Robe Hits Doll Domination

Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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The Pussycat Dolls hit Australian shores mid May stirring up a bang with their Worldwide tour – Doll Domination, supported by Lady GaGa. Touring production services were by Bytecraft Entertainment and Robe fixtures supplied by Clifton Productions.

LD Scott Warner exclusively used a full Robe rig including fixtures from the new Digital Series for the Pussycat Dolls “Doll Domination” tour, a Robe spec for the entire world tour. He added 28 REDWash 3•192 LED wash lights to the design. The rig also included 60 Robe ColorSpot and ColorWash 2500E ATs.

Warner first used Robe fixtures on a PCD show in St Petersburg, Russia last year. The performance, brightness and features impressed him so much that Robe has now become his moving light of choice. The PCD performance is a highly visual, all-action extravaganza encompassing the genres of pop, hip-hop and cabaret, for which Warner’s light show needed to cover the wide range of lighting requirements. His creative scope has to cover all avenues and keep the new looks coming and the excitement and anticipation pumping right to the final chords. He achieves all this with a relatively expediently sized rig in terms of fixtures.

“The 2500s are fantastic,” says Warner, as the core elements of his design, “They’re proving really reliable, very bright and offer all the flexibility I need”. The lights are distributed all across the rig. This features an innovative trussing design based on 4 Octopods – two static underneath the front truss and two moving ones over-stage left and right, plus a 4.5 metre circular truss stage centre, and a smaller semi circular truss. In the upstage left and right corners are two 20ft runs of SwingWing truss, flown diagonally and there’s also a back truss running the full width of the stage.

On the floor are 6 REDWashes used as footlights across the front of the stage and 4 ColorSpot 2500E ATs in ‘shin-buster’ positions stage left and right. The idea was to keep the floor clear as possible of lights and accentuate the clean lines of the set, a co-design between Warner and production manager Bryan “Froggy” Cross.

Warner uses the REDWashes to cover the stage and set with numerous lush and striking colours. He comments, “They are really brilliant units! The coverage and the colour range are both amazing, and they also have a proper white which is very useful”. Warner adds that the technical service and support from Robe in Australia and worldwide is “Excellent” and also feels they really have their fingers on the pulse in developing digital lighting technologies for the future.

Robe’s REDWash 3•192 is the first in a series of new moving head wash lights based on RED (Robe Emitted Diode) technology. The fixture features 192 Luxeon Rebel LEDs and provides a rectangular light field with manual control of beam spreads. Supplied with a 25º “egg crate” lens module, with 15º, 45º, and 15ºx45º options also available, the unit’s LEDs are tightly arranged for optimized homogeneous colour distribution and uniform shadow behaviour.

Clifton Productions are the first in Australia to purchase the new technology featured in the Robe REDWash 3•192. Managing Director Cuono Biviano says “It’s great to see such enthusiastic early adoption of the new technology so quickly and a thrill to see Australia’s first tour using the REDWash technology. It’s also great to see two industry leaders working together on such a high profile world tour to produce a first class production.”

Warner concludes to say “The REDWash 3•192 is a fixture I will definitely be adding to all my future designs. Its bright, fast, has fabulous rich colours, is compact and highly reliable – true to Robe’s form. This is my new favourite light, hands down!”