The “Jornadas de Luz e Sonido” took place in Buenos Aires from the 2 to 4 of April. The event was organised by the Argentine specialist magazine Tecnopolitan and exclusively sponsored by CLAY PAKY, which also supplied numerous products for staging. The event, which was held in the Complejo la Playa of Buenos Aires, was attended by more than 1000 professional show lighting operators, some of whom brought their own technical and artistic testimony. The event that catalysed the three days in Argentina was the seminar held by Luc La Fortune, the famous LD admired all over the world for, among other things, being the deviser and creator of all the light effects of the Cirque du Soleil.
He spoke of his artistic experiences, dwelling particularly on how the creativity of a Lighting Designer is born and develops.
“Whoever creates a light show – he explained – does not study the design on the drawing board. What he produces, his work, is the fruit of intense presence in the reality where he lives.
When very specific realities must be shown, that speak of different people and cultures, I must go to the place and learn about them in depth to find inspiration, to convert what this culture can tell me into light, colours and emotions”.
Here there is clear reference to the Cirque du Soleil shows, which are often full of oriental symbolism and exotic appeal.
Luc la Fortune is a firm supporter of Clay Paky, as he tells us: “Clay Paky projectors have always given me the possibility of implementing all my projects in the best way, thanks to their power, versatility, colour qualities and uniformity of beam. This is why I have often agreed to take part in initiatives organised by Clay Paky, such as the tutorials in previous editions of LDI”. At the artistic level the collaboration between Luc and Clay Paky has firmed up in numerous theatre and live shows, foremost among which are the Saltimbanco, Mystere, O, La Nouba, Quidam and Dralion shows of the Cirque du Soleil.
Other famous Lighting Designers took part in the event, among which Eli Sirlin, Ernesto Diz, Marcelo Cuervo and Ariel Del Mastro.
The Ariel Del Mastro’s creative contribution was and basically remains very important for the development of the sector in Argentina: today he is the technical manager for most of the Musicals internationally produced by the two most important domestic production companies of the show business. Among the most recent installations in the theatre sector are the over 60 Stage Line projectors used in the “Saturday Night Fever” show and for “The Little Shop of Horrors” – whose Clay Paky is the exclusive supply of the light effects – both currently on stage in Buenos Aires. Del Mastro, however, can also count numerous artistic experiences outside his own country having, for example, provided an important contribution to the production of the musical “Beauty and the Beast” on stage in Madrid with Clay Paky moving body projectors.
The “Jornadas de Luz e Sonido” were made possible thanks to the precious contribution of PSL S.A., exclusive Clay Paky distributor for Argentina, which contributed to the organisation and setting up, in the person of its President Antonio Agra.