Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts brings Ayrton Khamsin‐S to Turandot revival

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When Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) hosted a revival of the German/ Taiwanese co‐production of Puccini’s Turandot earlier this year, Mr Chien‐hao Kuo, lighting designer and head of lighting, boldly chose to replace all the discharge moving lights of the original design with LED fixtures. He carefully selected 26 Ayrton Khamsin‐S profiles which were supplied to the venue from its rental stock by Hispot Workshop of Taipei, Taiwan, a company which has been dedicated to theatre design and equipment rental for over twenty‐six years. Mr Kuo’s choice was a considered one as he had used Ayrton Khamsin‐S on several operas in the past and knew them to be both powerful and quiet. “Because opera singers perform without amplified sound, I was focused on methods of reducing the background noise in the theatre,” he explains. “Moving lights with discharge sources are notorious for having fans, the noise of which causes disturbance in this kind of performance.” An LED source was therefore the way to go, but without compromise on performance or versatility. “I knew from experience that the Khamsin‐S is a very versatile fixture: it is fully equipped with everything you need, whether used as a spot or a wash, and has great gobo projection,” says Mr Kuo. “I knew that, as long as I had all Ayrton Khamsin units hung on all the grids, I would never have to worry about anything the director requested during tech time! Ayrton Khamsin‐S can reproduce any picture in my imagination very rapidly, and I can even use its graphic animation effect wheel to simulate various video effects.” Ayrton Khamsin‐S played a pivotal role at the heart of Mr Kuo’s design by creating leading image effects and using the gobo flow to match the media content. “I kept the fixtures busy in colour changing, gobo rotating and graphic animation,” he says. “All functions were set to work for hours, and we never had to reset the system when the show was in process.”

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