At the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore tennis tournament over 100 Robe moving lights illuminated the court as part of a lighting scheme designed by Michael Chan and Tom Langridge.
While Tom ensured that the court was lit specifically for the TV cameras and special requirements like slow motion, Michael looked after lighting for the Opening Ceremony and then for general ambience and effects lighting throughout the schedule of matches, including creating WOW-moments for the player entrances.
To assist with this he used 40 x BMFL Spots, 40 x Pointes and 21 Robe Squares, all supplied to the event by The Show Company, together with other moving lights and LED PARs mostly rigged on trusses in the roof.
The Opening Ceremony was a 15 minute entertainment show starting with a lighthearted house-keeping segment by ActiveSG kids, followed by a 4 minute dance presentation by the Jeffrey Dance Academy, choreography by Jeffrey and Ryan Tan for which a 4 sided 10 metre tall by 5 metre wide projection screen was dropped into the middle of the court via double Kabuki.
This event was the first time that Michael had used the Squares on a show, although he had been wanting to try them for some time. "They brought "a completely new and different element to the lighting” he declared, particularly with the 360 degree rotation which was extremely dynamic and helped create looks and effects that "simply would not have been possible using more traditional fixtures."
Michael has used Robe products for some time over his 15 year career as a lighting professional recalling the early years of Robe’s first flagship product, the ColorSpot 1200E AT which was followed by the 700 series, another favourite during its era. He thinks Robe has progressed in "leaps and bounds from the early days to become a market leader”, with the BMFL series being one real "game-changer” along with the Pointe, launched in 2013, which effectively offered four fixtures "a very good spot, beam and wash light - plus effects - in one small housing."
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