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Robe illuminates Mazowsze
Mazowsze, the Polish State Folk Group of Song and Dance, was featured in Pawel Pawlikowski’s movie ‘Cold War’ in 2018, and just before that, it had invested in some of Robe’s Tarrantula LED wash beams, which met a tender specification that was initiated by technical manager and lighting designer Lukas Rúzewilz.
Their rehearsal and performance facility on the outskirts of Warsaw has been open since 2009, and Rúzewilz has worked there for a year, before which he was the technical manager of the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw.
Mazowsze’s 600 capacity venue is funded by the government and, in addition to being home to the company, it stages several other dance, music, theatre, comedy and ballet shows, amounting to around 250 a year. All Mazowsze’s own touring shows are produced there before going on the road.
When Rúzewilz joined the production and technical team, the venue’s existing moving light rig was ten years old and in need of an upgrade, so he started the ball rolling on this process. A tender for new moving lights was offered to selected companies, and the section to provide LED wash lights was won by Robe’s Polish distributor Prolight with the Tarrantulas. Prolight supplied 24 Tarrantulas as part of the new package.
Lukas Rúzewilz lights all the productions that appear onstage at the venue, and has often worked with Robes on previous shows, including LEDWash 1200s. Twelve of the Tarrantulas are installed almost permanently in the venue above the stage and work most of the time, while the other twelve are used as and when needed. They work as a complement to the profile fixtures that were also part of the lighting upgrade.
Mazowsze already has some other Robe fixtures including 7 x MegaPointes, 24 x Cyc FX 8s and 16 x LEDWash 800s. The CycFX 8s are often used to up light backdrops, legs, borders and other ‘soft’ items or drapage, and these are all used frequently for the music shows staged there. Some of the Robes also go on the road for their tours.
(Photos: Piotr Pasieczny/Fotobueno/PZLPiT Mazowsze)
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