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National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts brings Ayrton Khamsin-S to “Turandot” revival

When Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) hosted a revival of the German/Taiwanese co-production of Puccini’s “Turandot” in 2020, Chien-hao Kuo, lighting designer and head of lighting, chose to replace all the discharge moving lights of the original design with LED fixtures.


He selected 26 Ayrton Khamsin-S profiles which were supplied to the venue from its rental stock by Hispot Workshop of Taipei, Taiwan. “Because opera singers perform without amplified sound, I was focused on methods of reducing the background noise in the theatre”, Kuo explains. “Moving lights with discharge sources are notorious for having fans, the noise of which causes disturbance in this kind of performance.” An LED source was therefore the way to go.


Ayrton Khamsin-S played a pivotal role at the heart of Kuo’s design by creating leading image effects and using the gobo flow to match the media content. “I kept the fixtures busy in colour changing, gobo rotating and graphic animation”, he says.


The original co-production between the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) and Deutsche Operam Rhein premiered in Theater Duisburg, Germany, in December 2015, before receiving its Asian premiere at the Weiwuying Opera House in April 2019. The lighting design was a joint creation between Volker Weinhart for Germany and Chien-hao Kuo for Taiwan.


(Photos: National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Weiwuying/Tat Keng TEY)




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