Lighting News

rayzr4Solaris Flares on The Voice and World of Dance
Monday, 14 January 2019

USA - Over the past year, Emmy Award-winning designer Oscar Dominguez added significantly to the selection of Solaris fixtures used on his many projects, including NBC’s The Voice, and World of Dance. Recently, up to 124 Solaris Flare Rayzrs were added to the main stage of The Voice, for featured artists’ guest spots, as well as for contestants’ live, final rounds performances. Oscar also used up to almost 1,000 Solaris Mozart fixtures in unique, innovative ways on various sets.
“I’ve been a Flare fan for years, both the original Flares, and then the LR,” says Oscar. “Now, the new Rayzr ‘blade of light,’ which has all the Flare features, benefits and brightness in a super-thin linear form factor, has given us a radically different design element. It’s a terrific tool for creating unique light patterns and shapes. For some sets, I tactfully lined Rayzrs across the front riser, giving it a ‘floating’ feel while not interfering with the backlighting or spots. Offering an entirely different look, the Rayzr is well-named because it slices right through the picture.”
Oscar adds: “Also, two years ago, I was the first to use the original Solaris Mozarts on a TV set. Since then, I’ve been adding more and more to my designs, and using them constantly. Each season I find more uses for these super eye candies. Like sparkling jewels, the compact Mozarts look great up close or at a distance en masse. Recently, new Mozart FLR fixtures, with their 16 bright RGBW pixels, have added yet another new look to our designs. I e

bpm-mainBPM Show secures future
Friday, 11 January 2019

UK - The future of DJ exhibition BPM has been secured with the launch of a new limited company, BPM Shows Ltd.
The show, previously organised by Marked Events as BPM | PRO, was initially cancelled following Marked Events' liquidation in the summer of 2018.
But a joint effort led by some of the affected companies who worked closely with Pete Williams of Mobile DJ Network (MDJN) ensured BPM 2018 took place last October in a less costly, more business-friendly environment at Cranmore Park, Solihull.
BPM Shows Ltd is led by show directors Steven Boys, an experienced mobile DJ/sound and lighting engineer with a background in weddings and events organising, and Jack Wilson (Kent Media Group). They will be supported by a team of well-known industry figures including Mark Parkhouse (FBT Audio) and Kris Dawber.
Wilson comments: “We are very proud to officially announce the return of BPM, not as a last-minute rescue plan but as an exhibition with a future and a strategy for supporting the industry.
“Our plan is rooted in the success of 2018 - an affordable annual event that offers true return on investment and which grows at the rate the industry needs. I’m delighted to say that the 2019 show is already almost entirely sold out. That’s a huge vote of confidence and we take that support very seriously.”
Boys adds: “We also want our visitors and the wider industry to let us know what they want from BPM. Those opinions are at the heart of making BPM a success and we would love to hear from you.”
BPM 2019 will take place at

 
 
aps-logoAPS adds Elation Proteus and Smarty Hybrid
Friday, 11 January 2019

UK - Alexander Production Services (APS) has strengthened its in-house stock of entertainment technology through delivery of Elation’s all-weather Proteus Hybrid moving head and multi-functional Smarty Hybrid moving head.
Located near Reading, with roots in the entertainment technology industry that go back to 1996, APS focuses on event management and power, lighting and sound supply for private and corporate customers, as well as architectural lighting.
“Because we do a lot of lighting work outside and within marquees, having high quality IP-rated lights is key to our success in delivering these types of installations,” says APS’s Richard Alexander. “With its exceptional power, IP rating and flexibility, the Proteus Hybrid will be invaluable for architectural and entertainment lighting, and we believe these fixtures will be attractive as part of our dry-hire stock to high-end third-party event companies for large entertainment venues.
“For example, we are often asked to light up buildings/objects where there is no immediately available power. The Proteus will allow us to illuminate these features from a considerable distance.” Alexander adds that they will also have application when supporting firework displays with other lighting effects.
Also added to APS inventory is the Smarty Hybrid, Elation’s compact and efficient CMY colour mixing hybrid moving head that APS plans to employ on high-end events and dry-hire projects, as well as architectural and even retail applications. “It is brand new, high-end and extremely versat

 
redbullelektropediaawards1Chauvet creates setting for Elektropedia Awards
Friday, 11 January 2019

Belgium - The massive art deco building bordering the Ixelles Ponds at the edge of Place Flagey Square has been at the heart of Belgium’s rich musical and cultural history since it opened in the 1930s.
Originally called Maison de la Radio, but now known simply as the Flagey, the building provided a suitable setting for the 2018 edition of the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards, an all-Belgium annual event honouring rising stars and outstanding achievements in the country’s burgeoning music scene.
Thomas Boets created a lighting design for the popular event that paid homage to its 2018 venue, while still reflecting the contemporary artistry of its honourees. Helping him in this endeavour were 380 pixel-mapped ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures from Chauvet Professional, supplied by L&L Stage Service.
“The Flagey is iconic, and our show took place in the building’s Studio 4 (home of the renowned Brussels Philharmonic), which gave us a very special setting to work in,” says Boets of Light Design Productions.
A dramatic part of that setting is the massive organ on the back wall. Boets wanted to accentuate this legendary scenic element, yet at the same time endow the stage with a techy digital vibe to reflect the flavour of the event. To do this he placed a portrait LED wall along the back of the stage, and in front of it positioned a curved LED raster with the ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures. He also accented the stairs with LED lighting.
“Studio 4 is a very classic room, so we wanted integrate its features as much as possible into our design,”

 
 
robe-beauty-and-the-beastRobe puts beauty into the beast
Friday, 11 January 2019

UK - It’s panto time again in the UK with the slapstick, craziness and innuendos flying as fast as a foam pie in the face.
At Blackpool Grand this year, putting both beauty and some beast attitude into the show, lighting designer Andy Webb specified 81 x Robe fixtures - 98 per cent of them LED sources - for a brand-new version of the classic tale produced by UK Productions for the 2018-19 season.
It’s the fourth consecutive year that Andy has lit the famous UK seaside resort’s panto, which was directed by Damian Sandys with whom he also worked on the 2017-18 production. This was a huge advantage to the fluidity and creative flow of this year’s show, together with knowing the venue, a beautiful original Matcham house that is notoriously tight for space when installing the complex modern productions of the 21st century.
Andy chose Robe as his main lighting fixtures for several reasons. “I’ve spec’d and worked with Robe on numerous shows and I know the products really well” he explained, adding, “there is a great choice of fixtures, their LED light sources are of an excellent quality and overall the kit is super reliable”.
He relishes the chance to light panto as a genre which is seriously fast-paced and offers huge scope for colour, melodrama and fun - simultaneously playful, exciting and scary - all great ambiences to embellish with light. Lighting a brand-new production for the first time was also really exciting, and it offered the opportunity to set the ground rules and create some spectacular signature elements.
To

 
hogfactor2019-1High End opens entries for Hog Factor 2019
Friday, 11 January 2019

Europe - High End Systems has announced that entries are now open for Hog Factor 2019, taking place at Prolight + Sound on 3 April in Frankfurt.
Open to all aspiring lighting practitioners, university students and apprentices, the competition is back on a bigger scale than ever before, welcoming entrants from across Europe, Africa and the Middle East regions.
Hog Factor was first held in the US (2015) and has grown its reputation in the industry for being the chief lighting programming competition across the globe. In the first phase of the competition, entrants are invited to program a light show on a Hog console to a specified song via a visualisation file. The deadline for submissions is 26 February 2019. Following this, judges will select three shortlisted teams who will receive free travel and accommodation for Prolight + Sound 2019 (2-5 April).
The teams will compete against one another with a performance of their lighting show on the High End Systems booth at the exhibition. This will be in front of a live audience of industry experts and a panel of judges who will then announce the winners.
Nina Mesitz, a member of last year’s winning team Status Cue, commented positively about her experience of the competition: “The hands-on approach and interaction with industry professionals is invaluable. There is much to learn and vital key contacts to make for the future. It is an opportunity not to be missed for anyone with a passion for a lighting career.”
ETC vice president of marketing David Lincecum added, “Hog Factor is excit

 
 
gdsGDS takes Saxon church out of the Dark Age
Thursday, 10 January 2019

UK - St Mary’s Church in Standon, Hertfordshire is a Grade I listed building. Bequeathed to the Knights of St John in the 12th century, this processional church has experienced many architectural embellishments over the years, all of which have served to add to its character as a significant link to a rich historical past.
In continuous use for hundreds of years, St Mary’s remains a community hub where alongside congregational worship, it’s used for concerts, recitals and events, attracting local audiences as well as visitors from further afield. The church is supported by an independent charity, which works to preserve and restore the ancient building, as well as by a host of local volunteers who keep its extensive churchyard in good order.
In recent times, the church authorities had concluded that significant improvements were required to its internal facilities. The growing use of the space for a wide variety of functions meant that the existing lighting provision was inadequate and the church turned to Essex-based AV specialist, Clarity in Sound, Light and Vision Ltd, to determine the best way forward.
Clarity was already familiar with GDS products, having worked with the Bristol-based, specialist LED lighting manufacturer on a previous stage-lighting project at Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire. Following an initial visit to St Mary’s, Stuart Graham, managing director at Clarity consulted with the GDS team over the best way forward.
After visiting the church to demonstrate examples of its lighting, GDS specified products and pro

 
slx-peter-pan-on-iceSLX in Hyde Park with Peter Pan on Ice
Thursday, 10 January 2019

UK - JM Barrie’s famous tale of Peter Pan was presented on ice at Hyde Park, with capacity audiences wowed by the spectacular Imperial Ice Stars’ skating. Flying stunts, special effects, a giant Led backscreen providing animated scenery, dazzling costumes, fire-on-ice and original music and songs combined to make this narrated Peter Pan on Ice a thrilling family show.
SLX supplied the truss and lighting inside a marquee supplied by Peppers Marquees, with production management, sound and rigging support from Southby Productions.
Olivia Disandolo, one of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions event managers, comments: “This was our third year on ice at Hyde Park for Christmas and we have a tried and trusted team behind the scenes, which SLX is a key part of. We opened 21 November and ran to 6 January (with the exception of Christmas Day), with three to five shows scheduled every day, having good support is imperative as there is minimal time between performances.
“We have toured a two hour Peter Pan Show, which has been condensed to this one act, 50-minute format. The introduction of narration and a video screen at the rear of the ice rink helped keep the story flowing and easy to follow.”
SLX supplied an ETC Ion console, controlling a versatile lighting rig, including MAC Viper Profiles, MAC Quantum Wash, Martin Rush Par, ETC Source 4 Lustr 2, Chauvet Colordash fixtures. They also supplied trussing, rigging and motors, JEM Haze and Low Fog along with power distro, cabling and a data network.
Harry Tabner, lighting designer, sta

 
 
st-peters-square-nativityClaypaky lights nativity in St Peter's Square
Thursday, 10 January 2019

Italy - Just for the 2018 Christmas holidays, the Vatican City set up a highly original nativity scene in St Peter's Square, with a distinctive fundamental feature: it was made of sand.
The nativity scene was donated by the Municipality of Jesolo, which has celebrated Christmas for the past 17 years with Jesolo Sand Nativity, an exhibition of nativity scenes made from sand by artists from all over the world. So, when a large box of compressed sand was placed in the middle of one of the most famous square in the world at the end of November, everyone knew that St. Peter would be playing host to an extra guest this year.
The work was created by a team of artists, who gradually shaped the block of sand to create a true three-dimensional sculpture. The nativity scene is housed in an aluminium casing with power-driven curtains that protect the sculpture from the elements.
Architect Carlo Tagliapietra looked into many possible ways of illuminating the work with different types of light. In the end, he chose Odeon Flood units made by Claypaky. Thanks to the Odeon’s dynamic white light mode, Tagliapietra was able to select the best kind of light to blend with the colour of the sculpture.
Eight Mini RGBW Odeon flood units with a 25° beam angle were used to illuminate the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square from above, and a 15° beam angle model was pointed at the crib. Accurate adjustment of the light intensity and precise crossing of the light beams gave volume and depth to the sculpture.
The project was developed by Osram through its Clay

 
ayrtonAyrton lights Jason Isbell’s Ryman residency
Thursday, 10 January 2019

USA - Americana rocker Jason Isbell recently completed a sold-out, six-night residency at the Ryman Auditorium, the live performance venue in Nashville. Pulse Lighting’s Ayrton Ghibli and Mistral fixtures helped light up Isbell’s shows, which have become an annual event for his fans.
For four consecutive years Isbell has enjoyed a Ryman residency. This was the second year he played six shows at the historic venue, which was formerly the Grand Ole Opry House and Union Gospel Tabernacle. Isbell was supported by his band, the 400 Unit, and by his wife, singer-songwriter and violin player, Amanda Shires.
Mikey Cummings, head of the design team at Pulse Lighting’s Nashville office, is also the lighting designer for Jason Isbell. He had designed a rig for Isbell’s current tour cycle, which he revamped for the Ryman residency.
“We gave the rig a facelift and switched out some fixtures,” says Cummings. “I had been looking for more power conservation and greater consistency in colour, but I hadn’t loved any of the LED fixtures I’d seen. Then Doug Mekanik of ACT Lighting (Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in North America) demo’d the Ghiblis and Mistrals for us.”
Ghibli is Ayrton’s first LED spot luminaire with a factory-equipped framing system. It delivers a light output of 23,000 lumens in a highly compact format. Mistral-TC is a versatile, ultra-compact and fully-equipped LED spot luminaire designed for applications requiring perfect colour reproduction.
“I was really impressed by the Ghibli,” says Paul Hoffman, owne

 
 
bmthcardiffnov2018714BMTH goes minimalist with GLP
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Faced with their second full-scale arena tour, the mercurial Sheffield group Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH) were seeking a different look and feel from their previous shows.
And so Sam Tozer was approached by production manager, Rob Highcroft, and Ollie Hutch who is one of the band’s creative driving forces as well as their FOH sound engineer. They had seen the designer’s inventive work with the likes of rapper Skepta and the Swedish DJ duo of Axwell & Ingrosso and liked his aesthetic.
The design was a collaboration between all three men, but once again for the most part Tozer dipped heavily into the GLP LED fixture portfolio to bring it to life, deploying 156 of the JDC1 hybrid strobes and 88 impression X4 Bars in a set dominated by the German brand. To source this quantity of fixtures the designer turned largely to vendors, Christie Lites.
“These fixtures helped me create a stylised performance, which was sufficiently bright enough and dynamic,” he says. “In particular I wanted a tilting strobe that looked Industrial.”
This fulfilled the concept, in particular of Highcroft and Hutch, who have worked with the band for many years, and determined that the aesthetic needed to be a complete break from what had gone before. “Looking back, their previous stages had been filled with equipment, including screens and risers,” reflects Tozer. “So initially we stripped it right back to a bare stage, and then started to add very minimal fixtures, ensuring that they didn't intrude onto the performance space, and were purely there to enhance t

 
vietnamLighting the Stars lands in Vietnam
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Vietnam - The ‘Lighting the Stars’ series of conferences featuring internationally renowned lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe landed in Ho Chi Minh City in November 2018 with the aim of celebrating lighting and discussing its future.
The event, which was organised by Vietnam ProAVL Co. Ltd alongside Claypaky and MA Lighting, presented Woodroffe to an audience keen to hear first-hand about his thirty-year career at the forefront of live music, event, architectural and theatre lighting design.
Woodroffe has designed the lighting for a diverse array of big-name projects, from the London Symphony Orchestra to ABBA, from the Rolling Stones feature film Shine A Light to the Vanity Fair Oscars party to Prince Charles’s Highgrove House gardens. His achievements are remarkable.
This latest Lighting the Stars seminar was held at the New Music Centre in Ho Chi Minh City. Guests heard Woodroffe discuss both the past and the future of lighting in all its forms - music, dance, live performance, architecture and art.
He went on to share stories about his experiences designing the lighting for the London Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies in 2012, and his work on Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour, which was tragically cancelled after Jackson’s untimely death in 2009. Woodroffe’s design was immortalised in the film of the same name, which focused on preparations for the tour.
The conference excited the audience, who were thrilled to hear about Woodroffe’s life in light and take part in a Q&A session after each sec

 
 
smgretavanfleetphotocreditericcathcartChauvet gives retro look to Greta Van Fleet
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

USA - When Eric Cathcart got the call to create a lighting design for Greta Van Fleet, he didn’t view it as an open-ended gig. “My friends from Premier Global Productions brought me to the table to design and programme a show. At the time, the idea was to turn it over to a director for the tour,” says Cathcart, the owner of Bigtime Lighting Design.
As he neared completion of his work, however, Cathcart had a change of plans. “The more I got to know the guys and listen to their music, the more I got the feeling that this would be a great band to hit the road with,” he explains.
It was a wise intuition. Working the boards for the Michigan-based rockers for their current March of the Peaceful Army tour has put Cathcart in the middle of an incredible adventure, one that has seen his new clients reach the top of the Billboard charts with their debut album and garner four Grammy award nominations in the process.
Travelling with him every step of the way is a power-packed lighting rig featuring 25 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tour fixtures from Chauvet Professional. Cathcart selected the RGBW wash fixtures with an eye toward creating retro looks to match the band’s big 1970s classic rock-influenced sound.
“This music calls for big looks with a retro touch,” adds Cathcart. “I give many of my designs a retro vibe in one form or another, so this was right up my alley. My design concept involves creating a lot of old school par can-style looks, and the COLORados are essential to making this happen.
“They are the main workhorse of the

 
robe-martin-gartrix-anima-1020015219-8701-by-alive-coverageMartin Garrix launches Anima with Robe
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The Netherlands - Superstar Dutch DJ Martin Garrix launched his new ANIMA live performance concept with two hi-energy, hi-profile nights at Amsterdam’s RAI with the five-day 2018 Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) festival and conference as the backdrop, an event drawing dance music, media and technology professionals and enthusiasts from worldwide to this vibrant city right at the hub of dance music culture.
Garrix’s lighting designer Gabe Fraboni once again had the chance to create a spectacular new visual experience - to be enjoyed by Martin Garrix fans globally for the next 12 months - which he did with the help of nearly 300 Robe moving lights - 80 x MegaPointes, 166 x Spikies and 52 x LEDBeam 150s.
Gabe uses Robe for all of his designs, and comments: “Robe is my default brand of moving light right now! The products are so versatile and the range so diverse that it fulfils everything I need.”
Once again, he worked closely with scenic designer Bart Straver and VJ / video content creator Lorenzo de Pascalis in a rich, provocative and imaginative creative collaboration that rocked some breath-taking results and ensured that Garrix’ shows are right up there among the best and most exciting in the world of dance music.
While last year’s show had been all about asymmetry, this year Gabe wanted something completely different, but that also retained some threads of continuity like the industrial look and style.
At the artist’s request, the central LED ’plus’ sign right behind the DJ booth remained. Gabe again wanted to be

 
 
nashvillenye2Bandit lights Nashville New Year party
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

USA - Music City Midnight returned to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park with a massive lighting package once again provided by Bandit Lites. Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp reported the largest turn out in the event’s 10-year history, with approximately 175,000 to 200,000 in attendance to ring in 2019 with live music from Keith Urban, Peter Frampton, Brett Young, and Judah and the Lion and a dazzling music note ball drop.
“Bandit Lites has been involved with the Nashville New Year’s Eve project for well over a dozen years,” says Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden. “Each year I stand amazed with Erik Parker, Chris Lisle and Mark Anderson for their complete focus on making this event more spectacular each and every year. This year was especially impressive due to the volume of gear and technicians; without a question it was the most calibrated production to date.”
Returning lighting designer Erik Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design tackled the massive event with a two-fold focus: the stage and the site, looking to craft something that would energize the crowds as well as look fantastic on camera for NBC’s live broadcast.
“For the stage, my goal was to create a big look for the people hanging in the front as well as those hundreds of yards back,” says Parker. “For the site we wanted to make it safe, but also add energy and create that New Year vibe across the whole site.”
Bandit Lites supplied more than 1300 fixtures for the concert, site lighting and famous Music Note drop (what Parker call

 
leeds-beckettStage Electrics appointed to Leeds Beckett scheme
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

UK - Stage Electrics has been appointed to supply film and TV studio lighting hoists, production lighting, sound, video and comms infrastructure and motorised grid systems to Leeds Beckett’s new Creative Arts building.
The scope of the contract covers five film & TV studios, three performing arts studios, music studios and mixing & screening rooms, a 180-seat theatre, an 80-seat studio theatre and a 230-seat cinema for film screenings. The building, currently under construction and due to complete in 2020, will house the university’s School of Film and Music & Performing Arts department.
Engaged by SES Engineering Services, on behalf of the main contractor, Downing Construction, Stage Electrics is set to begin on site in June of 2019, with the company’s Matthew Addison assigned as project manager for the development.
He comments: “The term ‘state of the art’ gets thrown around a lot, but this project is a true reflection of a state-of-the-art development. The Leeds Beckett Creative Arts Building is a professional standard of specification that students will benefit from for years to come. We are excited to begin this project next year knowing that, along with drawing on Leeds Beckett’s strong heritage for diverse learning skills and opportunities, we’re playing our part in providing a new city landmark.”
Due to the scale and differing nature of spaces within the project, the client appointed two venue consultants: Arup Venues, responsible for the design of five film & TV studios, three performing arts studios,

 
 
trld-florence-and-the-machineRobert Juliat flies high with Florence
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Europe - Lighting designer Tim Routledge has made good use of Robert Juliat Dalis 862 Footlight fixtures on Florence and the Machine’s current High as Hope tour by utilising the 150W LED Dalis’ variable white tones to light the eight-strong band. The English indie rock band’s eclectic music switches between the ethereal and the energetic, at times dreamy, or effervescent, with Routledge’s lighting marking out rhythmic beats or subtly backlighting the band and set.
On this occasion, Routledge has worked alongside show designer Willo Perron whose wooden topographical stage design conceals 16 Dalis 862 fixtures in wooden hides, through which the light filters to light the band members and backlight the set. RJ Dalis fixtures have a slimline, low profile body that renders them unobtrusive on stage and ideal for concealing within set pieces. Routledge uses two Dalis battens to illuminate each musician from both sides and maximizes the subtle colouring that can be achieved with the variable white sources.
“The show is lit in three colours, tungsten, peach and rose gold, and the Dalis fit beautifully in this world,” says Routledge. “By playing with cold and warm white and various accents, the Dalis gave us dynamic and unique key-lighting on each of the eight players. Moving from low, warm dimmed key light to strobing in cold white, we were able to achieve a huge range of looks out of what, at first glance, looks like a fairly simple unit.”
The Dalis 862 fixtures for the tour have been supplied, along with the full lighting inventory

 
the-nightChameleon welcomes 2019 with StageSmarts
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Australia - ABC ushered in 2019 with a star-studded concert on the boardwalk of the Sydney Opera House. Australians around the country and people around the world tuned into the ABC to celebrate the biggest night of the year, New Year’s Eve. 3.6m viewers partied the night away, tuning in to The Night is Yours concert, music, fun and fireworks.
From 9.30pm, Charlie Pickering and Zan Rowe ramped up the celebrations and dialled up the volume, presenting the live show featuring a star-studded line-up of artists performing songs from a playlist voted by the Australian people. Artists rocking the night included Tim Minchin, Ben Folds, Casey Donovan, Christine Anu, Client Liaison, Baker Boy and crowd favourite Daryl Braithwaite.
With millions of people watching the show live on television, iView or Social Media, lighting this event was a little nerve wracking for the Chameleon Touring Systems crew. No hiding from mistakes on this gig.
With power distribution at the heart of any modern event providing power to show-critical and highly valuable equipment, Chameleon rolled out their recently purchased StageSmarts smartPDU72.
“The smartPDUs were very easy to set up, plugged up like other racks but the back end of the system was a lot nicer due to their design,” commented Anthony Carlon, Chameleon’s project manager. “They are very clean and easy to use. The power monitor allows us to check voltages on all the three phases before we even turn the main breaker on.”
Lighting designer for the show was Hugh Taranto who chose a rig that

 
 
astera-ledAstera impacts on Human Rights Day
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Germany - Two hundred and fifty Astera battery powered, wirelessly controlled LED lighting fixtures made a spectacular impact in Frankfurt, lighting the iconic Paulskirche building for the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2018.
Eugen Blersch and Benny Coppik of Frankfurt based AES Veranstaltungstechnik drove this project to light the landmark - originally a Lutheran Church in 1789, the year of the French Revolution and now a busy and charismatic events space - in a special blue colour.
In 1848 the Paulskirche became the seat of the first German National Assembly - publicly and freely elected legislative body - and an important symbol in the struggle for human rights.
Working for Frankfurt city council and sponsored by the local branch of Human Rights Watch, Eugen and Benny first realised this lighting installation in 2017.
AES’s Project’s department has an event safety division with close ties to many of the city’s municipal authorities and a proposal to illuminate the building for this special day had been in existence for some time. However, there were several major physical challenges, explains Eugen.
A seasonal Christmas Market in very close proximity to the Paulskirche made it impossible to run any cables or rig large lights / stands anywhere that was convenient for an effective lighting scheme.
Some lateral and practical thinking to overcome this obstacle led to specification of the Astera battery powered wirelessly operated LED system as a solution.
In addition to the major advantage of needing

 
damienescobarChauvet adds texture to Escobar shows
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

USA - Damien Escobar concerts invariably draw a diverse audience that includes classical music aficionados and hip-hop fans. That’s not surprising. Spanning centuries and cultures, the Julliard-educated Emmy-Award winner pushes his violin in ways that Bach and Vivaldi probably never imagined, as he weaves between old and new musical genres to create a richly textured sound that is at turns challenging and gentle.
Supporting Escobar’s hip-hop/classical blend, and reflecting its intricate dimensions on tour, is a Jack Thomas-designed lightshow anchored by Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid and Nexus Aw 7x7 fixtures. Like the work of his client, Thomas’ show achieves its power through balance. By creating sharply drawn areas of light and darkness, he provides an onstage setting that follows the music as it moves through varying moods. Accentuating those emotions are subtle shifts in colour and intensity levels.
The Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixtures have proven to be an appropriate tool for Thomas to use when creating this lighting structure. “I like the RH1 Hybrids for their clean gobos, sharp focus, frost and prism effects,” he said. “This allows me to create a wide variety of looks, sometimes very subtle looks, from a single fixture. To add depth to my design, I stagger the RH1s, going from the floor, to cases, to truss towers. Typically, I will use 8 to 10 RH1s, depending on the venue. I also enjoy using an odd number of units for an asymmetrical, edgier look.”
Since every Damien Escobar performance involves improvisation, Thomas busks a

 
 
billy-talentElation joins Billy Talent Canadian tour
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Canada - When Canadian rock band Billy Talent found themselves with a tight schedule of European and Canadian dates that made it impractical and prohibitively expensive to ship their integrated set back and forth across the pond, LD Colin Moore recreated the signature effects for the Canadian shows using Elation Cuepix Batten and ACL 360 Bar fixtures provided by Ontario’s Soundbox Productions.
For 15 years, Soundbox has steadily added to their lighting inventory with technology that provides a wide range of clients with affordable and flexible options, among them a significant complement of Elation products. Soundbox began investing in Elation gear from SFM in 2015 and has continued to add to their inventory of Elation product ever since, a decision based largely on the products’ rich feature sets and competitive price point.
Moore, who filled in for the band’s regular lighting operator Mike ‘Herk’ Herkimer for this run, knew he’d need to find a solution that allowed the band to replicate their show as closely as possible without the set, but also one he could set up quickly and without an assistant. To speak to that, Soundbox provided an integrated pre-rigged lighting kit comprised of three lengths of truss fitted with 32 Elation Cuepix Battens and a variety of other moving lights, essentially recreating the layout of the band’s more elaborate set in a more compact and easily transportable package.
Additionally, Moore says, “The stages we were playing here were smaller – roughly 40-feet wide - the actual set is 50-plus feet wide,

 
capitol-theatreWhite Light takes the stage at Capitol Theatre
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

UK - White Light recently supplied a range of ETC ColourSource Spots to the Capitol Theatre as part of the venue’s ongoing lighting upgrade.
The Capitol Theatre is a multi-purpose arts venue in Horsham, West Sussex. Originally built in 1923, its art deco style auditorium features more than 410 seats on two raised levels.
The day-to-day running of the venue is overseen by operations manager Matthew Effemey, who is also the production manager for the venue’s in-house productions. He comments: “Part of my role at The Capitol is to ensure the equipment we have is industry-standard, offering shows as many options as possible. This was the biggest criteria when we were looking to upgrade the lighting equipment in our main theatre space.”
Matthew approached WL regarding the upgrade and worked closely with WL’s Antony Vine who visited The Capitol to demonstrate a range of fixtures he felt were most suitable. Matthew explains: “For the purchase to be beneficial, I knew what we needed had to achieve a full stage wash, which was around 14 units. As the theatre is run by the council, we also have to be aware of budgets and ensure we spend sensibly whilst also obtaining equipment that fulfils its artistic purpose.”
Having been shown a variety of products, Matthew decided to invest in the ETC ColourSource Profiles. He comments: “Alongside the Profiles being great value for money, they are also an extremely versatile unit. The colour range is a huge benefit for the variety of big, bright shows we host at the Capitol, including our annual pan

 
 
bayside-west-bradenton-campus1Elation for Bayside Community campus
Monday, 7 January 2019

USA - Bayside Community Church in southwest Florida is one of the state’s fastest growing ministries, with an enterprising spirit and new intelligent lighting system at its new permanent West Bradenton location.
Crown Design Group (CDG) has been involved in several AVL integration projects at Bayside campuses over the years and this past fall designed and installed an Elation lighting system for a new worship space at their West Bradenton Campus.
With approximately 12000 parishioners and seven campus locations, the nondenominational Christian megachurch continues to grow in popularity. The West Bradenton location, the first campus ever launched by the church, had been mobile for years but at long last found a downtown property they could convert into a permanent worship facility for their growing congregation.
CDG’s Ben Graham was on the production staff at Bayside Community Church prior to co-founding Crown Design Group in 2012 and has a special affinity for the church. “We were privileged enough to be a part of the amazing growth at Bayside, and had the opportunity to play an integral role in the weekend services, events, and campus launches,” he says. “Bayside is really where CDG began to take shape.”
Involved with the West Bradenton project from the very start, CDG handled design, integration and installation of the stage and house lighting systems. “Bayside is a very active church,” Graham explains. “They are constantly adapting, always changing and consequently are very production driven.” That translates into the ne

 
robe-varoffer-stockholm-7041-photo-by-hakan-larssonRobe on track for Varoffer performance
Monday, 7 January 2019

Sweden - Urban dance impresario Fredrik ‘Benke’ Rydman’s Varoffer performance has just completed its run at Stockholm Kulturhuset Stadsteater.
Two radically different pieces made up this seminal work - the first a 40 minute ‘solo’ performance by Benke dancing with an industrial robot to a specially composed new soundtrack by Johan Liljedahl and Carl-Johan Rasmusson; and the second comprising 20 synchronised street dancers moving to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 5000 litres of water with a massive mirror suspended above the stage bouncing their images back into the audience to appreciate their symmetry and formation skills.
Imaginatively lit by Palle Palme, Robe BMFL Blades, LEDWash 1200s and ColorSpot 700E ATs together with other luminaires all played a vital part in this breath-taking show which took the concept of performance art and technology to new levels.
Palle has worked with Benke since 2003 when he was in the Bounce Streetdance Company including for their global hit One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which toured worldwide, plus several other invigorating projects which always push creative boundaries due to Benke’s ability to think out-of-the-box and take audiences on extraordinary journeys.
Palle used two of the 11 BMFL Blades as low side and front light, with five BMFL Blades on LX bar 0 also for front lighting, and four of the fixtures on the over-stage trussing.
The 24 x LEDWash 1200s were also dotted around on the overhead trusses, while the older ColorSpot 700E ATs - among the theatre’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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