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Avant-Scènes Supports Diverse Mix of Performances at Manège de Reims With CHAUVET Professional

Victoria Wasylak • MMR GlobalSupplier Scene • July 29, 2020

The Manège de Reims in Reims, France, is a bustling hub of cultural activity, serving the community by hosting theatrical performances, dance recitals, concerts, and other events, including circuses, for which it was originally built.

Supporting the diverse mix of productions at the popular facility is a versatile lighting rig that features a collection of CHAUVET Professional projectors supplied and installed by Avant-Scènes. Working with Cédric Barbillat, lighting director of the Manège de Reims, who decided upon the specific fixtures, the Avant-Scènes team outfitted the 1,000-seat facility with 16 COLORado 2 Quad Zoom, six Maverick MK1 Spot, and 10 Maverick MK2 Wash units.

Although these projectors are intended to be moved around to meet the very varied needs of Manège de Reims, they are most often positioned on the circus’ grill to provide maximum coverage and flexibility.

“Now it is possible to create lighting plans with many more possibilities than traditional halogen projectors, with almost no constraints,” said Benjamin Labourot, Director of Avant-Scènes. “The interesting part of this project was to find a product that could correspond to almost every possible configuration of a Circus installation, and yet be able to host all kinds of shows, such as music, theatre, modern and dance. Finding such an ‘all-purpose’ projector with fairly precise criteria was not easy, but we did!”

The combination of compact size and powerful make the Maverick units particularly well-suited to meet the challenge of lighting the myriad productions at Manège de Reims.

“We wanted a projector with a luminous flux powerful enough to illuminate at a height of 14m, while at the same time being able to have a tight enough beam,” said Labourot. “The Mavericks meet these criteria in general. Also, they are compact enough to be moved around the facility regularly and rugged enough to stand up to this use.”

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