Lighting News

gerritschottertchauvetGerrit Schottert joins Chauvet
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Benelux - Chauvet has named lighting specialist Gerrit Schottert as its senior business development manager for the Netherlands. Operating out of the company’s office in Belgium, Schottert will be responsible for the Chauvet Professional line.
Schottert will report to Steven Batslé, sales manager Benelux for Chauvet, who said, “Gerrit is a tremendous addition to our team. He has a well-deserved reputation as a professional who knows products and is determined to get the job done right for his customers. We are looking forward to working with him.”
In fulfilling his responsibilities at Chauvet, Schottert will be drawing on over 25 years experience in the entertainment lighting industry. He comes to his new position from Livingprojects, VAP for Signify, Vari-Lite and Strand Lighting, where he served as sales manager of the entertainment distribution division.
“Gerrit has compiled an impressive track record, not just for his keen knowledge of lighting, but also as a result of his dedication to customer service,” comments Stéphane Gressier, Chauvet’s international sales director. “Rental houses, designers and others in the Netherlands market are very familiar with Gerrit’s commitment to making his customers happy. We are excited to have him on our team and are confident he will make valuable contributions to our continued growth.”
(Jim Evans)

robert-juliat-spotme-position-tracking-system-for-followspots-and-the-new-maestro-interfaceLDI: Robert Juliat shows SpotMe with Maestro
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

USA - Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at LDI 2019 with US distributor, ACT. Lighting, where it will demonstrate SpotMe, its award-winning, bespoke 3D position-tracking device for followspots. SpotMe, which earned Robert Juliat a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2018, will be shown with the new Maestro server which has been developed by Robert Juliat in collaboration with tracking specialists, zactrack.
Maestro extends the capabilities of SpotMe by enabling it to operate with any DMX lighting control console. With Maestro, even the simplest DMX console retains pan and tilt control and gets, in return, additional DMX channels to modulate the tracking parameters calculated and managed by the Maestro server. Maestro also brings a major new advantage in the form of a unique ‘Prediction’ feature - the ability to anticipate the direction of a performer’s movement on stage and adjust every ‘slave’ fixture to react quickly to the direction of travel.
SpotMe and Maestro will be shown both virtually and physically with an RJ Oz 600W LED followspot to show the full extent of their capabilities. SpotMe is shipping with immediate effect and Maestro will be available at the end of the year.
Robert Juliat’s Dalis family now includes Dalis 861 a 150W LED 8-colour wash light; Dalis 862 (150W) full size and Dalis 862S (75W) short, variable white footlights; Dalis Access 863 a 150W LED 4-colour cyclorama light with all the functionality and quality of the original at a price that makes Dalis technology accessible to those on a smaller budget; and finally, Da

 
 
ayrtonLDI: Ayrton’s Perseo and Huracán-X debut
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

USA - Ayrton will be exhibiting at LDI with its US distributor ACT Lighting on stand 1237, with the first official US showing of Ayrton’s two latest products: Perseo and Huracán-X. Ayrton is also supporting the second KOI-USA Awards by sponsoring the Live Performance Special (Music) Award in the Live for Broadcast category.
Perseo is Ayrton’s first multi-function, compact, powerful, IP65-rated fixture developed for intensive outdoor use. Feature rich from the factory (including 100% framing shutters), Perseo produces 27,000lm from its 500W LED source, and sports a fully weather-proof housing with a new water-resistant menu navigation system to handle whatever the weather can throw at it!
Perseo-S has been designed to achieve an optimal resolution-to-performance-to-efficiency ratio with perfect image reproduction. Not only is its 27,000 lumen output calibrated at 8000K, but it also offers a zoom range of 7° to 56°, with no hotspot and significant improvement from distortion at wide angles. Perseo-S is shipping with immediate effect..
Huracán-X is a profile luminaire that delivers exceptional light output as standard, but is also a formidable new graphical tool possessing a wealth of features and an entirely new complex colour mixing system capable of generating 281trillion colours.
Huracán-X produces an output of 50,000lm from its 1000W LED source, at a colour temperature of 6500K. A triple variable colour temperature corrector allows subtle adjustment from 2700 K to 15000 K and offers noticeable CRI improvement. Specifically develop

 
mdg-vertical-flight-case-smlLDI: MDG demos haze generators
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

USA - MDG will be exhibiting at LDI 2019 on Booth 1245, near its exclusive US distributor, ACT Lighting, where the team will be demonstrating the ATMe and ATMe WPE haze generators. The ATMe WPE is a weather-proof and dust-resistant version of the ATMe which has been designed specifically for outdoor use.
MDG’s Me Series of fog generators, will be represented by the compact Me1 and Me2 fog generators and the impressive Me4 fog generator - all of which release pure white, fine particled fog in volume with the finest of control.
Combining all fog and haze requirements will be MDG’s theONE, the award-winning dual mode fog and haze generator which will be shown in its touring cradle demonstrating a solution for easy, safe rigging.
New for LDI 2019 is MDG’s bespoke Vertical Flight Case. Designed to carry MDG’s ATMe haze generator, or either of Me1 or Me2 fog generators, plus everything needed to operate under production conditions, these cases not only provide rugged, safe transport for the generators, but allow the entire unit to be rolled onto stage and simply plugged in for instant use. Each flight case is fully equipped with direct plug-in connections for power and DMX In/Out.
Also included within each are snug compartment spaces for MDG’s theFAN, two 9kg (20lb) CO2 bottles, a four-litre bottle of MDG fluid, and space for a small DMX console.
MDG’s ICE FOG Q low fog generator will also be on show, producing low fog effects without recourse to dry ice. It will be shown with its D-Verter and Round Floor Pocket (RFP) accessories

 
 
claypakyfreccetricolore5Claypaky Xtylos enhance Lake Garda airshow
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Italy - The 85th anniversary of the world seaplane speed record set in 1934 at Desenzano seaplane base by Marshal Agello was commemorated on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October in Desenzano del Garda, in the province of Brescia. His record stands at 709.202 km/h and has never been broken to this day.
A series of air show stunts were performed for this celebration, which attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators, culminating in a display put on by the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian air force stunt team.
Claypaky also took part in the event with a light installation set up on the terrace of the Hotel Estée in Desenzano, which could be seen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The installation consisted of 10 Xtylos units. Nine projected a very long Italian tricolour flag onto Lake Garda like the trails of coloured smoke from the MB-339 aircraft of the Italian air force stunt team, and the other solo light projected a beam for one minute every half hour of the same colour orange as the MC 72 seaplane used by Marshal Agello to set his record.
(Jim Evans)

 
avolitesMaggie Rogers shines with Sapphire Touches
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UK - A lot has happened in Maggie Rogers’ world since 2016, when a video of her demoing a then-newly-recorded song, Alaska for Pharrell Williams at NYU went viral. Following opening slots on major tours with both HAIM and Mumford & Sons last year, Rogers dropped her own major label debut, Heard It in a Past Life, this past January, which charted in the second highest slot of the Billboard 200. Consequently, the artist has spent much of 2019 on the road in support of the album.
The “look and feel” of Rogers’ tour this year has been a collaborative effort between the artist and lighting designer Ben Everett, who first started working with her when he lit Rogers’ first-ever show in London two years ago. Having toured with an impressive roster of bands over the past five years, Everett is now part of the UK-based MIRRAD team, which has been supplying a pair of Avolites Sapphire Touch lighting control consoles for Rogers’ 2019 worldwide trek.
While on tour with Rogers, Everett sits behind Avolites’ flagship Sapphire Touch, with a twin second console used by Bodie Tureson or Chas O'Bradovich, his techs, for the show’s opening acts (Empress of, Jacob Banks, Melanie Faye, or Now, Now), and as an immediately-available backup desk, should the need ever arise.
“I have used these consoles with many different types of artists and shows, and I can set them up in a way each time that works exactly as I need them to for that show,” he says of his Sapphire Touch. “Essentially, I just really enjoy working on this console.”

 
 
robe-mazowsze-foto-by-piotr-pasieczny-betlejem-polskie-1097Robe dances with the Mazowsze stars
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Poland - The Polish state folk group of song and dance, Mazowsze, is named after the country’s Mazowsze region.
In 2018 it became even better known after featuring in Paweł Pawlikowski’s movie Cold War - and just before that, it invested in some of Robe’s large Tarrantula LED wash beams, which met a tender specification that was initiated by technical manager and lighting designer, Lukas Rúzewilz.
Their impressive rehearsal and performance facility on the outskirts of Warsaw has been open since 2009, and Lukas has worked there for a year, before which he was the technical manager of the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw, another cultural landmark.
Mazowsze’s 600-capacity venue is funded by the government and, in addition to being home to the company, it stages several other dance, music, theatre, comedy and ballet shows, amounting to around 250 a year. All Mazowsze’s own touring shows are produced there before going on the road.
When Lukas joined the production and technical team a year ago, the venue’s existing moving light rig was 10 years old and in need of an upgrade, so he started the ball rolling on this process.
A tender for new moving lights was offered to selected companies, and the section to provide LED wash lights was won by Robe’s Polish distributor Prolight with the Tarrantulas, which met the spec nicely.
Prolight supplied 24 Tarrantulas as part of the new package, on which Lukas commented: “They have everything you want in a lamp and are extremely powerful and strong.”
He lights all the pro

 
strictlyStrictly steps forward with Vari-Lite LED
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UK - The latest season of Strictly Come Dancing, the celebrity dance show, kicked off in September with a new performer, the VL1100 LED from Vari-Lite. David Bishop, in his new role as the show’s lighting designer, sees the introduction of the VL1100 LED as a significant improvement for the Strictly lighting rig.
“I chose the VL1100 LED as an upgrade to a fixture we already knew worked well in our show environment,” said Bishop. “The original VL1000 had served the program well for many years, but the VL1100 LED’s extra output, combined with removing the vulnerability of the traditional bulb, made this new fixture an obvious choice.”
The reliability of the LED source, combined with the VL1100 LED’s framing capability, high output and consistent colour temperature, help Bishop to maintain the quality of image that viewers expect. “Whilst Strictly is a dance show, it’s also a celebrity show, and our viewers expect to see their favorite stars looking as they do on the pages of magazines. Well-controlled keylight, at the correct angle for each shot, is very important.”
Bishop is using 25 VL1100 LED fixtures in his design, providing a mixture of front-light and cross-light. As the season continues, they have more than justified his faith in the brand. “It’s everything I hoped for,” he said. “The output is much greater than the VL1000 ever delivered, and you’d never know the source wasn’t a tungsten bulb.”
The 17th season of Strictly Come Dancing runs until the grand final on 14 December.

 
 
ACT Lighting to distribute Luxibel
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

USA - ACT Lighting is now the exclusive North America distributor of Luxibel.
Luxibel is the professional lighting brand by AED Group, which also offers the truss series Expo Tools, which are suitable for the exhibition market but may also be used by rental and staging companies.
"Luxibel's well-designed, high-quality, reliable, and high-value products are an ideal addition to the brands ACT distributes exclusively in North America," says ACT Lighting CEO Ben Saltzman. "We are excited to bring Luxibel's product line to the attention of our customers and will be introducing them to the wide array of tools that are available."
Damon Crisp, international sales manager for Luxibel, adds: "ACT Lighting is well known for its unmatched service and stellar market reputation and represents the world's top brands. Luxibel is honoured to join the ACT association and this select product roster. We look forward to our new North American customer partners discovering Luxibel solutions for their AV and exhibition needs."
Luxibel will join the extensive ACT Lighting village at LDI ion stand 1251 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 22-24 November. ACT Lighting also represents Ayrton, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat, MDG, AC Power, ChainMaster, Reel EFX, and Tour-Plex Data-Sure.
(Jim Evans)

 
etc-dubai-1ETC Dubai - The Studio opens with celebration
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UAE - ETC celebrated the opening of ETC Dubai - The Studio with a launch event at the new premises in Dubai Media City. The site, which features a black box space for product demonstrations and an area for console training sessions, welcomed industry professionals from across the globe to the inaugural event.
Attendees met with product specialists from ETC and High End Systems and received demonstrations of the newest innovations including High End Systems’ new automated fixtures SolaWash 1000 and TurboRay.
The latest member of the Sola Series, the SolaWash 1000 features a full framing system and is available with either an Ultra-Bright or High CRI engine. Alongside this was TurboRay, the distinctive fixture creates dynamic effects from its animation and gobo wheels and can be used as a powerful hard edge beam or narrow-angle washlight.
Visitors to the opening were also shown Augment3d in the space’s black box area. The award-winning 3D programming environment which is part of the Eos v3.0 software is designed to increase programming speed and dramatically improves workflow.
In addition to providing a base for product demonstrations The Studio will host regular training sessions in the region. ETC’s Eos and High End Systems’ Hog 4 console sessions are currently available for registration with more courses planned in the new year.
“We are thrilled to have ETC Dubai up and running with a space that specifically offers specialist product demonstrations, training sessions and a black box area. It is the only space in the region to

 
 
plasa-industry-research-2019Industry marks steady growth - PLASA research
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UK - The market value of the UK entertainment technology industry has grown by an estimated 5% in the past 12 months, according to PLASA research.
This puts the industry’s value at £1.36bn in 2018/19, up from £1.30bn in 2017/18. The sectors with the largest growth include architecture, broadcast and corporate events, which are valued at £250m, £220m and £160m respectively.
Only a third of the businesses surveyed expect the industry to grow in 2019/20 however, the main concern being how and when the UK will exit the European Union.
The full report, which follows on from PLASA’s comprehensive industry research released in 2018, details sector by sector performance, investment in marketing and R&D, and the future outlook for the industry.
“We are delighted to offer this important resource,” comments PLASA managing director, Peter Heath. “It provides vital insight for business planning, budgeting and benchmarking performance - I encourage all businesses to download the full report.”
He adds: “Whilst it’s great to see that the industry has performed so well over the last year, we are clearly looking towards a period of uncertainty as Brexit looms over the sector. PLASA will continue to support our members to the fullest extent that we can.”
The 2019 PLASA industry research report is available to download free of charge to PLASA members or £500+VAT for non-members. For more information, visit <

 
l8celogobwL8 launches Community Edition software
Monday, 11 November 2019

Ukraine - Realtime visualisation specialist L8 has launched L8 CE, an affordable, entry-level version of its flagship pre-viz software.
L8 CE (Community Edition) uses the same code and libraries as the full version, but there are restrictions on the number of DMX inputs and the number of fixtures. Support is also limited to one year from activation.
"L8 CE may be a good solution for simultaneously using the software on a pre-programming workstation and for everyone else involved in the process of creating the show," says the company. "For those who want to know the full power of L8 visualisation technology, this is the first step to study it with."
L8 CE supports up to 64 fixtures and two DMX universes. Other features include animated 3D textures (cyclic animation of any texture), volume transparency (ie. (effects such as hard smoke, rain, snow, fire) and mirror reflection surfaces.

 
 
cairnsSydney hosts Communicating the Arts
Monday, 11 November 2019

Australia - Further evidence of the growing multi-dimensionality of art can be found at the 24th edition of the Communicating the Arts conference which, for the first time, sees participants from the performing arts join those from the visual arts. The theme of this edition is Cultural Leadership.
“An example of great leadership is when in the face of challenges, people can stick to the values of inclusion, rigour, honesty, respect and courage.” This is an example of what the participants will learn from attending as explained by Wesley Enoch, artistic director at Sydney Festival who will also hold the opening keynote.
Taking place at multiple cultural venues in Sydney from 12-14 November, some 250 Australian and international cultural leaders, senior arts professionals and innovators will gather for three days of immersive learning, masterclasses and exhibits - including Anthony Bastic, founder and CEO of Sydney-based creators, AGB Events, who will be talking about his company’s experience in curating and producing major celebrations.
“Our approach is to re-imagine ways to honour art, history, and culture,” explains Bastic, “inspiring audiences with deeply engaging story-telling. Our process begins with extensive research to bring a fresh perspective to our projects, finding our clients’ stories and reinterpreting those narratives visually. We work extensively with renowned artists to craft and deliver creative concepts that resonate deeply and that give their work new dimensions and scope, using digital animation and 3D projec

 
chamsysmq70LDI: ChamSys debuts MagicQ MQ70
Monday, 11 November 2019

USA - ChamSys (stand 937) will debut its compact MagicQ MQ70 console in the US at the upcoming LDI tradeshow in Las Vegas. Launched at the PLASA Show 2019, the desk weighs in at a mere 7kg (15.4lb) and can fit into a carry-on sized luggage that meets the restrictions of even budget airlines.
The MagicQ MQ70 supports 24 universes of ArtNet/sACN natively, with an option to expand this to 48 universes directly from the console (with a paid upgrade). The console features a 10.1” multi touch display, along with illuminated fader and encoder tracks.
The MagicQ MQ70 also has built-in WiFi, making it easy to connect to the ChamSys MagicQ Remote focus application simply by scanning the QR code on screen without the need for external networking hardware. MIDI input and output as well as LTC timecode input are also inbuilt, allowing easy integration with show control and timecoded shows.
An in-built UPS protects the MagicQ MQ70 in the event of a power failure. Due to its low power consumption, the console requires no cooling fan, which means it operates silently - a critical feature for broadcast, theatrical and corporate show applications. Since the MagicQ MQ70 runs the same MagicQ software as other consoles from the range, it accepts shows programmed on any of them, within the universe limits.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
fantasia1photocreditswd-photographyChauvet adds to visual mystique for Fantasia
Monday, 11 November 2019

Belgium - Although the Fantasia festival succeeds in attracting some of the hottest EDM and trance DJs year after year, it’s built a loyal fan base with much more than music alone. Drawing on the power of its wildly imaginative and elaborate stage scenery, Fantasia succeeds in cocooning festival-goers in a multi-sensory experience that intensifies the power of its electronic music.
Forming the central visual backdrop to this year’s stage was a representation of an exotic burlesque palace measuring 15m tall by 45m wide. Providing dramatic visuals to accentuate the mystique of the stage was a lighting design by Creative Rental Solutions (CRS) that included a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash, RH1 Hybrid, COLORdash Par H12IP, STRIKE P38, and COLORado Panel Q40 fixtures.
“Given the ambition of Fantasia’s organisers to create ever more impressive stages, we went back to the drawing board to come up with something especially different this year,” says Thomas Vandekerkhove of Creative Rental Solutions. “Our solution was to develop a lighting rig that awarded a certain mystique to this year’s stage theme by creating powerful looks and vivid colours.”
To douse the palatial stage designed by CRS’s Lieven Tacq (complete with three large burlesque masks) with a variety of pulsating atmospherics, Vandekerkhove and his team incorporated a carefully curated combination of 18 Rogue R2 Wash, 18 RH1 Hybrid and 28 COLORdash Par H12IP fixtures into their design. The resultant blend of saturated colours and powerful wash effects gave a

 
master-sound-productiongary-fallon-dustin-pesnell-lazaro-sotoMaster Sound Productions invests in Elation
Monday, 11 November 2019

USA - Master Sound Productions of Miami has taken delivery of a full complement of Elation Professional’s IP65-rated weatherproof lighting fixtures. In operation since 1996 in one of the country’s most competitive markets for entertainment technology providers, Master Sound Productions is known as one of the most versatile event rental and full production companies in South Florida.
“South Florida is very competitive; you’ve got to diversify in this market to stay ahead,” comments Lazaro Soto, owner of Master Sound Productions. “Our goal is not to be the biggest event production source in South Florida but to be the very best one. That’s why I’ve chosen to offer my clients a 100% outdoor-rated all Elation lighting rig.”
Over the past couple of years, Elation Professional’s Proteus line of IP65-rated lighting fixtures has established itself as the market’s leading line of weatherproof moving heads for outdoor events. Meanwhile, the company has been expanding its line of multi-environmental IP-rated products across the board.
Master Sound’s new lighting package consists of 12 Proteus Hybrid moving heads, 12 Proteus Rayzor 760 LED moving heads, 24 SixPar 100 IP and 24 SixPar 200 IP LED PAR lights, and 12 DTW Blinder 350 IP variable white LED blinders.
With the majority of his business in outdoor events, Soto says he has seen his lighting stock deteriorate quickly while the expense and hassle of using domes and bags has only increased. “You can do a dome or cover fixtures with a bag or tarp, but they still get wet and

 
 
robe-andres-cepeda-and210350165Andres Cepeda makes a miniPointe
Monday, 11 November 2019

Columbia - Pop-rock singer songwriter Andres Cepeda is one of Colombia’s most popular artists, loved for his multi-genre repertoire, humour and dynamic style. He recently played a month of sold-out shows at the 1,300-capacity Teatro Major Julio Mario Santo Domingo in the north of Bogota.
His long-term lighting designer Nestor Gaitan - universally known as Cariňosito (‘care bear’) - lit the show, and used the theatre’s 12 Robe MiniPointe moving lights which are part of the house lighting rig.
These were rigged on four vertical stands on tank trap bases, positioned two (stands) either side of a prominent central LED screen. The miniPointes were used extensively throughout the show.
Andres’ large band for this series of shows was enriched with the sounds of a full brass section. The musicians and backing vocalists were split between a raised deck above the LED screen and on the stage floor with Andres.
Nestor programmed and controlled the miniPointes plus all the other lights in the ‘top’ house rig, using the venue’s grandMA2 console.
He has worked for the artist for the last five years, touring frequently around Colombia and other Latam countries including Mexico, Panama, Ecuador and Peru.
“I like many things about Robe and their products,” he states, “the optics are great, the light weight is a big plus and the zoom is always good and it’s also a feature that’s been consistent over the years. It was a great decision to get the miniPointes here in this theatre, and as small ‘hybrids’ they are perfect f

 
shownetoemsetopenpackageShowNET laser mainboard now available
Friday, 8 November 2019

Europe - The multi-functional laser mainboard ShowNET is now available to laser system manufacturers. The ShowNET is a digital to analogue convertor (DAC) for laser software such as Showcontroller and comes with a full licence for Showeditor Laser Software for free. It is also an ArtNET node and can be triggered by DMX so professional lighting designers appreciate the additional professional DMX mode that provides advanced control options with lighting consoles, like safety zones over DMX, color balancing of the laser or RGB color wheel support.
Besides the trigger control options, ShowNET can be operated in various stand-alone operation modes as well as sound to light (microphone board available on request). The contents of the memory on the ShowNET board can be customised with standard ILDA files, which can be created with the included Showeditor software or any other software capable to export standard ILDA files.
With integrating the standard ShowNET set, it is still possible to operate the laser system via ILDA signal (switch board provided in the set). It is also possible to omit the ILDA connectors and just go via LAN connection. It is also possible to feed any ILDA signal to the integrated ShowNET board (receiver) via LAN connection by using an external ShowNET interface box as a sender via ILDA streaming.
The standard ShowNET integrator’s set contains the following components: ShowNET mainboard, ILDA switch board, mode selection and addressing board, RJ-45 LAN socket with connecting wire, pre-made wires for connecting all components incl

 
 
floppyflexFloppyFlex refreshes Dayton theatre
Friday, 8 November 2019

USA - In Dayton, Ohio, in the heart of the downtown Arts District, the Mead Theatre is the cornerstone of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Centre. Opened in 2003, the 2,300-seat venue hosts a wide range of performances, including the Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, touring Broadway blockbusters, rock concerts, comedians and more.
Helping to inspire the imagination and refresh the spirit of the three-balcony facility, Scenic Solutions of Ohio specified and installed FloppyFlex LED neon into the architectural details of the venue.
In addition to the installation in the concentric rings of the ceiling that culminate in a representation of the night sky when the Wright Brothers took their first flight, “We used 204m of FloppyFlex White 2100K deployed in the existing coves that accent all three balconies,” says Andrew Persson of Scenic Solutions. “We were able to utilise the existing wire infrastructure - with the addition of magnetic dimmable drivers installed remotely - which made circuiting simple and efficient. FloppyFlex was a good solution because of the level of control it allowed, its smooth and consistent output, plus it fit the profile of the incandescent rope light it replaced.
“FloppyFlex was able to conform to the curved shapes of the architecture in which it was mounted and produces a far superior light output compared to conventional rope lights. It has been performing extremely well and uniformly.”
Persson continues: “The Mead Theatre is an important venue and we wanted to get it righ

 
moulinrougebroadwayhes4SolaWash stars in Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Friday, 8 November 2019

USA - Lighting designer Justin Townsend specified 38 High End Systems SolaWash 2000 High CRI automated LED luminaires for Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Since its summer opening at New York City’s Al Hirschfield Theatre, the show has received critical acclaim not only for the glam costumes and glitzy scenery, but also for its rich lighting.
A review on Broadway World says it’s “sumptuously-designed in more shades of red than you previously knew existed on the colour spectrum”.
New York Stage Review notes “The real stars are the artists who don't appear onstage. Lighting designer Justin Townsend can evoke anything from a pulse-pounding nightclub to the shadowy alleys of Argentina to a hallucinogenic electric-green drunken dream.”
Townsend, a two-time Tony Award nominee, says: “The SolaWash 2000 unit has been instrumental for my work on Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” He chose the High CRI version of the automated luminaire for requisite features such as its accurate colour rendering and key light for face lighting.
“It is a silent, super bright light that can be Fresnel-soft and still sharpen razor-edge to its own shutters,” he says. “I was able to cut around the complex scenery in the show and really pop the costumes and faces with clarity.”
The silence refers to the fixture’s quiet cooling system. “The fixtures do great work for me front-of-house where fan noise is essential to eliminate in modern musicals,” he adds.
The designer also enjoys using the colour palette - using CMY colour mix

 
 
cu-2019-jeffjohnson2Bandit in the round with Carrie Underwood
Friday, 8 November 2019

USA - Carrie Underwood recently wrapped up her Cry Pretty Tour 360 with a lighting package provided by long-time vendor, Bandit Lites. Underwood has been thrilling audiences around the globe all year with her all-female tour featuring a an ‘in-the-round’ lighting design by Nick Whitehouse of Fireplay production studio.
“This tour is by far the most ambitious design yet for Ms. Underwood and it has certainly paid off in terms of visual artistry,” said Bandit Lites vice president, Mike Golden. “Carrie has a veteran staff in tour Manager Geoff Donkin, production manager Graham Holmes, show producer BarrymLather and lighting director Nate Cromwell, and with Nick Whitehouse and the visionary team at Fireplay, this year’s production is unmatched and flawless.”
Drawing inspiration from the Cry Pretty album artwork, Fireplay designed a stage using the eye logo and infusing an impressive pod design that held the majority of the light fixtures.
“When lighting in the round, each side of the stage needs to have key lights, effect lights and audience lights as each person’s perspective of the lighting show will be different,” explained Whitehouse, “so each pod contains just that: an amount of each. The rest of the design came out of the necessity of lighting around the screens.”
Bandit Lites supplied nearly 400 fixtures for the design, including GLP JDC1 Strobes, Martin Professional MAC Viper AirFX, Claypaky Sharpys, Claypaky Mythos 2, VL 3000 Spots, Scenius Unicos and Robe Spikies. Two grand MA 2 full consoles provide Li

 
award-ceremonyCT delivers for IAAF athletics championships
Thursday, 7 November 2019

Qatar - The IAAF World Athletics Championships took place in the Middle East for the first time since the inaugural event in 1983. The 10-day competition saw nearly 2000 athletes from 209 countries compete. The 17th edition of the event took place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
For 2019 a multitude of technical innovations were introduced to the event including light shows, new camera angles and increased engagement with athletes. Florian Weber, IAAF event presentation manager, was responsible for the athletics presentation concept and challenged Creative Technology (CT) to deliver.
In order to successfully deliver the track projection, it was essential that the stadium was dark which required the sports lighting to be switched off. Naturally, switching the stadium lights off during a televised stadium sports show is not something Broadcasters are comfortable with, so Florian Weber commissioned CT to deliver a VR model of the Khalifa Stadium featuring athletics apparatus, production overlay and the proposed LED screens and track projection.
CT supplied over 500sqm of its recently delivered curveable 4.8mm LED screens providing a high-resolution, high brightness, high quality solution to display all the sports presentation content including event information, live video feeds, athlete information, and live results.
CT also supplied eight mobile battery-powered LED Monoliths that could be positioned anywhere around the athletics arena displaying live data for athletes’ names and country flags.
Lighting enhanced the overal

 
 
5dc0687e30bd6mod-stq-header960x640pxADJ ships latest LED-powered wash fixture
Thursday, 7 November 2019

USA - ADJ is now shipping the latest addition to its range of LED-powered par-style wash fixtures, the MOD STQ. This professional lighting tool offers a combination of punchy output, compact size and versatile design, which makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications.
The MOD STQ harnesses the power of seven 8-Watt RGBW LEDs, for a total output of 56W. Each quad colour LED features independently-dimmable red, green, blue and white elements that can be mixed together to deliver a wide palette of different colours. With an average LED lifespan of 50,000 hours, lamp replacements are a thing of the past, while the fixture’s total maximum power draw of 57W makes it economical to run. A punchy fixture, the MOD STQ delivers up to 2952 LUX measured at 3M (9.8 ft.) with a total output in excess of 2500 Lumens.
“As an established leader in the manufacture and supply of LED-powered pars, we are excited to debut the latest new addition to our range,” enthuses ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “The MOD STQ is an extremely compact and incredibly punchy fixture that offers a great deal of flexibility. From its multi-purpose dual yoke to its choice of frost filters, every aspect of the fixture has been developed to allow it to offer maximum flexibility. It is therefore ideal for use by rental, production, décor and entertainment companies, as well as for permanent installation in churches, clubs, bars, lounges and fun centres.”
The MOD STQ is available now from ADJ USA - this product won’t be available from ADJ Europe.

 
roguer2xwashLDI: Chauvet debuts Rogue R2X Wash
Thursday, 7 November 2019

USA - The new Rogue R2X Wash fixture from Chauvet Professional which debuts at this year’s LDI show is an updated version of the popular Rogue R2 Wash and was developed in response to a very recent advance in LED lamp technology.
“We recognised the potential of the new generation of LEDs that Osram is developing, so we made a commitment to updating our fixtures to incorporate this technological advance,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet.
Drawing on this new technology, the Rogue R2X Wash is almost twice as bright as the Rogue R2 Wash when producing a single colour, and 20-perecent brighter at full output. This brightness boost has been achieved without changing the fixture’s DMX profile and with no changes to its popular form factor.
The Rogue R2X Wash is powered by 19 of the new Osram 25W RGBW LEDs. This engine produces a brightness of 8,650 lux measured at 5m. Thanks to a calibrated white mode that has been added to the new fixture, its output is balanced to roughly 7,000k when it is brought up to full intensity.
Another new enhancement to the fixture is the addition of RDM. The Rogue R2X Wash also makes it possible for users to set their own calibration via the fixture’s menu, so they can match its output to other lights in their rig. Additionally, five zones of pixel control allow users to create stunning pixel mapping effects.
“Our industry is technology driven,” said Chauvet. “As a company, we can never stand still. This is the driving force behind the Rogue R2X Wash.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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