Bahrain – This August saw Bahrain International Exhibition Centre once again play host to one of the most exciting events in the Bahrain summer calendar – The Summer Festival, with an array of Clay Paky fixtures delivering a wide range of effects to each of the varying performances.
Head of lighting for the project Sonu A.B of MA Lighting specified the super versatile Clay Paky fixtures for the festival rig as a means to fit all the requirements of the different international acts. Sonu specified 12 Alpha Profile 1200s, 24 Sharpys, 10 Sharpy Wash 330s, 12 A.leda B-EYE K20s and 10 A.leda B-EYE K10s, supplied by Showtech and Maestro who have one of the largest Clay Paky inventory in the region.
“The majority of the visuals were supported with the B-EYEs. For one show – Abood’s Dream – we had to create various imaginative scenes which needed to work in conjunction with the LED screens,” explains Sonu. “The fixtures’ also provided us with varying colour backgrounds thanks to their dual colour mixing and we used the effects created by their fantastic rotating front lens to make each scene look completely different. At one point the B-EYE was used to create water ripples for a very realistic underwater scene.”
The A.leda B-EYE K20 is a high performance wash light, a breathtaking beam light and a creator of completely new spectacular visual effects. It is brighter than any LED-wash with the same rated power, providing RGB auto-tuning for colour temperature. Its front lens can be rotated to create lots of small, bright compositions, which may be opened and closed.
“Some of the touring lighting designers had not used the B-EYE before and it really surprised them,” continues Sonu. “They were amazed by the colour saturation and the graphic light effects. It was certainly the highlight of one show called Freej (Abood’s Dream.) I personally love it too, it’s a great tool for theatre lighting and rock n’ roll – it’s definitely going on my tech riders.”
When used as a beam light, the fixture can also generate a pulsating beam of micro-rays, which may be controlled individually, each with its own colours and shades.
“The LDs also loved the brightness, great colours and amazing dimming and movement control of the Sharpy and Sharpy Wash 330s,” says Sonu.
“Overall, the festival was a success yet again. It gets better and better every year, thanks in part to Showtech and Maestro’s yearly investment in fantastic new Clay Paky fixtures.”