Robes on display at World Beauty Fitness and Fashion competition
SOUTH AFRICA: Lighting up the pageantry of the recent World Beauty Fitness and Fashion (WBFF) competition in Carnival City Casino’s Big Top Arena was the venue’s recently acquired grandMA2 light. The event marked Carnival City’s first use of the MA Lighting console, which was purchased from DWR Distribution with an on-PC Command Wing and an 8Port Node.
Carnival City’s head of lighting and design, Magz Schoeman, designed the lighting for the show, calling upon a full Robe rig, and operated the grandMA2 light. Although it was the first outing for this particular console, she had gained previous experience with the MA platform, as well as having attended a training seminar at DWR.
‘I have programmed on a MA before when I went from my venue with a show to do a tour in Cape Town,’ said Ms Schoeman. ‘On that occasion I pre-programmed on it and that’s another feature that makes the desk so much easier. The operator can pre-program with the visualiser and of course time-code is also an option.’
For the front of house bar, Ms Schoeman deployed 16 Robin ParFect 100 and an additional three were placed for side wash either side of the stage on truss totems. The truss totems, of which there were four in total with two on each side, also housed a Martin MAC 575 Krypton for gobo projection.
‘It was actually the first time that I had used LED for FOH,’ Ms Schoeman continued. ‘I was a bit concerned and hoped that it would work, but it really did, giving me a warm tungsten colour which was important to light up the athletes on stage.’
Meanwhile, behind the stage a screen was setup to display videos and sponsorship materials, while two other screens were hung either side of the stage showing a live feed. Above the centre screen were three V-shaped trusses, carrying a combined four Robin 600 LEDWash, eight Robin MMX midway and eight Robin 300LEDWash units. To fill the gap between the screen and the stage, Ms Schoeman lined up six Robin Pointes and seven Robin 100 LEDBeams along the floor at the rear of the stage.
The competition featured various categories, including Diva Fitness Model, Men’s Bodybuilding, Diva Bikini Model, and Men’s Muscle Model and the head of lighting and design for the most part lit the stage to complement the competitors’ bodies. However, during non-competitive moments, such as the prize-giving ceremony, she reportedly created an array of colourful effects.
‘It was great and I had a lot of fun,’ Ms Schoeman concluded. ‘The grandMA2 actually saved my life on WBFF, particularly because of the effects that you can import, and then being able to add onto that. I had limited time to program, the MA offers short cuts and made my life so much easier, it really was quick and effective.’