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Lighting Designer
Wilfried Potthoff
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The tranquillity of Switzerland meets the versatility of a theatrical summit involving companies from the world over in the Winterthur Theatre, site of their 250 theatrical events every year.
The light director is Wilfried Potthoff, a man who successfully fused the theatre’s centuries-old tradition with the latest technology that this sector has produced in recent years.

In September 2002, Mr. Potthoff indeed had the theatre outfitted with 50 Clay Paky CP Color 150-E colour changers, in order to unite the old with the new, tradition with technology. Products were supplied by Claudio Merlo’s ECM, distributor of Clay Paky products in Switzerland.
The majority of the products was installed overhead in the large hall adjacent to the main auditorium. This area is generally reserved to the public for conversation or an aperitif, and often accompanied by background music. The theatre frequently hosts conventions, parties, meetings or other gatherings in this area. The CP Colors operate with the greatest synchronicity due to the DMX control, creating a harmonious atmosphere and surrounding the participants in gradual colour variations.
More CP Colors were placed behind a white canvas inside the theatre to create dazzling colour scenes, boldly standing out among the theatre’s thousand traditional lights. 10 other CP Colors were positioned outside opposite the fa├žade in order to emphasize its beauty.

Mr. Potthoff was extremely pleased with having opted for this creative technological layout. He commented: “I received so many compliments for my decision to use CP Colors. They truly offer a countless number of colour variations while maintaining remarkable light intensity with any beam angle. I decided to invest in the CP Color 150-E model because it is an “IP65″ suitable for working in outdoor settings as well: this gave the greatest flexibility in movement, and if I want, in the future I can organize my lighting system by redistributing the colour changers in the building’s various internal and external areas”.