Shakira “El Dorado” World Tour

by Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) • in
  • November 2018
  • Stage Visuals
• Created: November 12, 2018

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We caught the final show of Shakira’s El Dorado world tour where the tour ended in September in San Jose, CA. The tour lighting design was done by Paul Normandale (Lite Alternative Design). Just some of Normandale’s credits include Coldplay, Bjork, One Direction, Depeche Mode, Kings of Leon and Massive Attack, among so many others. Normandale has designed past Shakira tours, and also back for this tour was lighting programmer and director Fraser Elisha, who also has a long history with Normandale.

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The tour lighting included numerous Martin MAC fixtures including Viper Profiles, Aura XBs and Viper AirFX, along with Claypaky Sharpys, Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash FX and Solaris Flares. The fixtures were chosen with worldwide availability in mind, particularly for the many shows in South America, to maintain the integrity of the show.

SHAKIRA © Steve Jennings

The tour lighting vendors included Upstaging, which is always Normandale’s choice in the U.S., as well as Lite Alternative where, as lighting programmer Fraser Elisha notes, they had two weeks at the WYSIWYG studio. Elisha directed the tour all free form, the only timecode was for video and lasers. He notes that the set list stayed the same except for a couple of extra songs in the list for Spain, but depending on the territory she performed in, Shakira will sing some songs in either Spanish or English.

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Normandale decided to add lasers and pyro into the show after Shakira viewed other tours he had done that included special effects. As he usually does, Paul turned to Strictly FX for all his needs in that department. Shakira also like having the addition of two ramps that led to platforms beneath the circular truss and video/LED screens on both sides of the stage, which was a nice way to get the artist closer to her fans.

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Shakira El Dorado World Tour


  • Lighting Designer: Paul Normandale
  • Lighting Director & Programmer: Fraser Elisha
  • Creative Director: Heather Shaw
  • Tour Manager: Marty Hom
  • Production Manager: David Wright
  • Production Coordinator: Lisa Petrie
  • Show Stage Manager: Shawn Saucier
  • Production Stage Manager: Tom Wilson
  • Lighting Cos: Lite Alternative, Upstaging
  • Lite Alternative Rep: Andy Scott
  • Upstaging Rep: John Bahnick
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Mick Stowe
  • Lighting Techs: Paul Burke, Gareth Horridge, Anthony Fiorillo,
  • Jeff Mosher
  • Video Co: Screenworks
  • Video Director: Joe Preister
  • Video/LED Engineer: Andy Glomski
  • Video/LED Techs: Folkert Van Der Werff, Jason Keyes, Tyler Hubbell, Jon Stutsman, Paul Tialsky, Clif Jackson, Giuseppe Lucibello
  • Media Server: Kevin McGuire
  • Screenworks Rep: Danny O’Bryen
  • Lasers & Pyro: Strictly FX/Dave Kennedy
  • Laser Techs: Tony Alaimo, Richard Brisson
  • Pyro Techs: Tristen Ritz, Bakari Prigg, David Peluso
  • Staging: Tait Towers/Brian Levine
  • Riggers: Jules Grommers, Andy Chapman
  • Trucking: Ego Trips (U.S.), McGuinness Forwarding (Europe)




  • 2       Full size grandMA2 Lighting Console
  • 92     Martin MAC Aura XBs
  • 29     Martin MAC Viper Profiles
  • 22     Martin MAC Viper Air FX’s
  • 50     Claypaky Sharpys
  • 32     Solaris Flares
  • 8       Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash FX’s
  • 20     Linear 4 Lite Moles



  • 2       disguise GX 2 media servers w/Notch
  • 605  X12lte (12mm LED screens)
  • 348  X5f (5mm LED floor panels)
  • 16     Linx 9 (9mm riser fascia)
  • 10     P6 Flexible LED (6mm LED stage thrust steps)
  • 1       Ross Vision Tritium 3ME HD switcher
  • 4       Sony HXC100K HD cameras
  • 3       Panasonic HD PTZ robotic cameras
  • 3       Toshiba HD Ice Cube cameras

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