Robe for stunning Jesus Christ Superstar production
Photo © Louise Stickland Coinciding with Denmark’s “Freedom Day” – the lifting of all the current coronavirus restrictions – in September, an innovative and popular production of Jesus Christ Superstar featuring the Danish Chamber Orchestra was staged at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, complete with a spectacular lighting and stage design by Sune Verdier. The lighting included an all Robe moving light rig comprising nearly 150 luminaires – supplied together with audio equipment by Copenhagen‐based European Tour Production (ETP). With no video the pressure was on the lighting as the main visual embellishment to enhance all the emotion, drama and thought provocation of the piece, plus highlighting a string of rousing musical numbers. “Sune started – rock ‘n’ roll style – with an arc of vertical lighting towers around back of the stage and on top of these were the 16 x Robe MegaPointes. Sune started – rock ‘n’ roll style – with an arc of vertical lighting towers around back of the stage and on top of these were the 16 x Robe MegaPointes. The 25 x ESPRITES ‐ a recent purchase for ETP ‐ were rigged as ‘primary profiles’ on the spine truss immediately above the catwalk and used throughout the show for a mix of gobo and colour eﬀects as well as in two pre‐rigged trussing sections were flown in the optimal front array positions – fashion show style. Sune programmed and operated the lighting himself using a grandMA3 console. The 31 x Spiiders were chosen for his washes.