Ayrton Cobra raises its head in Athens as “Desmond Child Rocks the Parthenon”
The "Desmond Child Rocks the Parthenon” show took place in front of a 5000‐strong audience at the historic Roman amphitheatre of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens.
Lighting designer George Tellos and his team from Lighting Art in Athens had the pleasure of creating the lighting design for this incredible evening of rock music that celebrated the songs of the legendary Desmond Child. “All the songs in the show are legendary and incredibly well‐loved by the audience,” says Tellos. “We had many discussions at the oﬃce about how we would approach the concept.”
Because the Open Air Ancient Theatre has no rigging options other than nine fixed up stage positions in the arches, Tellos and his team decided to place all the lighting fixtures on the floor. “We deployed and used them to give shape to the stage and define its basic elements, such as the semi‐circular outline and the raked entrance ramp. We also focused as much as possible on the architecture of the Odeon by lighting the arches and columns,” he explains. “The Amphitheatre stage is visible from every angle and the stage floor worked as a canvas for us to paint on. We wanted to find a new technology that could work harmoniously with the surroundings of an ancient theatre ‐ a fixture whose beam was completely controllable and diﬀerent from what we are used to. At that point, Ayrton had just announced its new moving light, Cobra, a remarkable laser‐sourced IP65 rated fixture. As soon as we saw it, we were immediately convinced that this was the right tool that would fit our canvas.”
Tellos used 12 of the new Cobra fixtures to light the main entrance of the artists on the raked catwalk stage. “The clear, bright and tight beam of Cobra’s laser engine was just stunning,” he says. “We placed 20 Eurus Profile S around the edge of the semi‐circular stage which created an amazing outline, either as aerial beams or as floor ‘enhanced footlights’. This was especially eﬀective for Alice’s Coopers Poison when we created a dynamic ring of fire outlined with the Eurus Profile S – it was a perfect fit for that moment!