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Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot Proves 'Perfect' For Theatre

July 2015

The Gaertnerplatz theatre in Munich has set one of the 18th century's major works of French Literature, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, to music, with lighting designer Michael Heidinger choosing the award-winning Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot for key depth and variety throughout the production.

Set designer Rainer Sinells' concept was dark and seductive, making the most out of the small stage, which comprised a revolving platform against a black background. A curved staircase, a large gilt-framed, hinged mirror reflecting the action from above and an illuminated platform onto which a video wall generated images, were the only on-stage elements. 

As the staging was kept simple, the 12 VL4000 Spots, supplied to the theatre by Philips Vari-Lite's exclusive distributor in Germany Lightpower, were integral for signifying transitions in time of day, venue, and mood.

"The versatility of the VL4000 Spot luminaires made them perfect for highlighting certain areas of the stage to completely change the venue for a scene," said Heidinger.

The Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot includes all the tools needed to create dynamic and useful lighting for a range of applications. Its quiet Studio mode outputting 25,000 lumens makes it ideal for theatre without compromising on brightness and its independent shutter blades deliver unmatched dimming abilities.

"I was also able to create a variety of moods and scenes with different colour thanks to their fantastic CMY colour mixing," continued Heidinger.

 The VL4000 Spot boasts an entirely new colour system that provides CMY colour mixing, variable CTO colour temperature correction and dual five-position colour wheels. As a result, the luminaire has incredibly smooth colour mixing whether operating in a slow fade or instant snap. The dual opposing fixed colour wheels achieve unique effects, providing a multitude of colour combinations.


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