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Manfred Nikitser meets complex lighting challenges with GLP impression and FUSION fixtures


The Amadeus Austrian Music Awards were presented for the 23rd time recently. The ceremony took place in the historic Volkstheater in Vienna, which presented lighting designer Manfred Nikitser and his team with a number of technical lighting challenges.


FUSION X‐PAR 12 Z, impression S350, impression X5 and impression FR10 Bars from GLP helped them to do justice to the special features of the location and the staging itself. Nikitser, who has Amadeus experience both as a designer and as lighting director, was entrusted with the task of creating the lighting design for the awards ceremony and the numerous show acts for the second time in a row. Together with director Lukas Dudzik from betterimages, he also created the entire production design.


At this year’s show, 40 FUSION X‐PAR 12 Z played a key role in the concept, as they could be easily installed in all kinds of places with the help of pipes. The compact LED PARs are used both in the award area and in the hall on two levels, where they serve as creative ambient lighting and functional public lighting. The use of 12 GLP impression S350 Spot and two S350 Wash was due to the critical hanging point situation. Nikitser chose the spots as a front light for the audience: “Here I needed a spotlight that was as compact, light and elegant as possible because the lamps had to be visible in the camera image. I also wanted aperture sliders and a quality of light suitable for TV. I’m a fan of the S350 in general, and in this application, they hit the spot once again.”


The show stage itself was surrounded by a large LED banner. Among other items, 26 GLP impression X5 washlights provided the lighting. Finally, 18 JDC1 placed on the ground provided an additional layer of effects. In order to maintain dynamics between the show acts despite the limited space, the production team again used a moving platform or ‘flying carpet’ where 6 GLP impression FR10 Bars completed the optical array at its front edge.


Photo © Nikolaus Ostermann

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