Hawthorns and Clay Paky support dance festival
25 January 2012
UK - Theatrical suppliers Hawthorns recently supported the Breakin' Convention International Festival of Hip Hop Dance at Sadler's Wells Theatre with a charitable loan of nine Clay Paky 1200 Profiles.
The top international line-up of dancers was lit by lighting designer Jonathan Samuels who said he was extremely pleased with the Clay Paky equipment. "I found the Alpha Profile 1200 to be one of the most versatile and easy-to-use moving lights that I have ever worked with. The features they provide allowed me to create unique lighting for the 20 or so companies that performed, without having to unnecessarily repeat looks or states."
According to Samuels, time was of the essence. "The time demands on the lighting designer of Breakin' Convention are immense and having equipment that can react as quickly as the ideas flow is a massive advantage. Finally - here is a tool which works with you and your ideas, rather than one that shapes or dictates them.
"The hip-hop theatre genre is a hybrid of dance, theatre and occasionally rock n roll," said Samuels. "Having units that can perform well across all of these was a massive advantage and added significantly to the look of the festival. In a dance context, having a really reliable shuttering and shaping system is essential, and I found these units performed better than any other I've used so far."
Samuels used nine Alpha 1200s arranged in a grid formation, and was able to achieve what the dancers desired without any compromise to their choreography. "Because the programmer was able to create the shapes quickly", added Samuels, "we didn't have to take up more technical time than necessary. I've often found that while similar units can achieve certain shapes, programming them can be too laborious and therefore becomes prohibitive."
The Alpha Profile 1200 is just part of the extensive Clay Paky range of movers at Hawthorn's hire stock in London and Nottingham. The company recently added several Alpha Wash 700s, Spot HPE 700s as well as the new 189W Sharpy to its growing collection.
Jeff Davenport, business development manager for Hawthorns said, "We are seeing an increased interest in the Clay Paky range from our clients. And so, we were more than happy to provide these fixtures for Sadler's and the Breakin' Convention event; it's just the kind of thing we're happy to support."
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