Lighting the Stars Lands in Vietnam

Lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe shared his industry experiences, Tran Thanh Hung

The Lighting the Stars series of conferences featuring international Lighting Designer Patrick Woodroffe landed in Ho Chi Minh City in November 2018 with the aim of celebrating lighting and discussing its future.

The event, which was organised by Vietnam ProAVL alongside Claypaky and MA Lighting, presented Woodroffe to an audience keen to hear first-hand about his 30-year career at the forefront of live music, event, architectural and theatre lighting design.

Indeed, Woodroffe has designed the lighting for a diverse array of big-name projects, including; the London Symphony Orchestra, ABBA, the Rolling Stones, the Vanity Fair Oscars party and Prince Charles’s Highgrove House gardens.

This latest Lighting the Stars seminar was held at the New Music Center in Ho Chi Minh City. Guests heard Woodroffe discuss both the past and the future of lighting in all its forms – music, dance, live performance, architecture and art.

He went on to share stories about his experiences designing the lighting for the London Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies in 2012, and his work on Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour, which was tragically cancelled after Jackson’s untimely death in 2009. Woodroffe’s design was immortalised in the film of the same name, which focused on preparations for the tour.

The conference excited the audience, who were thrilled to hear about Woodroffe’s life in light and take part in a Q&A session after each section.

In addition to the seminar, guests were invited to experience the latest fixtures from Claypaky. Mirco Segatto from Claypaky hosted a showcase of the Claypaky Axcor range: the Claypaky Axcor Profile 600, the Claypaky Axcor Profile 400 and Claypaky Axcor Spot 400 and the Claypaky Axcor 300 Spot, Beam and Wash.

“The Lighting the Stars event in Vietnam offered a great opportunity to demo the products of the Axcor range and how together, these multi-feature fixtures provide a complete toolkit to lighting designers,” said Alfonso Zarate Takano, the Claypaky Sales Manager for the APAC area. “At the same time, they present an attractive commercial opportunity for rental operators worldwide, as a finely engineered, versatile equipment choice which meets the requirements of the widest range of productions and applications.”

Diem Truong from Hanoi-based Claypaky distributor Vietnam ProAVL supplied the Axcor range to the conference, along with a host of other Claypaky fixtures including the  Claypaky Scenius Spot, Claypaky Scenius Unico, Claypaky Mythos 2, Claypaky Aleda B-EYE K10 and Claypaky Sharpy Plus.

Claypaky CEO, Pio Nahum, commented: “We are proud to support Patrick Woodroffe as he travels the globe promoting the importance of light and recounting his vast experience at the helm of so many world-class events. Claypaky is thrilled to be an ongoing partner of these Lighting the Stars conferences and is grateful to our regional distributors, such as ProAVL, for their support and brilliant service.”