eclipse supports Kylie and Dubai World Cup closing ceremony
UAE: The closing ceremony for the 2015 Dubai World Cup was supported with technical infrastructure from eclipse Staging Services. Taking place at Meydan Racecourse, an after-race concert by Kylie Minogue also saw eclipse battle the elements to provide lighting, video and secondary power distribution. Special effects for the Kylie Minogue show were provided by Stage FX in partnership with the eclipse Group.
Equipment for the World Cup ceremonies included the deployment of more than 100 lighting fixtures, comprising 30 Clay Paky Super Sharpies, 10 Mythos, 12 Alpha Profile 1500Ws and 10 B-Eye K20s in addition to eight Falcon Universal 7000W, six Universal 3000W and 26 Ireos Pro 7000W fixtures. Control came from a Jands Vista L5/8192 and was backed up by a Vista T2 console.
eclipse utilised Meydan’s fibre patching and infrastructure to facilitate operations, with the lighting run over Artnet using Luminex DMX Artnet boxes. It was then backed up in every area with another fibre patch as well as switches and Artnet boxes to ensure full redundancy across the site.
The infrastructure for the Kylie concert that followed was even more involved. In total, ecplise supplied 49 Clay Paky Alpha Spots, 45 Martin Mac Viper Profiles, 20 Vari-lite 3500 Wash FX and 18 Clay Paky Sharpies as the main show lights.
‘Pre-production for the Kylie Minogue show was very straightforward,’ explained eclipse project manager Duncan Shortt. ‘Sign off on all the fixture types was a simple conversation, and from that point forwards eclipse took control of all the advance production. With Neil Spencer at the helm of the rigging team, and stage crew under the watchful eye of Alex Jason, we had the entire flown system up and talking to the lighting console in a single afternoon.’
‘Pre-addressing every fixture before sending them to site played an important role in such a speedy build, and with 80 fixtures in the air, we decided to swap out only one unit before flying everything to height,’ he further explained.
Meanwhile the video team headed by Chris Everett assembled and tested 50 per cent of the 14m-wide upstage screen before high winds forced the job to be completed the following day.
‘At front of house we installed four 4kw Lycian follow spots, each into their own scissor lift, which were parked at the back of the control area,’ continued Mr Shortt. ‘Sight lines at the Dubai World Cup are hugely important, and after some discussion amongst the production team, using scissor lifts for the FOH spots seemed like the best way forward. These remained at ground level for the duration of the racing, and were only taken to height 15 minutes prior to show, keeping the view clear between the grandstands and the race track.’
Power requirements for both events saw eclipse provide 20 generators throughout the site, ranging from 30kva to 1000kva synchronised. In total over 20km of cable was utilised varying from 16A TRS to 240mm powerlock.