Mavericks sparkle at Chihuahua Desert Museum
Thursday, 12 December 2019
anatorroja1Ana Torroja plays the International Festival Chihuahua
Mexico - A crowd of over 7,000 waited eagerly for Ana Torroja to appear at the esplanade of the Chihuahua Desert Museum of Delicias. They immediately erupted into wild cheering when the former singer from Mecano stepped on the stage dressed in a striking blue outfit and surrounded by her four bandmates, all in white.
As soon as the first notes were struck, the star and her backups were engulfed in a sea of intense back and side light that moved from white to blue. It was the beginning of a combination of music and light at this free concert sponsored by the state government as part of the XV edition of the International Festival Chihuahua.
Contributing to the immersive visuals was a collection of 64 Chauvet Professional fixtures, which, like the rest of the rig were supplied by Chihuahua-based Pro Audio Soluciones S.A. de C.V.
Making this civic stop as part of her successful Back tour, Torroja engaged the crowd with sing-alongs and personal recollections of her storied life and career. She had an extensive music catalogue to draw from during her show. As a member of Mecano, she was part of one of the most successful Spanish groups of all time. (To date, they have sold in excess of 25m albums.)
The rig featured 16 Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures and 24 Rogue R2 Wash units. The 40 wash fixtures were flown on mid-stage truss in addition to being floor mounted and hung on side-stage truss. From these positions, they bathed the stage in colour from every direction, creating a sense of depth and texture that endowed the star’s performance with extra passion and energy.
Adding excitement to the lightshow were 24 Maverick MK1 Hybrids. Positioned on the stage deck, some of these 440W fixtures were used to provide aerial effects. Other units, which were flown on truss, engaged the crowd with audience lighting.
(Jim Evans)

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