Spikies & BMFL Blades keep it clean for Soprano
Monday, 17 July 2017
robe-sopranoThe tour is scheduled to continue through 2017 (photo: Jonathan Grimeaux)
Europe - French Rapper Soprano – known for his hard-hitting but expletive-free lyrics as much as his massive popularity – recently toured with a new show and lighting design created by Victorien Cayzeele from All Access Design (AAD).
He specified Robe Spikies and BMFL Blades, which were supplied from leading French rental company, Dushow.
Victorien wanted a clean but edgy look for the lighting, which was also optimised for high trim heights, which is one reason the BMFL Blades were chosen. He also liked the idea of uniting Robe’s brightest moving lights with one of its smallest in size of the current range.
The stunning set design by Julien Mairesse resembled a large mountain range - riffing on the title of Soprano’s 2016 album L'Everest - which had video mapped onto it from four high-powered projectors throughout the show.
Twelve of the 20 BMFL Blades were rigged on four sections of truss above the stage, including two sloping downwards to frame the mountain range, with the other six on the front truss where they were used for key lighting the artist and his backing singers – brothers Zack and Diego. The final two were on the floor at the downstage edges to provide powerful cross light.
The 28 Spikies were positioned on a moving triangular truss section above a B-Stage, 10 metres in front of the main stage, accessed by an 8m long catwalk. Twelve Spikies were flown on the triangle, with the other 16 placed around the floor of the B-stage area where they produced excellent cage-like effects and blasted beams into the audience and back onto the stage illuminating the mountains.
The Flower effect was used for some specials – it was great ‘surprise’ value and a feature also installed in the new Spiider wash beam fixture.
(Jim Evans)

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