Feld Entertainment has purchased almost 100 Clay Paky fixtures for their newest Disney On Ice production.
Feld Entertainment’s Dennis Flenniken was keen to use the Clay Paky Alpha range for the new show after they were demonstrated to him by Clay Paky America’s Eric Mueller. “What impressed me most is that it has 20 gobos,” Flenniken remarked about the Alpha Spot 1200 HPE. “In our search to find the best light for this production, we did not come across anything comparable that could spin 20 gobos. When you put the animation disc in front of the static gobos, it looks like they are rotating in several directions.
Lighting Designer Peter Morse was also impressed with the fixtures after he received a demonstration at Clay Paky America’s office in Valencia, California.
“They are a nice light,” remarked Morse on the Clay Paky Alpha range. “The biggest surprise for me was the Alpha Wash 575 because it is so bright.” These sentiments on the Alpha Wash 575 are echoed by Morse’s programmer and assistant – Eric Wade. “The Alpha Wash 575 is an amazing light,” notes Wade. “It’s super bright for a 575.”
In all, Feld Entertainment is operating a total of 42 Alpha Wash 575 fixtures, six Alpha Spot 575 fixtures and 48 of Clay Paky’s new fixture – the Alpha Spot 1200 – which were the very first production models to arrive in the US. “It’s a great looking light,” says Wade of the Alpha Spot 1200 HPE. “It has lots of gobos, and we had very few failures – everything about them is high-quality.”
Like Wade, Flenniken was also impressed with the reliability of the new fixture from Clay Paky. “We’ve had five weeks of rehearsal, two weeks of heavy programming and tech-rehearsals,” notes Flenniken of the busy schedule.“Not one was dropped out of the rig for repairs”.
Clay Paky America is the exclusive distributor for Clay Paky fixtures in the USA and a wholly own subsidiary of Clay Paky S.p.A. Offering top quality products, backed by first-class service and support, Clay Paky America ensures that the Clay Paky product line and product development meet the needs and expectations of the driving force of the world economy.
Feld Entertainment, Inc., is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 25 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in 50 countries and on six continents to date and include Disney On Ice, celebrating 25years of bringing the magic of Disney to hometowns around the world;Disney Live! and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®.