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
USA - Award winning lighting designer Ken Posner’s palette for the burlesque world of Beetlejuice on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre included 29 Solaris Flare Rayzr fixtures, earning him a Tony Award nomination for his design. The hit stage adaptation of the 1988 Tim Burton film opened in April this year and continues open ended.
“We use the Rayzrs primarily as a colour wash and toner idea for the Beetlejuice house unit,” explains Posner. “Their small size and versatility made them an ideal choice. They work in very tight spaces, where other fixtures simply couldn’t fit. Their very bright colour rendering is just incredible. A total game changer.”
The show’s associate LD, Anthony Pearson, adds, “I found the Rayzrs while sourcing compact fixtures for Disney’s Frozen. I love the high brightness from such a small form factor, allowing us to hide them where other lights just wouldn’t fit. The Rayzrs’ extreme brightness also allows us to use them as strobe fixtures as well as strip lights in all the windows, saving us from having to hang a second strobe system for lightning effects, etc. We’re using 17 of the 100 cm, and 12 of the 50 cm models.”
Lighting equipment for the production is provided by PRG.
USA - The latest incantation of Deep Purple are out on The Long Goodbye Tour with a lighting system supplied by Bandit Lites. The five-member group is promoting its 2017 album InFinite in addition to performing classics from their 51-year catalogue including Smoke on the Water, Highway Star and Speed King.
“I first met Lothar Strunk and Louis Ball when they co-headlined with Alice Cooper in 2017,” said Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden. “Both Louis and Lothar visited our programming facility to kick off that tour. Lothar contacted me in early spring of this year to begin talk of the Deep Purple tour and to book our programming facility for Louis. We hung the system and Lothar brought in video so Louis could have the week to prepare the system and Lothar could work out production logistics.”
Venues for the tour vary from arenas to theatres, requiring Deep Purple’s long-time lighting designer Ball to devise a design that would be suitable no matter the circumstance. With the performance spaces differing from show to show, Ball was unable to have a singular wall of LED video panels, and instead opted for three individual screens. Seventy feet of festoon lights adorn the truss to give the appearance of an outdoor festival.
Bandit Lites provided over one hundred feet of its GoGo truss as well as Martin MAC Viper Profiles, Martin MAC Auras, Chroma Q Color Force 48 and 2 Lite Fixture Inlines with a Whole Hog IV for control.
“I use the Vipers to do most of the big looks with the Auras laying the colour
UK - Blackpool Illuminations was first held in 1879. Stretching for six miles along the resort town’s Promenade, Blackpool Illuminations bathes the esplanade in light from over a million bulbs while interactive installations explore the concept of light as art.
4Wall Entertainment contributed to this year's event by transforming the city’s Theatre D'Amour into an experimental art installation that incorporated effects from Elation Artiste Monet LED moving head luminaires. Called the 4Wall Theatre of Light, the installation features a 12-minute light show that runs four or five times an hour and continues throughout the festival’s 30 August to 3 November run.
Blackpool Illuminations manager Richard Williams and 4Wall UK’s Simon Stuart developed the concept with Theatre D'Amour designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to bring modern technology into the theatre, a vision that involved the use of state-of-the-art lighting. “We wanted a high brightness LED fixture that would cut through the ambient level of light generated by Blackpool illuminations on the seafront,” stated Stuart, who has attended The Illuminations dozens of times. “Many units were evaluated and we found the Elation Artiste Monet to be the perfect fixture with an incredible amount of features that enhance the production.”
A recent PLASA innovation award winner, four floor-positioned Artiste Monet fixtures are used in the installation, working as part of a wider lighting and video package that includes LED beam lights, strobe/flood lights and moving LED video panels. “The bea
The Netherlands - The Festival de Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Festival) is recognised internationally as a leading event for dance in the Netherlands and 20 ETC Source Four LED Series 2 luminaires were used to light the performances during the festival this October.
The six-day event invites dance companies from all over the country with styles varying from ballet to urban, avant-garde to modern dance and performance art. It welcomes a national and international audience and also presents its own productions including Bloedbanden, dansMuseum and Club Tweak.
Theater aan het Vriithof, based in the south east city of Maastricht, hosts performances such as the National Ballet as well as a youth dance day that caters for all ages and audiences throughout the festival.
The venue traditionally used 10 booms with conventional tungsten profiles as side lights but the technical team at the Dutch Dance Festival found the frequent changes of colours particularly challenging for so many shows. For the 2019 edition of the festival, they wanted to replace these profiles with ETC LED fixtures.
“Our wish for the 2019 edition of the festival was to replace the traditional profiles with LED fixtures. It would save time and give all the Dutch dance companies the opportunity to work with the newest technology which we were able to achieve with ETC,” says Marijcke Voorsluijs, technical director of the Festival de Nederlandse Dansdagen.
When testing each side light boom using two ETC Source Four LED Series 2 profiles and one traditional par can, the
Belgium - Group-PDA, which provides sound, video and lighting rentals for the events industry, has become the first company in Belgium to acquire Claypaky Mini-B LED beam fixtures. Group-PDA purchased the Mini-Bs from AED Distribution.
The Mini-B is the smallest LED beam light ever made by Claypaky for the professional market. It weighs in at just 7Kg and measures only 34cm but the Mini-B features the most advanced, modern optical and electronic technology.
Group-PDA quickly put its new Mini-Bs to work on an elegant 90th anniversary party for H.Essers, a logistics service provider headquartered in Genk, Belgium. Group-PDA provided eight Mini-Bs, 18 Claypaky Sharpys and eight Claypaky Alpha Spot HPE 300s for the stage in an old factory venue, which was outfitted for a gala sit-down dinner and evening of entertainment and dancing.
Positioned above the stage to light the dynamic musical performances, the Claypaky fixtures “gave us the light output and brilliant colours we could not get with other instruments,” says Peter Smeets, CEO of Group-PDA.
Portugal - A High End Systems Hog 4 lighting console was already declared a winner while contestants battled it out on Portugal’s Game of Games TV show.
Lighting designers Marco Silva and Ricardo Maia and lighting director Miguel Valerio shared duties on the Hog 4 with the first taping of a premiere season of Jogo De Todos Os Jogos for Warner Bros. Portugal. Based on the American version of Ellen’s Game of Games, the show is taped at the Valentim de Carvalho’s Studio 3 in Lisbon, and premiered 12 October on nationwide TV.
Silva chose the Hog console as he’s been using the platform since 2000. “I love it.” he declares. “Hog 4 is an easy and fast console to program. Just think: Source, Mask, Action, Destination.”
Each game had a customized logo, which was displayed on the LED screens. “That was our guidance in terms of colour. We recorded a total of 15 games this season, each with its own look and colour, together with lighting triggers that each game required, whether it was a red for a wrong answer or a green for right,” Silva explains.
“We had 600 channels of RGB ribbon on the set framing each window on the doors,” he continues. “We played a lot with the Hog 4 console’s pixel mapper, using pixel layers combined with the effects engine. The plot view allow us to lay out an LED product’s RGB strobe cells - which we were using in 68-channel mode - together with the 18 High End Systems Shapeshifters, and play with them using effects and pixel layers for those necessary bumps and whistles typical
UK - Technical production specialist Adlib supplied lighting for two arenas at Creamfields 2019 and audio to four arenas, plus lighting and sound for the hospitality zone.
Creamfields attracts 70,000 dance fans each day for three days with a DJ line-up representing the diversity of dance culture and sounds. Merseyside-based Adlib worked directly for creative production specialist LarMac LIVE and their team led by Ian Greenway.
The logistics and planning of the lighting side of this highly detailed project were coordinated and project managed by Adlib’s Jordan Willis. The designs for arenas CF07 and CF09, for which Adlib supplied the full lighting packages, were created by Ian Tomlinson from High Scream.
A curved layered structure clad with LED video panels set the aesthetic tone for CF05, making a complete curve but with some strategic gaps left in between the LED where lighting could be secured to the scaffolding superstructure.
Adlib added 20 x Martin MAC Aura XB LED wash moving lights, 20 x Claypaky Axcor Beam 300s, 60 x Chauvet COLORdash PARS and 12 x CP Stormy LED strobes for blasts and accents. All of these were attached to the structure to keep the stage completely clean and clear. Control was a grandMA light and Adlib’s techs were Dave Smith and Ash Dawson, also both operating, supported by technician Peter Lea.
CF07’s lighting design was based around a combination of flown elements and a substantial ground support over the stage, installed by Prism.
Four raked finger trusses provided ‘roof cover’ for lighting a