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Seduction encounters aesthetics: "Yma" starts with Clay Paky
Lighting Designer
Marcus Krömer
Audiovisuelle Technik
Photo Credits
Stephan Gustavus, xix
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The “Yma – zu schön, um wahr zu sein” (too beautiful to be true) show has begun with the biggest production budget the FriedrichstadtPalast in Berlin has ever had. Yma is a ride on the roller coaster of the senses through the life of the fictitious heroine Yma, who guides us through her world of seductive bodies, aesthetic provocation and sophisticated madness. The lighting designer for the production is Marcus Krömer, who also took care of programming the lights.

For the technical setup, Krömer has turned once more to the product range offered by Lightpower. The lighting rig includes Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500s and Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 300s, among other lights. The equipment is controlled by a system including three full-size grandMAs, one grandMA light, seven MA NSPs (Network Signal Processors), two MA 2Port Node onPCs and five 12 x 2.3 kVA MA Digital Dimmers.

Krömer explained the choice of equipment: “Thanks to their numerous functions, Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500s complete the equipment already found at the FriedrichstadtPalast perfectly. They are primarily used in Yma as top lights on the main stage, but also as backlighting on the proscenium. It is especially important to pick out the actors and their movements in front of the bright Vidiwall.”

“I was asked to stage a modern videoclip type show,” says Krömer on the subject of his lighting design. “Wild dance scenes alternate with calm situations and artistic images. This is why there is basic stage lighting with conventional spotlights and colour changers, such as moving lights and front lights, completed on the proscenium with a second system of spotlights and PAR colour changers.”

“Most of the backdrops in this show are created using video,” stressed Krömer. “There are only three real sets. However since the Vidiwall is not always on, sets can and must often be created with lighting alone. It is a real challenge and not always an easy task since the stage is about sixty metres deep.”

Audiovisuelle Technik Dipl. Ing. Heinz-Jürgen Lokys has provided the lighting equipment. Marcus Boßdorf has programmed the videos. Birger Krause is a lighting programmer and one of the operators, and Tom Mommert and Martin Wagner are operators too. Olaf Eichler is the Lighting Project Manager and Head of Lighting, and Andreas Stübler is the Assistant Head of Lighting.