Vari-Lite VL10 Beamwash backs Bad Bunny
Wednesday, 8 June 2022
badbunny-pru-2022toddkaplanBad Bunny plays Denver (photo: Todd Kaplan)
USA - Grammy Award winning, Puerto Rican mega-star Bad Bunny kicked off his 36-date sell out El Último Tour Del Mundo 2022 from the Ball Arena, Denver in February. Featuring a show design as stylishly unconventional as the artist himself, lighting designer Alain Corthout, chose to deploy a battery of VL10 Beamwash luminaires from Vari-Lite.
“Bad Bunny takes an alternative approach to his live performance, so the show design had to be as outspoken as he is,” explains Corthout. “I was looking for a lighting workhorse that would offer the ultimate in creative versatility, while delivering consistent, high output light, even at the more saturated end of the spectrum. I also needed a versatile palette of effects. The VL10 Beamwash fixtures gave me all of this and more.”
Challenging the conventions of traditional show design, Corthout had to accommodate the fact that the solo artist was playing to huge audiences yet was often on stage alone. The only design guidance Corthout was given from Bad Bunny’s management was that the design was going to include a large truck. The result is a diverse show, staged in-the-round and centered on the massive truck which morphs, transformer-style, into a three-runway, LED video screen stage floor.
“With a large amount of high energy songs and very few ballads, we had to create enough variety in scale, mood, texture and looks to keep the audience focused and emotionally in touch with Bad Bunny,” says Corthout. “Above the stage - running parallel with the truck length - are eight framed, portrait format, video screens - four per side. Each screen can track, rotate, and vary in height. We framed the screens with VL10 Beamwash fixtures, which we focused on the stage and audience. I wanted to convey a sense of depth and architecture to the whole look but also to the images broadcast from the IMAG screens above the stage and in the social media photos that would be shared by the audiences.”
The overhead set up is further augmented by a floor package that comprises two parallel lines of sixty VL10 Beamwash luminaires, adding an additional animated layer to the strong architectural look. Latticed structure, vibrant colour, and chunky, super bright aerial beam effects are emphasized by plumes of pyro smoke, bringing a wealth of atmospheric looks to the arena.
“We wanted to create a party in the room, a celebration of Bad Bunny’s global success, his music and life itself,” adds Corthout. “The VL10 Beamwash has such a powerful output, which makes them ideal workhorse fixtures. I also use the VL10s as followspots on most of my shows these days. They are brighter than anything else on the market, especially when it comes to the richer, deeper colours.
“The animation wheel is also a big winner and again we lose very little light. The beam is a big statement in this show design, it is almost physical in its impact. There is nothing else that comes even close to the VL10.”

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