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MDG at “Grand Finale” with Hofesh Shechter Company
Hofesh Shechter Company celebrated its 10th anniversary and kicked off the first day of Brighton Festival in May 2018 with a performance of “Grand Finale”, the latest original dance work from award-winning choreographer Hofesh Shechter.
Signature to any Shechter production is the ‘Hofesh Haze’ that remains consistent throughout the performances. To achieve this look, head of production at Hofesh Shechter, Adam Hooper, chose MDG haze and fog generators which are hired locally at each venue, or brought along by the company if there is no local availability.
In “Grand Finale” the set in Tom Scutt’s design consists of seven rolling towers manipulated by the dancers, and the architecture of Tom Visser’s lighting design, with beams of monochromatic light that cut through the haze and change with each repositioning of the towers.
“The lighting positions are very specific and structured,” explains Hooper. “Focusing can take up to eight hours because Hofesh insists on running through the show at every new venue, and his attention to detail means we frequently tweak the lighting levels by as little as 0.5% during technical rehearsals. This is why the ‘Hofesh Haze’ is a very important addition to the aesthetic. We need it to look the same at all times, with no little puffs or clouds or gaps across the stage or auditorium.”
Show operator Andre Gubanov uses the MDG Atmosphere APS haze generator or the Max3000 fog generator, depending what is available at the venue, and fills the stage and the auditorium with an even haze before the audience arrives. “We close the tabs before the audience come in, so when they are opened the haze remains evenly distributed across the stage and auditorium and doesn’t roll in either direction,” says Gubanov.
For the performance at the Brighton Dome, two MDG machines were located one each side of the stage, accompanied by nine DMX fans rigged 2 m above the lighting grid and another four on stage at each corner to drive the haze down and keep it consistent around the dancers. Gubanov controls the fanspeed remotely from the console and the hazer output manually from the wings.
Upper photo shows Andre Gubanov and Adam Hooper.
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