LD Iggy Rosenberg deploys 136 GLP impression X5 IP Bars for Karol G’s stadium shows
LD Ignacio (Iggy) Rosenberg has become another early adopter of GLP’s new impression X5 IP Bars, having successfully commandeered 136 units from PRG for Karol G’s recent 13‐date American stadium tour.
Part of a multidisciplinary design collective called Lightswitch, which specialises in visual design for live entertainment and architectural projects, the lighting designer first became involved with Karol G several years ago. “After two tours with her we were invited back to design the lighting on her Mañana Sera Bonito stadium tour,” he says, adding: “It helps I’m originally Argentine, so there is a language and cultural bridge that helps the design process and transfer of ideas.” Working with production designer Travis Shirley, Iggy Rosenberg confirms that the lighting design required a number of theme changes: “Karol really knows what she wants to see and how her show needs to propel her energy into the crowd. “There was a request for strobes – and we have a LOT of them, including [GLP] JDC1s in the audience. Aside from that I emphasised the architectural design of the stage, and there is a strong support of the story in the show, with two entire sections being limited to just a couple of shades of blue for one and pink for the other.”
The impression X5 IP Bars are all out in the open, lining a massive stage and runway thrust stretching around 120ft long, “so being IP‐rated was a must,” he says. “They serve a few purposes – we needed them to be bright and versatile to act as strobes as well as creating volumetric eﬀects.” They also provide more subtle eﬀects. “We have some beautiful slow peels done with them that are really great to watch,” states the LD.
Turning to the original impression X4 plaform, he has been using 60 of the compact impression X4 S on the band risers. “We also have about 60 JDC1 hanging in vertical trussing on the delay towers. I tend to design thinking people attend an event, not necessarily just go see a show, and Karol also wanted the audience to have the show around them, so the people all the way in the back of the venue get their own light show and Karol gets to see everyone when they’re lit up. It was a way of taking the intimacy of smaller shows and scaling it up to this size. The show was programmed by PJ Carruth and Josh Lowenstein. Alejandro ‘Ado’ Arias is Karol G’s production manager and Roly Garbalosa is the production manager of the stage crew.
The decision to specify the impression X5 IP Bars has paid huge dividends for Iggy Rosenberg, he concludes: “They have been easy to work with and programme, and it’s really a credit to GLP for understanding how programmers and designers work. We pre‐vized using Depence and they were very accurate in that environment as well. “The X5 IP Bars are in a whole new class and I see ourselves using them more often for shows like these.”
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