Ayrton MagicPanel-602 in the frame for Shania Twain
Queen of Country pop, Shania Twain, is hitting the road with her fast, exciting and everchanging stage show. The constant motion and changing looks on stage are aided and abetted by Ayrton’s MagicPanel™-602 fixtures. Creative director and lighting designer Rob Sinclair, and lighting director Michael Straun were very specific in what they needed to achieve the stunning visuals for this show which are based around five large, automated LED video cubes with dancer platforms placed on top. In total, Sinclair used 100 MagicPanel- 602 fixtures, cleverly and creatively setting them into five overhead pods each with 20 units arranged in a 5 x 4 configuration. The pods fit perfectly with the LED cubes, hanging behind and above each of them on automated winches. When asked how the fixtures toured, Straun confirmed they made set up and break down a much faster process: “The pods have the MagicPanels built into them. So, for freighting, they land on carts, split in half and roll into the truck. This means we are getting a lot of lights in the rig very efficiently and quickly and as long as they remain mounted straight, they are good at keeping their focus, so I don’t have to update any of their positions day to day.” Sinclair and Straun are joined on the Shania Now tour by production manager Joel Eriksson, lighting programmer Andre Petrus and crew chief Mike Hosp. The Ayrton MagicPanel-602 fixtures were supplied for the US leg of the tour by lead lighting supplier Upstaging Inc, with Neg Earth Lights looking after the UK and PRG supplementing requirements in Australia.