China - The Liaoning Ballet has taken delivery of 40 ADB Klemantis AS1000 LED cyclorama lights, half of them for fixed installation for the Liaoning Ballet and half for the ballet company’s worldwide touring performances of Hua Mulan.
The Liaoning Ballet is known for producing new Chinese cultural works and performing well-known ballet classics. The story of a powerful female general in Chinese history, Hua Mulan has had many incarnations, including a Disney animated film. The Liaoning Ballet’s new production interprets the iconic tale through modern ballet choreography and music. It is now touring globally.
Lighting programmer Ma Liang from the Liaoning Ballet chose the new Klemantis cyc lights and 40 ADB Warp 12º-30º 800W Zoom Profile spotlights, which were previously purchased by the Centre, for the production. Sergey Martynov is Hua Mulan’s lighting designer.
Used to create light and shadow designs for Hua Mulan, “Klemantis has high light efficiency, less light attenuation and a uniform field,” says Ma Liang. “They offer a good light projection angle and also save stage space.”
The Warp 800W Profiles offer “great colour temperature and high brightness,” Ma Liang adds. “It’s easy to change focus with the Profiles, and the lamp body zoom system accessories are durable and not easily damaged during transport.”
Alfonso Zarate Takano is ADB’s regional sales manager for APAC. He worked with ADB partner ACE (Advanced Communication Equipment) to arrange product demos prior to purchase.<
UK - Since the National Theatre’s initial investment in 42 MAC Encore Performance LED moving heads for the Olivier Theatre in May 2018, a planned roll-out has seen the venue on London’s Southbank install MAC Encores in the Lyttelton and Dorfman Theatres and add further units to the Olivier. In total, 156 MAC Encore Performance and Wash fixtures are either permanently installed or held in shared lighting resources.
Selected for their feature set, durability and near silent operation, the roll-out has been supplied by a number of Martin dealers including White Light, Stage Electrics, Hawthorn and Flashlight - all themselves supplied by UK Martin distributor Sound Technology.
In the Olivier Theatre - the largest of the three theatres within the National - lighting supervisor Jack Williams is preparing to install additional MAC Encore Performance CLD fixtures as the process of replacement and updating continues. “We did a shoot out of a number of CLD fixtures and found this to be the best,” he says.
The Olivier Theatre alone now hosts 16 MAC Encore Performance CLD, 31 MAC Encore Performance WRM and 32 MAC Encore Wash WRM - installed both above stage and front of house.
“Our biggest change was 18 months ago when we swapped the TW1 at FOH for WRM Encore Performances and that gave us a lot more control of the lighting than previously.” Jack continues. “The Martin fixtures are always consistent - they are workhorses and really reliable in terms of positioning. For productions requiring a really intimate feel, the MAC Encores with their
USA - With just less than a month to go until LDI 2019, organisers have announced they expect record attendance and participation in this year’s events.
LDI runs from 18-24 November at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, starting with the LDInstitute and LDIntensives sessions and LiveXperience Symposium, culminating in the exhibit hall tradeshow from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November.
“We’re thrilled that this year’s LDI Show looks set to be the most well-attended yet, bringing the global live production community from over 80 countries to Las Vegas to share ideas, exhibit and do business,” says LDI's managing director, David Johnson. “Our registration process shows us that people are coming from a wide range of international live and broadcast venues - festivals, corporate events, theatre, concerts, clubs, theme parks, architainment, and houses of worship. LDI has more to offer than ever, to more people than ever.”
LDI 2019 will expand its focus with emphasis on the next generation of design and technology, including AR/VR, drones, live for broadcast, and experiential design. The move will make LDI the place to discover what’s hot and what’s next and what it means for the industry.
This will be in addition to LDI’s ongoing commitment to the core live event categories of lighting, staging, video, and sound, and the awards ceremonies that take place during the week.
The LDI Debuting Products and Booth Awards Ceremony is back for 2019 and will be presented on the show floor at the end of the day on Saturday 23 November, i
UK - CPL supplied full technical design and production for show producers Pandora Events, who delivered Tropic Skincare’s 2019 Glambassador motivational event, a high-energy day action-packed with new product launches, presentations, awards and live entertainment, complete with a gala dinner.
The extravaganza for 2,500 people - themed Carnival of Colour - was staged in Hall 4 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.
CPL’s production and project manager Lee Gruszeckyj worked closely with Pandora’s Vanessa Carter and a crew of 27 technicians specialising in all the disciplines who started with the installation of a 20m diameter circular stage in the centre of the room. The inner 10m diameter section was a revolve.
Above this, four large screens were installed, which were fed by Barco UDX high-powered projectors, giving 360° viewing angles.
The stage was a full custom design and build for the event, with a Steeldeck base covered in bespoke ply pieces to make up the spherical shape and the revolve machinery installed in the middle, completely flush with the outer section, so not immediately evident to the eye. The whole surface area was finished in white gloss vinyl.
The four screens flown above the central stage each measured 16m wide by 4.5 high, and each was fed by a pair of doubled-up Barco UDXW32 32K lumen projectors which were positioned on the largest of three concentric circular trusses flown - chandelier style at slightly staggered heights in the roof.
On the two lower trussing circles, 70 x 1.2m by 100mm wide Roe pixel stri
USA - Brian Wilson recently wrapped another tour with a lighting system from Bandit Lites. The tour showcased the Beach Boys classic album Pet Sounds as well as featuring the 1960 album Friends. The Zombies opened the show by performing Odessey and Oracle in its entirety.
“Bandit has had a very long and positive relationship with Brian Wilson and it is a true honour to work for him and the entourage that handle his production,” said Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden.
“In this day and age, I am so fortunate to work with so much real talent on one stage,” explains lighting designer Chris Stuba. “Brian is in a big band with a lot of amazing soloists, so there has to be a good amount of isolation so each band member can be highlighted.”
Stuba balances his design by focusing on where the lighting falls and, more importantly, where it does not, designing in WYSIWYG which allows him to see what works and what doesn’t before he even hangs a light.
“With the Zombies opening, we needed to differentiate the look of their sets,” says Stuba. “We had a pipe and drape system to hide Brian Wilson’s back line, which in turn became the Zombies backdrop. I had very little floor lights because of the logistics of putting two large bands on one stage.”
When lighting the show, Stuba received the set list early to get a feel for the show, and with many songs originating from the 1960’s and 1970’s, Stuba drew on colour palettes and draperies to invoke the old variety shows of yesteryears.
UK - For the 14th year running, dbnAudile has installed the technical infrastructure for the Sacha Lord/Sam Kandel promoted Warehouse Project pop-up, through its various venues in Manchester.
Originally working under separate guises, before dbn Lighting merged with Audile, the technology specialists recently put in infrastructure at the Project’s latest home, the 10,000 capacity Mayfield Depot, which sits adjacent to Manchester’s Piccadilly Station; this includes large quantities of GLP X4 Bar 20 battens and JDC1 hybrid strobes in the main room for the four-month season which runs until January 2020.
Starting life at the old Boddington’s Brewery, the event now sees high-profile dance acts including MK, Diplo, Disclosure, Aphex Twin, Soul II Soul and Hacienda Classical performing under a lighting rig designed by dbnAudile director, Pete Robinson.
He says the venue is a popular choice. “When I asked what the load limit was, since we had designed 2-tonne rigging brackets, I was told not to worry as directly overhead there were two platforms which would take 100-tonne trains each, as the building had originally been a freight depot for Mayfield Station.”
He continues: “We did a one-off event in this space last year as part of the Manchester International Festival and lighting designer Stuart Bailes suggested we use X4 Bars. This worked so well that when we came back here we decided to use them again, and this time have upped the quantity to 52 X4 Bar 20s.” At the same time they acquired 32 JDC1s, which have also been pressed into ser
UK - Lighting designer Derek Jones utilised the Vista by Chroma-Q lighting and media control system to meet the diverse stage lighting needs of New Wine’s United 19 summer worship conference.
Held at the East of England Arena and Events Centre in Peterborough, the annual two-week event gathers together thousands of church members to celebrate God with daytime and evening worship and entertainment activities.
With the varied programme encompassing seminars, evening entertainment, and a live TV broadcast around the site and online, Jones needed a flexible lighting control system that was able to handle structured cue lists in addition to live busking scenarios.
As a Vista user for nearly a decade, Derek was an early adopter of the next generation Vista 3 software. He recently upgraded from his Vista S3 console to the recently launched Vista EX and Vista MV control surfaces.
Jones explains: “By upgrading to the new Vista surfaces, I have condensed the functionality of my Vista S3 into a much smaller footprint which is more convenient and portable. In addition, the new surfaces give me a lot more hands-on control, which is really advantageous when busking live. Now I can achieve more in less space.”
The stage lighting design was based around a centre circle surrounded by four fingers of truss. Martin MAC Viper AirFX, MAC Aura and Claypaky Sharpy moving lights provided dynamic lighting and effects during the live music performances, as well as key lighting for performers and speakers. The trusses were toned with Prolights StudioCOB fu
Australia - Splendour in the Grass has quickly risen to become one of Australia’s premier music festivals attracting a 30,000+ crowd over the weekend around Bryon Bay.
Rental company Creative Productions from the Gold Coast looked after house lighting on all five main stages supplying Robe moving lights for a line-up of local and international music artists.
In three days, over 100 acts embraced every conceivable music genre on those five main stages and numerous other sites across the North Byron Parklands.
The house rig for the main Amphitheatre Stage featured 11 Robe BMFL Blades and 36 Robe BMFL Spots, with other Robe products added for floor packages, many of which were also supplied by Creative Productions.
Tame Impala’s extensive specials package was one such example, with 12 Robe BMFL WashBeams and 12 MegaPointes providing huge punch for a bunch of moody, dramatic silhouetted looks created by LD Jon Derrington.
A further four Robe BMFL WashBeams were installed - complete with custom gobos - on the delay towers left and right of FOH to provide liquid oil-style projections over the band and crowd. LED Bars, strobes and lasers capped off the design.
Chameleon Touring Systems supplied the Childish Gambino floor package that featured its own unique stage risers and custom LED panels.
Further Robe BMFLs, MegaPointes and Spikies were part of their main touring package, most of which stayed for the festival set, with Cory FitzGerald’s design being managed on the road by Sarah Landau.
Two Robe RoboSpot remote fol
USA - Life is Beautiful Festival organisers posed a challenge to lighting designer Rob Ross in the run up to the 2019 event in Las Vegas – get more attendees to use an alleyway corridor to travel between stages instead of the over-packed main street thoroughfare. Ross succeeded with a 450-ft long, immersive environment that featured alluring lighting effects from Elation Professional Proteus series luminaires.
Getting festivalgoers to use an alternate path however was no small task as the main street between the festival’s main stage and ancillary stages was lined with vendors and art installations, which naturally attracts people, and besides, the alleyway was a longer route, uninteresting and somewhat dimly lit.
“The festival came to us and asked us to make the alleyway feel cool and more exciting so people would want to walk that way instead of along the overcrowded street,” explains Ross, head of Rob Ross Design, a national full service lighting design and production company that handled site and VIP lighting for the 3-day festival as well as the art install project. “They were wonderful and gave us an open invitation to basically do whatever we wanted as long as we came up with something extraordinary that people would be attracted to.”
Life is Beautiful (Las Vegas, 20-22 September) featured headline acts Black Keys, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Portugal The Man and Chance the Rapper.
Ross worked with New York composer Elisheba Ittoop to create a 10-minute soundscape, which was programmed to work with 66 Proteus Beam and 34 Pr
USA - Celebrated for its relentless touring and engaging live shows, San Diego's Slightly Stoopid has been out on the road for a good chunk of 2019 in support of its 13th and most recent album, Everyday Life, Everyday People.
To visually bring its shows to life in concert, Slightly Stoopid now turns to Pulse Lighting, which supplies a full complement of Avolites gear, including a Sapphire Touch console, Ai software, and the lighting manufacturer’s new Synergy feature set.
“Every design starts with a conversation. The more we interact with our artists, the better the design translates,” says Mikey Cummings of Pulse Lighting.
As a lead designer at Pulse’s Nashville headquarters, Cummings has designed for a long list of Grammy-award-winning artists, including Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Every tour he designs goes out with Avolites control.
“A majority of our tours use the Sapphire Touch, Arena, or Tiger Touch II,” he says. “With lots of video, colour-mixing lasers, and LEDs in Slightly Stoopid’s design, we knew this would be a great opportunity to dive into Avolites’ new Synergy software alongside the Ai software we were already planning to use.
“We designed the rig for their Mexico festival. After its success, they asked us to do some one-off designs for festivals and shows in the spring. Basically, we were creating independent lighting designs for each show based upon what local vendors could provide. They were pleased with everything we had done, so they asked us to present a ful
UK - White Light has supplied the lighting for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which has recently opened at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End.
First performed in 1967, the play tells the moving and heart-warming story of a couple trying to keep their family together whilst raising their only daughter who has cerebral palsy. Directed by Simon Evans, this latest revival stars Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner and features a lighting design by Prema Mehta.
Prema comments: “Having discussed the script with Simon, it became clear that my brief was to ensure the lighting design supported the naturalistic setting of the family home, with juxtaposed moments of characters directly addressing the audience. We knew these two visuals of naturalism verses direct address had to have a completely different feeling to help the characters tell their story and form a relationship with the audience, as well as show their relationship with each other.”
Prema worked closely with the show’s designer Peter McKintosh who created a naturalistic set of a small Victorian room which required naturalistic interior lighting along with the outside winter light which developed throughout the piece. With the show being set at Christmas, this also had an influence on Prema’s design. “As the LED rimmed set revolved to reveal the home, the very notion of the movement made me want to capture the feeling of a child shaking a glitter snow dome, and looking into someone else’s world. I was inspired by the shards of light and reflections from tinsel to Christmas bau
UK - Projection Artworks has rebranded to Pixel Artworks to reflect the company’s expanding use of pixel-based display technology.
Tom Burch, managing director of Pixel Artworks, comments: “For over a decade, our pioneering creative, technical and delivery expertise has grown alongside the incredible advances in pixel-based display technology. For years we’ve been telling clients’ stories through the best medium for that project, whether that be OLED, lighting design, LED or projection mapping. It’s time our name reflects this.
“Our clients used to come to us when the nights grew darker and people thought of projection, now our talented team of nearly 50 people across two continents can design virtually limitless concepts that excite, explain and inspire in any environment - from digital out-of-home to giant airport activations, to choreographed live shows and 360° immersive experiences. We paint with light, and the world is our canvas.”
Recent projects from Pixel Artworks include the innovative entrance stage to the globally broadcast International Swimming League competition, a large lighting and projection mapping show for the grand opening of the Macallan distillery in Scotland; a touring pop-up pavilion to promote Expo2020 in Dubai featuring LED and entire room of LCD panels, lighting displays and touch screens; and a sensitively portrayed outdoor live immersive experience for the Second World War Museum in Gdansk to mark the 80th anniversary of World War II, with choreographed live theatre, lighting design and projection mappin
UK - Milton Keynes-based hire company IPS has announced that hire stock of the new SGM G-7 BeaSt fixture will be available in early November. This new addition to the SGM G-7 range will combine a collimated beam effect with a high output strobe. Powered by LED Engines and packed in a compact IP65 rated moving head design, these fixtures will fit lots of design requirements.
Following a recent series of significant investments in IP rated fixtures, IPS MD James Mason was particularly impressed after seeing the fixtures, saying, “These units are seriously bright, and can create massive looks from a comparatively small unit – it is almost hard to believe it is LED.”
The fixtures represent a further commitment to the SGM brand, with whom IPS has a well-established relationship. The fixtures will join existing SGM products stocked by IPS including the G-Spot Turbo and workhorse P-5 and Q-7 fixtures which are in consistent demand.
IPS will be taking an initial order of 60 SGM G-7 BeaSt fixtures, which will be some of the first units available to hire in the UK. Hire pricing will be announced in November, and enquiries are already being taken for the fixtures following some preview demonstrations of the fixtures at Prolight & Sound and PLASA London. The official launch of the fixture will be in Las Vegas at the LDI tradeshow in late November.
Argentina - Known as ‘El Chaqueño Palavecino’, in reference to being born in the province of Chaco, Oscar Palavecino undertook a recent theatre tour, with an inventory of sound, lighting and LED screens provided by Buenos Aires-based Caio Sonido, and including a large number of fixtures from PR Lighting.
The tour comprised in excess of eight shows in different cities — all within the province of Buenos Aires.
The lighting rig was scalable, depending on venue size, but the full inventory of PR Lighting fixtures comprised 16x PR Junior BWS 350; eight XR1000 Spot and eight XRLED 590. These conformed to the rider prepared for the tour between Chaqueño Palavecino’s production team and Caio Sonido.
On the production side, the team responsible were lighting engineer, Cristian Saieg, supported by Caio Sonido’s president and founder, Ricardo Olivares and Guillermo Wheeler.
Stated Caio Sonido’s Juan Olivares, “The powerful lamp of the PR Junior BWS 350 created a constantly mesmerising lightshow so that sometimes you forgot about the artist and were transfixed just watching the performance of the lights.
“The PR 590 LED Wash also helped build the atmosphere. We used cold colours to recreate the clarity of the environment and warm colours to recreate the heat of the Province of Chaco.”
Summing up, Juan Olivares said the selection of PR Lighting fixtures had been a logical choice. “PR Lighting’s portfolio provides everything an artist needs to enhance their image onstage.”
USA - High End Systems has announced the launch of the SolaPix 7 and SolaPix 19 wash luminaires. The SolaPix family takes the traditional concept of a pixel wash and pushes it to its maximum potential. With a wide variety of looks to help set the mood and steal the show, SolaPix features an additive LED, RGBW colour mixing system for extremely powerful saturated colours and tuneable white control, a versatile 4.5° - 60° zoom range, FleX Effects Engine and Pixel mapping on all models.
HES national sales manager Sean Hoey comments, “We are excited to bring this new fixture range to market. SolaPix is truly an innovative wash fixture. It provides incredible wash capability with great output, and the face of the fixture brings a new, different look.”
Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner adds, “Ever since High End Systems created the pixel wash with our ShowPix fixture, it has been an integral part of lighting rigs of all types. The SolaPix family builds on this technology by introducing new optics and next-generation brightness in a fixture that is far more versatile than ever before. The lenses and efficiency have been maximized, plus the size and footprint have been minimized. SolaPix also features HaloGraphic Pixel definition, the newest patent-pending innovation from High End Systems.
“The fixture’s FleX Effects Generator is a macro system that allows users to choose from a library of different patterns; once selected, up to three colours can be selected for use in the pattern. These patterns will display over the background of
UK - Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom provides an elegant setting for events. The 3,000-capacity venue also offers lighting designers a magnificent canvas on which to ply their art. Ollie Wilkinson of ArranPaul Audio and Lighting Design took full advantage of this recently when he lit the 2019 Enterprise Vision Awards at the century and a half old ballroom with a rig anchored by 22 Chauvet Professional Maverick fixtures.
Drawing on the output, gobo capabilities, and zoom range of 14 Maverick MK2 Spot, and eight MK2 Wash fixtures, Wilkinson created an enchanting atmosphere in the cavernous room. "The thing about lighting the Empress Ballroom is that I like to let the venue talk for itself," he said. "Once we start lighting the beautiful pillars, the extravagant ceiling, and other aspects, such as the balconies, the venue really starts to come to life."
To ensure the large room was sufficiently lit from a whole manner of angles, the powerful 440W MK2 Spot units were positioned along a 16m- long central trussing beam above the stage. While four of the Maverick MK2 Spots provided custom gobos for the stage and the venue floor, the rest of the units were used for the creation of star field gobos, projected magnificently throughout the venue, including on its high domed ceiling.
"I used the star field gobo effect to create an ethereal look within the venue; and it looked stunning to say the least," said Wilkinson. "We also had four custom gobos for the main sponsor of the event projected onto the stage. The clarity and focus was second to none."
Turkey - Prolights has announced that distribution and project engineering company A+SF has joined the international distribution network.
A+SF - now the largest AVL company in Turkey, was the result of a merger between two leading AVL companies in Turkey: Asimetrik and SF. By working in all vertical markets and different market segments, A+SF have been highly successful in providing solutions from small scale events through to world class projects. A+SF have spent years developing solid relationships and a strong reputation throughout Turkey.
Paolo Albani, international sales manager for Prolights, comments, “I have known both Asimetrik and SF for years and have always been impressed by their reputations throughout the market and the calibre of project they would get involved in. Now that they have joined forces, I am sure that they are the perfect partner for Prolights in Turkey and that they will cover every aspect of the market. We really look forward to working alongside them and growing our presence in the region.”
Vice president of A+SF, Mr. Gorkem Celikbilek adds, “We are impressed with the global reach and following that Prolights has achieved in recent years. At the heart of what they do is customer service – what can be made better for a user. That is really special to us, as a group as we address every segment from distribution to project engineering.”
USA - The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA), which celebrates the creative talents of local and international lighting and video designers across the United States, has revealed the nominees for the 2019 Theatre category shortlist, following long deliberation by the judging panel.
Dance critic Lauren Warnecke of the Chicago Tribune led the Theatre judging panel in her new role as panel chair. She was joined by journalist, dancer and founder of Black Dance Magazine, Norma Porter; critic and performing arts editor for the Independent (KC), Paul Horsley; editor in chief of Arts and Culture Texas, Nancy Wozny; theatre critic for Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones; lighting designer Clifton Taylor; and dance critic for Eye on the Arts, Celia Ipiotis.
The 2019 KOI-USA theatre shortlist is as follows:
The Notch Award for Projection Design
Roma Flowers for A Bon Coeur
Brad Peterson for Broadway Bounty Hunter
Tal Yarden for Network
The ETC Award for Dance
Burke Brown for Framing Time
Brandon Stirling Baker for Reflections
Kaili Story for III. Third
The Altman Lighting Award for Plays (Large Venue)
Neil Austin for Ink
Natasha Katz for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Jan Versweyveld for Network
The Altman Lighting Award for Plays (Small Venue)
Reza Behjat for Nina Simone: Four Women
Elizabeth Harper for Mysterio
USA - The epic Utopia concert by Latin American music superstar Romeo Santos broke the all-time concert gross record for a performance at the MetLife Stadium on 21 September. At the heart of the show’s rich visual design, Yamil Charif and Richard Vicens of YC3 Lighting Design specified more than 100 lighting fixtures from Vari-Lite.
Lining the wide stage and multiple walkways were Vari-Lite’s VL6000 Beam fixtures. These were partnered for the first time by the new VL6500 Wash fixtures, making their world debut on Utopia, positioned around the sides of the stage.
“We were very strict about the walkway and stage fixtures being the VL6000s and VL6500s,” said Charif. “They were the only fixtures in our rig that were non-negotiable. There is literally nothing else on the market will give us that effect.”
High power was essential as almost every surface of the 260ft stage was covered with bright LED screens, and lower powered fixtures would have been lost against this background. “We chose the VL6000 Beam for the walkways because of its unique look and its intensity. We knew it was going to look great on camera and have the punch that we need in a stadium like the MetLife.”
He added, “Being the first to use the VL6500 Wash was very exciting. It’s similar in size and output to the VL6000 Beam, but looks like the old school VL5, with those blades. The two fixtures work very well together. It’s a super-cool look.”
Germany - The European summer music festival season wound up with a few notable events including Lollapalooza Berlin, which returned to the Olympiastadion site for the second year with a line-up including the Swedish House Mafia, UFO361, Kings of Leon, Rita Ora, Hozier, Twenty One Pilots, Billie Eilish and many more.
Robe moving lights were in evidence site-wide, supplied by a number of different companies including TSE AG (Main Stage North) and Black Box Music (Main Stage South) both from Germany and Colour Sound Experiment from the UK which delivered lighting and video for the dance-orientated Perry’s Stage.
For Main Stage North, a production design / top rig was created by Marco Hoch from TSE AG which allowed artists bringing in their own specials packages ‘underneath’ to be quickly and painlessly accommodated, and have a good, versatile all-round compliment of lights in the roof ready to be hooked into their consoles.
This year’s house rig included 90x Robe moving lights – a mix of BMFL Spots, BMFL WashBeams, Spiiders and MegaPointes. These were joined by strobes and blinders and lots of fog and haze, all controlled through two grandMA2 full sizes.
Ludwig Laudan, the Main Stage North house LD / operator who also provided technical assistance for guest LDs, commented, “BMFLs are currently simply the festival fixture of the moment. Their strong output and excellent colours make them ideal.”
They created the lighting plot offering BMFL Spots and Spiider LED wash beams familiar to all of the guest LDs, complemented by BMFL
UK – Event production services provider, Ingram AV is one of the first UK rental companies to stock Claypaky’s Mini-B LED beam light - supplied by distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Based in the North East of England, Ingram AV offers equipment hire and full technical event production services for live, corporate and architectural events.
Ingram AV has recently made a significant investment in cutting-edge equipment for its rapidly expanding new lighting department, which joins an extensive audio-visual catalogue.
Following increasing requests from customers for a small, bright wash fixture, Ingram AV’s Reed Ingram Weir contacted AC-ET’s Northern sales office. Lighting sales manager, Ben Steppenbeck and Benjamin Taylor in the external sales team visited Reed to provide a demo of the Claypaky Mini B.
Reed commented: “I was really impressed by its speed and brightness, which are the best I have seen for a beam light of this size and weight. It’s a versatile solution for us as its size and output means we can use it for almost any size stage, studio, venue or event.”
He added: “Being from Claypaky as well, which is an established brand known for its high product quality and reliability, was another important factor in my decision.”
Reed invested in 16 Mini-B fixtures for use on a variety of upcoming concerts and various live events taking place in the coming months.
In addition to purchasing the Claypaky fixtures, Reed has recently purchased SIXTY82 truss and LSC Gen VI dimmer/switch ra
Singapore - Technical production company, J5 Productions of Singapore, has recently invested in 24 Ayrton Diablo-S 300W LED profile fixtures for its rental stock. The powerful little lighting fixtures were purchased earlier this year from Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for Singapore, Total Solution Marketing Pte Ltd., following a successful demonstration
Designed specifically for stage applications, Diablo-S is equipped with a monochromatic LED light source calibrated at 7000K that can generate up to 19,000 lumens. At just over 21kg Diablo is the smallest, lightest and most efficient luminaire of its category.
J5 Productions specialises in AVL event-related broadcast and media equipment rental across Asia. Its operators and technical engineers are dedicated to providing the highest technical consultancy services, utilising a variety of systems, for international events, conferences, product launches and concerts.
The team were particularly impressed with Diablo-S’s smooth dimming curve and beam quality, which lacked any ‘troubling hot spots’. They thought it extremely powerful for its size and approved the added benefit of saving on power consumption, which makes it suitable for most venues. Another popular feature was the ‘nice selection’ of seven interchangeable high-definition glass gobos.
Having seen Diablo-S in action, the team were very satisfied and concluded Diablo-S would be a great addition to their rental business. “I really like the size of the light which makes it easy to set at every event,” says head of lighting,
Asia - To better serve its expanding market in the continent, Chauvet has appointed industry figure Desmond Kwan as its Asia business development specialist.
Kwan brings extensive experience in entertainment lighting to his new position, having served in various sales and management positions at Harman Professional for 15 years. During that time he acquired a reputation for his product knowledge and commitment to customer service.
“Desmond’s track record is extremely impressive,” said Stéphane Gressier, international sales director at Chauvet. “In addition to possessing an extraordinary level of expertise, he also has a genuine dedication to putting the customer first. This has earned him an excellent reputation throughout the markets he serves. It is also very much in keeping with our own philosophy at Chauvet, so he will fit in very nicely with our corporate culture and make valuable contributions to our continued growth in Asia.”
Kwan, who will be responsible for Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ products, shares this enthusiasm about his new position. “Becoming part of the Chauvet team is a wonderful opportunity,” he said. “Not only is this a company with tremendous growth potential in Asia, it’s also one that shares my values about being committed to excellence and customer service. I am very excited.”
USA - Dancing with the Stars has been a mainstay of American reality television since 2005. For season 28, which premiered in September on ABC, lighting designer Tom Sutherland is using Elation Professional DARTZ 360 beam/spot LED moving heads as a principal luminaire in an immersive 360-degree lighting environment. Lighting vendor for Dancing with the Stars is Felix Lighting with Nicole Barnes as account manager.
After skipping its standard spring season - there are typically two seasons per year -the Emmy-winning dance competition returned this fall with changes designed to freshen up the format. A new creative director came onboard for the new season, as did Sutherland who works with set designer Florian Weider on a revamped set.
Filmed at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Dancing with the Stars is a competition that is as much about drama and glitz as dancing, and that’s what has kept fans coming back year after year.
Lead designer at DX7 Design and a Knight of Illumination award winner, Sutherland, who has a wealth of experience lighting other TV reality shows, embraced the opportunity to create something original and sought a versatile light as his principal source.
“I needed something that was small but also quite bright and punchy that could light the entire room,” he said. “I also needed a light that was cool that I could put close to the audience as they surround the audience in a 360-degree set.”
Sutherland, who is known for creating big looks on broadcast sets, had used the DARTZ 360 on a pr