Robe Fortes for Puy de Fou flagship show
Friday, 27 May 2022
robe-richelieu-musketeer-at-puy-de-fou-park-france-3-william-jezequelMousquetaire de Richelieu immerses visitors in a swashbuckling mid-17th century tale (photo: William Jezequel)
France - Twenty of Robe’s Forte moving lights are a key feature of a new lighting design by Maxime Chotard for Mousquetaire de Richelieu (Richelieu’s Musketeer), one of the flagship shows at Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in Les Epesses in the Pays de la Loire region of Western France.
These have now been joined by 22 x Robe Esprites which were chosen as a complement to Robe’s highest-powered LED moving light.
The show, staged in Le Grand Carrousel Hall, a 6,000sq.m equestrian theatre with seating for 3000, combines sword fights, poetic tirades, equestrian prowess, costumes, moving sets and spectacular special effects that immerse visitors in a swashbuckling mid-17th century tale that unfolds on a massive purpose-built stage. The 74m wide by 45m deep performance space is equipped with - among other things - the world’s largest stage curtain.
Maxime, who is site-wide head of lighting responsible for the whole park, recently oversaw a substantial lighting upgrade designed to bring a new “visual coherence” to the performance and to enable transition to more energy efficient light sources over the next three years, simultaneously reducing the show’s long-term operating costs and maintenance.
Maxime’s first criteria for adding any new lighting fixtures was that they must be high powered as well as an LED luminaire.
Since the first performance of Mousquetaire de Richelieu in 2006, the show has undergone numerous technical changes and lighting alterations, without ever being completely redesigned. "With this in mind, and with much more versatile and efficient LED luminaires coming to market, the task of updating the rig became all the more urgent," explains Maxime.
He and his team looked at several options, before choosing Forte and Esprite which were demonstrated on site by Vincent Bouquet from Robe France.
The Forte was chosen for its brightness and intensity, and for its refined colour mixing system
All the new fixtures are deployed high up in the sides of the set and along the back to allow the floor to be textured and fully covered with "checkerboard" effects and other impressive gobo treatments.
Additionally, some Robe BMFL Blades installed in a lighting refit in 2017 are still working hard on the show - which continues to be one of the most popular in the park.

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