BlackTrax Keeps Focus on the Weeknd Tour

J81KBG Toronto, Canada. 26th May, 2017. The Weeknd plays to a sold-out hometown crowd at The Air Canada Centre on his Starboy: Legend Of The Fall Tour. Credit: Bobby Singh/Alamy Live News.

BlackTrax realtime motion tracking system kept the spotlight in focus during the Grammy Award-winning musician, The Weeknd’s, Starboy: Legend of The Fall worldwide tour.

Production Manager, Rob DeCeglio, said: “BlackTrax was the first tracking system that I have used that is worth the setup time. Other systems in the past either were not accurate enough or still require human operators of some kind. This certainly opens the doors for other tracking applications and diversification, everything from artists to set pieces.”

An angular 120ft long x 70ft wide suspended and flown multi-faceted triangle piece was created by TAIT for use with audio, projection and lighting.

“Having a giant kinetic structure made it impossible to use traditional spot locations and have coverage on the principal,” added DeCeglio. These were positioned stage left and stage right of the run way and with four high and low upstage fixtures.

“For the Weeknd, it’s always about art. Designers and production alike are charged with creating something that’s unique, something that compliments and enhances the music, and something that brings the focus without being a distraction to Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd),” added DeCeglio.

In highlighting the creative and production benefits of BlackTrax, DeCeglio commented: “Besides needing to use BlackTrax for practical reasons, it also gives the ability to focus on the performer with unique angles, colors, and an incredible amount of accuracy that you would never get with a traditional follow spot.”

For the Weeknd, futuristic set design was by Es Devlin and lighting design was by Sooner Routhier of SRae Productions. Starboy: Legend of The Fall was the first time that Routhier had used BlackTrax.

“I love the Black Trax system. I would love to put it on every show for the rest of my life! The technology is incredible and makes such a huge difference in your production.”

Having already toured Europe, South America, North America and Canada, the Starboy: Legend of The Fall will wrap up in Australia in December 2017.