LD Andy Hinago Adds Sparkle to The Kyoto Sushi Theater

by Stage Directions
A scene from The Kyoto Sushi Theater, lit by LD Andy Hinago
A scene from The Kyoto Sushi Theater, lit by LD Andy Hinago

Both world-class dining and entertainment offerings are found in the Kyoto Sushi Theater, a lively venue that serves up a culinary and artistic feast for its customers by providing delicious food choices and captivating theatrical performances. Creating a colorful and engaging backdrop for this dual experience is an Andy Hinago-designed lightshow that features a collection of CHAUVET Professional fixtures, supplied by PRG Japan.

Given that the “theater side” of Kyoto Sushi Theater features not only traditional Kabuki, but also more modern, western-style Shingeki performances, Hinago (who owns GOTTA, Inc.) placed an emphasis on versatility when putting together his rig for the venue. This led him to place the Maverick MK Pyxis at the top of his gear list.

“Typically, I start building my rig by selecting washes, but when I saw the Pyxis, I knew I had to have it,” said Hinago, who installed 15 of the unique moving fixtures at the theater. “Pyxis was first because of all I could do with it. The outer ring of pixels and center pixel offer so many options. Plus, it has continuous pan and tilt, built-in color macros, gobos with vibrant, punchy colors, so it opens a lot of options.”
A scene from The Kyoto Sushi Theater, lit by LD Andy Hinago

In addition to its Pyxis units, the theater rig features three Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures. “The Rogue R1 FX-Bs are very flexible and work well with the Pyxis, allowing me to create a wide variety of looks,” said Hinago. “I have one FX-B placed horizontally in the front of the stage, and two hung vertically on either side. Being able to use the FX-Bs as a multiple sidelight allows me to cover five positions with one fixture, providing the impact of numerous fixtures, while taking up much less space.”

A collection of 21 Maverick MK2 Profile and 21 Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures is also included in the rig. Hinago selected these fixtures for their versatility and output. “The MK2 Profiles have a great zoom feature, which made them an ideal choice,” said Hinago. “With an average distance of only 6-feet between the lights and the actors, being able to create the type of focus needed is a necessity. The MK2s also have a great gobo selection, which allows me to get really creative and mix colors with just the right amount of lux output. The MK2 Wash offers the same great color palette, at just the right size and output for what was needed.”

For special effects, Hinago added a Vesuvio II fogger to his rig. “This is a fantastic fixture,” said Hinago. “It can produce 40,000 cubic feet of fog per minute, with even, color-saturated coverage from its LEDs. It’s also versatile enough to create evocative atmospheres for both Kabuki and Shingeki performances.”

Looking beyond the performance features of his rig’s fixtures, Hinago also selected them for their efficiency. “Having a limited amount of power dedicated to lighting, I knew LEDs were the best choice and would allow me to incorporate the number of fixtures I needed to maximize the design,” he said. “I also had to be cognizant of the space within the theater to place the fixtures, so their compact size was important.”
A scene from The Kyoto Sushi Theater, lit by LD Andy Hinago

In the popular Gion district, with its high real estate values, space is at a premium. On the other hand, given the area’s popularity, venues that operate within its boundaries have to offer premium entertainment. Happily, for Kyoto Sushi Theater, its new lighting rig helps it address both issues.

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