Prljavo Kazalište celebrate 40 years of hits and stardom with a world tour which kicked off with a show at the Spaladium Arena in Split, with lighting designed by Sven Kučinić of LumiLas LLC, who has worked for the band for the last six years.
Kučinić specified Robe fixtures to light this shows to work for the whole of the upcoming tour which plays various sized venues and is scheduled to run for the rest of this landmark year in the band’s amazing career.
Kučinić had carte blanche to come up with practical and spectacular ideas, although budget was a consideration and the goal was to create something really impressive without busting the bank!
Known for his imagination, Kučinić produced great looking result with Robe as the main moving light fixtures – 20 MMX Spots, 12 x MMX WashBeams and 16 Pointes. This expedient fixture count for the size of the venue and the enormity of the occasion – proved that intelligently and imaginatively, less is most definitely more.
The main trussing was configured as a ‘W’ shape above a large 100 square metre LED wall at the back with the MMXs all rigged on this and the Pointes positioned on the floor along a walkway behind the band.
The MMX WashBeam is one of Kučinić’s all-time favourite moving lights and on Prljavo Kazalište they were again “fundamental and reliable front wash lights”. The MMX Spots were the primary profile lights on the rig and were worked hard to create fixed looks and a range of CMY effects.
The 16 Pointes were the only pure effects lights of the show and this role defined the look and physical structure of the performance space, a task enhanced by their close proximity to one another, the uniformity of the optics and the punchy beams. They essentially became an integrated scenic element, concealed from view due to their small footprints until light came blasting through their lenses!
He programmed and operated the show himself on a grandMA2 full size – admitting to being a bit of a control freak, he prefers to work this way! After six years with the band, he knows most song structures and lyrics by heart.
The show’s video has original content created by Croatian multimedia artist Ivan Marušić Klif and his colleague Ana Hušman.
Also integral to the production for the gig in Split, were FOH sound engineer Daniel Biffel and Juraj Stipetić of LumiLas who co-ordinated the entire laser effects in close consultation with Kučinić. Equipment was supplied by leading Croatian rental company ELDRA – project managed for them by Dario Katačić and Domagoj Pribanić.