DHA puts the song into Singapore!

Singapore isn’t going to be quite the same again! After what has been a project on a vast scale, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay opened on October 12 with the beginning of a whirlwind three-week celebration of the finest popular and classical, traditional and contemporary forms of theatre, music and dance. During this period Esplanade is seeing a diverse range of activities featuring 1,300 artists from 22 countries, performing in 70 different productions.

With a prime waterfront location, the new international arts venue is set to put Singapore firmly on the map with first class facilities that include a 2000 seat Lyric Theatre, 1800 seat Concert Hall, 250 seat Recital Studio and 220 seat Theatre Studio. The Lyric Theatre and Concert Hall in particular will make it possible for Singaporeans to enjoy major international opera and ballet companies, symphonic orchestras and large touring musical shows.

One of a number of world-class suppliers involved in the creation of Esplanade is DHA Lighting. Singapore-based lighting company Te Deum supplied ten DHA animation units, 12 gobo rotators (four doubles and eight singles), several DMX controllers and 250 gobos. Direct from their London office, DHA also supplied eight custom glass colour gobos of the Esplanade logos to be used throughout the venue. “Julie Harper (sales manager, Asia Pacific region) at DHA has been very supportive”, said lighting designer Leon Dark. “The 250 gobos and gobo rotators we purchased through Te Deum have been a boon and we’re very happy with the gear so far.”

In the main 2000 seat Lyric Theatre, equipment from DHA Lighting was specified as part of what constitutes potentially one of the largest motorised lighting installations in any producing theatre in the world. Specific to the Lyric Theatre within the Esplanade complex are 12 DHA Digital Light Curtains (DLCs), specified by consultant Jon Stevens of Theatre Projects Consultants and supplied by UK-based DHA dealer Northern Light. “DLCs were chosen because they provide an image – that of a spectacular, multi-lamp ‘moving wall’ of light – which cannot be achieved in any other way”, explained Stevens. “Although such equipment would normally be hired rather than owned by a venue, they were included in the specification for ‘special use’ units for shows which require their particular capabilities, as opposed to being intended to form part of the general-purpose lighting rig.”

The 12 DLCs are just one element of what could be an entirely automated lighting rig in the main theatre, which includes 16 High End X-spots with framing shutters, 16 High End StudioSpots, 18 High End StudioColors, 18 High End StudioBeam PCs, four custom-built Lighting Innovation motorised Beamlights, 26 Strand Pirouette PCs and 60 ETC Source Fours in Lighting Innovation Motor Yokes with Rainbow 6″ colour scrollers.

For more information on Esplanade, visit www.esplanade.com.

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