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Robe moving light rig for Carnival Queen gala event
This year’s Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife featured an all Robe moving light rig of around 170 fixtures for the gala event to choose 2019’s Carnival Queen. The Queen contest is one of the carnival’s biggest events, staged in the Recinto Ferial de Santa Cruz de Tenerife in front of a 12,000 audience the day before the street celebrations commence. It’s also broadcast live on regional and national television. This year it was lit by Juanjo Beloqui.
The Queen’s Gala stage was 80 metres wide by 28 metres deep. Juanjo Beloqui worked with set designer Javier Caraballero for the third year, and one of the starting points for lighting was the width of the stage. Other technical challenges included the venue’s flying capacities which were restricted, so Beloqui created a big back wall to support both the set and to provide rear lighting positions.
This meant he only had two trusses in the roof - a 60-metre-wide front truss and a 40-metre-wide mid truss which was split into three sections, with the centre run on vari-speed motors so it moved in and out. Due to the weight loadings, each rigging point needed a 4-way bridle to spread the load.
The lighting equipment was supplied by rental company Sonopluss Canarias which has a large stock of Robe, supplied via Spanish distributor EES, and has made steady investments in the brand over recent years. The total Robe count amounted to 54 x Pointes, 33 x LEDBeam 150s, 32 x MegaPointes, 32 x LEDWash 300s, 26 x BMFL Spots, 24 x BMFL WashBeams and 24 x LEDWash 1200s.
On the front truss, BMFL Spots were used for key lighting and also for lighting and texturing the set with gobos, while the LED Wash 1200s covered the stage and large areas of set with solid colours. The mid truss was loaded with Pointes, MegaPointes BMFL Spots and LEDWash 300s which were used for assorted beamwork and supporting the washes on the front truss.
The top layer of lighting along the back wall comprised BMFL WashBeams, MegaPointes, Tarrantulas and LEDWash 300s, together with more Pointes and MegaPointes that were embedded in the set.
LEDBeam 150s provided side and cross lighting and were also ensconced in parts of the set, and at floor level were more Pointes and LEDWash 300s. The main ambient lighting instruments were the Tarrantulas which created effects on the stage, augmented with the BMFL WashBeams.
During the Queen’s Parade section of the show, two of the top-of-the-set BMFL WashBeams were used as rear follow spots, operated manually to back light the contestants, and all the critical upstage lighting positions were also covered with Pointes and MegaPointes. Juanjo Beloqui used the LEDBeam 150s as side lights. For the Carnival Queen Gala, the set included seven different LED screens with a mix of 4-mm and 8-mm resolution surfaces.
The lighting design assistant and second operator for all the Queen contests was Juanjo Bleoqui Lopez (Juanjo’s son). The video operator was Antonio Diaz from MiMart Studio. The lighting and video crew chiefs were Fabio Higuera and Hugo Casola respectively.
(Photos: Sonopluss Canariases)
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