Robe captures the Christmas Spirit in Russia

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Robe captures the Christmas Spirit in Russia

RUSSIA: Moscow-based lighting rental company Light Logic supplied Robe LEDWash 600 and ColorWash 1200 moving lights for the Orthodox Christmas Ceremonial Service held at the Cathedral of Christ The Saviour in Moscow on January 7th. People queued all day for the chance to join the service, which was attended by President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and broadcast live by leading TV station Channel One Russia to approximately 140 million people nationwide.

Lighting for this exceptionally high-profile event was designed by Light Logic’s Dmitry Velikanov, who used some of the company’s newly purchased Robin LEDWash 600 fixtures along with the popular ColorWash 1200E ATs. Fifty LEDWash 600s were delivered recently from Russian distributor Sofitlight.

The Robes were positioned all around the second-level galleries of the Cathedral, the most prominent in Central Russia and one that was rebuilt from the ground up in the 1990s after the original was destroyed in 1931. The lights were about 8m above the congregation and the action below. The 36 LEDWash 600s and 40 ColorWash 1200E ATs were used to illuminate the audience and enhance light levels for the cameras, as well as to highlight the architecture and its intricate gold pattern work.

Other LEDWash 600 features that suited this project included the neat fittings and small dimensions, which helped the units to be concealed around the Cathedral. All the moving lights were controlled by Mr Velikanov using a WholeHog 3 console.

The Christmas Ceremonial Service was conducted by The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russian Kirill, Head of the Orthodox Church, and mirrored in thousands of other churches and cathedrals around the country. The Channel One Russia TV host was Aleksey Svetozarsky, Professor of the Moscow Spiritual Academy.