Although staged in the 5,200-capacity MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas, Lady Gaga’s Enigma show, resident at the venue for two years, was designed to have the impact of an arena performance, according to show and lighting designer LeRoy Bennett.
He designed the lighting around a 38ft (11.5m) by 28ft (8.5) central pod, suspended over the stage, containing over 230 Dartz 360 LED moving lights by manufacturer Elation.
“The DARTZ 360 is a bright, reliable, fast, and compact light source,” says Bennett. “It’s proven itself to be the best when used in mass.”
The pod, built in 33 pre-rigged sections, was angled by automated hoists and used variously as a single washlight or as a series of individual beams.
Lighting director and programmer Harry Forster adds, “We needed a lot of smaller fixtures to get as many into the pod as possible so the fixture’s output to size ratio and low weight were important.”
Production company Solotech provides lighting, video, rigging and personnel for the residency, as well as the house PA system for the venue.