John Dunn, National Sales Manager for Elation with the Artiste Picasso WFX Award
John Dunn, National Sales Manager for Elation with the Artiste Picasso WFX Award

Artiste Picasso Wins Best Moving Light Award

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Elation Professional’s Artiste™ series of theatrical-grade moving heads has again been recognized as uniquely innovative. The Artiste Picasso™ has been honored with a New Product Award in the Moving Light category at the recent WFX Conference & Expo in Orlando, the sixth time the series has been recognized by industry peers.

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The Ovation E-930VW from CHAUVET wins a new product award
The Ovation E-930VW from CHAUVET wins a new product award

CHAUVET Professional Ovation E-930VW Wins New Products Award

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There are many reasons why the Ovation E-930VW variable white ellipsoidal fixture can be an invaluable addition to a lighting rig. Projecting a bright, flat field of light in nearly any temperature of white with high CRI and CQS, and featuring a proprietary six-color LED system, the new fixture is ideal for many end-users.

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Østre Gasværk Teater. Photos: Louise Stickland
Østre Gasværk Teater. Photos: Louise Stickland

An Extensive Rigging Upgrade at Landmark Copenhagen Theater

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Denmark’s Østre Gasværk Teater in the city’s Østerbro district is housed in a former gas holder once part of the old Eastern Gasworks complex, built in 1878 and designed by Martin Nyrop, also the architect of Copenhagen City Hall. The venue has functioned as a performance space since the 1970s, however in the last year an extensive technical refit and major rigging upgrade has involved the installation of a completely new free-standing steel grid internal structure, together with a Kinesys automation system – featuring the latest Kinesys Apex chain hoists and DigiHoist control.

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Four ESTA Standards Approved

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On November 6, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved four ESTA standards. Three are new or revised standards and one is the reaffirmation without changes of an existing standard. All four are published and are available for free download from the TSP website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards thanks to the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance. They are also available for sale from ANSI and IHS for the retail price of $40. The four standards are:

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A scene from Tinga Tinga Tales - The Musical. Photo credit: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
A scene from Tinga Tinga Tales - The Musical. Photo credit: Alexis Buatti-Ramos

Colorful Lighting for Tinga Tinga Tales - The Musical

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Why do chameleons change colors? Technically it has something to do with things called nanocrystals in their cell structure. But a more wondrous and soul-stirring explanation can be found in one of the many African fables that come vividly to life in Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical. A scene in the Kenyan children’s musical recounts a time when the chameleon was a dull, gray, and sad creature. That was until it met a butterfly who led it to a very special rainbow. Stepping onto the rainbow, the chameleon instantly metamorphized into a magnificently colored animal resplendent in reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, and greens. Here's a video of the production and then read more about the design.
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Chicago Broadway's longest-running American musical
Chicago Broadway's longest-running American musical

Chicago Celebrates 22 Years on Broadway

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The Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago, now playing at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre, celebrates its 22nd Broadway anniversary today! To commemorate the milestone, here are 22 facts about Chicago’s 22 “Razzle Dazzle” years! Plus a video of Costume Designer William Ivey Long talking us through the show's design character-by-character. Happy Anniversary...and all that jazz!
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