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Rema 1000 event lit with Robe
Norwegian-owned supermarket chain Rema 1000 celebrated its 25th anniversary of trading in Denmark with a conference and party for nearly 9,000 staff, staged at the Jyske Bank Boxen arena in Herning.
The challenge of lighting this was down to Sune Verdier who utilized 124 x Robe moving lights at the core of his production design to cover a full seated conference session in the afternoon followed by a dance party and concert in the evening. The evening’s action kicked off with a DJ set by Rema 1000 CEO Ole Robert Reitan.
Verdier has lit the event for the last three years. He was originally asked onboard by head of show and production Frederik Heitmann of Simple Creations with whom he also works running lighting for the Arena stage at Roskilde Festival. Together they produced the event’s production design.
Verdier and Heitmann presented several design ideas, and the one that Verdier ended up developing for the show involved 400 square metres of asymmetric LED shapes with as many lights squeezed into the gaps between these as possible.
Two stages were built on the auditorium floor, one in front of the other, as the plan was to have five-minute changeovers, so they needed two performance areas so one band performed while the next one was set up.
The first stage was 28 metres wide by 12 deep, connected via a 10 metre catwalk to a 14 metre wide by 4 deep stage in front of it at the end of the runway, right amidst the audience. A flying DJ booth came in and out from the ceiling for ‘magic moments’.
The trussing configuration in the roof was straightforward. Vital to the whole clean lines concept was a 60 metres wide row made up from 60 of the 78 x MegaPointes at the back, marking the visual horizon and giving a symmetric reference point. Below this line of MegaPointes, all the video elements were flown, with 20 x strobes also rigged on this same back truss.
All the key and top lighting over the two stages were achieved with 18 x Robe BMFL WashBeams, with a further four BMFL WashBeams rigged on an advance truss running via a Robe RoboSpot remote follow system. Generic stage front light and all the audience lighting was provided by several rows of LED wash fixtures, plus a few more specifically to augment the key lighting BMFLs.
Sixteen MegaPointes were positioned on the floor in the wings of the main stage and used for big sweeping aerial effects and low cross and fill lighting. There were also large amounts of LED video surface - a mix of Roe MC5 and MC7.
Sune Verdier programmed everything himself into the GrandMA2 console and worked closely with his systems engineer Thomas Brockmann. They accommodated three guest LDs/operators and Verdier lit the other four artists and ran all other show lighting element.
It was the first time he had used BMFL WashBeams. The four BMFL WashBeams being used as remote follows were on a truss 10 metres in front of the ‘catwalk stage’ (the one further into the arena) giving them full coverage of both stages.
The four operators were positioned backstage, with Verdier having full control of the colour mixing and dimming (on override), and the operators tweaking pan/tilt, focus, zoom and iris. Three GrandMA2 full size and one GrandMA3 full size consoles ran lighting and video, with a GrandMA2 light for the Pyro, all networked and managed over MA-Net, with guest LD showfiles merged into the system and universes allocated to the console they used as needed.
The lighting and video equipment were delivered by Mediatec from Sweden, the video content was produced by Third Option and the audio kit came from Patchfire. Sound was designed by Markus Bock.
(Photos: Louise Stickland)
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