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All eyes on Katy Perry’s lighting design

Production News
July 7, 2018
Katy Perry at the Singapore Indoor Stadium

The lighting for Katy Perry’s show at the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium had to hold its own against an LED screen in the shape of an eye, which dominated the backdrop.

Production designer Es Devlin and lighting designer Baz Halpin aimed to draw in the audience with video content, large scale props and lighting effects, the latter reliant on the Scenius Unico fixture by Italian manufacturer Claypaky.

“The production is large format and makes a bold statement with its enormous screen,” says Halpin, “I wanted to make sure that the lighting design complemented not just the screen’s shape, but was also able to compete with the incredible amount of light emitting from it.”

The Scenius Unico was deployed as a spot, wash and beam, while Halpin arranged the fixture in 43m spans across the upper lid of the screen.

“We needed a fixture with enough flexibility to act as a key light, wash light and beam effect light, all at once,” he says. “The Scenius fixtures are wonderfully versatile and have enough punch to stand up to the LED screen behind.”

The fixtures were supplied by rental business ShowCo, which invested in the product specifically for this production.

“Discussion about investing in the Scenius Unico started some time ago and the Katy Perry show was the deciding factor in making that step,” says ShowCo director Joseph Gan.

Halpin adds, “It’s important on a world tour, that you replicate the design with the correct, original fixtures in order to preserve the designer’s original intent.”

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