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Elation fixtures for premiere of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ musical
Lighting designer Justin Townsend was one of the first designers to use the Elation Artiste Picasso LED moving head, employing them along with the company’s ZW37 LED moving head on the premiere of the musical ‘Jagged Little Pill’, featuring the music of Alanis Morissette.
The world premiere of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ ran for 79 sold-out performances - May 5th to July 15th, 2018 - at American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Playing a prominent role in the lighting rig were 42 LED source Elation ZW37 beam/wash moving head effects that the LD had lined in angled overhead trusses in the shape of a roof. Riccardo Hernandez was the set designer.
“The iconic shape of a roof of a house became the unifying design idea and we hung three trusses full of wash lights to create an overhead structure,” Justin Townsend explains. “The units acted as both powerful lights to compose each scene, but also created a unique theatrical architecture - activating the scenic design idea. This ceiling of light flew in and out during the action, creating compressed spaces as well as completely flying out to the grid, creating a giant black void.”
The designer complemented the look with Artiste Picassos, the first use of the new LED moving head in a theatrical environment. “They were real workhorses on the show,” he says. Townsend had nine Artiste Picasso units at his disposal and used them as top light for color shading and on occasion for texture onto the deck. He also used them as cross light. The Elation fixtures for ‘Jagged Little Pill’ were supplied by lighting rental company Christie Lites.
(Photos: Evgenia Eliseeva)
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