Clair Solutions and Elation light Paradise Club
Monday, 16 December 2019
Paradise Club on Times Square (photo: Nikolas Koenig)
USA - Situated in the heart of New York’s Times Square, seven floors up amid the luxury of the new Edition boutique hotel, is nightclub and performance space Paradise Club. The ‘brainchild’ of Studio 54’s Ian Schrager and home to an immersive dinner theatre and modern-day cabaret called The Devouring: A Marriage of Heaven and Hell Paradise Club hosts an Elation Professional lighting rig specified by AVL design and integration firm Clair Solutions with input from Yossy Marquez of J. Marquez Consultants.
Paradise Club is a fully-immersive experience with an attention-grabbing starburst LED ceiling, depth-producing upstage video wall, enchanting décor, and atmosphere-generating dynamic lighting system. Following the multi-sensory Devouring cabaret show, performed by resident artist company House of Yes, the space transforms into a colourful nightclub with DJs spinning until the early hours.
Clair Solutions served as audio/video/lighting/control consultant and integrator on the comprehensive Times Square Edition project, which included several spaces around the boutique hotel. Michelle Caron of Clair Solutions was the performance lighting system designer and project manager for the AVL system in the building and designed the theatrical lighting and control for the 200-seat Paradise Club.
Caron says she sought flexible lighting fixtures to meet the artistic needs of many types of artists. She chose an Elation lighting system of Artiste DaVinci LED moving spots, Fuze Wash Z350 LED moving head washes, SixPar 200 LED PAR lights, and SixBar 1000 LED battens. The fixtures are located in the over-stage grid and out in the house, spread along four lengths of truss that flank the dining and dancing area.
The designer calls the Artiste DaVinci the “artistic workhorse” of the rig, used for pattern projection, colour washes, aerial effects, and as followspots. They also act as fill and effects for the dining experience created by the Michelin-starred chef. The Fuze Wash fixtures light the cabaret production before transitioning to colour the late-night dance floor while the SixPars provide colour washes for the stage and the bespoke murals inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, a signature of Ian Schrager hospitality properties. The yard-long RGBAW+UV SixBars add colour wash to the stage.
(Jim Evans)

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