Robe Hitting a High at Prolight + Sound

Photo: Louise Stickland

Czech lighting manufacturer Robe lighting enjoyed another incredible Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, taking the opportunity to launch its new German subsidiary, Robe Deutschland GmbH, showcasing 10 new inventive and interesting products and creating another great showspace for visitors.

CEO Josef Valchar commented: “I know I have said this for at least the last five years after Frankfurt but once again, the show was incredible for us! It exceeded all our expectations – and they were high to start with! All the right ingredients and dynamics – including, most importantly, the people – combined to create a highly effective space for presenting our brand and the whole ‘Robe experience’.”

The new live stage and a specially conceived dance piece brought fresh depth and dimension to an incredibly elaborate theatrical styled environment created for the exhibition by Robe’s core creative and technical team, based on one of the world’s most famous theatres, La Scala Milan.

“As a busy, key European entertainment technology trade show, Prolight was a great high-impact choice for the launch of Robe Deutschland GmbH,” explained Robe’s Sales Director Harry von den Stemmen, during Robe’s press conference as he introduced the new team led by Dieter Gross. Joining Gross in the new company will be Martin Lönner, Stephanie Walloner, Olaf Nehrenheim and Martin Opitz. Robe Deutschland is based in Munich and will be exceedingly active in the forthcoming weeks and months with new appointments due to be announced shorty.

As has become a Robe trademark at major exhibitions, imagineering an invigorating space conducive to business and communication is at the core of the stand design concept. This year for the first time, the show became fully ‘live’ with four dancers who performed hourly in a piece choreographed and directed by Chris Manoe – who also commissioned the special soundtrack – to a team Robe brief initiated by Valchar.

The spectacular accompanying lightshow illustrated some of Robe’s coolest new products first hand, including 38 x Spikies, 18 x LEDBeam 150’s, 39 x Spiiders, 4 ColorStrobes, 6 x PARFect 150’s, 8 x Pointes and 10 VIVAs and one DL4S for top light.

The first part of the lightshow was all about skin tones and how Robe offers a whole range of products ideal for theatrical lighting.

A dramatic kabuki drop jolted the action from the warm glow of nostalgia and familiarity to colder, more sinister tones as a group of street kids broke into the theatre and started to vandalise.

The intruders covered the theatre with graffiti – a real graffiti artist was sourced for this – which was suddenly revealed around the walls of the stand by Robe’s latest super-powerful UV Strobes – effectively creating another reveal.

A third reveal onstage saw two screens tracked off left and right to expose a back-wall of pixelPATTs and cue the final section of the five minute performance, showcasing these together with vibrant Spiider and Spikie effects, with Pointes bouncing off mirror reflectors dotted around the stage, laser-style, for the fight scenes!

The intricate stand artwork appearing on all the full set of beautifully printed drapes was created in 3ds Max.

The lighting fixtures around the stand included the Robe DL7 range of Profiles, Spots and Fresnel LED luminaires, together with DL4’s, more Spiiders, PARFect 150’s and LEDBeam 150’s as well as Divine 60 UV floods. These were hung on drop bars as the ceiling needed to be completely flat to create the domed centrepiece above the ‘auditorium’ and bar area.

The dome featured two concentric rings of the new Anolis Ambiene intelligent down-lighters which are available in tunable white or RGBW.

In front of the stage was a full tiered comfortable theatre seating area and at the back of the stand were two enclosed demo areas. The same architectural design and continuity was carried through to the Anolis section of the stand across the aisle.

Building on last year’s success, Robe again hosted a Wednesday night stand party, with the booth transformed into an amazing club, complete with Belgian DJ Laurent Wery plus a live saxophonist Michiel ‘Sakso’ Hofman who improvised and enhanced the dance grooves with a richly sensual musical addition to the mix.