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Robe follows the science in Israel

Robe follows the science in Israel
Images courtesy of Yael Ilan

Robe follows the science in Israel

Israel:

An all-Robe lighting rig has been deployed at an annual event honouring the work of Israeli scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. The university, which offers graduate and post-graduate degrees in natural and exact sciences, moved to a digital format this year but with as much live content as possible, such as lecturers, seminars, Q&A sessions and awards. Lighting designer Eran Klein of Cochavi&Klein was asked to create lighting for the event which was co-ordinated by communications agency FaZa.

As well as being broadcast, recorded and streamed from the Weizmann Institute’s Sela Auditorium, presenters joined in live by Zoom, Teams and other remote conferencing platforms. Set designer Izaq Ronen Wasserstein created a diagonally orientated stage with a lightning flash-shaped walkway with a plexi top which was lit from below. Klein used six Robe BMFL Blades, two of which were positioned out in the audience area on flightcases and the other four were rigged on two V-shaped trusses that mimicked the shape of the lightning flash on the stage.

Klein also deployed 10 out of 15 Robe MegaPointes on the trusses with the other five on the floor – for effects – and 10 LEDBeam100s were also on the floor along the front of stage as footlights and to enlarge the overall picture. Seven Robe Spiider LED wash beams were on the overhead trusses with the MegaPointes.

“Basically, I needed to know that I could quickly and easily get key lighting onto the guests,” explained Klein. “In this environment, colour harmony is extremely important, and Robe fixtures all have nice, refined and organic colour systems that produce such a great range of high-quality colours.”

Lighting rental company Simul had to cross-rent the BMFL Blades from Danor Theatre and Studio Systems for this event for which they also supplied audio and LED screens. All the scenic elements were delivered by Gideon Rokach. Klein programmed and ran the lights on a grandMA2 system with full redundancy.

With no live audience, lighting and video effects were used to help create an atmosphere, a task that is “easier said than done”. Klein worked very closely with the OB truck team to ensure that the process went smoothly. “The Weizmann Institute has a great reputation for high-end science and that needed to be reflected in the presentation which had to look official but be cool, sharp and on-point. It was a demanding task, but we all love challenges and being imaginative. Everyone was delighted with the results.”



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