The Deutsches Theater in Berlin is one of Germany’s foremost producing houses, highly acclaimed for its cutting‐edge work. In the last year, the venue has added 20 x Robe T1 Profiles which are available across its stages, a move specified and overseen by head of lighting Robert Grauel and his team including Linus Zahn who is the lighting systems tech and person in charge of new technologies. The Robe T1 Profiles were selected from a shortlist of three fixtures from different manufacturers explained Linus, who is part of a 35‐strong lighting department working across all the stages and rehearsal areas. Linus is an experienced programmer and operator in addition to being systems tech and is responsible for the theatre‐wide lighting networks and all their associated components. He is also one of the house pyrotechnicians and was instrumental in making the T1 Profile investment decision. Part of his responsibility involves keeping an eye on new and emerging technologies and arranging demonstrations thereof for the theatre and the lighting technical teams. When it came to looking for an LED Profile spot for Deutsches Theater, Linus and his colleagues examined the three main options – including the Robe luminaires – all of which were made available so they could be evaluated fully over a longer period. Critical factors compared included brightness, colour rendering, skin tonality and the accuracy of the shutter system. “All the requirements specific to theatre performance needed to be at ‘industry standard’ levels,” commented Linus. Other factors like the additive colour mixing then started giving the T1 Profile the edge. The theatre also needed a moving light that worked well with their existing stock of LED profiles and wash fixtures, and “the T1 Profile harmonizes perfectly” with these stated Linus, making the overall lighting rig even more flexible and adaptable.
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