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Out and About Painting with light Madacascar LIVE! Tour


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Madagascar Magical Painting with light has


designed stage and set lighting for the first arena touring production of Dreamworks’ Madagascar LIVE!


‘Madagascar LIVE!’ is the first arena touring production of Dreamworks’ scheduled to tour internationally for two years. Directed by Gip Hopper, Technical Production Manager Bart de Coensel and Executive Producer Hans Staal and assisted by Associate Producer Kiki Venhuizen for Stage Entertainment Touring Productions. This was all brought to life by Luc Peumans from Genk, Belgium and using David Gallow’s stage and set design, based on a series of curtains, elaborate scenic and printed drops, drapes and scrims to create the different locations, as the starting point for his design. The various back-cloths, legs and


borders are highlighted with 72 x LEDBar LED battens, a custom product developed by Phlippo’s URC (United Rental Company) division, comprising 18 x 3 Watt RGB LEDs in a one metre long housing. Imaginative lighting is fundamental to making the show’s narrative animated and bringing its energy out into the audience. As well as building mood, drama and environmental elements like night and day, he specified four pre-rigged trusses - three over-stage and one at FOH - in which many of the lighting fixtures can travel without being de-rigged. The specification for the equipment had to be practical and efficient to enable everything to go up and be ready quickly and painlessly. The moving lights are a mix of Clay Paky


and Vari*Lite, with 28 of the new Clay Paky 800 QWO Profiles, eight CP Alpha Spot


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1500s plus 17 x Vari*Lite 2500 Spots and 38 x V*L 2500 Washes.


Peumans specified two Robert Juliat Ivanhoe follow spots, which are fitted with short throw lenses and hung from the front truss so they produce night tight neat beams at a steep angle down on to the stage. There is also plenty of atmospheric enhancement in the form of Jem Glaciators, Look Viper 2.6 foggers and Mk6 Viscount hazers.


Peumans makes extensive use of the


effects and texturing options offered by the spot and profile fixtures, and takes full advantage of the numerous opportunities for different colour combinations to flourish onstage both subtly and boldly thus complementing the amazing costumes by Greg Barnes’.


Peumans comments, “It was a nice experience to work again on a traditional theatrical style show – without modern media techniques like projection or LED screens – which felt more like back to basics … and ‘less is more’. I like that philosophy! It’s all about creating the right atmosphere in the right place and in the right context, then allowing the audience’s imaginations do the rest.”


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