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Stuttgart. Ein Traum is Mad for iSpiiders

Robe’s waterproof iSpiiders wash beam LED moving lights provided a perfect solution for the recent production of “Stuttgart. EinTraum” (Stuttgart. A Dream), created in a collaboration between Stuttgart Staatsgalerie, the Schauspielbühnen Theatre.

Lighting and audio rental company Mad Music supplied the lighting and sound for the production with company owner Mathias Bremgärtner and project manager Peter Wormstädt working in close conjunction with the Schauspiel’s technical director, Stefan Hauschke. The iSpiiders were part of a purchase by Mad Music initially for this show, and now for general rental stock.

They decided that for the main performance lighting, the entire amphitheatre should be washed with good quality lumens that could also be adjusted subtly as the natural light faded into darkness. Some of the architectural details, sculptures and art pieces around the Rotunda could then be detailed with smaller wireless LED fixtures.

For aesthetics, covering lights with domes was out, so water‐resilience became an essential tick‐box.

Finally, to minimise cabling, they took advantage of the iSpiider’s inbuilt Lumen Radio wireless DMX transmitter to run on a wirelessdata network. Together with the battery powered wireless LED lights and an MA Dot2 for control, it was a very viable and practical lighting rig. Eight iSpiiders in total were used on “Stuttgart. Ein Traum”, out of the 16 units purchased by Mad Music from Robe Germany.

Mad Music has other Robe fixtures in rental stock including BMFLs and Spikies plus the LEDWash 600s, the first ones purchased 10 years ago and still working well! As these have worked so constantly, they were again reassured that the robust and water‐resistant iSpiider would be a solid investment.

Mathias thinks IP‐rated fixtures like iSpiiders are an “ultimately useful” type of luminaire. These can also be used to illuminate building facades and other areas, so they will potentially lead to further work as “outside events and activities are definitely here to stay for the immediate future!”

Photos © Louise Stickland

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