A series of gauze veils in front of an LED forms the backdrop to the set by German singer Sarah Connor, creating a fluid feel to the show, according to lighting designer Bertil Mark. Pollock.
He says lighting is an important element in creating this look, which combines screen visuals and fixtures to create a range of imagery including a runway effect.
“We start the show on a largely veiled stage and work with multiple gauzes that are removed step by step,” he says. “One last gauze, directly next to the LED surfaces, remains throughout the show. This serves as a projection screen and also softens the video content, creating an organic impression.”
He relies entirely on units by German lighting manufacturer GLP, including the company’s X4 Bars, JDC1 and KNV Line and Dot products.
“The X4 Bars are a great lamp, able to quickly produce 3D light surfaces or curtains,” says Mark. “They are my medium of choice for large-scale wash looks. However, I use them in single-pixel fashion, too. They are incredibly versatile.”
Sixty-two X4 Bars are deployed variously, tracing the upper edge of the LED wall or on the floor, up- and down-stage. The runway effect is created using KNV Dots and Lines, with the Lines element consisting of five powerful pixels on the floor in front of the main stage.
Sarah Connor plays venues such as Germany’s SAPP Arena (cap. 15,000) in Mannheim and Porsche Arena (6,050) in Stuttgart, and Switzerland’s Hallenstadion (15,000) in Zurich.