Ghoema Awards call on Robe
SOUTH AFRICA: The latest in a string of awards shows to feature Robe in the rig was the 2014 Ghoema Afrikaans Music Awards. Staged at the Big Top Arena in Carnival City, Johannesburg, and lit by Mauritz Jacobs from Dream Sets, the Ghoemas was attended by a live audience of around 3,000 and recorded for broadcast on KykNET.
Dream Sets – a visual design and concept practice run by Sean and Robert Hoey - was asked by producers VL Productions to co-ordinate the technical production which included providing the set and lighting designs. Together with EPH, it also supplied all the lighting equipment.
The 32m wide set was created by Dream Sets’ Wayne Sproule and comprised a series of internally lit columns at the back, three large LED screens and two separate levels across its full width separated by stepped platforms.
Mr Jacobs selected 12 Robe Robin Pointes, 24 Robin LEDBeam 100s, 12 Robin LEDWash 600s and 18 Robin LEDWash 800s plus a few other moving lights, LED PARs, and they also appropriated some of the in-house lighting fixtures.
‘There wasn’t a single dimmer on the job,’ declared Mr Jacobs, adding that the substantial lighting rig ran comfortably on one 63A single phase supply.
The lighting positions were provided by 24 2.5m long trussing sections which were flown in the roof above specific areas of the set. The LEDBeam 100s were all on the stage floor at the back in a long line. The LEDWash 600s and the PARs were used to illuminate the various set elements and the LEDWash 800s boosted the set washing capabilities of the rig and were also used as essential TV white lights.
Mr Jacobs controlled all the lights from a grandMA2 full size and made extensive use of the Lee filter colour picker.
The 2014 Ghoemas show ran extremely smoothly, with Mr Jacobs quick to credit his lighting crew chief Arkim Ndlovu for his superlative organisation on site and meticulous supervision of the prep beforehand. Programming took place over two days with about 6 hours per day dedicated to creating the show day in between rehearsals.
Audio for the event was supplied by Venue Sound.