Netherlands-based lighting company Signify (formerly called Philips Lighting), reported that the prestigious Béjart Ballet Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland has invested in its next generation Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile luminaires. The ballet company, which each year tours internationally, chose the new lighting fixtures for its numerous benefits. The ballet also wanted to maintain the highest quality of stage lighting to showcase its renowned choreography.
The Béjart Ballet Lausanne already used the VLZ Profiles at their home, the Beaulieu Theater in Lausanne, and on tour. The ballet company says it is satisfied that their investment in the VLZ Profiles was “the right choice”. Among many improvements over conventional fixtures, the team noted the luminaire’s silent operation.
For lighting designer Dominique Roman, the silence is required. “We work with classical music, with quiet moments, and the fan noise from the old machines complicated things. It was an additional stress. Not having this noise is a huge advantage,” she said.
Other advantages that the ballet company cited include the VLZ Profile’s lower heat emission, power, and consistency of light output, as well as the improved reliability compared to the previous lights.
Roman also complimented the VLZ’s color reproduction. “With the [CMY] color system, the level of color and the nuance is very similar to what we had traditionally. From a designer’s perspective, it’s a big advantage,” she said.
Béjart Ballet Lausanne Uses VLZ Profile for Multiple Functions
Technical director Lucas Borgeaud likes the VLZ Profile’s multiple functions. “We use it like a profile, with the framing blades; we use it as a gobo wash and we can also use it like a standard wash, because the two frosts inside give a really soft light on the floor,” he said, adding, “It’s like a Swiss Army Knife – we can do everything with it.”
Borgeaud also pointed out the enhanced reliability of the fixtures compared to conventional light sources. “Our service guys are quite on holiday now with the new VLZ,” he said. “It was the right choice.”
Roman agreed, “I am delighted that we have invested in these machines, as they benefit me technically, visually and aesthetically, and the artistic director also greatly benefits. The quality, the ease of use and particularly the silence of the machine, is very, very important for us.”
Signify became the company name of Philips Lighting on May 16, 2018. Signify Entertainment Lighting is comprised of the Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting, and Philips Selecon brands, as well as the Philips Showline range of LED stage luminaires.