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Vari*Lites assist to make Michael Jackson Immortal (Pix)

Post by Admin on Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:40 pm

Vari*Lites assist to make Michael Jackson Immortal
By Jands

12/11/13

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Lighting designer Martin Labrecque was tasked with designing a lighting rig for the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.

An electrifying production that combines Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

The brief for Martin Labrecque was to design a rig that provided a decent amount of front and side light, as sometimes the stage can have 49 people on it, and that could also compete with the extensive use of LED video screens.

Another challenge was weight allowance with the space above the performance area already crammed with video walls, scenic elements and acrobatic machinery.

Originally Labrecque planned to use all VL3500 Wash and VL3000 Spot fixtures but was advised that he needed to scale back considerably due to weight restrictions. Rather than cut back the amount of fixtures, he turned to some of Vari-Lite’s newer and lighter fixtures with 40 VLX LED Washes and 65 VL880 Spots now making up the majority of the overhead rig.

Eric Belanger, Lighting Board Op and touring Lighting Director explained they decided to go with the Vari-Lite fixtures because they were lighter. The VLXs wash the stage while ten of the smaller VLX3 Wash fixtures are located on the downstage edge of the band riser where their low angle and close proximity allow them to cut through the stage washes. The VLX additionally has a great zoom and colour mix.

The Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour was the first show ever to use the compact and economical VL880; Vari-Lite therefore had an army of technicians onsite for production rehearsals to ensure all went smoothly and to take onboard feedback from the Cirque lighting department.

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Stunning!
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Post by Admin on Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:09 pm

It is WATW! lol

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