A large complement of Claypaky lighting fixtures was utilized by Lighting Designer and Director Eric Belanger of Toronto-based Multidimensional Visual Conception Inc. for the opening ceremony of the 2019 SEA Games at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, The Philippines.
The 2019 SEA Games, held November 30-December 11, was the 30th edition of the biennial regional sports event. More than 5,500 athletes competed in 56 sports. The 90-minute opening ceremony featured traditional and contemporary dance and song against a backdrop of LED strips and panels representing a bamboo forest.
Stage Craft International, Inc. in metro Manila provided Belanger with 120 Claypaky Sharpy Plus, 40 A.leda B-EYE K10 and 40 Stormy CC strobes for the rig in what is billed as the world’s largest indoor arena. “The Sharpy Plus were used as the main key lights, while the B-EYEs and Stormy CCs were used for audience lighting,” explains Belanger.
In addition, he used 90 Claypaky Alpha Spot 1500s with custom gobos, which were furnished by Agora in Italy.
In acquiring the Claypaky Sharpy Plus, B-EYEs and Stormy CCs for the company’s inventory Stage Craft President Francisco N. Zabala points to their “low power consumption and light weight” and the fixtures being “easy to carry and install.” In addition, “Claypaky fixtures, especially the Sharpy Plus, have a new set of gobos for more creative options. And the movement of the fixtures is very smooth,” says Zabala.
“They performed brightly during the ceremony with perfect registers and very smooth fixture movement,” he reports. “They were also easy to use.”
Eric Belanger was assisted by Eric Nault, who also served as Lead Programmer for the event. The Stage Craft team included Samuel Pacariem, Loth Yanga, Earnest John Pacariem and Reinier Parafina; Jose ‘Chok’ Salvador Jr. is the Technical Head of Stage Craft.
The opening ceremony was a joint venture of Stage Craft, main contractor Videosonic and international production company Five Currents.