Argentina is a country passionate about dancing, and "Bailando por un Sue±o " (Dancing For a Dream), a segment inside the wider Showmatch programme on El Trece (Channel 13), is one of the most popular reality / talent series on Argentinian TV.
For the latest series, Lighting Designers held their own with no problems.
For Ruben, the speed of the lights is really important on dancing programmes everything moves very quickly! He also likes the colours and the gobo selection> "All these features are great for TV lighting," he says.
He has also been impressed with how the Pointes handled the intense work schedule, running constantly for around 8 hours during the shoot days ... often without air conditioning. They have had no problems at all with the fixtures over the 9 month period during which Bailando was enthralling viewers.
The fixtures took the humidity and condensation of one water-themed episode in their stride - a full pool was installed in the studio, complete with rain effect showers overhead, so the dancers could perform in these when wet!
It's the first time that co-LD Esteban Leguizamon has used Pointes, but he is very pleased with the results. He appreciates the frost effects and, like Abeldano, the speed. One of his favourite looks is using them in wash mode facing right into the camera.
He comes from a touring background but really enjoys the crossovers in lighting bands and this style of fast-paced TV with the high energy buzz of Bailando.
While they know the main dance routines that will be performed ahead of time, the shows are all run completely live, so the key is to have flexible lighting and the latitude to deal with scenarios that might arise unexpectedly and last minute, so the whole production team has to be able to think on their feet!
Esteban says that they will definitely be using Pointes again next year.
Lighting was programmed on a grandMA full size by Esteban and Pablo Leguzomon, and run by Esteban for the series.
Bailando por un Sue±o was directed by Alejandro Ripoll and the Executive Producers were Frederico Hoppe and Pablo Proda.
Photos: Louise Stickland