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Philips Takes Centre Stage in Reykjavik City Theatre

The prestigious Reykjavik City Theatre is delivering new dynamic lighting options to designers of its varied program of productions with a brand new installation of Vari-Lite VL1100TS luminaires.

Head of Lighting Thordur Orri Petursson commented that: “After a shoot-out between VL1100 TS and other brands in the venue, it was decided that the VL1100 was the most suitable product to take the brunt of the FOH lighting.”

The VL1100 TS offer a variety of strengths that make it a must-have for the theatre, but as Petursson said: “The deciding factor was the CYM colour-mixing, the number of gobos it can hold, and the overall size of the fixture.”

Icelandic sales and rental company Luxor supplied the lights. Luxor Sales Manager Alfred Sturla Bodvarsson oversaw the installation along with Petursson and respected Philips Vari-Lite trainer Coral Cooper, winner of the 2010 Knights of Illumination Lifetime Achievement Award.

And it seems the choice of Vari-Lite luminaires was an obvious one for the City Theatre team. “We have a number of VL1000AS units for top lighting above the stage, so we were comfortable with the reliability of the VARI-LITE products and also the excellent level of local service,” commented Petursson.

The Reykjavik City Theatre is a busy repertory theatre situated in Iceland’s capital city. Its productions include everything from classic to contemporary drama, and it is the home of the Iceland Dance Company.

The 11,000 sq. metre building has four stages, with the main stage seating 560. It has dedicated lighting, sound and set building departments and services most of its production in-house.

For such a busy environment, the VL1100TS offers freedom and reliability, as Thordur Orri Petursson explained: “Reykjavik City Theatre received a grant from Reykjavik City to replace the majority of standard theatre spotlights with automated tungsten fixtures. This decision was taken to reduce the number of fixed fixtures required in the FOH position, to reduce focusing time in a repertory environment and to add flexibility in programming.”

"The VL1100 TS is ideal for this kind of theatre environment because the new 3-Phase motors on pan and tilt give greater accuracy and significantly reduce the noise of motor operation,” continued Coral Cooper. “The fixtures feature CYM colour mixing, rotating gobos and variable diffusion and, with this particular luminaire, the automated four-blade shutter mechanism, providing an ideal workhorse for theatre."





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