The beloved Mexican singers have an artistic career that spans over 35 years with millions of records sold and multiple national and international accolades to their credit. As friends, they joined together to create a show of their all-time greatest hits, “Two’r Amigos,” a performance that has now been touring for almost 6 years, breaking several attendance records along the way.
Both Emmanuel and Mijares achieved great popularity in the 80’s and 90’s with songs that are considered classics in Mexico and other countries in Latin America. Sharing the stage on this latest conceptual show, they alternate songs and come together to sing a number of duets.
Naturally, the show has been evolving since 2013 with musical arrangements and set lists changing, as well as the stage, video and lighting design. In fact, the show has been re-designed four times and this year returned to one of the most iconic venues in Mexico, Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, with a completely new look.
Having played at Auditorio Nacional more than 50 times over the years, most of them sold out, it was no surprise that the duo captivated the audience, with more than 10,000 fans singing along to their favorite ballads.
In order to give fans a unique experience for this renewed show, lighting designers Hector Valencia
and Axel Rebollo specified a large quantity of Elation Professional lights. “We decided to include
Elation fixtures due to the wide range of products they offer and the service provided by the
company,” commented Axel Rebollo.
“The output, colour and gobos of Elation moving heads have become my favourites for the show. Nowadays, Elation is the best option in the market.”
The rig consists of a variety of fixture types including 40 Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads, 24 ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panels, 18 Protron 3K Color strobes (watch), 20 SixBar 1000 and 12 DTW Bar 1000 LED battens, and 8 DTW Blinder 700 IP lights. The impactful design was completed using a backdrop of 792 AV2 LED video panels (198 m²) from Elation sister company ADJ.
The hybrid Platinum FLX moving heads functioned as the main beam and spot effect light, working from a long vertical line over stage, as well as from shorter left- and right-angled finger trusses.
More Platinum FLX fixtures at a downstage floor position both sides of the stage provided additional mid-air beam effects. The overhead Platinum FLX were joined by Protron 3K Color strobes with additional strobes placed along an upstage backline for colourful punches.
Lining the downstage edge were DTW Bar 1000 and SixBar 1000 battens, providing both coloured and white front light for the performers and set, while ACL 360 Matrix panels, positioned both high in the upstage rig and on the floor for sidelight, were used for various high intensity beam effects as well as eye candy.
Downstage audience blinder effects came courtesy of DTW Blinder 700 IP lights. Technical production and equipment for the show was provided by Producciones Premium LT, a recognized Mexican provider of lighting, audio, video and backline for big scale shows, as well as AlmaShow Producciones, specialists in artistic representation and event production.
Producciones Premium LT also used two Arkaos Stage Server media servers on the show. The “Two’r Amigos” tour has several more dates scheduled in Mexico the rest of the year.
Images by Carlos Alvar