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Robe makes great moves for World Gymnaestrada

Production and rental company For Live supplied lighting for multiple stages across five halls of Amsterdam’s RAI for the 2023 World Gymnaestrada organised by TIG Sports, with all‐Robe moving lighting rigs installed in Halls 11 and 12 which were also utilised for special shows.

Spectacular lighting for these shows was designed by Henk‐Janvan Beek from Netherlands‐based design studio, Light‐H‐Art. For Live took the opportunity to invest in 24 new Robe ESPRITES for the project that was

organised and produced by their client, Tig Sports. This purchase followed hot on the heels of another involving Robe FORTE fixtures, so 2023 has already seen their Robe inventory jump in numbers!

Lighting fixtures were distributed across five trusses running lengthways over Hall 12’s central area, with another two flown above the front blocks of seating on the long side, plus two more trusses flown at 90 degrees to these, to cover the short side of the arena – also above the first seating blocks closest to the arena floor. A ring of LED PARs snaked around the outer roof perimeter.

The 24 x ESPRITES were distributed around the four ‘front’ trusses, and from these positions provided front, back and side light onto the arena. Sixty LEDBeam 350s dotted along all the seven lengthways trusses were used for layering on colour, washing and assorted effects.

Four ESPRITES were running on a remote follow spot system. Being available like this on the overhead rig ensured that the light spillage was contained, and the angles stayed tight, accurate and elegant.

The power and punch of the 35 x FORTES on the five centre trusses was mainly used for throwing top, back and front light onto all the performance acts.

He also thinks FORTES are a great combination with ESPRITES and LEDBeam 350s.

The Light‐H‐Art team used a grandMA3 full‐size console for programming and running the lights for the three gala shows in Hall 12 and joining him on the Light‐H‐Art FOH team were two excellent operators, Joost Wijgers and Sebastiaan van der Laan. Prior to getting on site at the RAI, they all undertook 5 days of pre‐viz in the Light‐ H‐Art studios using Capture.


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