Chauvet lights up Chris Brown in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA: Chauvet’s Legend 230SR Beams were called into action for a pared down lighting rig for two concerts from Chris Brown in South Africa. The South African X tour was covered by Midrand-based rental house, Sound Stylists, and featured 30 of the Legend fixtures provided by local distributor, Audiosure.
‘The original design had 174 fixtures, but the number of fixtures was reduced slightly due to venue structural weight limitations and availability of outdoor stage structure for the tour,’ said Sean Crawley, head of lighting for Sound Stylists. ‘We also substituted Legend 230SR Beams for other fixtures on the rig. The lighting designer, Bryan Hartley, was receptive to our adding the Legends.’
The South African rig had 12 of the Legend 230SR Beams on the floor downstage, six on either side, as well as 18 of the fixtures on trussing over the stage. Preprogramed and controlled with a Hog 4 console, the Legend 230SR Beam units created an array of beam looks. ‘It was bold statement lighting,’ said Mr Crawley. ‘We had pillars of light going straight up. We had crisscrossing beams, and we had this unique look where the beams converged and then opened up like a flower. As I said, the looks made a very powerful statement.’
The 18 Legends on the overhead truss were used for audience lighting. ‘We drove those beams into the crowd to engage the audience,’ Mr Crawley explained. ‘The brightness, the colour, the sharpness of the beam all worked well to connect to people.’
Although it may have been trimmed somewhat from its original design, the South African rig was still substantial, with close to 150 fixtures included. This created special demands for Mr Crawley when setting up and tearing down the rig.
‘Time was the big challenge with this project,’ he said. ‘We had 18 hours of set up time in Johannesburg on Thursday, and then we had to take down the rig and get to Durban, where we had 12 hours of set up time on Friday. It was non-stop work, excitement and a lot of lighting power for four days and we enjoyed it a great deal!’