Time for Robe and Holiday on Ice
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
robe-hiloday-on-ice-time-2017-hol111335182The Holiday on Ice Time show is currently touring Germany and France (photo: Louise Stickland)
Europe - The Holiday on Ice Time show is back on the road with a new creative team and a new look, with lighting and visuals designed by Jeffrey Goes from Amsterdam based creative design practice Live Legends - and a lighting rig featuring over 170 Robe moving lights.
Holiday on Ice producer Kiki Venhuizen and new executive producer Jay Smith contacted Live Legends when looking for a new integrated design that would encompass lighting and video visuals for the re-launch of Time (the original show name was Speed), which has been a big hit with audiences throughout Europe.
Live Legends’ work embraces all sectors and genres – concerts and live music events, TV and theatre productions, corporate and industrials, but this was their first ice show.
“Holiday on Ice was looking for a fresh approach,” said Jeffrey who has been using Robe products in his work for about four years, and it’s now one of the go-to lighting brands for him and others in the Live Legends’ design team.
Time’s set elements include a large inflatable which wraps around parts of the trussing mother grid, and also a moving bridge that runs up and down the ice, which were already in place when they came on-board, so lighting had to be positioned around and work with these.
The show includes a lively and diverse mix of music, from orchestral classics to vintage Frank Sinatra, musical blockbusters to rock ‘n’ roll and the latest pumping EDM tracks, all of it fluidly choreographed into a pacey collage of drama and style and movement.
Lighting and video needed to match the velocity and all the contrasts, so while there was lots of scope, it was also a real challenge. “We really needed to create a huge range of looks and atmospheres” says Jeffrey, “for which Robe BMFL Spots, Pointes and CycFX 8s were an ideal solution”.
The 71 x CycFX are arranged in clusters above the ice and all around the perimeter of the performance area at ground level, and are used to wash large areas of ice in blocks of intense colour. They work perfectly for a basic layer of ‘environmental lighting’ and they are also used as a light curtain during scene changes which is “highly effective” comments Jeffrey.
He observes that with the LED cells of the CycFX 8s being recessed neatly into the fixture, they don’t get into the eyes of the audience in the front row seats when in this floor based position.
The 46 x Pointes are dotted all around the overhead network of trussing - fitted into the spaces left by the inflatable - with some rigged on the bridge.
Fifty-four BMFL Spots were picked for their brightness, colours, gobos, speed and beam looks. “They can simply do so much … produce so many different effects,” he enthuses, adding that as with the Pointes, they needed fixtures that could do several jobs to cover the range of music and moods of the show segments.
There are over 1600 cues in the lighting desk which was programmed by Thomas de Vries and is run mainly to timecode from the music tracks, with a few manual cues.
Live Legends also created all Time’s video content which appears on a 17.5m wide by 4m high LED screen at one end of the ice. Rody van Gessel was the d3 server programmer, Ad de Haan art directed the video content and Joep Veldhuizen was the main content creator.
Lighting equipment is being supplied to the production by Bemmell, Netherlands, based rental specialist, Rent-All.
(Jim Evans)

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