Gil Perron and Guy Laflamme set the tone for Il Volo theater show with Chauvet Professional
Canada – Few things in life are “one way”, says Gil Perron. Usually you have to take the pros with the cons. So while lighting a musical performance in an actual theater with a fly system has its benefits, it also comes with distinct challenges.
Perron experienced both firsthand in early July when he turned on a special private show by award-winning Italian trio Il Volo at Montreal’s Teatro Leonardo DaVinci. Although rigging was much easier in this beautiful setup, the design team had to be much more mindful of load capacity.
This was “sort of a big deal” for Perron, given his penchant for grouping fixtures in clusters to create unique multi-directional light angles. “It’s kind of my thing; I like to group the fixtures in groups of three and then layer them vertically and horizontally,” he said. “It’s more difficult on a fly system than on a mesh, but it’s worth it. In doing so, I can use color theory to create triadic or analog color complementarity.
“Working with another proponent of color theory, our programmer/operator Guy Laflamme, made it a lot of fun; you choose the primary and then, as if by “magic”, the complementarity appears”, continued Perron. “Guy is an established LD in his own right and he deserves a lot of credit for bringing so many stunning ‘images’ to the show. He completely got my mind and I just let him run with it!
To help Perron and Laflamme work this magic, while reducing the load demand on the flight system through their efficient design, a collection of over 100 Chauvet Professional luminaires was provided by the Montreal office of LSM Ambiocreateurs.
“It was a one-off, so I was given an overall budget that included decor and lighting,” Perron said. “We did a very simple gala-style riser setup and used a star drape at the back to create depth. The orchestra was positioned on the levels while the singers occupied a large open space. We relied on the lighting to be a visual element, in addition to serving as a source of lighting.
Directing light from the Maverick and Rogue fixtures through the tiered orchestral section, Perron enlivened the musicians with a vibrant play of color as they played, which made it seem like it was indeed a special occasion. He also relied on the Maverick Force 1 Spot to create captivating patterns of moving gobos across the stage that seemed to flow with the music.
“It was my first time using the Force1 and even though I had seen the beta and the gobo package on paper, doing the live thing was a lot of fun,” he said. “For me, this package is a big wow. Especially the ‘I’ gobo – double wow. So we used those lights a lot and layered their output with the prisms and the effects wheel. The light has enough output to use so many things and saturated colors while making an impact. »
Perron positioned six of the Maverick Force 1 Spot fixtures, corrected to 4600k on the secondary FOH, and used them to illuminate the orchestra. Another 30 units of the fixture were hung from four different electrical fixtures and used for texture and general lighting.
A collection of 32 Rogue Outcast 1 BeamWashs were positioned on custom welded ladders with a mix of COLORado PXL bars (models 8 and 16) on top of these structures, as well as on the deck, from where they were used to steer hard blades. of light between the set and the audience, reinforcing the feeling of depth on stage.
From their position on the scales, the Rogue Outcast 1 BeamWashes served as beams as well as eye candy with their halo feature. “The performance of this device was even better than expected,” Perron said. The actual softness of the beam compared to a conventional light beam is amazing and obviously very much in line with this type of performance. I can see this device being in so many apps now.
In addition to the performance of its fixtures, Perron credits its team for bringing this project to fruition so beautifully. In addition to Laflamme, this group included TD Eden Ashby, master electrician Pascal Lucas and Archie Cifellie the account manager at LSM.
“No matter the project, at the end of the day, success always depends on the right people,” Perron said. It’s a statement he can make unequivocally, no pros or cons, people, he says, “always make a difference”.