With a centrepiece created by five large moving 10mm mesh LED screens, plus a nine-metre runway descending from the ceiling, lighting designer Victorien Cayzeele says he needed to be especially creative with the Phoenix tour by Saïd M’Roumbaba, better known as Soprano.
As the roof space at venues including Le Musikhall (cap. 5,000) in Rennes, Montpelllier‘s Zenith Sud (6,300) and Paris La Defense Arena (40,000) was filled with tracking trolleys and motors, Cayzeele positioned three five metre lighting trusses either side of stage for the main lighting positions.
“I knew early on that I needed small, compact, neat fixtures that gave maximum flexibility for the size,” he says, choosing 150 moving lights by Czech Republic-based manufacturer Robe.
These comprised 55 Spiider LED wash beams, 14 BMFL Blades, 56 LEDBeam 150s, 26 MegaPointes and four BMFL Spots. Twenty-four of the Spiiders were mounted on the side trusses, while some of the LEDBeam 150s were integrated into the video wall, alongside strobes and moving battens.
The four BMFL follow spots are controlled via three RoboSpot BaseStations located side stage. “I love these for the discreet and dynamic spotting opportunities, says Cayzeele. “It’s vital to control the physical size of the spot as tightly as possible, especially when there’s a large LED wall onstage, you can’t have light bleeding out around him. Utilising a RoboSpot system gives me this option to literally pinpoint the artistes, backing singers and any guests precisely.”