In November, Jennifer Lopez played the Dubai Media City Amphitheater, as part of her 2012 world tour. Lighting designer Sean Burke took the tour by storm with dramatic Vari-Lite and Clay Paky powered lighting during her performances. Burke, who has designed lighting for many of the world’s biggest stars including Seal, Miley Cyrus, The Cranberries, created what Philips called, “An energetic and dramatic design” using a battery of VL3500 Wash FX and VL3000 Spot.
Burke explained, “The lighting workhorses for this show are definitely the wash lights.” He continued, “I’ve been using the VL3500 Wash fixtures for a while now and I really like them. They’re extremely flexible fixtures and do something that no other lights on the market can do.” He added, “The VL3500 Wash fixtures are the perfect weapon to combat high-powered video walls, but now when I add in the FX unit I get two bangs for my buck. I have the ability to use gobo patterns in addition to a really wide wash that’s incredibly bright and can zoom down into a pencil beam. It’s an incredible fixture.”
In addition, the Clay Paky Alpha Spots HPE 1500 provided the required dynamic lighting from the top trusses, side fills and vertical upstage frames. The K10s were positioned on the floor, and the Sharpys were rigged at the bottom of the main video screen.
Burke wanted super bright, super fast fixtures to deliver the beam effects his design demands, so the crew chose to use Clay Paky Alpha Spots HPE 1500, Clay Paky Sharpys and A.leda Wash K10 as the crew felt the Alpha Spot was the better spot on the market.
“The system was to comprise of Clay Paky units in the majority. Given the quantity of fixtures required for the performance we had a mixture of different types of Alpha profile and spot fixtures. Having not used them many times I was looking forward to seeing what they could do,” explained Ilya Piatrouski of FE Belimlight, who also helped light Lopez’s Minsk show.
“[Sharpy] provided stunningly bright and fast beams. Sean was looking for a small, powerful unit to position at the bottom of the screen to fill stage with dynamic beam – and he got it.”