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ANTWERP, Belgium - About 12,000 disco divas stepped out to the 2012 Studio 54 Sportpaleis event in Antwerp, Belgium to strut their best dancefloor moves and grooves to the sounds of the 1970s. The event featured Robe moving lights along with other gear supplied by Total Event Support. LD Peter Vervloesem designed the event; the centerpiece of the arena design was a massive chandelier in the roof made up from 400 x 40 cm mirror balls flown above the stage.
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ANTWERP, Belgium - Aong with the glitz, big hair, outrageous flares and high platform heels 12,000 disco divas stepped out to the 2012 Studio 54 Sportpaleis event in Antwerp, Belgium to strut their best dancefloor moves and grooves to the sounds of the 1970s.
The equally flamboyant lighting design for the event – in its 11th glorious year - by Peter Vervloesem – featured all Robe moving lights, which together with other lighting fixtures and equipment and trussing – were supplied by Total-E (Total Event Support) from Paal-Beringen.
Vervloesem also designed the set. His starting point for the show was to create a sizzling, mega-kitsch environment full of color, movement and lusciousness to help emulate the parting spirit of the era and produce a great atmosphere.
No celebration of the disco-tastic seventies would be complete without that classic component of stage décor: the mirror-ball!
So the centerpiece of the arena design was a massive chandelier in the roof made up from 400 x 40 cm mirror balls flown above the stage.
The Robe fixtures were 24 ROBIN 300E Spots, 28 ROBIN 600E Spots and 36 LEDWash 600s.
The 300E Spots and the LEDWash 600s were installed on the same four-tiered box-truss structure as the mirror balls. The top - and widest - section of this was a 12- meter box truss and below this were 9-, 6- and 3-meter wide frames. The lights were placed to illuminate the audience and the stage.
The stage set design included a large set of asymmetric cubes mapped with video projection using specially developed software, with a row of material columns at the back.
The event featured a mix of 1970s tribute acts and some Belgian bands of the day still going strong, hosted by DJ Ward from Antwerp’s ‘Red & Blue’ nightclub, who cut a set of 1970s disco stompers to the delight of the audience, all of whom were up for a serous night of fun.
Vervloesem used all the different Robe units to the maximum. Every fixture had to be multi-purpose and also keep the pace and momentum pumping relentlessly throughout the whole event.
Lights were operated on the night by Werner Dries using a grandMA console, and Jim Mattheus from ICP-Belgium managed the look and feel of the show, which was promoted by Patrick Aertsen, CEO of Independent Concerts.
Vervloesem has been specifying and using Robe on all his shows for the last two years and says, “Robe products are perfect for using on shows like this where you really need lots of scope and choice. The brand is becoming increasingly popular for all the big spectaculars everywhere in Benelux.”
He adds that the quality of the products and the good prices make them a winner for all type of applications, and he also loves the great company atmosphere.
Robe’s Benelux distributor Controllux has enjoyed a record breaking year for sales, supplying products throughout the rental and staging market and to a wide variety of installations from classical and jazz to rock live music venues.