Lighting News

Robe T1s help define Narnia in new venueRobe T1s help define Narnia in new venue
Tuesday, 4 February 2020

UK - The Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is enjoying a successful London run at The Bridge Theatre, produced by The London Theatre Company via special arrangement with Elliot & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber.
Award-winning lighting designer Bruno Poet has revived his magical lighting scheme in the new venue, this time choosing to use Robe T1 Profiles as the followspots, which are being operated with RoboSpot remote follow spotting systems.
Having used the same combination of T1 Profile fixtures and RoboSpots for recent Tina The Musical runs on Broadway and in Hamburg and London, he did not hesitate to specify the products again for this show.
At The Bridge, there is no position at FOH for manually operated follow spots, so the two T1 Profiles are located on an auditorium bridge with a steep angle shooting down to the stage, which is not accessible during the performance.
This solved the issue of positioning as well as maximizing accurate targeting and minimising light spillage. The T1s can be far more easily blended in to the general visuality of the show than a conventional followspot.
The operators - including wheelchair user John Piper - are at the back of the auditorium.
The theatre’s head of lighting Nicole Smith explained that the original intention was to base the spot operators under the stage, however with John being one of the most experienced applicants for the operator roles, they decided to move the operating position to an area of the theatre that was

Claypaky fixtures light SEA opening ceremonyClaypaky fixtures light SEA opening ceremony
Tuesday, 4 February 2020

The Philippines - A large complement of Claypaky lighting fixtures was utilised by Stage Craft International for the opening ceremony of the 2019 SEA Games at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, The Philippines.
The 2019 SEA Games, held from 30 November to 11 December, was the 30th edition of the biennial regional sports event. More than 5,500 athletes competed in 56 sports.
The 90-minute opening ceremony featured traditional and contemporary dance and song against a backdrop of LED strips and panels representing a bamboo forest. The design of the show included lighting effects and specialty lighting by Stage Craft International. The company selected 120 Claypaky Sharpy Plus, 40 A.leda B-EYE K10 and 40 Stormy CC strobes for the rig in what is billed as the world’s largest indoor arena.
“We chose Claypaky fixtures for their low power consumption and light weight; they were also easy to carry and install,” says Stage Craft president Francisco N. Zabala. “Claypaky fixtures, especially the Sharpy Plus, have a new set of gobos for more creative options. And the movement of the fixtures is very smooth.”
Stage Craft positioned the Sharpy Plus, B-EYEs and Stormy strobes vertically on the centre, in the field of play, on trusses in the audience and on the floor and under the LED IMAG panels.
“They performed brightly with perfect registers and very smooth fixture movement,” Zabala reports. “They were also easy to use.”
Stage Craft’s lighting director, lighting designer, lighting programmers and technicians were Samu

Ayrton Diablo wins ESTA AwardAyrton Diablo wins ESTA Award
Monday, 3 February 2020

USA - Ayrton’s Diablo LED profile fixture was awarded the ESTA Members' Choice Award 2020 in the Equipment Category at this year’s NAMM Show in Anaheim.
Diablo weighs just over 20kg, with a record output of 19,000 lumens from its 300W source. Diablo, like its sister fixtures, Levante wash light and Mistral spot, is available in two versions:
Diablo-S is specially designed for stage applications and utilises a monochromatic LED light source that can generate an ultra-high output and metallic white light calibrated at 6500K.
Diablo-TC is geared for applications requiring perfect colour rendition, and uses a monochromatic LED source with a native CRI greater than 90, high TM30 readings and a 5700K colour temperature.
The Award was collected by Brad Nelms, Western regional sales manager for ACT Lighting, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for North America, who said: “As a distributor, you can’t ask for anything more than the opportunity to represent great products. Ayrton’s fixture portfolio really hits the mark in all categories. The Diablo, in particular, has been a huge hit in the US market and continues to reach new customers who see its value. Congratulations to the whole Ayrton team, and thank you for being great at what you do.”
Jerad Garza, international sales for Ayrton, commented, “For Diablo to win the Members Choice Award is the icing on the cake. Diablo has been an instant hit since the moment it was released because it is such a powerful tool in such a small package. This fixture from the beginning has been revell

ISE: Elation to present Artiste seriesISE: Elation to present Artiste series
Monday, 3 February 2020

The Netherlands - Elation Professional will present its expanded line of award-winning Artiste series of theatrical-grade moving heads, as well as its Fuze line, during ISE in Amsterdam (11-14 February). Lighting professionals can see both at stand 7-S209.
Meanwhile, Obsidian Control Systems invites designers, programmers and operators are invited to check out Dylos, a new pixel composer that offers all-new creative possibilities in pixel-mapping.
The Artiste Mondrian is the brightest full-featured LED Profile FX fixture Elation has produced to date. It offers extreme output with high centre intensity and narrow-beam angles, a comprehensive FX package with endless framing, and a wide colour-mixing gamut through its variable SpectraColor colour mixing system. Providing over 50,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Mondrian features a large 226mm (8 7/8”) front lens and has the power to cut through at great distances.
The Artiste Rembrandt is a bright, full-featured LED wash fixture with endless framing that offers outstanding output, optimized wash field and a wide colour-mixing gamut through its variable SpectraColor engine. Providing up to 51,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Rembrandt is suitable for “any application requiring superior wash output, bright and powerful beams, and quiet operation, as well as stunning colours”.
Used in top venues such as The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Artiste Monet is a 45,000-lumen LED Profile luminaire with innovative CMYRGB SpectraColor system.


MGG enjoys hectic year-end with RobeMGG enjoys hectic year-end with Robe
Monday, 3 February 2020

South Africa - Johannesburg-based MGG enjoyed a hectic end-of-year season supplying several large and high profile shows and events with technical production packages.
The projects ranged from large outdoor festival stages to parties to corporate events and awards shows, explained MGG’s general manager, Denzil Smith. Robe products were utilised for all of these.
December started with the end of a two-week run of Afrikaans is Groot (AIG) shows staged at the Sun International Time Square Sun Arena in Pretoria - for which MGG is also the house technical services provider.
Lighting was designed by Joshua Cutts of Visual Frontier and MGG supplied all technical elements - lighting, video, audio plus rigging and staging for organisers Coleske Artists. It was their eighth consecutive year of involvement with this state-of-the-art performance spectacle.
Joshua had over 650 Robe moving lights in the rig. His Robes included MegaPointes, Pointes, Spiiders, Squares, Spikies, LEDWash 600s and 1200s, LEDBeam 100s and 150s and a range of BMFLs, all combined in another show-stopping design.
A re-scaled version of this AIG show - to fit the venue - will be staged at the Grand West Arena in Cape Town in March.
Block Party was a New Year’s Eve rave and dance event with a line-up of some of South Africa’s finest DJs and music producers, also staged at Sun International’s Time Square Sun Arena in Pretoria, showing its adaptability as a performance space.
Lighting was designed by Werner van Wyk, who utilised the full in-house lightin

First Baptist Church chooses ADJFirst Baptist Church chooses ADJ
Monday, 3 February 2020

USA - An extensive package of ADJ lighting fixtures has been installed in the new contemporary worship centre of First Baptist Church in Stockton. Amongst other fixtures, Vizi CMY300s serve as the main moving head luminaires, creating beam effects and GOBO projections on stage, while COB Cannon Washes cover both stage colour and house lighting duties.
When the opportunity arose for the thriving First Baptist Church in Stockton, CA to acquire a neighbouring building they embraced it to create a dedicated space for their growing contemporary worship services. The church’s leadership worked with local supplier Nor Cal Pro Audio to specify a modern lighting system that would allow maximum flexibility for the space, allowing it to be used both for services and as a community centre.
Headed up by Jorge González, Nor Cal Pro Audio specialises in providing audio and lighting installation services to a wide variety of establishments - but especially churches - throughout the North California area.
“To work out exactly the right moving head fixture for the job,” explains González, “we organised a shoot-out at the church’s new building. I arranged for a number of different lighting manufacturers to bring along their products, and Saul and the pastors decided that the ADJ Vizi CMY300 was the option they wanted to go for.”
González and his team installed six of the fixtures on an upstage truss. This allows them to project Gobo patterns down onto the stage, cre

Wincent Weiss goes on tour with GLPWincent Weiss goes on tour with GLP
Friday, 31 January 2020

What started out in very small cellar clubs in 2016 now sees large arenas filled with ease. From mid-November to early December, German singer-songwriter Wincent Weiss toured through largely sold-out arenas with his album Irgendwie Anders (Somehow Different) which was released in March 2019.
The lighting technicians at FOH have varied between Tom ‘Standtom’ Gross and Tino Weinhardt, who alternate from time to time and often produce joint productions. Weinhardt is currently responsible for Wincent Weiss’s lighting production. But because with the artist everything is ‘somehow different’ (not only on the album cover), Tom Gross is now sitting at the lighting console, while Tino Weinhardt is responsible for the video image, sitting right next door.
"The current production is so large that it made sense to separate lighting and video," reports Tino Weinhardt. "I took over the video and of course knew right away who I wanted for the lighting. Tom and I are really happy to finally be able to sit next to each other!”
The current tour setup is, at least as far as the lighting on the floor is concerned, largely based on the tried and tested set design of the festival tour. However, the lighting rig has been extensively revised and equipped with many GLP spots that shape the new, rather angular look of the rig. The set has a modular design so that it can be adapted to varying hall sizes.
Forty two JDC1 and 40 X4 Bar 10 characterise the lighting rig.
On the back truss and in the two mid-trusses, 36 JDC1 hybrid strobes perform a v

Shanghai Circus comes to life with with MartinShanghai Circus comes to life with with Martin
Friday, 31 January 2020

China - To create immersive, spectacular lighting displays for the reopening of the Shanghai Circus World, Guangzhou Bai MingHui Lighting Technology Co. equipped the venue with Martin by HARMAN lighting fixtures.
Built in 1999, Shanghai Circus World is China’s premier circus and home to the renowned Era - Intersection of Time show, which combines traditional Chinese acrobatics with Western entertainment.
Located in the heart of Shanghai, Circus World features an ornate 1,638-seat theatre with an elaborate architectural design and a distinctive golden dome roof. Over the years, the venue has become a cultural landmark and earned the nickname of the Golden Pineapple.
In 2018, Shanghai Circus World closed for a series of cosmetic and technical renovations, which included upgrading their aging lighting rig. Shanghai Circus World hired AV integrators Guangzhou Bai MingHui Lighting Technology Co. to install 121 new Martin lighting fixtures to create a wide range of dynamic, expressive lighting designs.
Guangzhou deployed 53 Martin MAC Axiom hybrid fixtures to provide designers with a versatile, all-in-one fixture capable of creating a variety of looks including tight beams, sharp spots and more. To create soft wash effects with expressive colours, Guangzhou installed 36 Martin MAC Quantum Wash fixtures, which feature a Colorganics system for deep, saturated colours.
To provide additional coverage, Guangzhou deployed 15 Martin MAC Aura XB wash fixtures. In order to create immersive, sensational lighting effects, Guangzhou selected 10 M

SABC and Cosmolight bring cricket to TV screensSABC and Cosmolight bring cricket to TV screens
Friday, 31 January 2020

South Africa - Cricket supporters have been entertained as the English cricket team, on tour in South Africa between December 2019 and February 2020, play four Tests, three One Day Internationals (ODIs), and three Twenty20 International (T201) matches. Cosmolight Quartzcolor LED lighting fixtures have been the performers of the day at the SABC, where commentary and live broadcast of the action is aired from their studios in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
For the past 35 years, Andre Rossouw has worked at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as a lighting designer/electrician and head of electrical distribution on outside productions. His role includes the task of streamlining a system that keeps the power on, despite the current instability of the South African power grid.
“The studio, working in unison with an OB Van, operates via a 80kVA UPS, linked to the studio’s backup generators, to make sure we don’t go down during load-shedding,” Rossouw explains. A generator kicks in if needed. “All gear, including the air-conditioned OB Van, runs off 55 amps per phase. The studio lighting for the Cricket Test Series uses a minimal 12 amps per phase, thanks to the LED technology being used.”
The lighting rig consists of 12 Cosmolight Quartzcolor Studio LED X6 Plus fresnels, 4 Cosmolight Quartzcolor Studio LED X5 fresnels, three Robe 600 Spots and 22 Longman F4 Up LED PAR cans, all operated from a grandMA dot2.
For the Cricket Test Series, the SABC built a temporary set in Studio 7, one of their seven drama studios in Auckland

Norwich Arts Centre upgrades with ChauvetNorwich Arts Centre upgrades with Chauvet
Friday, 31 January 2020

UK - The award-winning Norwich Arts Centre stages a wide range of live music and theatrical performances.
In a bid to safeguard its reputation as 'Britain's Best Small Venue' (as awarded by the NME back in 2014), the venue recently commissioned Old Barn Audio to upgrade its outdated lighting rig as part of a venue-wide modernisation. Providing the cornerstone to Old Barn Audio’s solution was a roster of LED fixtures from Chauvet Professional that included eight Rogue R1X Spot, eight Rogue R2 Wash, 12 Ovation E-160WW Spot and 15 COLORdash Accent Quad fixtures.
In order to ensure a multifaceted solution for general stage looks and effects, Chris Packham of Old Barn Audio specified the combination of Rogue R1X Spot and Rogue R2 Wash fixtures, positioning them in parallel lines above and to the sides of the stage. In combining the R1X Spot’s gobo effects with the saturated colours of R2 Wash, Packham was able to equip the venue with a toolbox of looks to cover a wide spectrum of purposes, from indie gigs to plays and poetry nights.
“The optics and gobo effects of the R1X Spots are perfect for the venue, and definitely give a much larger and exciting feel to the overall stage area,” said Packham. “The R2 Wash fixtures, on the other hand, were specified for their excellent zoom function and deep, saturated colours. This makes them great as a theatrical wash, but also as effect lights for live music.”
Playing a supporting role within Packham’s stage set up are the Ovation Fresnel fixtures, which have been positioned at FOH to mimic

Fineline Lighting hosts theatre school trainingFineline Lighting hosts theatre school training
Friday, 31 January 2020

UK - On 23-24 January, Fineline Lighting hosted students from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for a set of Introduction to Rigging Training courses at the company’s Clevedon warehouse.
The training is held annually for students at the school and provides an insight into the world of rigging and technical event production.
Rob Sangwell, director at Fineline Lighting, comments: “It was fantastic hosting the students from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, they all worked hard and learnt a lot. It’s always great to see new generations of technical production professionals expanding their skillset.”
“All the feedback from the students about the training was positive,” adds Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Tutor Frank Bradley. “They really enjoyed the sessions and felt they had learned a basic knowledge of rigging truss which would give them confidence if they needed to apply it practically in future, and provided an insight into an area of work in which some of them would like to gain more experience.”
If you are involved with a Production Arts course and would be interested in working with Fineline to provide practical training sessions for students, email
(Jim Evans)

TechPro appoints client account managerTechPro appoints client account manager
Thursday, 30 January 2020

UK - TechPro, a provider of lighting, video and sound services for the live events industry has announced Yvonne England as its new client account manager.
England, who brings more than a decade’s experience to the role, will be responsible for strengthening relationships with existing and new clients, as the business looks to build on its growing success working with live event agencies.
England comments: “TechPro appears to be one of the live event industries best kept secrets and ensuring prospects and clients understand everything we can do to make their lives a little easier will be an exciting challenge.
“Working closely with the directors and the marketing team, it’s important we not only explain what we do, but listen carefully to them to understand how we can make the workload of event agency teams simpler.”
TechPro director Rob Stokes says: “TechPro has achieved significant growth in recent years and we are ready to take the next important step in our development, which is how I see the appointment of Yvonne.
“We know we’re good at what we do and now it’s time for Yvonne to convince more agencies that if they want to look good in front of their clients, with an enhanced reputation for delivering flawless live events, then appointing TechPro as their AV service partner is a good start.”
(Jim Evans)

Chauvet fixtures create Route 66 spiritChauvet fixtures create Route 66 spirit
Thursday, 30 January 2020

Belgium - Route 66 - the symbol of the American free spirit - served as an appropriate backdrop for the 2019 Hype-O-Dream festival, which featured EDM performances by stars like Nico Morano and Cherry Moon Trax. Bringing this thematic setting to life was a dynamic festival lighting rig designed and developed by Lieven Tacq, Thomas Vandekerkhove and their team at Creative Rental Solutions that featured over 470 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Having worked on seven previous Hype-O-Dream festivals, Tacq and Vandekerkhove are familiar with the role that bold, original scenic designs play in creating the overall fan experience at these events. This year, at the centre of the impressive main stage was a massive video wall, flanked by Route 66 signs and other thematic scenic elements, such as mountains, gas stations and billboards.
Route 66 is also strongly associated with neon lighting, and Tacq played on this link for the Flashback stage by using 270 ÉPIX strip IP fixtures to create neon-like looks throughout the sprawling set.
“We adorned the entire trussing structure with ÉPIX Strips to emulate that neon glow that is so typical of those classic route 66 motel and diner images,” he says. “The saturated colours we got from the strips provided a convincing neon feel and atmosphere. Our main colour was the beautiful cyan, which is also one of the standard colours in the programme settings of my ChamSys MagicQ MQ500. As a result, we were able to create that incredible neon effect right out of the box.”
Contributing to the evocative mood on

Elation in LED retrofit at Olive Baptist ChurchElation in LED retrofit at Olive Baptist Church
Wednesday, 29 January 2020

USA - In 2019, Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola made the decision to upgrade the stage and house lighting systems in the main sanctuary – a significant undertaking that meant replacing over 600 lighting fixtures.
“We decided to replace every tungsten light that illuminated in the room with an LED fixture,” says Bobby Taylor, tech director and director of communications at Olive Baptist Church, “and for the stage lighting project chose a full complement of Elation LED fixtures.”
Olive Baptist Church was founded over 125 years ago and has grown into one of the largest Baptist churches in America. Under the leadership of Dr Ted Traylor, Olive Baptist is an active and growing ministry with a large worship space designed to hold about 4,000 people. In any given week, the sanctuary may host anything from weekly services, weddings, or funerals to full concerts and community events.
Taylor says the existing lighting system was getting old and he knew they were going to have to replace it, also the dimmer racks, at some point. “As parts would fail, the room began to get darker in sections,” he says. “We did some studies internally of the money it was taking to maintain the tungsten light fixtures with manpower and lamps. We also looked at the wattage loads we were using and determined it was best to upgrade the entire system to LED technology. The pay back made financial sense to us to make this change.”
Taylor, who has a long-standing relationship with Elation manufacturer rep firm Freed Sales and company head Dustin Pesnell, tra

Chauvet DJ gets Ghent students gathering goingChauvet DJ gets Ghent students gathering going
Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Belgium - Although Ghent is famed for its medieval church spires, quaint market squares and its week-long summer city festival, for the students and academics who make up roughly one fifth of the city’s population, one event in particular stands out on the calendar: the Ghent University students union annual party for returning and new students.
This year’s party, which took place within the art nouveau surroundings of the city’s Vooruit Hall. To provide memorable looks for the event, Grizzlysound supplied VéDéLighting with 20 Chauvet DJ Intimidator Hybrid 140SR and 12 Chauvet DJ Intimidator Wash Zoom 450 IRC fixtures. Together, these fixtures formed the foundation of their EDM infused lighting concept.
With the expectant students eager to see both exciting and fresh visuals for the most hyped event of the year, which saw a number of DJs take to the stage to inaugurate the new academic year, Arne Vandenbroucke and the team at VéDéLighting went about transforming the turn of the century theatre into a contemporary party temple. Central to this transformation was the decision to focus light around the DJ booth on stage.
“I’m a huge fan of designing for shows in incredible venues such as the Vooruit, which demand a grandiose approach with lots of exciting visuals,” explains Vandenbroucke. “As a result, our concept was designed around the Intimidator Hybrid 140SR fixtures, which provided maximum stage orientation for the DJ sets while simultaneously illuminating the incredible venue.”
Ensuring that the DJ booth was of centra

DWR to host Roland Greil workshopDWR to host Roland Greil workshop
Wednesday, 29 January 2020

South Africa - DWR Distribution is hosting a workshop with Roland Greil, lighting designer, director and programmer for artists such as Rammstein, The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Adele and Spandau Ballett.
The event takes place on 18 February at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, with Greil sharing the stage with local lighting designer Joshua Cutts.
The workshop will concentrate on lighting design for concert touring. “We will look at a few recent and past projects with a particular emphasis on the Rammstein production which I have worked on since 2019. I look forward to sharing an insightful view of the creation process as well as efficiently getting from the first sketches to the final show.”
Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution comments: “This is a wonderful opportunity for South Africans to learn from one of the top lighting designers in the world. If you are in the entertainment industry, the workshop will be presented free of charge and we’d love to see you there. You will walk away feeling inspired and enlightened.”
While entry is free of charge, refreshments and eats will be available for purchase at Café Familia, the coffee shop based at The Mosaïek Teatro.
Booking is via

Pointes light SKALAR 360 in AmsterdamPointes light SKALAR 360 in Amsterdam
Wednesday, 29 January 2020

The Netherlands - SKALAR - the large scale immersive kinetic lighting and electronic music art installation created by light artist / designer Christopher Bauder and composer / music producer Kangding Ray - has been reimagined for Amsterdam’s The Gashouder, a circular space where the work is being presented by Audio Obscura.
Once again, Christopher is utilising Robe Pointes as lightsources - 93 in total - in this new space. The installation which he calls SKALAR 360, also features 61 double-sided mirrors with perimeter rings of 180 addressable pixels which are suspended on 183 custom Kinetic Lights motorised winches.
In addition to the looped installation piece, Christopher and Kangding Ray are playing seven special related live performance shows in the same space.
SKALAR was first realised in the turbine hall of a former Berlin power station now the Kraftwerk art space, and then the same rectangular shape and dimensions were replicated for SKALAR MX which ran for five weeks in November / December at Fronton Mexico, Mexico City.
The Gashouder was one of the original buildings that Christopher earmarked as ideal to stage a SKALAR experience, with the right combination of quirkiness, funkiness and industrial history. However, its spherical shape required a completely different approach, which has resulted in this unique in-the-round presentation.
The charismatic circular chamber - now been redeveloped as an arts, cultural and leisure area - has an iron roof and was once at the hub of Amsterdam's Wester

CLF launches Poseidon outdoor beam fixtureCLF launches Poseidon outdoor beam fixture
Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The Netherlands - CLF Lighting has launched CLF Poseidon, a powerful outdoor beam fixture that has been developed for smooth CMY colour mixing.
Based on the successful CLF Aorun, Poseidon comes with a fast and accurate feature set including a double prism, gobo wheel, animation section and frost. The 190mm wide lens and optics allow big mid-air effects with a bright and punchy beam, delivered by a 400W light source. Colours can be mixed smoothly by using the CMY wheels and a fixed colour wheel is also available.
The IP65-rated housing is equipped with specially designed motors enabling fast pan and tilt movements. A bright O-LED screen offers easy access to on-board settings, even in bright environments.
(Jim Evans)

Maverick Profiles light Hamilton Florida datesMaverick Profiles light Hamilton Florida dates
Tuesday, 28 January 2020

USA - Fans, who turned out for Anthony Hamilton’s three-date Florida swing in late December, finished 2019 with a bang. In addition to seeing the Grammy-winning R&B artist perform his hits, they got to enjoy a stellar cast of supporting artists, featuring Ja Rule, K Michelle and Joe.
Each act was supported by a punchy Josh Lawson lightshow that delivered its searing visuals with help from six Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Profile fixtures supplied by Apogee Productions of Longwood, Florida.
“I approached each act differently as Ja Rule is classic hard-hitting rap, Joe is a more laid-back version of R&B, and K Michelle is an artist who tells a lot of stories of her past relationships,” says Lawson. “Since the three stops made in Florida were at arenas, it gave me more stage space to play with than I have at my normal club shows. I took advantage of this, by working with different light angles, backlighting and colour combinations to reflect the individual style of each artist on stage.
“Early in the show, I used a solid colour wash with a follow spot, and then transitioned to more colour as the night progressed,” continues Lawson. “When I do multiple acts I like to build on them and make the looks more complex as the night progresses.”
Flown at evenly spaced intervals on upstage truss, the Maverick MK2 Profile fixtures filled a variety of roles in the flexible design, serving as general stage washes, in addition to being used for spot lighting, specials, backlighting, and audience washing.
“The shutter blad

GLP X4 Bar 20s back AJ Tracey at Ally PallyGLP X4 Bar 20s back AJ Tracey at Ally Pally
Tuesday, 28 January 2020

UK - Lighting designer James Scott specified 96 impression X4 Bar 20 battens from GLP when London-based rapper / producer AJ Tracey played two shows at Alexandra Palace recently.
The gigs were the culmination of a long year in which Scott, director of multi-disciplinary creative design studio Suluko, had been an essential part of the artist’s creative team, headed by Tawbox. AJ Tracey toured first the UK Academy circuit followed by the festival season, with a simple floor package.
Lighting inventory for the tour had been supplied by Siyan but when it came to the Ally Pally shows production manager Joel Stanley awarded the project to Neg Earth.
The creative for the show was devised by Tawbox, who designed the screen layout and the concept of AJ performing in the round. “This was a specific show design for Ally Pally,” explains Scott. “The concept of the show was in connection with the historical broadcast nature of Alexandra Palace, which ties in with AJ Tracey’s iconic tag line of ‘AJ Tracey . . . Live & Direct’.”
The X4 Bars had formed an essential part of his rig and were specified to fulfil a specific purpose. “I needed a batten fixture that was capable of multi cell control and that was also zoomable,” he says.
“They had a very noticeable role in this design; they were positioned in a square layout to delineate the edge of the 350mm deep square stage and then mirrored in the air to echo the shape of the video box.” Scott adds that he always runs the X4 Bars in Single Pixel High Resolution Mode (89-channel)

White Light brightens You Stupid Darkness!White Light brightens You Stupid Darkness!
Tuesday, 28 January 2020

UK - White Light has supplied the lighting for You Stupid Darkness!, which recently opened at the Southwark Playhouse in London.
Presented by Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth, You Stupid Darkness! is a new play set within the Brightline Call Centre. It focusses on four colleagues who try to keep their lives together whilst the outside world falls apart.
The lighting designer on the show is Peter Small, who comments: “My brief for this production was that it shouldn’t feel ‘lit’; meaning I wanted it to feel as natural as possible to the audience. The concept was that you had sort of peeled the wall off this strange office and were peering in from a dark place, somewhat ‘fly on the wall’. This concept meant working closely with set designer Amy Jane Cook and adding in masking which would allow me to drop the rig very low and hide it away from the audience. As this was a dystopian piece, I also had to have a rig that would allow for bursts of surrealism, alongside the hyperrealism.”
And whilst the show is dealing with large issues, the production itself was all about the smaller details. Peter explains: “The set is the same location throughout and also very naturalistic. Therefore a lot of my lighting had to showcase a passage in time, as this was often the only indication in between scenes. I did this by varying the background from return to return; sometimes the computer was on, sometimes the lamps were on and off, sometimes someone left the main light off but forgot to turn the kitchen light off etc. The show al

Martin ERA 400 Performance launches in LondonMartin ERA 400 Performance launches in London
Monday, 27 January 2020

UK - Sound Technology, the distributor of Martin by Harman in the UK, is holding a Martin ERA Performance showcase event at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden on 17 February.
The event will run from 11am to 4pm and will see the complete ERA Performance range on demo.
Sound Technology has also announced the immediate shipping of the Martin ERA 400 Performance CLD. The ERA 400 is the first of the ERA Performance series, announced at LDI in November, to become available, with the remainder of range which consists of the warm white version of the ERA 400, the ERA 600 Performance and ERA 800 Performance - the brightest moving profile fixture in Martin's history - arriving in February.
The 10,000lm ERA 400 Performance CLD features a 300W 6,500K LED light engine, and in common with the entire ERA Performance range, has crisp optics with a flat field, CMY colour mixing, a full curtain framing system, fixed and rotating gobo wheels loaded with user-favourite gobos from the renowned MAC range, iris, prism and frost filter. Weighing just 20kg, the ERA 400 Performance is lightweight, compact and easy to rig.
Whether being used for small and mid-sized concert and touring, live TV productions, corporate shows, cruise line or houses of worship, the Martin ERA 400 Performance CLD is suitable for a long list of scenarios, requiring a versatile LED profile.
(Jim Evans)

Obsidian Netron line-up now shippingObsidian Netron line-up now shipping
Monday, 27 January 2020

USA - Obsidian Control Systems’ complete line-up of Netron data distribution products is now in stock and ready to ship from the company’s US and European warehouses.
Netron is a comprehensive range of DMX splitters and ethernet to DMX gateways, supporting applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments. All Netron products can be configured through either the internal OLED screen and encoder, or the integrated web menu system, which works from PC, Mac and any mobile device.
The Netron range offers three Ethernet to DMX gateways and three RDM splitters.
The EN12 is a powerful, high-density Ethernet to DMX gateway with 12 RDM compatible ports. The EN4 is a powerful Ethernet to DMX gateway with four RDM-compatible ports. Designed for live production and installations with a rugged housing and high-performance processing, it offers flexible rack, truss, wall or DIN-Rail mounting options to cover any situation.
The EP4 is a compact Ethernet to DMX gateway with four RDM compatible ports. It is configurable via its internal web remote and powered over ethernet or via the USB-C connection.
Three variants of RDM splitter round out the range: RDM 6XL, RDM 645 and RDM 10.
(Jim Evans)

Chauvet introduces Ovation CYC 1 FCChauvet introduces Ovation CYC 1 FC
Monday, 27 January 2020

USA - Chauvet Professional has released the Ovation CYC 1 FC.
Debuted at LDI 2019, the fixture can be positioned unobtrusively on the stage and in the broadcast studio. With an illuminance of 173lx at 5m, the CYC 1 FC ensures a wide, smooth coverage area, often allowing larger backdrops to be fully illuminated only from the ground, without the need for downlighting. Since its light source is so near the ground, it can wash backdrops without dark dead areas at the lower end.
The CYC 1 FC can also a foot light, fill light and side light in a wide variety of applications. When the fixture serves as a foot light, its in built shutter can serve as a glare shield, in addition to being used to adjust the light’s throw. An integrated kick stand adds to the fixture’s versatility.
Drawing on Ovation’s award-winning RGBAL colour-mixing technology, the CYC 1 FC produces virtually any hue with the utmost realism and saturation. A virtual colour wheel in the unit matches popular gel colours and colour temperature pre-sets. The fixture also features 16-bit dimming of the master dimmer and individual colours.
The adjustable Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) feature in the fixture ensures that its flat, even field of light is never disturbed by flickering on camera. This attribute, together with its silent, convection-cooled operation, makes the CYC 1 FC suited for broadcast applications.
“We have always pushed the envelope with new concepts in our Ovation products,”comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “With the CYC 1 FC, we feel we have done


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