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Andy Hinago and CHAUVET Professional add sparkle to the Kyoto Sushi Theater

The Kyoto Sushi Theater is a lively venue that serves up a culinary and artistic feast for its customers by providing delicious food choices and captivating theatrical performances. Creating a colorful and engaging backdrop for this dual experience is an Andy Hinago-designed lightshow that features a collection of CHAUVET Professional fixtures, supplied by PRG Japan. Given that the “theater side” of Kyoto Sushi Theater features not only traditional Kabuki, but also more modern, western-style Shingeki performances, Andy (who owns GOTTA, Inc.) placed an emphasis on versatility when putting together his rig for the venue. This led him to place the Maverick MK Pyxis at the top of his gear list. In addition to its Pyxis units, the theater rig features three Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures. “The Rogue R1 FX-Bs are very flexible and work well with the Pyxis, allowing me to create a wide variety of looks,” said Andy. “I have one FX-B placed horizontally in the front of the stage, and two hung vertically on either side. Being able to use the FX-Bs as a multiple sidelight allows me to cover five positions with one fixture, providing the impact of numerous fixtures, while taking up much less space.” A collection of 21 Maverick MK2 Profile and 21 Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures is also included in the rig. Andy selected these fixtures for their versatility and output. “The MK2 Profiles have a great zoom feature, which made them an ideal choice,” said Andy. “With an average distance of only 6’ between the lights and the actors, being able to create the type of focus needed is a necessity. The MK2s also have a great gobo selection, which allows me to get really creative and mix colors with just the right amount of lux output.

The MK2 Wash offers the same great color palette, at just the right size and output for what was needed.” For special effects, Andy added a Vesuvio II fogger to his rig. “This is a fantastic fixture,” said Hinago. “It can produce 40,000 cubic feet of fog per minute, with even, color-saturated coverage from its LEDs. It’s also versatile enough to create evocative atmospheres for both Kabuki and Shingeki performances.” Looking beyond the performance features of his rig’s fixtures, Hinago also selected them for their efficiency. “Having a limited amount of power dedicated to lighting, I knew LEDs were the best choice and would allow me to incorporate the number of fixtures I needed to maximize the design,” he said. “I also had to be cognizant of the space within the theater to place the For special effects, Andy added a Vesuvio II fogger to his rig. “This is a fantastic fixture,” said Hinago. “It can produce 40,000 cubic feet of fog per minute, with even, color-saturated coverage from its LEDs. It’s also versatile enough to create evocative atmospheres for both Kabuki and Shingeki performances.” Looking beyond the performance features of his rig’s fixtures, Hinago also selected them for their efficiency. “Having a limited amount of power dedicated to lighting, I knew LEDs were the best choice and would allow me to incorporate the number of fixtures I needed to maximize the design,” he said. “I also had to be cognizant of the space within the theater to place the fixtures, so their compact size was important.”

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