USA - ADJ is now shipping the latest addition to its range of LED-powered par-style wash fixtures, the MOD STQ. This professional lighting tool offers a combination of punchy output, compact size and versatile design, which makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications.
The MOD STQ harnesses the power of seven 8-Watt RGBW LEDs, for a total output of 56W. Each quad colour LED features independently-dimmable red, green, blue and white elements that can be mixed together to deliver a wide palette of different colours. With an average LED lifespan of 50,000 hours, lamp replacements are a thing of the past, while the fixture’s total maximum power draw of 57W makes it economical to run. A punchy fixture, the MOD STQ delivers up to 2952 LUX measured at 3M (9.8 ft.) with a total output in excess of 2500 Lumens.
“As an established leader in the manufacture and supply of LED-powered pars, we are excited to debut the latest new addition to our range,” enthuses ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “The MOD STQ is an extremely compact and incredibly punchy fixture that offers a great deal of flexibility. From its multi-purpose dual yoke to its choice of frost filters, every aspect of the fixture has been developed to allow it to offer maximum flexibility. It is therefore ideal for use by rental, production, décor and entertainment companies, as well as for permanent installation in churches, clubs, bars, lounges and fun centres.”
The MOD STQ is available now from ADJ USA - this product won’t be available from ADJ Europe.
USA - The new Rogue R2X Wash fixture from Chauvet Professional which debuts at this year’s LDI show is an updated version of the popular Rogue R2 Wash and was developed in response to a very recent advance in LED lamp technology.
“We recognised the potential of the new generation of LEDs that Osram is developing, so we made a commitment to updating our fixtures to incorporate this technological advance,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet.
Drawing on this new technology, the Rogue R2X Wash is almost twice as bright as the Rogue R2 Wash when producing a single colour, and 20-perecent brighter at full output. This brightness boost has been achieved without changing the fixture’s DMX profile and with no changes to its popular form factor.
The Rogue R2X Wash is powered by 19 of the new Osram 25W RGBW LEDs. This engine produces a brightness of 8,650 lux measured at 5m. Thanks to a calibrated white mode that has been added to the new fixture, its output is balanced to roughly 7,000k when it is brought up to full intensity.
Another new enhancement to the fixture is the addition of RDM. The Rogue R2X Wash also makes it possible for users to set their own calibration via the fixture’s menu, so they can match its output to other lights in their rig. Additionally, five zones of pixel control allow users to create stunning pixel mapping effects.
“Our industry is technology driven,” said Chauvet. “As a company, we can never stand still. This is the driving force behind the Rogue R2X Wash.”
USA - Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin recently wrapped his North American Arcoiris (Rainbow) fall tour, playing 25 cities from San Juan, Puerto Rico to LA.
The colourful visual production by The Squared Division who collaborated with The Friends With You Art Collective who designed his Coachella performance, featured a large complement of Claypaky Mythos 2 and Scenius Unico lighting fixtures from lighting and video vendor VER PRG.
Nathan Paul Taylor, Production Designer with The Squared Division, devised the show’s concept; Andre Petrus of Clear All Visuals was the associate lighting designer and programmer. “It was a very bright show – Nathan used every colour in the book and every song was taken to 100 percent,” says Petrus.
The rainbow theme was apparent in graphical elements and colour, and a cloud-shaped LED screen topped a stairway at centre stage. Cartoon-style characters appeared in animations displayed on the cloud and as dancers in costume. There were inflatable set pieces and characters, too: 18ft inflatable Little J sat on the steps for the duration of the show.
Lighting played a major role as well, notes Petrus. “The entire show was time coded; every song was accented with lighting – there were thousands of cues. There are a lot of intricacies with reggaeton music, and every bit was accented with light. We really pushed technology on this show to make things go as hard and fast as they could.”
Nathan Taylor mounted 68 Mythos 2 fixtures directly above the main stage with 16 more on the floor. He positioned e
UK - UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has announced a partnership with Leeds City College, which commenced with the distributor supplying a full range of production technologies for the institution’s new £60m Quarry Hill Campus.
Leeds City College is one of the country’s largest further education providers, with over 20,000 students attending its courses. The new campus, which includes the college’s School of Creative Arts, puts students right at the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter - surrounded by institutions such as Leeds Playhouse, Leeds College of Music and Northern Ballet, and the BBC.
To create learning environments where students can achieve their full potential, there is a significant programme of investment in the college’s campuses. This includes offering industry-standard facilities which allow students to fully develop the skills and experience needed to work in their chosen sector.
With the School of Creative Arts’ Media & Performance Production department offering backstage arts courses in technical theatre, TV and film production, it was therefore vital to equip the purpose-built facilities with technologies from some of the most innovative and popular brands.
Having a history supporting the college in various ways for a number of years, AC-ET’s Leeds-based Northern sales office was approached to tender for the supply of technical facilities equipment for Quarry Hill’s 200-seat theatre, dance studios, TV newsroom gallery, film studio, and media suites.
AC-ET’s external sales executive
Switzerland - Prolights has announced the appointment of Plusmusic AG as its distributor for Switzerland with immediate effect.
Plusmusic takes over in the Swiss market which historically has been served directly from the Prolights Italian HQ, inheriting a network of users, who will benefit from the distributor’s local sales and demo stock, and qualified technical support team.
Paolo Albani, international sales manager for Prolights says, “Plusmusic is a natural match to carry on the Prolights brand in the Swiss market. They share the same passion of our team when it comes to lighting technologies, and having full access to the market in its various segments and as well providing a high class customer service, we are very sure they will be a great asset for our swiss partners.”
Gianluca Trevisan, sales manager of Plusmusic, adds, “We are excited to join the Prolights family, which today represents one of the best stories of success in the professional lighting industry. The product range effectively represents what our customers have been asking us for a long time. The impressive logistic backup and at the neighbouring Italian headquarters, including the large showroom areas, will help us to support our customers.”
USA - Visitors arriving at GLP’s stand at LDI will be greeted by four diverse offerings as GLP extends its 25th year celebrations accompanied by associated brands Fusion by GLP, Cosmic Truss and Scenex Lighting.
Also present will be the Highlander high output discharge washlight; impression S350 Wash, which brings a new level of control and functionality to the mid-range LED washlight market; and impression FR10 Bar, with a new optical system, and larger size aperture.
Fusion by GLP’s Fusion Stick 10 and Fusion Stick 20 feature a connector system, which allows the Stick to create seamless light lines in either a horizontal or vertical set up; the Fusion Par 7 is equipped with seven high powered 30 Watt RGBW LEDs, and with an IP65 rating, it is capable of outdoor applications; Fusion Supernova features a powerful, homogeneous pixel free RGBW light output, making it a suitable wash fixture for any event, indoor or out. Two new additions are the Exo Beam and Exo Wash.
Also distributed in North America by GLP, Cosmic Truss will present new additions to its F34DNA 12” spiral truss, its twisted truss design. In addition, it will show corner and new angled conical pieces for box to spiral conversion. Finally it will present a new ‘Ubase’ that features stabilizer arms for U-Torms, its flexible solution to create both hanging drop and ladder positions for lighting fixtures and other pieces of kit.
Scenex Lighting will introduce the latest innovation in pixel LED control, the PixeLit Control Manager. PixeLit empowers control of up to 256 indi
Indonesia - To enhance the architecture of the Sopo Del Office Towers and Lifestyle Centre in Jakarta, Chayolite recently installed Martin by Harman lighting fixtures.
The Sopo Del Office Towers and Lifestyle Centre is mixed-use development featuring office spaces, premium retail stores and a lavish hotel. The complex consists of a massive 41-floor tower, a smaller 28-floor tower and a shared lifestyle centre. Sopo Del’s architecture and design showcases an interpretation of North Sumatra’s ulos heritage and value, representing bravery and strength.
In order to accentuate the buildings’ ulos-inspired design with immersive lighting, Sopo Del hired leading lighting and acoustic consultants PT. Litac to deploy a cutting-edge lighting display. To accomplish this task, Litac designed a lighting solution consisting of Martin Exterior Dot-HP fixtures.
“We wanted to emphasize Sopo Del’s ulos pattern and height,” said Hestu Widinugroho, Litac. “This was done using Martin Exterior Dot-HP LED fixtures and linear up-light systems with warm white color, giving a continuous flowing effect from the body to the crown of the building. The dynamic Dot-HP fixtures accentuated the diamond shape of the building, making for an exciting overall visual experience.
“One of the challenges our supplier faced during the installation was the placement of the Dot-HP fixtures in their precise locations while protecting them from exposure. We are thankful to the team at Martin Professional APAC for being so helpful in programming and achieving the perfect so
USA - With its fresh water springs, meandering wooded paths, and sparkling lake, Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, is normally a tranquil, relaxing place. But on the last weekend in October, this 800-acre slice of paradise assumes a different, more frightful persona as the site of the Suwanee Huluween Festival.
Combining a bag full of musical treats from a diverse array of acts that includes a mix of big-name stars like Bassnectar and rising artists, with some tricky scenic elements that scare the senses, the three-day festival has become a Halloween ritual for a growing number of fans. Enhancing their experience throughout the grounds as well as at two of its stages this year were over 200 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied and installed by The Design Oasis.
Abbas Ritscher and his team at The Design Oasis, which included John Hollingshead and Joe Donnelly, positioned 150 COLORado 1-Tri IP fixtures around the lake that served as the “festival centrepiece”. They used the high output RGB fixture to wash monsters, goblins, mad beasts and other freakish figures in a range of scary colours. Drawing on the Rogue fixture’s 16-bit master dimmer, they also relied on the interplay of moving light and shadows to endow the ghoulish scenery with menacing sense of animation.
In addition to illuminating scenic elements, the COLORado units were used to direct light on the lake itself as well as the surrounding trees to impart a haunting sense to the festival grounds. “The COLORados are a workhorse,” says Ritscher, who also installed the fixt
Denmark - Lighting and audio rental company Allround Lyd & Lys, based in Struer, invested in two Robe RoboSpot systems, comprising two BaseStations and two BMFL Follow Spots with the integral cameras when they sought a straightforward follow spotting solution for the dry hire side of their business.
The company works in the live music, festivals and concert touring sectors and also services theatre productions. Dry hires are an important segment of their business, and they saw the demand rising for a plug-and-play remote follow spotting system.
The purchase was made specifically with local theatres in mind. They are often tight on prep time so their production schedules would always benefit from follow spots that were quick to calibrate and set up, explained Allround Lyd & Lys’s head of lighting, Martin Breinholt.
“The RoboSpot system is very straightforward to set up, it is intuitive, and the camera integration works well - it offered all the PNP functionality we wanted.”
The new system went out on a four-month hire almost immediately after it had been delivered by Robe’s Danish distributor, Light Partner.
The two systems were then used by Allround for some of their own shows and festival projects including a show with Sting at the Holstebro Theatre for which they were the equipment supplier, with three RoboSpot systems positioned on the front bridge.
They have also been subbed out to another rental company on another long-term hire.
South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced the appointment of Nicole Barnes to the marketing team. Barnes was previously employed as the editor at etech magazine.
“We are very pleased to welcome Nicole on board,” said Duncan Riley of DWR. “Being a vibrant people’s person, we know that she will fit right in. Our brands have grown over the years, and with her help, we look forward to being able to offer an additional service to our clients and suppliers in terms of press releases and marketing ideas.”
USA - History runs deep at Washington’s City Tavern Club. Built in 1786, the venerable Federalist structure (one of the last such taverns in the US capital) counted George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as regulars. Today, the venue hosts a variety of upscale events, and although it provides an evocative setting, power limitations in the 233-year old building can present challenges for anyone looking to light these affairs.
At a recent, corporate showcase at the historic building, Tarik Smith of Atmosphere, Inc. met these challenges and transformed its interior with elegant uplighting created by wireless, battery-powered WELL Fit fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“As with any historic venue the biggest issue is power, so I had to pay a lot of attention to the design,” says Smith. “The limited power draw at the club meant we had to go wireless, but I still needed even, colourful light that would create an immersive, welcoming atmosphere.”
Smith tapped 60 WELL Fit fixtures to illuminate the main hall and upstairs lounge area. The compact dimensions of the WELL Fit units allowed them to blend easily into the background, while their four RGBA LED’s offered a wide palette of rich colours to deliver a bright, even uplight wash to the walls and architectural columns.
“For the Main Hall, I really wanted to create an entirely different look for the room,” says Smith. “The WELL Fits helped transform the space, to the point that even the house staff was impressed with how different it looked. I also used a few WELL Fits
USA - Robe’s new Esprite moving lights made their US live TV debut on the 2019 CMT Artists of the Year event, staged at the Schermerhorn Symphony Centre in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I absolutely Love these lights,” declared the event’s lighting designer Tom Kenny who worked alongside a talented production team which included set designer Anne Brahic.
The Esprites plus other extra lights on the show - which also included Robe BMFL WashBeams and Spiider LED wash beams - were delivered by Morris Light & Sound. They were used together with fixtures from the venue’s house rig.
Ten of the 20 Esprites were positioned on one of the rear LX production trusses installed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Centre for this event, and used for rear lighting the band, and for texturing, colouring and gobo work on the stage.
Another 10 luminaires on one of the downstage trusses provided key lighting for musicians onstage, and for pick-ups at the dinner tables distributed around the room including on the wrap-around balconies.
Tom’s lighting design also utilized 30 Robe BMFL WashBeams, 24 of which were on over-stage LX trusses 3 and 4 to provide band keys and highlighting scenic elements.
“Morris Light & Sound is very pleased with the output, colour and beam qualities as well as the feature sets of the Esprites which checks many boxes for us,” says Han Henze who also took on a lighting directorial role for this show.
Working alongside Tom, Michael and Han were gaffer Michelle Griesmer Stotts, lighting crew chief Todd Latia,
UK - Magazine London, a purpose-built event space, opened adjacent to the O2 Arena in Greenwich Peninsula this August.
Its simple architectural form offers clean and functional spaces that provide ‘a means for large-scale creative expression’ with 3,205sq.m of versatile interior space for up to 3,000 people, and the capability of a further 7,000 people across the venue’s outdoor showground.
Technical consultant, Simon Jones of SJ-TPM, recommended MDG haze generators for this new venue. He supplied two MDG ATMe haze generators, complete with purpose-built touring cases for easy storage and deployment.
Jones was brought onboard by Venue Lab to review, recommend and deliver the technical infrastructure, establish and fine tune the requirements and purchase the equipment for this multi-purpose venue. Jones worked on the various phases in collaboration with Vibration Design and Production, which delivered the venue’s in-house technical production, to ensure the equipment installed aligned with the building’s innovative principle.
“Haze always has to look perfect on television and camera, and also work well with live events,” Jones explains. “It needs to be finely distributed, and quickly dispersed.
“The haze produced by the ATMe is great for the cameras because it is a good, clean haze, it doesn’t reflect, it’s not too dense and it’s nicely distributed across the whole space with two machines filling the venue quickly and easily. We chose to go with two ATMes because the venue is so large, and there are always points
Trinidad & Tobago - PR Lighting fixtures were out in force at the recent nine-day Divali Nagar Festival on the Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago.
Promoted by the National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC), and now in its 33rd year, Divali Nagar is an annual exposition of Hindu culture (generally) and Indo-Trinidadian culture (specifically). It is closely associated with the Diwali Hindu Festival of Light celebration in Trinidad and Tobago.
For the past 15 of those years, All Events Lighting Systems (AELS), part of the SM Group, has been providing technical services to the event at the Divali Nagar site, located in the borough of Chaguanas.
The SM Group itself comprises All Events Lighting Systems, All Events System Ltd and S. Maharaj Equipment Services Limited. SM Group itself stands for ‘Shival Maharaj Group of Companies’ and the organisation collectively provided all equipment for the many local acts who performed, including full lighting and audio, screens, infrastructure, power (generators), technical management and full production services.
Shival Maharaj himself designed the lighting, using 36 PR XLED 1037; 18 XR 330 Beam and 18 XR 330 Spot.
Housing 37 10W RGBW (4-in-1) LEDs, with wide beam angle ranging from 13° to 52°, the XLED 1037 was used to create full stage washes along with visual effects. Equipped with a Sirius HRI 330W lamp and three prisms, the XR330 Beam was tasked with delivering amazing beam effects and piercing gobos and colours, while the XR 330 Spots were used as specials for the band and arti
Japan - The New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) has invested in a stock of Robert Juliat Oz 600W LED followspots for its three performance spaces. The new LED models replace conventional source followspots as part of an upgrade of the lighting inventory for this internationally important arts venue.
New National Theatre, Tokyo is Japan’s only one dedicated to the contemporary performing arts of opera, ballet, dance and drama. The NNTT complex comprises the Opera Palace, Playhouse and The Pit, and hosts over 300 performances a year to around 200,000 theatre goers.
Four of Robert Juliat’s Oz 7°-14° LED Top Control followspots were supplied by RJ distributor, Sogo Butai, initially for use in the small Pit Theatre, but also with the intention of relocating them to the larger spaces of the Playhouse and Opera Palace as needed.
“Because of its silent operation, Oz is extremely suitable for the open space within the smaller Pit Theatre,” says Takehito Suzuki, from NNTT’s technical department for lighting. “In venues like those of the New National Theatre, where many theatrical shows and contemporary dance performances are presented, we found Oz is the best followspot for lighting the performers at every distance.”
Suzuki also stresses that Oz was chosen because its quality met the high standards of the theatre. Its Top Control option was a prime example of this, enabling the operators to control both the dimming and iris smoothly and easily from the top of the fixture. “Amongst many LED followspots, what makes this fixture most rema
South Africa - Technical supply company, HireZone Audio Visual, used 14 new Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile luminaires for the key lighting at the 28th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which took place 4 - 6 September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The fixtures helped lighting designer and operator Gary Sam create a bright, balanced and consistent look for the live broadcast of the international panel in the Convention Centre’s Plenary Room.
With the theme Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the WEF saw leaders from across the globe gather to discuss the future of Africa. Hirezone was appointed by an international team to supply all technical for the entire event.
This was the first time for Hirezone using their new VL2600 Profiles, which they had purchased from South African Vari-Lite distributor DWR Distribution. Initially, when returning from Prolight+Sound in Germany earlier this year, Hirezone owner Richard Gild had five manufacturer’s options to choose from. Not being a dedicated lighting company, Hirezone needed a fixture that would offer both high quality performance and a good return on investment. “Three factors that my business partner, Garth Lawler, and I had to take into consideration were support, functionality and price,” says Gild.
Deciding on the support offered under DWR banner, he was left with three brand choices. “Vari-Lite has an excellent reputation as a brand, especially focusing on their quality optics. Eventually, once I’d seen the lig
USA - Chauvet Professional’s new COLORado Solo Batten 4 will be a highlight on the company’s stand at the LDI tradeshow.
The four-cell batten features seamless end-to-end RGBAW colour mixing with no separation or dimmed lens corners and sets the stage for seamless scenic looks at tours, festivals, churches, theatres, and other applications, says the company.
The fixture’s crisp looks and smooth light make it suitable for creating engaging backgrounds on stage. It can also be used to outline entire stages and scenic elements in addition to accenting truss structures. Thanks to its compact size, the 372mm (14.65”) long fixture can be arranged in vertical or horizontal configurations, even in tight quarters. Adding to its versatility is its IP65 rating, which makes it ideally suited for temporary outdoor applications.
Designers can create a variety of scenic looks with the COLORado Solo Batten with pixel mapping. The versatile fixture can be controlled via Art-Net, DMX, Art-Net to DMX, sACN, or RDM.
“We carefully considered feedback from designers when creating this fixture,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “They told us how important scenic elements were becoming to their designs. So, we have developed a new generation of battens that are not only powerful washes, but are also are very attractive to look at in their own right.”
USA - New Jersey-based Starlite has purchased a complement of Ayrton Khamsin-S, Ayrton's latest compact profile fixture. Starlite has one of the largest inventories of AV, lighting and control equipment on the East Coast and services the broadcast, concert touring, corporate, performing arts and educational markets.
The fixture is the first Ayrton product that Starlite has purchased. “ACT Lighting (Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for in North America) demo’d the whole Ayrton line for us, and we evaluated the Khamsins in our shop for our rental inventory and use on our own productions,” comments president and CEO, Dean Danowitz.
“There was a fair amount of debate internally regarding which profile fixture we should invest in next,” notes Jason Danowitz, vice president of event technology. “Ultimately, we chose the Khamsin-S because it checked so many boxes for our touring and staging clients, including an 8:1 zoom (7o to 58o), 40,000-lumen output, CMY colour mixing plus fixed colours, variable CTO, two frosts, two rotating gobo wheels, prisms, an animation wheel, rotatable framing shutters and an iris. In addition, they’re flicker-free, which is essential for our clients with broadcast applications.”
The fixtures were dispatched on a broadcast project as soon as Starlite took delivery of them. “The minute they hit our docks, they were booked for a major televised awards show,” says Starlite’s rental manager, Matt Strickland. “The Khamsins will work for so many applications that they will never be here - which is ultimately m
UAE - Technical and staging solutions provider Protec has become the first company to order Claypaky’s new laser-source moving head Xtylos. Protec inked a deal to receive 350 units of the fixture and became the first AV equipment supplier in the Middle East to take delivery of Xtylos in September. The company has also added 48 of Claypaky Sharpy Plus fixtures to its inventory.
“We are very excited that Protec was the first in our world sales network to place the order at Prolight + Sound 2019 in Frankfurt where we launched Xtylos,” says Egor Popovski for Claypaky in the Middle East. “Protec is also the first in the Middle East to receive the shipment of these fixtures and has become the largest stockist of Xtylos in the Middle East region.”
Aaron Russ, head of Protec’s lighting department, adds: “Protec is always investing in the latest technologies, and Xtylos is the next innovation in lighting technology. Xtylos is more efficient from an energy point of view, but its real selling point is how its laser-sourced engine reproduces colour with such intensity and definition. We believe this offers something unique on the market and introduces a whole new world of creative lighting solutions for our clients.
He continues: “The Xtylos’s energy efficiency has a green appeal, which is something the events industry needs to continue to make improvements on, but the main attraction here is the fixture’s ability to maintain colour intensity and vivid brightness over a long distance compared to its predecessors and other market options. Xty
Denmark - The futuristic-looking Musikkens Hus in Aalborg is a cultural jewel in the crown of the fourth-largest city in Denmark, located in a prime position in the redeveloped quarter overlooking the Limfjord. It’s also recently invested in 14 Robe T1 Profile multipurpose LED moving lights, joining 12 Robe Pointes that were purchased three years ago.
Inside the building created on the site of an old power station and opened in March 2014, is a 1,300-seat concert hall, a 600-capacity recital hall, plus several studios and practice rooms utilised by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music. Additional tenants include Orchestra Norden, and two of Aalborg University’s fine arts divisions, the Institute of Music and the Danish Jazz Centre.
In addition to the 300-odd concerts and live performances staged annually, it hosts around 200 ‘commercial’ events.
Production director Peter Klokker Iversen and head of lighting Jonas Kjaerulff explained that the T1 Profile investment was specifically for providing front and key lighting for whatever action was happening onstage in the main hall.
Typically, Jonas will light around 20% of the rock shows staged at the venue (most will have their own LDs), plus all the classical, recital, theatre and corporates, so his skills must cover multiple genres.
Being a concert hall, they were extremely concerned about the noise and so silence was a crucial factor when deciding on which fixtures.
“With the reverb in the venue, there are those moments when we can literally hear t
The Netherlands - One of best-known event venues in The Netherlands has been recently transformed into an intimate restaurant with high-tech decor. Madame Jeanette is the successor of dinner show Pandora, which ended early this year.
It is an intense evening full of visual spectacle, where visitors dine in the middle of a vibrant story that is told in a visual, musical and culinary way. In recent months, Studio 21 has been completely rebuilt especially for this show, with the kitchen in the centre of the room and a high-tech decor in which the stage, the video and audio are in a 360° setting around the guests.
Dutch lighting, audio, and rigging company Chain was responsible for the technical production. Because of the complete round set up, the decision was made to use six circles in the decor. In the middle of the room a 6mtr FD34 circle was used for the centre video. On the outside, a 270° LED screen was hung on a HD44 circle of 40m. Visuals are presented during the show that sets the scene. In between the smallest and biggest circle four additional HD44 circles of 8, 20, 30 and 36m were added for rigging the lighting fixtures.
Paul Chamalaun of Chain comments: “The entire creative concept is based on an ‘in-the-round’ scenario. This is also the reason that for the spacing and shape of the lighting plan circles were used.
“In practice, you will find a lot in a ceiling like Studio 21's, from air conditioners to suspension points and other steel construction parts. Lennart Lindhout, our rigger, has fully mapped the s
Saudi Arabia - Laservision participated in this years’ celebration marking the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s 89th National Day. A range of activities and events took place from 19-23 September, including a massive international collaboration of events bringing in some of the biggest names in entertainment productions.
Alongside international music acts from the GCC region and Cirque du Soleil, Laservision was engaged to provide their projection-mapping expertise and technologies to the celebrations in Riyadh.
Laservision’s 7000sq.m projection show beamed onto the distinctive Samba Financial Group Headquarters in the heart of Financial Plaza. The 40-storey tower is the centrepiece of Riyadh’s new King Abdullah financial district and features an innovative three-dimensional diamond façade designed by Foster and Partners.
Since opening their MENA offices in 2016, Laservision has seen growth and demand for their creative services and entertainment technologies around the GCC area, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“The demand created from the implementation of ‘Vision 2030’ has been very positive for us,” comments CEO Shannon Brooks. “We are excited to keep creating world-class tourist attractions, special events and celebrations, as well as unique and artistic modern experiences around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As they continue to diversify and invest in their tourism economy we look forward to providing our innovative entertainment solutions.”
At the end of the five-day celebrations, it is estimated that the cu
USA - Home to the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Opera House (Lincoln Centre) in New York City has recently installed 70 Elation Professional Artiste Monet LED profile moving head luminaires with Donald Holder the first to use the new rig of award-winning lights on Porgy and Bess. Lighting supply was by 4Wall Entertainment.
The Met’s resident lighting designer, John Froelich, was instrumental in choosing the Artiste Monet and cited three main reasons for its choice. “The output of the LED source was very bright. The native colour of the LED engine was the most appealing to me. Most LED profiles that were tested had a slight green bias that was really hard to manage quickly from a creative standpoint. In a large, fast-paced repertory environment like ours it was such a great thing to find a source that was so artistically appealing.
“The SpectraColor system opens up a lot of possibilities from a creative standpoint. The ability to mix to super saturated colours without having to revert to the use of colour chips is really advantageous.
He continues, “The system also allows me access to subtle reds, blues and greens that are near impossible to mix with the primary Cyan, Magenta, Yellow mixing system. Having access to these types of colours without losing light output due to the heavy amount of coloured glass in the lens assembly is quite a game changer.
The Monet fixtures, along with a complement of Elation Chorus Line ST LED battens, have replaced the entire overhead lighting rig at the Met, everything from a standard tung
Italy - Lighting designer Francesco De Cave illuminated Italy’s Arena di Verona using his High End Systems Hog 4 console for the third consecutive RTL 102.5 Power Hits Estate concert. The event celebrated the top 50 songs played on Italian radio stations during the summer of 2019. The four-hour concert featured live performances from more than 20 artists including OneRepublic, Eros Ramazzotti, Mika and Lewis Capaldi.
The set design for the open air venue featured an uncovered stage designed to favour visibility for the audience of 15,000 people. De Cave was tasked with designing a visual spectacular for the venue which is best known for hosting large-scale opera performances.
"Fabio Marcantelli, artistic director for RTL 102.5, and owner Lorenzo Suraci expressly asked me to do something different than what you normally see in the arena by offering the public a powerful show full of light and video," says De Cave.
“They wanted a strong visual impact, a real ‘explosion of lights’,” he continues. “Without a cover and hanging points the risk was to place the usual motorized fixtures in the steps behind the stage, so I had to look for a more original solution."
The peculiarity of the installation led to 308 strobe lights being mapped as if they were a large LED screen capable of reproducing video content.
In addition to the experience and skill of De Cave, this was made possible thanks to the pixel mapping capabilities of the Hog 4 and Capture 2019 software. This combination allowed the LD to create a virtual, precise representati