional carnival festivities
Canary Islands - Around 600,000 people attended Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s carnival this year. The Drag Queen Gala event, which had A Night in Rio theme, utilised a large complement of Claypaky fixtures to fill the stage with light and colour. Stonex is the official distributor of Claypaky lighting in Spain.
“The Drag Queen Gala is seen everywhere in the world by large audiences,” says lighting and technical director, Jonay Diaz, who is a partner in RGB Canarias S. Coop. “This is reason enough to be careful when choosing lighting equipment.”
Diaz selected 30 Claypaky Mythos, 16 Super Sharpy 2s, 16 Sharpys, 30 A.leda B-EYE K20s, 20 Claypaky A-leda B-EYE K10s and 16 Stormy CCs for the 21 shows that took place on the gala’s main stage. Jacinto Cabrera and Iban Negrin operated the grandMA2 lighting console.
Diaz opted to use LED moving heads, citing their performance, low power consumption and greater creative possibilities. “LED devices give us better image quality, especially on TV, by eliminating hotspots almost completely,” he says.
As an operator and programmer Diaz says he looks for lighting instruments that are “100% reliable: I want everything to be seen during the show as I programmed it.” As a designer he also looks for “fixtures that are very versatile and compact since we do not always have a lot of space - again, Claypaky fixtures filled the bill on all of these points”. GAM Eventos was the lighting vendor for the gala.
(Jim Evans)

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