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The Necessary Stage’s newest comedy, Pioneer (Girls) Generation (PGG) , captured the retired life of four 60-somethings who shatter the stereotype of older generations. Lighting designer Stephen Kwek employed ETC Source Four® LED Series 2 Lustr® luminaires , controlled by an Ion® console, to shed light on the energetic pioneers’ vivacious and colorful life, helping the audience rethink the image of the aging population in Singapore.
The story, written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, was set in a luxurious Singapore retirement home. Lighting was used to depict a call center, hospital room, newsroom, a home in a neighboring country, and a garden. Color was essential to the lighting plot, being used to differentiate the locations. That meant that fixtures with good color control were a top priority on Kwek’s equipment list.
Kwek also appreciated the ability of the Source Four LED Series 2 luminaires to naturally illuminate the actors, using the simple color controls to dial in the perfect temperature for each of them. “The x7 Color System really brought out the facial skin tones beautifully,” he says. “Having the flexibility of color mixing really cut the plot time in half, because we didn’t need two or three face-light systems with different colored gels.”
The final scene included a pop concert, which Kwek lit effortlessly. “Having color-changing flexibility and brightness definitely helped in that aspect, even with the use of moving heads.” All the fixtures were programmed on an Ion console, which reduced programming time considerably. “Color picking was a breeze and recording cues was very easy,” emphasizes Kwek.
Mark Rothko, one of the most influential postwar American artists, was famous for using colors and forms to interpret his artistic philosophy. He paid particular attention to the lighting where his paintings were exhibited. That’s why Singapore’s Blank Space Theatre focused on the lighting design on Red, an award-winning docudrama by John Logan, which covers Rothko’s work in the late 1950s. ETC LED luminaires, controlled by an ETC Ion® console, helped lighting designer James Tan achieve that lighting goal during a production at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.
Red takes place in spring 1958, in Rothko’s New York studio. In order to create natural-looking light shining through the window into the compact space, Tan used seven ETC Source Four® LED Lustr+ luminaires.
“I decided to use LED fixtures that would be intense enough and could also change color easily, as the play spanned two years with different seasons and day and night,” says Tan.
On the other side of the stage, Tan placed a Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr® fixture with an attached Source Four LED CYC adapter on a head-high boom to illuminate the back of the entrance. “What we managed to achieve was a perfectly clean source of light that had enough punch,” explains Tan. “The CYC light backlit the frosted windows, and created the silhouette of a person entering or exiting through the door.”
The only other character in the play was Ken, Rothko’s young assistant. The highlight of the play is a scene where both characters work on a canvas together, choreographed to lighting and sound. Tan’s design for this dramatic scene included two 21-inch ETC Selador® Classic™ Vivid-R LED luminaires that provided brightness and saturated color to enhance the canvas.
“The intensity, punch and color-mixing abilities of the Vivid-R fixtures are very impressive and they helped make the canvas pop. The saturated colors added a touch of elegance to the look of that scene,” explains Tan.
The show was run on an ETC Ion console with the latest software, v2.2. “Ion was easy to program and it worked well for the play,” summarizes Tan. “The lighting programmer was able to program smoothly, despite a very short technical prep time.”
Singapore theater company W!ld Rice looks East for inspiration, and its latest production, Monkey Goes West – a pantomime take on the Chinese classic novel Journey to the West – was an impressive triumph, attracting more than 10,000 spectators in a holiday show. The enchanting lighting was the soul of this tongue-in-cheek musical, thanks to ETC Source Four® LED Series 2 luminaires and Source Four LED CYC adapters .
The story was placed in a modern-day Singapore context, written by W!ld Rice’s resident playwright, Alfian Sa’at, and directed by Sebastian Tan. It depicted the adventure of an orphan, Ah Tang, who ran away from home and found himself in a mythical land where he met the monkey king and other imaginary creatures. Lighting designer Adrian Tan says that the team wanted to explore the idea of using light to enhance the storytelling of the show during the initial creative process. “Playing with shadows and light on backdrops, gauzes and cycloramas were very important design approaches,” explains A. Tan.
He used eight Source Four LED Series 2 luminaires together with Source Four CYC adapters to illuminate the cyclorama. Five units were placed two meters away from the bottom of the cyclorama and three units overhead, which allowed him more space for set pieces upstage and to hang more lights on the limited lighting bars that he had. “I have never seen such power and versatility packed into one tiny fixture,” says A. Tan.
Lighting designers often light their cycloramas with L120 or L181 Dark Blue/Congo Blue, which can be washed out by front-of-house fixtures and moving lights. “In this case, it didn’t happen,” describes A. Tan. “I had the ETC Source Four LED Series 2 in a full indigo on the cyclorama, and I had my profiles and moving lights in white. The indigo still stood out and looked beautiful among the dry ice and white light on stage.”
“I firmly believe that ETC has got it right and is ahead of everyone else in LED technology in terms of size, color, dimming and consistency. I would recommend it to anyone at any time,” concludes A. Tan.
The production has been nominated for the Life! Theatre Awards, leading the pack with six nominations, including Production of the Year.
Photos courtesy of W!ld Rice Ltd.
Source : https://www.etcconnect.com/About/News/ETC-Source-Four-LED-Series-2-goes-on-a-journey-in-Monkey-Goes-West.aspx
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