First FORTES in Norway
The first Robe FORTES in Norway were delivered to Den National Scene (the National Theatre) in Bergen, one of the country’s oldest permanent theatres, where they joined Robe ESPRITES that were another recent investment.
Head of lighting Geir Hovland explained that these latest moving light investments are part of an ongoing process to ensure the theatre is equipped with the best and most appropriate technology to facilitate
its busy – and highly acclaimed – repertory schedule. The positive relationship with Robe – via distributor Norsk Sceneteknikk – began in 2017 when 25 x Robe’s DL7S Profile and 15 x DL7F Wash fixtures were purchased for their overhead rig, with which they were extremely happy.
When the ESPRITES arrived, the DL7S Profiles were moved to the FOH lighting array, allowing Geir and the team to change‐up the previous front lighting fixtures – from another manufacturer. The ESPRITES have replaced them on the over‐stage rig.
The FORTES were then specified as the end‐of‐pipe (over‐stage) fixtures, filling the positions with the longest throws. “We were delighted with the DL7s,” explained Geir, “so when it came to this update, we naturally looked at Robe as well as other options.”
With the ESPRITES in the building, FORTE was a perfect complement for the pipe‐end positions. “It’s bright, quiet and like ESPRITE has all the advantages of the TE – TRANSFERABLE ENGINE technology,” says Geir, adding that they made their decision on FORTES following a shoot‐out with one other product.
Unique to Robe, TE is a powerful, intelligent, and eco‐friendly lighting solution enabling diﬀerent engines – high powered, high CRI, ‘tungsten’ etc., – to be used in the same fixtures. They can be changed quickly and easily in 5 – 7 minutes!
“For us, TE technology will extend the general lifetime of the luminaire,” Geir confirmed.
The theatre additionally owns 25 x Robe LEDBeam 150s which are scattered around the place. “A great little light that’s useful for so many things,” declared Geir.
Photos © Louise Stickland