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Centre stage elegance for Bublé

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Production News
May 1, 2019

Big band elegance was the brief for designer Stufish when it was asked to create a set for Michael Bublé, according to Kurt Wagner, his show and lighting designer.

A stage featuring a series of screens behind an elliptical orchestra stand placed the Canadian singer at the heart of the spectacle.

“It’s all aimed to focus on the man and his music,” says Wagner. “The design style paints a picture with some dramatic set pieces and, mainly, static lighting. Our aim is to create a beautiful frame that presents Michael in a production that puts the accent firmly on his music.”

Wagner used 23 MagicDot-SX fixtures by manufacturer Ayrton which, he says, outlines the set and delineates its curves, for a production which visits venues including America’s Madison Square Garden (cap. 20,000) in New York, Finland’s Hartwall Arena (15,000) in Helsinki and Poland’s Atlas Arena (13,800) in Lodz.  

“The intent was to have some small lighting fixtures that could be built into the set and used to outline it and delineate its sweeping curves,” he says. “The MagicDots have proved the perfect unit for this and given me a lot of flexibility in creating different looks to frame Michael.

The set is in light grey colour tones with a brushed cement-type finish which, Wagner says, “Is a great surface on which to paint light and projection.”

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