For the opening ceremony of the 2015 Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament, held recently at NAS Sports Complex in Dubai, Protec was responsible for supplying lighting, video, and rigging to the HQ Creative event.
The lighting aspect was created using 24 x Clay Paky Mythos and 14 x Clay Paky A.leda B-Eye K10, working together alongside the Sharpy, Sharpy Wash 330, and Super Sharpy.
The venue had to function as a sports arena post-event, so the design had to take this into account, staying out of the way of overhead house lighting as not to form shadows for the TV sports broadcast and not interfere with the games being played below.
The rig needed to be lightweight but still pack a punch for the dynamic show. It also needed to be traditionally theatrical in parts - always a fine balance between bright and 'beamy' and slow and moody.
Protec’s lighting designer, Aaron Russ, found the Clay Paky Mythos and Clay Paky B-Eye K10 to be the perfect fixture for the job. He explains: “It packs a lot of power and is very multi-functional, which helped as I could use one fixture type to cover all the elements without pulling the roof down.“
He adds: “They are also very fast, which combined with BlackTrax gave me unlimited follow spot positions, as my entire rig could be used as follow spots if needed. This gave me the ability to track multiple stunt performers on BMX, In-line skates, trampolines and even a back-flipping wheelchair from any position in the room, without having to think about calling follow spot operators and with limited rehearsal time. No one missed a cue and the spots were always on point.”