Kurt Wagner frames Michael Bublé with Ayrton MagicDot-SX
Michael Bublé’s world tour, An Evening With Michael Bublé, is a huge production with an intense schedule, with 12 performances already taking place in just the first two weeks of the tour. The inaugural show opened at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Florida on 13 February 2019, from where it will travel to large arenas throughout North America, then on to Canada, Europe and Australia later. “The design style is very much to paint a picture with some dramatic set pieces and, mainly, static lighting. Our aim is to create a beautiful frame that presents Michael back to his audiences in a production that puts the accent firmly on his music,” said Lighting designer, Kurt Wagner, who has worked with Bublé for the past 14 years. Into the upper section of this wall Wagner has embedded 23 Ayrton MagicDot-SX fixtures. “The intent was to have some small lighting fixtures that could be built into the set and used to outline it and delineate its sweeping curves’” says Wagner.
“The MagicDots have proved the perfect unit for this and given me a lot of flexibility in creating different looks to frame Michael.” To extend the ‘frame’ further overhead, Wagner has added 18 more MagicDot-SX units in the upstage truss to increase the depth and add to the mid-air effects. “I am most impressed with the intensity of the MagicDot-SX which has a lot more punch than I expected, especially considering its diminutive size. The upstage lamps are trimmed at 48’ and the MagicDots still register well on stage. For the size of the fixture it is very, very impressive.” This is the first time Wagner has used Ayrton fixtures and his experience with MagicDot-SX has been very positive, having been introduced to them by his regular supplier, Christie Lites.