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More Robe in the House at Denmark’s Vejle Musikteater

PLSN Staff • International News • December 7, 2021

Jutland, DENMARK – Vejle Musikteater, a multi-purpose live performance venue in Jutland, Denmark, recently reopened fully after the pandemic complete with a new Robe ESPRITE house lighting package. Sixteen of these fixtures were added as front lighting to the existing over-stage rig of 16 in the Main Hall, now comprising a house lighting package of 32 ESPRITES.

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Head of lighting Rasmus Wiberg explained that during the Covid closure they used the time constructively to activate various renovations and changes needed in the venue, including the complete removal of the advanced lighting bridge – the one nearest the stage – above the auditorium to fit in a new PA system.

This also seemed an ideal opportunity to replace the old discharge profiles with new LED moving lights for greater versatility. Having had a great experience with the first batch of 16 ESPRITES and the 100 plus other Robe moving lights in the venue, more ESPRITES was a “logical choice”, stated Wiberg.

They also needed a bright fixture as the FOH lighting position is now on another catwalk 20 meters out from the stage and higher into the auditorium ceiling, so the throw distances are substantially longer. Many features on the ESPRITE impressed Wiberg and his team including the shuttering, the EMS stabilization, the colors and Robe’s revolutionary TE LED Transferable Engine technology, an eco-friendly lighting solution enabling different engines (high powered, high CRI, tungsten) to be used in the same fixtures. The zoom range was also a factor as they needed a beam that remained sharp across the longer distances.

“Like all Robe fixtures, the ESPRITE have been super reliable and worked brilliantly for our needs!” commented Wiberg. He had not worked with Robe products before taking up his post at the Musikteater, where the original Robe LEDWash 600s and MMX Spots purchased over 10 years ago are also still going, although no longer used every day.

Other Robe fixtures in the main hall include Spiider wash beams, LEDWash 600s, Tetra2 moving LED battens and PixelPATTs, with Spikies in the small hall and the static ParFects in the foyer. The grandMA3 light consoles are used for control.

In standard – non-Covid – years, Vejle Musikteater stages more than 200 shows a year, some with their own LDs and creative team, while others rely on Wiberg and his talented and dedicated in-house crew to ensure they look great with an excellent light show.
After re-opening in August with an outdoor stage and performances, following Denmark’s ‘Freedom Day’ in September they are now returning to a full capacity program action-packed in both halls until January 2022, as well as shoehorning many postponed shows.

Photos by Louise Stickland