Not too much TV for Robe
“There’s No Such Thing as Too Much TV” proclaimed Belgium TV channel SBS at the launch party for their upcoming season’s programming staged at the Docks Arena event space in Brussels. Thomas Boets of LDP was the lighting, set and production designer, and he specified over 120 assorted Robe moving lights for the occasion – which included Tarrantulas, LEDBeam 150s and BMFL Blades. Lighting, staging, trussing & rigging plus audio was supplied by rental specialist L&L Stage Services. Working with an SBS ‘think tank’ the basic video and staging design evolved first, resulting in a spectacular 270-degree video / projection look, with a 10- metre-wide 16:9 format screen at the main end of the room.
Three long runs of black split-thread curtain drop ran around behind the main screen and along the two long sides of the room. Up above the screen itself, Thomas chose 46 x Robe LEDBeam 150s which were alternated with 46 x Robe CityFlex 48s. The 10 x BMFL WashBeams were his principal key lighting for the four individual stages, together with eight BMFL Blades. The Tarrantulas were in a line behind the curtains, so when these opened there could be a dramatical blast of ‘celestial’ light from behind, created by using the Tarrantula’s centre rose combined with different colours. Thomas brought in his long term programmer and collaborator Frederik Heerinckx to work on the grandMA2 console, and with over 600 cues on the console, this was an intense task!