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Brand new Amare project invests in Robe T Series

The brand‐new Amare building is an arts, culture, and educational hub on the Spui in Den Haag, the Netherlands. Built on the footprint of the old Lucent Danstheater, Amare is a new centre for excellence and houses the Dance and Music Center, The Hague Foundation, the Residentie Orkest, the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and the Royal Conservatoire.

Offering a 1500‐capacity concert Hall (2500 standing) and a 1300‐seater Theatre plus two other performance halls and extensive rehearsal facilities, it was a big deal to get over 100 Robe moving lights specified for the project. These are a mix of 86 x T1 Profiles and 30 x T2 Profiles plus 60 x ParFects all supplied by Robe’s Benelux distributor Controllux and installed in the two primary venues and their main black box space.

Arjen Bijtelaar is the venue’s stage manager specialising in lighting explained that the original tender was for profile LED luminaires offering full white and multicoloured colour control. The venue already had a good experience with Robe as one of the first in the country to invest in the DL7 series in 2016. The requirement was for lighting that would assist both the Concert Hall and the stage, all genres of dance, plus theatre and concerts.

Of the 30 x T2s, eight are on used for the Concert Hall FOH, with four on one of the upstage bars, and the remaining 18 fixtures are in the Theatre, at FOH and in some of the side positions. The additional power of the T2 Profile made it perfect for the job and the 30‐ metre throw from the FOH positions to the stage.

The extra intensity of the T2 Profile allows them to light beautifully right to the back of the Concert Hall stage which is around 40 metres from the source. “We are very lucky to get the additional investment,” commented Arjen, adding that having these fixtures in place saves a lot of discussion they might have had in previous times with visiting companies about intensities!

The T1s originally intended for the Concert Hall’s FOH bridges are deployed in other positions around the venue, mostly on the advance bar with some in the side balcony positions, with the four other T2s replacing the previous FOH positions. The remaining 18 x T2 Profiles are in the Theatre. Arjen and Amare lighting technician Mathijs Grool are delighted with the fixtures as are all the guest LDs who have so far visited with their various shows.

Photos © Louise Stickland


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