“This is a hybrid between a very theatrically-lit show and a punchy rock and roll show,” says Halpin. “The fixtures chosen needed to be able to live between those two worlds. We were specifically looking for a fixture that could cut through the brightness of the LED screen and act as a powerful rear side-light to dramatically draw attention to the action.”
The VL6000 Beam fixtures are grouped together on two giant, actuated arms that hang over the stage. “We tightly clustered the fixtures in groups of three to give them a unique personality in the context of the rest of the lighting rig,” says Halpin.
Halpin and associate lighting designer Eric Marchwinski were drawn to the VL6000 Beam not only for its specific “helicopter searchlight” effect, but also for the versatility and brightness which would give them design options throughout the show. “They are powerful enough to cut through the immense amount of light generated from the LED screen, which is a big help when trying to draw attention to people or props on stage,” says Halpin, adding, “The power and the optics of the VL6000 are among the best in the rig… I hope to use more of them in the future.”
Martin Palmer, Philips Vari-Lite Product Manager for Signify, says, “This is another great application for the unique looks and power of the VL6000 Beam. It has the output to register against the brightest backgrounds, the flexibility to serve a variety of design requirements and the physical presence to look great as part of any rock and roll set design.”
Signify became the new company name of Philips Lighting as of May 16, 2018. The legal name of Signify will be adopted across all global markets in the course of 2018-2019.
Signify’s Entertainment Lighting Group comprises the Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon brands, as well as the Philips Showline range of LED stage luminaires.