It is Eurovision selection season ¦ and one of the 43 hopefuls for this years event in Kiev, Ukraine, in May is Slovenias Omar Naber whose song On My Way was chosen at a spectacular Eurovision Melody Gospodarsko Razstavisce exhibition centre in Ljubljana.
A stunning lighting design by Crt Birsa amazed audiences both onscreen and live for which Crt utilized over 200 Robe fixtures on the rig including Spiiders, BMFL Blades, Pointes, MMX WashBeams, Squares, LEDBeam 100s, PARFect 100s, CycFX 8s, LEDWash 600s, ColorSpot 1200E ATs and a single Robin 600E Spot ¦ supplied to the show by Slovenias largest rental company, Event Lighting.
Crt worked closely with set designer Greta Godnic to create a striking visual environment for this high profile show, which was broadcast live on Slovenian national TV in 3 parts two semi-finals and a grand finale each attended by a live audience of around 1000.
Crt is one of the countrys leading LDs and gets involved in many of RTVs (Slovenian National TV) largest and more complex shows.
When Greta and Crt were initiating the designs, they wanted to involve the whole room in the show rather than separating the stage and set from the venue. One big harmonious performance space was a key aesthetic goal.
Then there had to be enough variety on the lighting rig to create unique settings for each artist. For Crt, once the overall design was in place, the programming process started by familiarising himself with the music for each performer, then drawing up some basic atmospheric instructions. These were pondered for a day or so ¦ after which an intense period of programming started.
With this show, while there was a reasonable amount of time on site, that is never enough, so Crt did plenty of previsualisation, allowing him to come to the expo centre prepared with most of the basic lighting building blocks. Then it was a case of finessing ¦ which as we all know can be an infinite process!
The imposing set comprised three giant grey industrial style crosses each side of stage six in total - that resembled huge hammers laid on their sides.
rigged above the stage for performer backlight, with another 8 on the other side of the hall to backlight the Green Room and colour this area between the songs ¦ matching to the colours of the audience and the set.
A single 600E Spot was rigged centre-back for rear silhouetting performers.
The biggest challenges were ensuring that the show replicated the design visualisations exactly, and a huge amount of accuracy was necessary when building the set and installing the lighting rig. Everything had to be symmetrical and in the right place. In some places, set elements and the lights were very close together, so a few millimetres out and the set could have blocked lighting positions, etc.
Event Lightings large stock of Robe kit has been supplied by Slovenian distributor, MK Light Sound d.o.o.
Photo by Jani Ugrin