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Salto Natale is a world famous circus in Zurich, Switzerland. It was founded in 2002 by Gregory and Rolf Knie, co-owners of the Swiss National Circus.

The Knie family is the most famous circus family in Switzerland, making over 200 years of circus history. The family is even considered one of the oldest and most renowned circus dynasties in the whole world.

When Gregory and Rolf Knie founded Salto Natale they wanted to reach new standards of creativity and turn the circus into a more modern experience.

The circus is an annual show, opening its doors to audiences for two and a half months every winter.

 

 

Lighting Designer Jacques Rouveyrollis and his assistant Jessica Duclos were faced with the challenge of creating a lighting set which would both emphasize the talented performers and mesmerize the audiences.

For this, the circus was in need of a sophisticated lighting console.

After careful consideration Rouveyrollis, along with Programmer and Operator Diego Diaz Criado, selected Compulite's Vector Ultra Violet to control 21 mac vipers, 16 JB-Lighting Sparx10, 12 JB-Lighting Sparx7, 10 JB-Lighting p7 and 1 láser tarm 7.

They added two Compulite ePort-41s to convert the Ethernet to DMX-512 and vice versa and the lighting set was finally complete.

The Salto Natale Circus has been using Compulite products for years, as former Programmer and Operator for the circus Sebastia Coll used Sabre and Vector Blue to control the lighting set in the past.

 

The winter circus has been running since November 15th, 2017 and it will be closing on January 3rd, 2018, so if you happen to be in Switzerland don't miss it!

 

Special thanks to Diego Diaz Criado for sharing.

Monday, 18 December 2017 11:53

Season's Greetings

 

The new Vector iControl App is available for download from the App Store! Vector iControl V2.1.0 is compatible with iOS 11.

Compulite’s Vector iControl App for iPhone, iPad and iPod devices is a powerful application to remotely control and edit basic functions for all Vector lighting consoles.

 

 

The App provides real-time information about the Console through a friendly user interface.

By using the Vector iControl App, users are able to control moving lights, conventional lights, create and store cues and libraries, add groups, control highlights, lowlights and more.

 

The Application also allows you to control Dimmer levels through an interactive Dimmer wheel, control Pan and Tilt through an interactive trackball, and control all parameters using an interactive wheel,

all from a remote location anywhere within your local area network.

 

Click here to download the App from the App Store.

 

"Cossi Fan Tutte", Mozart's scandalous opera debuted in Haifa, Israel in October.

The opera was performed by the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and organized by ETHOS – The Haifa Municipality Art, Culture and Sports Association Company. It was conducted by Ethan Schmeisser and directed by Shirit Lee Weiss.

Both professionals led a cast of extremely talented singers, including: Elinor Zon, Anat Cherny, Eitan Drori, Yair Polishok etc. 

"Cossi Fan Tutte" (Italian for "Thus Do They All) is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The opera revolves around the loyalty of women - tested by the characters as the story unfolds.

The engaging scenes and powerful music required a unique and dynamic lighting set with a high quality console. 

After careful consideration lighting designer Yehiel Orgal finally decided to use Compulite's Vector Red to control 50 moving lights and 50 conventional lights.

Vector Red is the firstborn console in the Vector family; it provides the ultimate power to deal with any lighting program challenges, easy and fast. 

 

 

 

Programming: Ronen Ben-Harosh

Lighting fixtures provided by Kilim Electronics Ltd.

 

The Russian Institute of Theater Arts – GITIS is the largest and oldest theatrical academic arts school in Russia. The organization holds cultural, educational and scientific activities on a regular basis and includes a student theater.

The Gitis theater features 3 or 4 shows every month so that the students can learn the art of theater in the most practical way, recently presenting "The Philistines", "La Scala" and  "Love for three oranges".

The theater uses 3 Compulite consoles, switching them depending on the needs of each production: Vector Blue, Spark 4D and Ovation 4D.  The consoles control dozens of dimmers, projectors, spotlights and moving heads.  

Special thanks to Maxim Sadikhov for sharing. Maxim is the Lighting Designer, Programmer and Operator of the Gitis theater.  

 

A few years ago producer Maor Maimon decided he wanted to bring a fun, fresh new treat to Israel and as a result, Hairspray the Musical premiered in the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center in summer 2017,

performed in Hebrew by a very talented cast.

 

Over the years the Tony award winning Broadway sensation has captured the hearts of millions worldwide with its memorable tunes and charming lyrics. The musical is set in the 1960s and features countless colorful scenes.

This served as a challenging task for Lighting Designer Keren Granek, who wanted to illuminate the stage in the most exciting way possible.  

With over 120 lighting fixtures provided by Kilim Electronics Ltd., including 50 conventional lights, 75 moving lights as well as LED fixtures, Keren Granek developed a special and dynamic lighting set, operated by Elad Ratzon.

 

The challenging set was programmed and controlled by Compulite's famous Vector Red console. "It was great working with Vector Red" says programmer Ronen Ben-Harosh, "It is a luxury to have a large console with 3 touchscreen monitors,

20 direct motorized Playbacks and 20 Q-Keys Playbacks, along with other great features like; a quick soft patch, an easy effects engine and so much more."

 

 

The whole rig of fixtures and other devices were controlled via Ethernet, using Compulite's e-Port 41 converters. Ben-Harosh: "Working with e-ports is a big advantage, it allows you to easily setup and make changes in data control,

especially when using the C-Net manager application. Lighting operator Elad Ratzon prepared the patching, installed the e-Ports, including the DMX Splitters, from the stage to the Ethernet network Hub and from the Hub to the console,

using one cable only. For real time Back-up, we used a Laptop with Compulite's Vector PC software, connected to the same Ethernet network Hub, running the great Master/Slave function."

"As for the data protocol," Ben-Harosh continues, "we used Compulite's VC protocol. It is the preferred protocol when using Compulite products, making the whole Ethernet network operate in perfect harmony.

Compulite's VC protocol is very light and reliable compared to other data protocols."

 

Hairspray is a heartwarming, bubbly, sweet and inspiring show, sure to provide a night of fun for audiences of all ages, anywhere on the globe. The Israeli audience is certainly no exception.     

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:40

The West Art Festival in Amsterdam

 

Last month The West Art Festival was held in Amsterdam for hundreds of enthusiastic guests. The charming festival featured performances by poets, bands, singer-songwriters and more.

The festival took place at Noorderhof, a beautiful area near Sloterplas, participation was free of charge. Arnaka, an audio technology company based in Heemstede, was chosen to provide light and sound for this special festival.

 

 

In order to achieve the perfect informal appearance for the festival, lighting designer Arjen Aalbers decided to use Compulite's Animator to control the LED fixtures on set: "We had a lot of fun running this show as we always do…

The old desk still works for me!"

The result was simple and effective, giving audiences a wonderfully cozy experience.   

 

Special thanks to Arjen Aalbers for sharing.

 

A new performing arts center opened in the city of Daocheng, located in the west of Sichuan Province, China.

Daocheng is known for its charming surrounding countryside and mountainous backdrop and the center is its newest project.

The center completed its development in April 2017 and has recently opened its doors to the public featuring very exciting performances.  

 

 

While planning the lighting system, the Daocheng Yading Performing Arts Center team understood the need for a reliable control system.

After careful consideration they decided to use 2pcs of Compulite's Vector Blue to control 493 channels and 142 spots.

 

Lampenmakers is a new play presented at the Parktheater in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The play tells the story of Philips, one of the largest electronics companies in the world, how it was established in Eindhoven in 1891 and how it was eventually transferred to Amsterdam. The fascinating true story is told in a humorous and witty way, with live music and exciting scenes.

 

 

The show was programmed on a Vector Orange and the console is used to control 30 led fixtures, 6 city colors as well as a lot of conventional lighting equipment.

 

Lighting design: Jean Lou Caglar

Theater group: Het Zuidelijk Toneel

Special thanks to Emile Van Gils

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:34

The ArtClub Disco Musical Theater in Italy

 

The ArtClub Disco Musical Theater is an exciting alternative disco nightclub located in Desenzano del Garda in Italy. The club features exotic dancers who perform for adult audiences, accompanied by various musical genres, including disco, house and pop. 

ArtClub Disco also features live music.

 

The lighting crew uses Vector Ultra Violet to control the lighting equipment, as well as Vector PC for Backup.

 

Special thanks to Luca Chittò.