Parisian Théâtre de la Renaissance chooses ETC’s Halcyon

Parisian Théâtre de la Renaissance chooses ETC’s Halcyon

The renowned Théâtre de la Renaissance is the latest venue in France to choose ETC gear to upgrade its lighting. ETC dealer So What & Co supplied High End Systems Halcyon Titanium fixtures for the Parisian theatre.

Well-known spaces across France including the Bordeaux Opera, the Théâtre National Populaire, the Comédie Française and the Grand Théâtre de Provence have all recently selected Halcyon automated fixtures as the best solution to light their spaces. In the heart of the 10th arrondissement of Paris, the Théâtre de la Renaissance also made the same choice with the support of So What & Co. 

Halcyon’s best-in-class quality, powerful output and low levels of noise were just some of the features that appealed to the Technical Director of the Théâtre de la Renaissance Éric Milleville when deciding on the right solution for the theatre. “The first thing I was looking for when deciding on the right fixtures were sources that were powerful enough to replace a 2 kW [fixture],” says Milleville. From an output of 19,000 lumens to 54,000 lumens (as well as 70,000 lumens in boost mode), ETC’s Halcyon fixtures offer a powerful range of options for users to work with alongside a matching feature set in three different varieties – Gold, Platinum and Titanium. 

A member of the ASTP (Association for the Support of Private Theatres which includes approximately 50 Parisian theatres), the Théâtre de la Renaissance also considered ETC’s SolaFrame Studio fixture. “I had heard good things about this moving light,” continues Éric, “since they don’t have a fan and the zoom is very quiet. We did tests with the So What & Co team. We liked its silence but the result wasn’t right for our needs in terms of output. So What & Co then loaned us the new Halcyon Titanium, equipped with a High Fidelity engine. And it was perfect!” 

Benjamin Boiffier, Director of So What & Co, comments on choosing Halcyon: “We also gave a demonstration of the fixture to lighting designer François Leneveu during the Avignon festival. He really liked it and it just so happened that he would soon be lighting the play ‘Passeport’ at the Théâtre de la Renaissance. The team at the theatre were immediately sold that Halcyon was the right choice for their venue.” 

By choosing the High Fidelity version of the fixture, Éric Milleville has chosen a beautiful light, with a TM-30 Rf of 91 and Rg of 98. Add the two rotating gobo wheels, an animation wheel, the three frosts with the Trifusion system for a perfect transition between the different diffusions, four full-curtain shutters on a 180° rotating module… Finally, the next-gen gradient color mixing dichroics create smooth and even colors, both in and out of focus, with a mixing curve that gives incredible control of light tints through to intense saturates.

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Illuminating South African Theatre: ETC Halcyon

Illuminating South African Theatre: ETC Halcyon

In the vibrant tapestry of South African theatre, the quest for lighting solutions that offer exceptional quality, versatility, and cost-effectiveness is relentless. The partnership between ApexPro, one of South Africa’s leading distributors of professional stage technology, and ETC’s Halcyon series of lights stands as a beacon of innovation and performance in this quest. Here’s why ETC Halcyon lights, distributed by ApexPro, are transforming the South African theatre scene:

Tailored Solutions for Diverse Productions

ETC Halcyon Gold

The ETC Halcyon series, known for its adaptability and high-quality output, meets the diverse needs of South African theatres. Whether it’s a grand opera, an intimate drama, or a vibrant musical, Halcyon lights can be configured to create the perfect ambiance. ApexPro’s deep understanding of the local theatre landscape ensures that these lights are not just sold but matched precisely to each production’s specific requirements.

Unparalleled Support and Expertise

ApexPro’s distribution of ETC Halcyon lights comes with an invaluable addition: unmatched local support and technical expertise. This means that theatres across South Africa have immediate access to professional advice, installation assistance, and after-sales support. This level of service is crucial for the smooth operation of theatre productions and is a significant factor in the preference for Halcyon lights in the region.

Energy Efficiency Meets Cost-Effectiveness

In an era where sustainability is key, the energy efficiency of ETC Halcyon lights stands out. These lighting solutions reduce the carbon footprint of theatre productions and make using alternative power sources possible during load-shedding. ApexPro’s commitment to promoting environmentally friendly and cost-effective products aligns perfectly with the needs of South African theatres, making Halcyon Lights an ideal choice.

Cutting-Edge Technology and Training

Through its partnership with ETC, ApexPro ensures that South African theatres have access to the latest in lighting technology. Moreover, ApexPro offers training and workshops on using and optimizing Halcyon lights, empowering local technicians and designers with cutting-edge skills. This focus on education and technology transfer enriches the local theatre industry, fostering innovation and creativity.

Strengthening the South African Theatre Community

By choosing ETC Halcyon lights from ApexPro, theatres are not just investing in superior lighting solutions; they are also supporting a network that values community, education, and the growth of the arts sector in South Africa. ApexPro’s involvement extends beyond distribution to actively participating in the development of the theatre community, making Halcyon lights a choice that benefits all stakeholders.

The collaboration between ApexPro and ETC in bringing Halcyon lights to the South African theatre market is a game-changer. It combines world-class lighting technology with local expertise and support, making these lights a superior choice for theatres across the country. As South African theatre continues to grow and evolve, the partnership between ApexPro and ETC ensures that it does so in the most visually stunning, cost-effective, and sustainable way possible.

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ETC brings new technology and new talks to Prolight + Sound 2024

ETC brings new technology and new talks to Prolight + Sound 2024

At the 2024 edition of the Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt, ETC will showcase brand-new products and give a series of presentations on stands C39 and C41 in Hall 12.0.

ETC brings new technology and new talks to Prolight + Sound 2024

Throughout the week, visitors to ETC’s stand will have the chance to explore the latest lighting, control, stage machinery, and more technologies. Attendees will first see a brand new entertainment lighting fixture, new Hog software, and a preview of Eos lighting control software with expansion processing on stands C39 and C41.

ETC product specialists will also host a series of mini-presentations on the stand during the four-day tradeshow. These sessions will delve into whole system solutions and integration, explore how to make workflows more efficient, and examine some of ETC’s advanced technologies.

ETC brings new technology and new talks to Prolight + Sound 2024

Attendees will also get a chance to see the latest in stage machinery, including a Prodigy P2 hoist system, in action on the stand. New automated fixtures including the recently launched Ministar and best-in-class Halcyon fixtures will be on the stand. Visitors can also see ETC’s X8 color array with the latest in LED lighting – Source Four LED Series 3, fos/4 Fresnel 10” and 5”, Desire Fresnel and more.

ETC brings new technology and new talks to Prolight + Sound 2024

“Prolight + Sound is always a great opportunity for us to meet users and customers in person, share ideas and have hands-on experiences with our latest offerings. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stands at the show.”

ETC Market Manager Rory Fraser-Mackenzie

Recognized as a global entertainment technology shows for lighting, stage, events, and more, the annual Prolight + Sound show will take place from 19-22 March at the Messe Frankfurt.

Introducing OneTrack by ETC

Introducing OneTrack by ETC

ETC, a global leader in lighting solutions, is thrilled to introduce OneTrack by ETC, a versatile track lighting system, designed to deliver unparalleled flexibility, capability, and reliability for a wide range of installations. OneTrack by ETC offers two 20-amp circuits that can be independently switched or dimmed, providing ultimate control over lighting setups. Its robust data circuit, integrated directly into the track, ensures seamless compatibility with low-voltage dimming, via DMX, 0–10V, DALI, and other signal types.

With standard lengths of 4-, 8-, and 12-foot (1-, 2-, and 4-meter), OneTrack by ETC caters to diverse spatial requirements. Designers will appreciate the array of coupler options, empowering them to create imaginative lighting patterns with ease. OneTrack’s intelligent hardware design ensures secure mechanical and electrical connections, even when mounted vertically.

“We are delighted to partner with A.A.G. Stucchi and introduce the OneTrack by ETC track lighting system to our customers,” said Ned Keitt, Product Manager at ETC. “This -product empowers lighting professionals to achieve stunning results in any installation, particularly when paired with our exclusive OneTrack Backbone to combine the best features of track lighting and performance luminaires.”

ETC’s Source Four Mini LED, Irideon FPZ, Irideon WLZ, and Desire D22 luminaires will soon be available with OneTrack adapters, enabling seamless integration of these popular fixtures. Moreover, OneTrack by ETC supports an extensive range of LED track fixtures from various manufacturers, ensuring compatibility and versatility for lighting designers and specifiers.

ETC Introduces Hyperstar

ETC Introduces Hyperstar

ETC introduces the High End Systems Hyperstar, a new, sensational companion to the popular Lonestar automated luminaire. A powerful, compact moving light optimized for projection versatility, Hyperstar will help create uniquely beautiful designs for a wide variety of venues. Hyperstar is the same size as Lonestar, and is just as bright, compact, and affordable.

Lonestar is recognized for its projection capabilities and framing; with Hyperstar the framing modules have been removed to provide even more versatility when using patterns and aerials. With nine rotating patterns, 11 fixed patterns, an Animation wheel, dual frosts, and dual prisms, designers have an almost endless choice of breakups, aerials, radial patterns, and gobos specializing in morphing and texture. And by layering the fixture’s effects, a vast collection of custom visuals are available to achieve your desired look.

Market Manager Tania Lesage highlights the Hyperstar, saying, “It’s a luminaire tailored for venues of all sizes and aesthetics. Boasting punchy output, extensive effects, and versatile color capabilities, Hyperstar continues ETC’s unwavering commitment to providing unmatched professional quality and impeccable service, all within an accessible size and price range.”

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Teatri di Siena upgrades to energy-efficient lighting solution with ETC Lonestar

Teatri di Siena upgrades to energy-efficient lighting solution with ETC Lonestar

Teatri di Siena is leading the way in sustainable theatre practices by upgrading to the latest and most efficient LED systems from ETC. With support from Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), the venue is embracing an eco-friendly option that not only benefits the planet but also enhances the audience’s theatrical experience.

In an effort to promote technological advancement and energy conservation, PNRR is extending aid to the theatre industry as it recovers from the pandemic. Teatri di Siena is seizing this opportunity by upgrading its lighting system. Seasoned electrician and lighting aficionado Andrea Garbini is leading the venue’s ongoing renewal efforts, along with colleague Michele Pisano. Together, they are making significant strides towards a sustainable and eco-friendly future for the theatre industry through the PNRR initiative.

According to Garbini, Teatri di Siena has a clear objective – to produce exceptional shows. “As the world of theatre continues to evolve, venues must be equipped with professional and reliable resources to attract and support high-quality productions,” he says. “ETC is a perfect fit. It’s a company I have established a relationship of trust and precious collaboration with, that I have gladly made available to a theatre that feels like my own.”

With the addition of 25 Lonestar fixtures and an Ion Xe 20 lighting console from the Eos family, Teatri di Siena is preparing to bring its productions to the next level. Garbini is confident that the equipment will be put to great use, especially with upcoming productions by the Accademia Chigiana later this summer. The Lonestar’s ability to create stunning visual effects and its smooth movement will add a new dimension to the performances, creating an immersive experience for the audience. Additionally, the venue is eagerly anticipating the arrival of even more ETC products to enhance its productions, including LED ColorSource Spot V fixtures and Source 4WRD Color II engines, which will transform their existing Source Four incandescent profiles into more energy-efficient color-mixing LED fixtures.

As lighting design technology continues to evolve, more and more companies are turning to the Eos system. “During the most recent season, I had the opportunity to collaborate with fellow experts who shared their unique programming styles using the same system,” comments Garbini. “It was fascinating to see the versatility and potential of Eos, especially with the latest updates that have been added. I look forward to testing out the rest of the products in the coming months and can’t wait to see how they enhance theatre and outdoor events.”

As part of the (IM) Patti Chiari project aimed at reducing environmental impact, Teatro di Siena has taken various measures such as reducing printing, eliminating plastic bottles at the bar, and planting trees to offset CO2 emissions. The replacement of lighting fixtures with energy-efficient luminaires will further reduce consumption, making it a sustainable venue. With ETC’s advanced lighting equipment, the theatre is poised to deliver exceptional shows that leave a lasting impression.

ETC is distributed and supported in Southern Africa by ApexPro. Contact Jannie De Jarger for more information.