Lighting and art director Alexandre LeBrun chose to forgo extensive overhead lights for rapper Nekfeu’s tour, opting instead for horizontal lighting at stage level, creating a wall of light, which he says could be set up quickly and reliably.
Seeking a strong fixture versatile enough for an “energetic” one hour show at events such as Lollapalooza Paris (cap. 110,000), Arras’s Main Square Festival (30,000) and a concert at Zenith de Nancy (6,000), he chose the Smarty Hybrid by Elation, recommended by Paris-based production company Dushow.
“It was a simple yet radical design,” says LeBrun. “The idea was to forget about the light from the top. I wanted to create a panoramic, low level design, using it only on the stage. We needed a powerful lighting fixture, but not too big and heavy.
“I instantly thought the Smarty was the right fixture for the project. It allowed many more possibilities than a wash, being powerful, small and light. And it had never been used before.”
LeBrun used 120 of the fixtures in the design, placing them in six 2.8m x 2.65m frames, 20 per frame, with three frames arranged in a diagonal on each side of the stage. The frames were mounted on rollers for easy on- and off-stage positioning and transport.
“Hybrid is a good name for it,” LeBrun says of the light. “The prisms are visually interesting when you play with the lens and the motorized zoom is great for very different looks.”