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Clay Paky Fixtures and grandMA2 Consoles Hit the Road with Derek and Julianne Hough's Move Live on Tour

Move Live on Tour

Choreographers, actors, and dance champions Derek and Julianne Hough have taken their Dancing with the Stars expertise on the road for a second year in a row with their dynamic show, Move Live on Tour 2015. Lighting designer Peter Morse of Peter Morse Productions in South Lake Tahoe, California is using Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Sharpy Wash fixtures on the show along with MA Lighting's grandMA2 consoles for lighting control. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of both brands in North America.

Move Live on Tour 2015 opened in Phoenix and played 42 dates across the country before closing in Las Vegas on August 8. The spectacle featured dancing and singing by the Houghs and the Move Dance Company; they even encouraged audience participation.

"A lot of shows I do are rather large in scale. This tour plays mostly theaters and small arenas so it poses a bigger challenge: working with budget and truck space limitations while still making sure you knock it out of the park," says Morse. "I love lighting visuals, like the dance, where lighting is the support act. If what you are lighting is entertaining enough, lighting should not be the show. Lighting should illuminate the event, not create the event."

With only two trucks to hold wardrobe, audio, video, and lighting equipment and no room for extra truss, Morse opted to hang a rear wall of wash lights on the same truss as the LED panel backdrop; he also uses mid-stage and front-of-house truss to shoot lights across the stage instead of deploying traditional side lights to illuminate the dancers. "This configuration enables me to achieve what I want with a minimal number of fixtures," he explains. The lights and grandMA2 are supplied by Video Equipment Rentals.

Eighteen B-EYE K20s comprise the back wall of fixtures to light the dancers and do beam-style air graphics aimed at the dancers. "I like B-EYEs a lot," says Morse. "They've got all those individual LED facets so you can break them down into a multitude of effects. You can go from a huge broad beam down to a very narrow spot. B-EYEs are very powerful while comparatively lightweight and easy to maintain."

Morse positions 14 Sharpy Washes in several places on the stage. "They're on the floor in the wings on the apron entrance where they act as shin kicks to put more light on the dancers' bodies," he says. "And there's a ground row on the floor behind the set to deliver aerial beam effects. Sharpy Washes are a great combo of output plus small size and light weight. They give me everything I need for these applications."

Programmer Craig Caserta has a full-size grandMA2 and another full-size back up unit on the tour for lighting control. He used the console in conjunction with LightConverse software for previs; Caserta programmed all the songs in advance before arriving at the first venue.

"The grandMA2 has been my console of choice since it came out," he reports. "The powerful options of MAtricks, effects engine, macro abilities, timing palettes, filter palettes, and command line syntax allow me to not only be faster but also more creative -- the two main things I rely on as a lighting director and programmer."

Caserta says, "the networking abilities of the desk are great whether it be MAnet, Art-Net, sACN or all three at the same time -- there is no latency. The grandMA2 is also extremely stable no matter how many fixtures or cues I throw at it. That's a huge asset and gives me peace of mind."

"I always enjoy working with everyone on the A.C.T team," adds Morse. "They provide great tech support although there's little need for it. I can't think of the last time we had a problem with any of their products."

Dave Leonard is the touring lighting director for the show, Butch Allen the production designer, and Andrew Weiss the production manager.


(24 August 2015)

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